Magnetek had a brand label supply agreement with Eaton Corporation since 2006 to provide sales, support and service of direct DC drive systems, marketed under the company’s OmniPulse brand name, to the material handling industry.
The crane control systems are used in DC-powered primary metal, foundry and heavy industrial cranes.
“Replacing traditional electromechanical controls with digital DC drive technology results in a combined energy and maintenance saving that easily justifies the return on investment,” said Perry Pabich, vice president and general manager of the company’s material handling business.
According to Pabich, industry estimates indicate there are many DC-powered cranes with electromechanical controls in operation, most of which could be retrofitted or replaced with DDC technology during the coming decade.
“The acquisition of the DDC digital drive product line and technology provides Magnetek with a unique addition to our controls product portfolio and gives us greater presence in the international crane control market, as the DDC product line has an established distribution network in Europe and South America,” said Pabich.
The OmniPulse DDC product line will be manufactured out of one of Magnetek’s three ISO 9001:2000 certified facilities, with continued product development efforts consolidated at its headquarters in Menomonee Falls.