Standard Hoists are Getting a Big Lift

Variable frequency drives are poised to offer operators safer, longer lasting equipment.

There’s an art to operating large cranes and hoists. It’s about so much more than pushing a button; it’s calculating loads, considering speed, and ensuring the safety of employees. Now, our partners at Columbus McKinnon are making it safer, easier and more efficient to operate your crane and hoist equipment with their line of variable frequency drives, or VFDs.

VFDs are motor-controlled microprocessors that can adjust your equipment to the speed and usage you need. We are pleased to offer VFDs to our customers, to optimize their equipment and improve operations. There are numerous reasons to consider VFDs for use in conjunction with your cranes and hoists. Here are some of the biggest benefits:

  1. Safety First. When operating heavy machinery, safety is your primary concern. If a crane or hoist is overloaded, a VFD will halt operation, avoiding potential mechanical failures and subsequent injuries.
  2. The Need for Speed. VFDs may be an adjustment for traditional crane and hoist operators, as they ramp up to full speed, rather than taking off at the maximum. Though it may take some getting used to, the flexibility to adjust your speed based on your needs will improve efficiency and give you greater control.
  3. Gentler Handling for Longer Lasting Equipment. The speed control and customization offered by VFDs reduce wear and tear on your equipment. Reduced brake usage and the ramp-up and ramp-down start/stop features help contribute to a longer life and fewer breakdowns for your equipment.
  4. Ease of Use. The software utilized to control VFDs is simple to use and easy to access, meaning less hassle and a smaller learning curve for technicians. The program allows VFDs to be controlled from any USB-enabled device, including laptops and tablets. From that platform, settings can be adjusted and reports generated.   
  5. Data Duty. At Brehob, our technicians often encounter difficulty with troubleshooting via visual inspection. VFDs record data that can be easily accessed for accurate reporting on how the equipment has been used, and what possible issues need to be addressed. This keeps your equipment operating better and helps ensure you’re meeting important safety regulations.
  6. Avoid Downtime with IoT. VFDs are compatible with Internet of Things (IoT) technology that transmits, analyzes and reports data in real-time. That means if a failure occurs, you’ll be notified immediately. This not only protects your employees, but it also protects your equipment and helps you avoid downtime.

VFDs are changing the way crane & hoist operations function, and it could build a safer, better, more efficient business. Technology evolves at the speed of light, but we believe your business can adapt, and reap the rewards of embracing these positive changes. Ready to learn more about VFDs and what they can do for your business?

Contact Ed Perry at 317-820-2423 today or schedule a Lunch and Lift for your team to learn more.