Columbus McKinnon expands Intelli-Crane Portfolio1 February 2021
Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO) has expanded its Intelli-Crane portfolio with the Intelli-Guide Auto-Dispatch System, using Magnetek radios, drives and automation programming integrated with motors and brakes.
Intelli-Guide allows operators to automatically send a load to different pre-programmed areas in a facility with the push of a button. As the load moves to the programmed destination, the operator can work on a different task or start on the next step of the production process, increasing productivity and efficiency.
“If a facility has outdated, manually controlled cranes, hoists or monorail systems, automation technology can bring new life to equipment, increasing their lifecycles and providing new features to make operations safer and more efficient,” said Jim Kluck, global product manager, automation, CMCO.
“With the precise positioning and automatic speed control the system provides, Intelli-Guide can help streamline operations and improve efficiency compared with processes that are manually operated.”
Offered in several operating modes, Intelli-Guide can be used to safely and accurately position a hoist, crane or monorail. It is also available with various levels of motion control for setting pathways, targeting end locations, specifying height limits and enabling automatic raising and lowering capabilities.
Designed for use on cranes and monorails traveling long distances, and hazardous locations, Intelli-Guide is ideal for the aerospace, automotive, metals manufacturing, storage and retrieval, and marine terminal industries.