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The Effect of Operator Orientation in Crane Control

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Arto Kivila, William Singhose

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. DSCC2014-6319, pp. V003T28A003; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 3: Industrial Applications; Modeling for Oil and Gas, Control and Validation, Estimation, and Control of Automotive Systems; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Control System Design; Physical Human-Robot Interaction; Rehabilitation Robotics; Sensing and Actuation for Control; Biomedical Systems; Time Delay Systems and Stability; Unmanned Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Motion Controls; Vibration Analysis and Isolation; Vibration and Control for Energy Harvesting; Wind Energy
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, October 22–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4620-9
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


It is often very difficult for humans to control cranes due to their inherent oscillatory nature and sluggish response. Tasks are made even harder when the operator moves around the workspace and changes his/her orientation. Traditionally, the driving axes on cranes have been independent of operator orientation and location. When the operators change the direction they are facing, their “Forward” direction is not consistent with “Forward” on the crane control interface. This paper describes two novel ways to reduce this problem and shows their effectiveness in a human operator study.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Cranes



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