When Intelli-Connect is paired with the Lodestar VS and its variable frequency drive (VFD), it allows operators to wirelessly program the hoist and access detailed diagnostic and analytic information from the plant floor on a smartphone or tablet.

Intelli-Connect is available as an option on all new Lodestar VS units or in retrofit kits for units already in the field.

“By combining the capabilities of Intelli-Connect with the Lodestar VS, we’ve made it easier than ever to program, maintain, monitor and troubleshoot your hoist,” said Bryan Holby, senior global product manager, powered chain hoists, CMCO.

“Customers can get insight into how their hoist is operating to easily and proactively monitor performance and schedule maintenance, helping them address issues more quickly, keep operators safer and ultimately reduce downtime.” 

Intelli-Connect eliminates the need to connect a tablet or PC to the hoist with a cord. Now, users can access information wirelessly through the Intelli-Connect Mobile or Mobile+ apps from their mobile device.

Intelli-Connect Mobile offers a range of functionality, including hoist programming and monitoring, access to manuals, parameter file storage and over-the-air software updates, plus easy contact with the service team.

Intelli-Connect Mobile+ offers all the capabilities of Intelli-Connect Mobile, plus advanced diagnostics and analytics. This includes continuous equipment monitoring complete with long-term performance information, such as runs, faults, alarms and VFD status variables like fault codes, motor voltage, current, available hoist operating life, and more.

The Intelli-Connect Mobile app is available as a free download on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Users can upgrade to Intelli-Connect Mobile+ functionality for a one-time fee through the app.  

Photo: Intelli-Connect Diagnostics and Analytics paired with the Lodestar VS Electric Chain Hoist (Photo: Business Wire)