The manufacturer is pushing the idea of leveraging "one basic technology" to cover more applications than rope hoists available on the market until now.

During the event, in which Terex also outlined other technological advancements, it explained that the Demag DMR modular rope hoist offers a broad range of components that can be configured to create a rope hoist to meet the customer’s specific application needs.

DMR enables rope hoists to be implemented in the form of a compact C-design or co-axial design on the basis of a single product.

The company explained that this feature underlines the modular rope hoist’s suitability both for conventional cranes and crabs as well as for stationary applications in the mechanical and plant engineering sectors where the need for lifting, towing, travel, holding or positioning tasks are in demand.

Dr. Thomas Bönker, senior director of the components business line at Terex Material Handling, explained: "The Demag DMR modular rope hoist also makes it easier to select the required hoist unit. "Until now, you had to compare various products to find the right rope hoist for the given requirements.

"From today, we offer a solution for all your needs with one basic technology. This means that you have maximum freedom in the choice of design, control system, drive method and control concept."

Owing to its modular design, DMR also adds size 16 to the Demag product range for load capacities up to 20 tons.

The new hoists will be available as foot-mounted hoists, low-headroom and standard-headroom travelling hoists and double-rail crabs to meet specific customer needs, while five sizes are rated for load capacities up to 50 tons.

Elsewhere, for the electric equipment, customers can choose between the smart Demag SafeControl system, conventional contactor controls or their own control system.

This system provides for a high level of operating safety and reliability and fulfils requirements for efficient production processes. It enables many technical features, such as by-pass control to tandem operation and load-dependent speeds, to be implemented with ease.

The manufacturer added: "The hoist and cross-travel drives have two-stage or variable speeds, as required. DMR offers a flexible choice of accessories. For example, cross-travel limit switches and current collectors can be easily and precisely fitted to the housing in various positions – they can also be adapted when the hoist unit or crab is installed.

"For high traction, the DMR low-headroom travelling hoist is prepared as standard for a two-wheel drive (DualDrive), or optionally also for a second cross-travel motor (DualDrive Plus), if necessary for the given application.

"The rope hoist satisfies the usual FEM 2m market standard as a minimum requirement and is rated for IP55 protection."

Its hoist units can be operated either via radio with the new D3 generation radio control system or with wire-connected controls. Individual parameters, from the basic design to the choice of control system, can be selected with a menu-driven online configuration tool.

Production of the new hoist starts this month (October 2015) and from the fourth quarter of 2015, customers can be supplied with foot-mounted hoists and low-headroom travelling hoists in C design in sizes 3, 5, 10 and 16 with load capacities of up to 16 t.

Next year, this will be followed by the DMR in co-axial design, the remaining sizes and double-rail crabs and standard-headroom travelling hoists.