Crane Positioning

Precise crane position measurement in any environment

There are many industrial applications where large, expensive equipment moves in a linear fashion. These are predictable movements, but they demand precise measurement. Precisely measuring distance between two points is at the core of what we do at Humatics. Our ranging systems provide centimeter-level accuracy in complex indoor and outdoor environments, in all lighting and weather conditions.

The Humatics Spatial Intelligence Platform solves difficult crane positioning problems that other technologies such as laser distance sensors or limit switches and encoders are unable to address.

Container Handling

Gantry cranes are a critical component of terminal port operations. The KinetIQ 100 can be used for container yard collision avoidance, worker safety, and remote operation improvement on a number of crane types. Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes and Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes leverage the KinetIQ 100 to automate crane positioning across large container yards that require centimeter-scale precision in often volatile weather conditions.

Container ports are increasingly turning to Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes in order to make their operations more agile, yet these cranes require higher levels of automation and precise localization. The KinetIQ 300 offers robust 3D wireless positioning for RTGs with simple API integration into your terminal operating system (TOS) as well as the crane manufacturer’s PLC.

Metals Production

Lifting technology is critical throughout the entire steel production process. Steel warehousing relies on a variety of specialized cranes for scrap handling, charging, ladle handling, slab and billet handling, coil and plate handling, and plate loading. The KinetIQ 100 is the best collision avoidance and worker safety option for Electric Overhead Traveling (EOT) cranes in metals production facilities.

Read how Tata Steel, one of the world’s largest steel steel-making countries, uses the KinetIQ 100 to increase crane automation usage and decrease onsite worker incidents.

Read the Tata Steel case study



Similar to the metals production industry, mining cranes have to constantly function in extremely dirty, dusty environments. Humatics technology is used to automate material handling equipment in harsh underground and open-cut mining environments.


EOT and jib cranes are a staple in many manufacturing and logistics facilities, and stacker cranes are becoming increasingly used for automation tasks. Humatics’ Spatial Intelligence Platform simplifies integration with EOT cranes for automotive, heavy equipment repair, plastic molding injection, wastewater treatment, concrete production and other manufacturing applications that require precise crane positioning.