ICUEE Displays New Support Products for the Industry

In addition to the big boom trucks, telescopic boom crawlers, and truck-mounted aerial lift introductions, support product manufacturers displayed their latest offerings to construction and utility professionals last week at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE). Among the products introduced were winches, rigging gear, LMIs, and controls. Read more on the newest wares for crane and lifting equipment owners and operators.

Crosby Super Terminator

The Crosby Group’s Super Terminator offers several advantages over traditional wedge socket terminations, according to the Tulsa, Okla.-based company. The product is designed to increase the termination efficiency over existing wedge sockets. Terminations have an efficiency rating on most ropes above 80 percent of the catalog breaking strength of the rope, depending on the construction of various ropes. The Super Terminator’s patented design eliminates the difficulty in installing high performance, high strength, compacted strand, rotation resistant wire rope into a wedge socket termination. The product is available as a complete assembly or as a wedge kit that can be retrofitted onto existing Crosby S-421T Terminator wedge sockets.

HBC-radiomatic vector pro

The vector pro from HBC-radiomatic, Hebron, Ky., was designed for the mobile equipment market. The control features up to four push buttons, up to two rotary switches/buttons that can alternatively be two rotary potentiometer switches for controlling analog functions, and up to four toggle switches. LEDs provide system information or feedback data. The control also has a STOP impact switch and radiomatic iON for quick activation of a spare transmitter. Powered by a rechargeable NiMH exchange battery that does not affect the memory, the control has approximately 30 hours of continuous operating time. Options include a manual frequency switch, radiomatic AFS, feedback, radiomatic shock-off/roll-detect/zero–G. Recommended receivers include the FSE 508, FSE 509, and FSE 727 radiobus.

Hirschmann iVISOR mentor EI65

Hirschmann Automation and Control (PAT), Chambersburg, Pa., introduced the iVISOR mentor EI65 indicator system for mobile cranes. The iVISOR mentor EI65 provides a continuous display of actual load and allowable load, boom angle, boom length, radius, parts of line, and alerts the operator to an impending two block condition.

All setup and calibration is done through the user-friendly console. The operator can preset limits for all geometric and load variables with an audible and visual warning when these limits are reached. This function provides the operator additional information, while operating in areas of limited headroom or proximity to buildings and electric transmission lines. The large backlit display incorporates BestView – Adaptive display control for optimal readability. The iVISOR mentor EI65 incorporates CANbus technology for all sensors. The load is measured with either an SKM running line tensiometer or a dead end force transducer. The system was also designed as an upgrade to existing EI65 systems that are currently in the field.

Kar-Tech Radio Transmitter

Kar-Tech, Delafield, Wis., introduced its new mega radio transmitter. This rugged 6.1”X3.1”X1.3” hand-held enclosure is made of a nearly indestructible glass-filled nylon with an integral ridged rubber boot to increase grip and protection. The transmitter is completely sealed and can be provided with a belt clip and lanyard. Its board design allows up to 24 outputs, momentary or latching, and an array of button configurations. An LCD display can also be incorporated, and with its standard two-way communication, the operator can view such information as machine vitals, steering angles, load moment indicators, battery level, and error codes. The unit is powered by two AA batteries that are easily accessible through a gasketed back cover. The Mega works on Kar-Tech’s standard radio platform of 900 MHz frequency hopping spread spectrum and allows 1,000 feet of operating range.

Tulsa Winch 800H Winch

Tulsa Winch Group (TWG), Tulsa, Okla., introduced the new 800H, developed for digger derricks, drilling equipment, mobile and offshore cranes, pipelayers and all other applications that require a compact planetary hoist. With 8,000 pounds of line pull, the 800H is available in three gear ratios—23:1, 34:1, and 59:1—and offers a large drum capacity of approximately 350 feet of half-inch wire rope.

The 800H is equipped with a spring-applied, hydraulically released brake for static load holding while a motor-mounted counterbalance valve provides positive dynamic braking. Optional features include the Intelliguard DRI/LLI technology and an external cable packer for key rope positioning information and better wire rope life.

Intelliguard, which began as a capacity-alert system developed exclusively for Rufnek planetary winches, has evolved into a series of data-capturing and monitoring technologies now integrated in the TWG product line. A technology-based component now available for most crane hoists and many Tulsa Winch planetary winches, Intelliguard DRI/LLI provides a dual solution for equipment operators whose sightlines prevent them from determining two critical equipment conditions: drum rotation and the last layer of wire rope.