For 75 years, there has been one publication that has stood up against the test of time, that has become a staple of the fluid handling industry, and that has proven to be a valuable educational resource for multiple generations in the flow of fluids through valves, pipes and fittings. That singular work is Crane’s Technical Paper 410 (TP-410). Originally published by Crane Co. in 1942 as The Flow of Fluids handbook, the TP-410 has grown to become a classic guide for plant engineers, technicians, maintenance personnel, plant operators, safety engineers, recent college graduates and sales representatives in the selection of the correct equipment and parameters when designing and operating any piping system. The key to its success has been its ability to evolve throughout the decades, undergoing multiple revisions and updates to remain relevant, including the introduction of a software program that offered calculation methods, piping simulations, troubleshooting tools and additional chapters. This year, Crane is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the TP-410 and all that it has done towards the advancement and longevity of the industry. The Anniversary edition of the book is now available. Please click here to order your copy. View article.
Crane prides itself on its proprietary and differentiated technology, and its responsiveness to unique customer needs. These case studies are representative examples of how we leverage our engineering capabilities and deep vertical expertise to create value-added solutions for customers.
FLUID HANDLING: TP-410
Crane Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the TP-410
PAYMENT & MERCHANDISING SYSTEMS: TELLER ASSIST UNIT
Designing the Future of Bank Branch Customer Experience
In the past several years, banks around the globe have started to embrace branch transformation to improve efficiencies and augment the role of the branch staff. As the role of the teller continues to evolve and cash in circulation increases, manual cash handling has become an even bigger concern.
Key Challenge: Traditionally, simple transactions like cash deposits, withdrawals, and check-cashing required tellers to count, collect and return cash manually. Not only did these transactions create longer queues at the teller line, but prevented teller participation in more profitable banking responsibilities. Furthermore, the existing Teller Assist Units (TAUs) were not equipped with coin handling functionality. Such functional limits were detrimental to teller productivity, considering the coin circulation had been growing at an accelerated rate of 163% since 2009.
The Solution: To help tellers handle coins more efficiently and accurately, global retail banks needed an advanced TAU with coin dispensing ability, so they turned to CPI's T-Flex coin dispenser as the product of choice.
By choosing CPI’s T-Flex coin dispenser, which is a virtually maintenance-free, stand-alone unit, other TAU suppliers are able integrate T-Flex coin dispensers into their own TAU machines. In addition to flexible integration, CPI’s T-Flex coin dispenser simplifies coin transactions for tellers, dispenses change less than 2 seconds, and saves 5 to 8 seconds per cash transaction. The remaining coins are secured in the locked canister. CPI’s T-Flex Coin Dispenser guarantees accurate coin handling as it calculates correct change based on commands from the point of sale system. As a result, banks reduce the need for coin replenishment and have faster shift changeover.
The Result: Equipped with an automated coin and note solution, tellers at bank branches work more efficiently while shorter wait times increase customer satisfaction. A quicker, more accurate cash handling process enables banks to allocate teller hours on more sophisticated activities, such as financial advising, loans, and mortgage services. To date, more than 1,000 TAU units equipped with CPI’s T-Flex coin dispenser have been installed throughout the United States.
AEROSPACE & ELECTRONICS: CRANE BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEM
Improvements for Commercial Transport Aircraft
200 people, 180,000 lbs., at 184 MPH, with unknown surface conditions.
From the instant a passenger aircraft touches the runway; Crane Aerospace & Electronics’ brake control system is a critical element to assuring the airplane comes to a safe and comfortable stop. Every time, under all conditions - no exceptions.
Crane designed, qualified, and certified a new Brake Control Unit (BCU) for new single and twin-aisle aircraft. This control unit is the brains of the system, taking aircraft signal inputs, such as weight on wheels (WOW), wheel speed, autobrake switch position, and other parameters, to ensure maximum braking efficiency and minimum stopping distance under all runway environmental conditions.
The BCU utilizes Crane’s latest generation brake control algorithms provide improved braking performance, especially under wet and icy runway conditions. The BCU also provides updated Autobrake deceleration levels, based on airline feedback on how this function is used to help minimize pilot workload during a landing and ensure optimum automatic braking during this critical time.
The BCU has also been designed with various provisions, to ensure long-term supportability and expandability, as new product enhancement functions are introduced on aircraft.
Working hand in hand with the new BCU, Crane also provides an updated Unigain Antiskid Control Valve. The valves are responsible for ensuring the correct amount of hydraulic pressure is transmitted to the brakes based on the commands it receives from the BCU, 200 times per second. The Unigain Antiskid Control Valve is a product enhancement over the older generation of Unigain Antiskid Control Valves. The Unigain valve provides faster valve response and more consistent brake pressure application. This ensures that modern carbon brakes will wear more evenly and combat in service issues related to thermal oxidation that have been observed.
These enhancements offer additional value to both aircraft manufacturers as well as the airlines.
The Crane Aerospace & Electronics brand is centered on advanced solutions, reliable performance and progressive innovation. This means when it comes to brake control systems, Crane is a technology leader whose customers can rest assured passengers will land safely at their destination thanks in part to Crane’s products and solutions.
ENGINEERED MATERIALS: VARIETEX SANDS COLLECTION
Wall Protection for Serene & Tranquil Environments
As the first and largest global manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced plastic (“FRP”) wall panels, Crane Composites offers a wide range of panels to fit commercial establishments. Listening to these customers, Crane Composites learned that the architecture and design community desires a larger palette of predefined colors and patterns. Designers want to accent walls with updated FRP colors to complement other finishes for both new and remodel projects.
With the designers needs in mind, Crane Composites launched a new color collection. The VARIETEX Sands Collection has 13 new colors in 2 finishes with natural colors that are drawn from the Earth’s beaches. Just as these natural wonders beautifully protect shorelines, Crane’s durable wall coverings will gracefully stand up to the demanding environment found in commercial buildings. “The new color palette expands the next generation in resilient wall coverings,” said Drew Franzen, Vice President of Crane Building Products. “Our Sands Collection provides an aesthetically pleasing look without sacrificing durability and lifecycle costs.”
To view the new VARIETEX Sands Collection, visit cranecomposites.com/sands.