Kito PWB debuts RY Wire Rope Hoist series in Australia

13 May 2024

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Kito PWB has launched its latest RY Wire Rope Hoist series to the Australian market.

The hoists are equipped with features and advantages tailored for demanding applications; they’re made to be functional and resistant to damage over time.

“The RY Wire Rope hoist incorporates technology that Kito has been pioneering for many years, particularly in the integration of inverters in hoisting equipment,” said Glenn Morgan, national hoist manager, Kito Crosby Australia.

Due to the success of the RY Series in America, Morgan anticipates the hoist will be well received in the Australian market.

“Kito has long been renowned for delivering high-quality chain hoists, and the RY was initially developed for the American market around a decade ago and has since gained widespread acceptance there. Like any Kito product, it’s made to a high quality and designed to last,” he added.

Like most hoists the product can be customised according to the client’s needs including soft start and stop, variable speed control, overload protection, automatic load detection and condition monitoring via hour meter and operation counter.

“Soft start and stop provides a smooth transition, going from high speed to low speed to high speed and back again,” said Morgan.

The Kito RY Wire Rope hoist, however, is manufactured with these features included.

“Our competitors are offering these features, but from what I’ve seen, buyers have to spend more,” said Morgan. “But with Kito, these features are standardised with all of our hoists. 

“Having soft start and stop, for example, means that when you’re lifting delicate components, it’s much smoother lift, much easier and much nicer lift so less likely to damage the component.”

The hoist system also features dual-speed control through Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) technology for both hoist and trolley operations and it incorporates a high-speed function for low-load scenarios.

To ensure that the hoist is protected in all scenarios, the system is fitted with electronic overload protection with limiters, thermal protection for the motor, easily accessible condition monitoring via hour meter and an operation counter.

Morgan emphasised that the safety features integrated into the hoist, such as the electronic overload limiter, upper and lower travel limit switches for precise hoisting control, are all in compliance with Australian standards.

Additionally, the hoist has side guide rollers for the trolley, ensuring smooth operation without risking wheel flange wear or beam damage.

The hoist is equipped with premium IWRC high-strength wire rope and externally adjustable upper and lower limit switches.

It also features maintenance-free high-performance brakes rated for one million starts, a full 360° high-strength rope guide, and includes guide rollers and rubber trolley bumpers.

According to Morgan, these design elements prevent issues associated with wheel flange wear or beam damage, ensuring optimal performance and longevity.

All of these features are made to meet standard configurations certified and conforming to AS 1418 regulations.

“For us, our utmost priority is maintaining the superior quality and enduring reliability of Kito,” said Morgan. “It’s not just about its durability, but also about its steadfastness and safety features that we value the most.”

Morgan explained the hoist is easy to install adding: “Everyone we’ve sold the unit to has commented on how easy they are to install and because of this, they are now in fact only using the Kito Wire rope hoists.

“When you’re thinking about putting something that weighs half a tonne to a ton up in the air and sometimes suspended at six, or eight metres, it must be easy to install.”

Once installed, The RY Wire Rope Hoist is equipped with lifting capabilities, boasting the ability to handle loads of both five and 10 tons.

“The five-ton hoist will lift up to 10.2 metres, whereas the 10-ton hoist will lift 10 tons up to 12 metres,” said Morgan.

“Additionally, it includes low load high-speed function, which increases speed by 50% when the load is detected to be less than 30% of the rated capacity.”

Currently, Kito only offers hoists that mount onto a single beam. This comes with its own drawbacks, as single beam hoists are only capable of lifting to a certain amount.

Kito intends to expand its offerings to include a twin beam hoist option, which can offer increased load capacity and enhanced stability – reducing the risk of swaying or tilting during lifting operations.

“Our aim is to offer various capacities to suit different needs, and we’re considering adjustments to accommodate this,” said Morgan.

“This includes potentially transitioning to a twin beam setup instead of our current single model setup. This move reflects our direction as we move forward.”