Link-Belt to Show New Total Crane Operating System at ConExpo

In addition to displaying six cranes, Link-Belt, Lexington, Ky., will show its new, in-house designed, total crane operating system called Link-Belt Pulse at ConExpo in Las Vegas, Nev. Link-Belt Pulse includes a boom extend mode controller, self-diagnostic capabilities and continuous monitoring of multiple crane functions and conditions. It is an in-house design so that Link-Belt can better control customer support.

As a rated capacity limiter, Link-Belt Pulse shows maximum allowable load, load on hook, and crane geometry. It warns of an approaching overload or two-block condition, and shuts down relevant operations when necessary. The system also monitors wind speed and warns the operator with a visual alarm. Pre-settable alarms can also assist in avoiding obstructions on the job site.

For boom operation, Link-Belt Pulse clearly animates the boom’s mode of extension.  For cranes equipped with pinning and latching booms, it displays pin and latch status and telescope cylinder travel. All information for telescope operation can be accessed and viewed in real time.

Moreover, Link-Belt Pulse can monitor and control counterweight removal and installation and even fine metering of the winches if the crane is so equipped.

Diagnostic functions are simple and show repair faults in all areas including sensor data. Faults are indicated by a short message rather than an undecipherable code and, with the press of a button, the system gives further information about the fault and how to clear it.

In addition to the Link-Belt Pulse, the company will also be showing six cranes at ConExpo, including the 275-ton North American-focused  ATC-3275 all-terrain crane; the 110-ton TCC-1100 and 75-ton TCC-750 telescopic crawler cranes; the all-new 150-ton 238 HSL lattice boom crawler crane; the 90-ton HTC-8690 truck crane, which replaces the old 8690; and the 90-ton RTC-8090 rough-terrain crane, equipped with a new boom.