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PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
                                              While serving as an SWP controller   offices in Spanish or English.”
                                            to  FEM  9.755,  the  Eagle  can  control   For more information, visit their
                                            up to four hoists and features a load   website at www.airpes.com.
                                            limiter  with  10  configurable  outputs
                                            on 30 limits. It also covers 10 combi-  New Mini-Articularm with
                                            nations of the sum of loads. Data cap-  6 Axis
                                            tured includes number of overloads;   Your Economical Solution for
                                            number of weight cycling and accu-  Complex Projects
                                            mulated total weight; register of the   Air Technical Industries (ATI) an-
                                            last  1,000  overloads  with  maximum   nounces the development of an exciting,
                                            weight, start date, time and duration;   unique, multifunctional mini-Articu-
                                            register of the last 10 weighings with   larm. The unit is agile and flexible with
                                            maximum weight, start date and time;   an articulating arm reach of 72”. It can
                                            and estimates of the working group   be a worker’s best friend by giving the
                                            with number of cycles and maximum   operator extra muscle strength of 150 lbs
                                            weight over time.                  of lift, and ability to position effortlessly
                                              Dunville said: “In simple terms, the   in X-Y-Z-R axis in a 12’ circle area.
                                            Eagle limits the hoist from picking up   The  unit helps the operator ergo-
                                            too much. But it can also control no-fly   nomically to use more brain power in-
                                            zones, where perhaps a section of run-  stead of his  muscle  power for lifting,
                                            way isn’t rated as high as another or   reaching,  bending,  pulling,  and push-
                                            a customer doesn’t want a load carried   ing.  This  prevents injuries  as well  as
                                            near a particular machine. For exam-  increasing  production, performance,
                                            ple, if a crane loaded with a coil raised   saving time, improving moral, getting
                                            all the way up extends 10 ft. below the   the job done easier and faster.
                                            girder but the empty hoist only extends   The 6 axes of articulation are:
         The Eagle is suited to installation on cranes   5 ft. below the girder,  that difference   1. Lifting action
         in medium to heavy-duty environments such   may  cause contact with expensive
         as steel mills.                                                         2. Wrist rotation 360°
                                            plant fixtures and machinery. We can   3. Forearm swing 270°
         continued from previous page       limit the  crane  to only  travel in  that   4. Vertical tool arm swing 360°
         control panel, usually located  on the   area  when  unloaded or  to  completely   5. Gripper, lifting hook or fixture action
         trolley or bridge, of a new electric   nil travel in that area.”        6. Tool arm roll axis
         overhead  travelling  (EOT)  crane,  or   He  added:  “We  typically work  with   The mini-Articularm can be electri-
         retrofitted.  It  is  manufactured  to  M8   crane manufacturing and service com-  cally powered 110 volt single phase, 240-
         standards, a duty rating covering 20 or   panies or hoist OEMs [original equip-  480 3 phase or air powered for hazardous
         more lifts per hour at or near a crane’s   ment manufacturers], but we will work   areas. The controls are momentary rock-
         rated capacity. This equates broadly to   with  end users  upon  request.  Impor-  er switch built into the control handle.
         U.S.-based norms, Crane Manufactur-  tantly, we are crane people only selling   The mini-Articularm is an ideal tool
         ers Association of America (CMAA) E   crane solutions; we don’t do other appli-  for machine loading, assembly work,
         /  F  or  Hoist  Manufacturers  Institute   cations. We manufacture and assemble   precise  positioning,  inverting  and up-
         (HMI) H5+ duty.                    everything at our facility and test it as   ending  an  item,  picking  it  up  from  a
           It primarily suits the Eagle to install   a  system  to  ensure  those  in  the  field   horizontal position, rolling to vertical,
         on  cranes  in  medium to heavy-duty   don’t have to do on-the-job integration.   or any angle desired.
         environments  such  as steel  mills,  coil   When there are problems, people can   The variety of end-effector or lifting
         processing  plants,  steel  service  cen-  talk to experienced crane people at our   tools are available and custom built for
         tres,  precast  cement  factories,  metals
         production, shipyards and ports. How-
         ever, it is also suitable for lifting ap-
         plications where the duty cycle might
         be much lower, but where the load is
         extremely fragile and / or expensive, as
         is commonplace in the aerospace and
         nuclear industries, for example.
           Tad Dunville, General Manager at
         Airpes North America, said: “It is a                                     Mini-Articularm from
         multifaceted product with many fea-                                     Air Technical Industries
         tures, but a holistic benefit is the input
         and output data it provides in relation
         to SWP [safe working period], which
         is  the  legally-mandated  maximum
         run time before overhaul is required.
         Starts, cycle times, overloads, etc. are
         all calculated to provide a comprehen-
         sive  overview  to  increase  productiv-
         ity and throughput for cycle-conscious
         customers.”

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