Columbus McKinnon Corporation (Getzville, NY) has announced the availability of its new Unified Industries brand ProPath Automated Workstation Crane. The ProPath is unique to the industry, combining lightweight Enclosed Track Aluminum (ETA) Rail Systems and semi- or fully automated “smart” material handling solutions to increase the safety, productivity and uptime of facilities. Specifically:
- Two automation configurations are available for varying levels of control, which can include wireless communication, positioning components and diagnostics and analytics for efficient, precise operation.
- The company’s Magnetek brand semi- and fully automated control systems are integrated to minimize wasted operator effort and enable efficient manufacturing processes. Each ProPath Automated Workstation Crane is configured per the application to maximize performance.
- In its semi-automated configuration, also known as auto-dispatch, the ProPath enables automated movement, while also utilizing human assistance for precise actions. Movement is initiated via Magnetek brand radio remote controls or pendant pushbutton stations, while IMPULSE Variable Frequency Drives power the bridge, trolley and hoist motions.
- As the crane travels to designated locations, operators are free to work on other critical tasks rather than manually guiding the crane and its load.