With connection free radio remote control technology set to continue increasing in popularity, world leading lifting equipment specialists, Konecranes, has appointed South Shields-based Industrial Remote Controls as its preferred supplier here in the UK.
Using tried and tested technologies that centre on the proven Ikusi brand, the agreement extends to a three-model range of radio remote controls that is proven in terms of its reliability and robustness when being operated in any kind of internal or external lifting environment. Ergonomically designed, the range takes in two slim line handheld units – the 8000 500 and 8000 520 – and the top-of-the-range ‘belly’ Ikoncontrol 3 system.
Commenting on this latest development, Pat Campbell, Konecranes’ Director of Market Area – West Europe, said: “Radio remote controls are fast becoming the norm in the lifting world, largely due to the fact that not only do they provide greater operating flexibility, they are much safer for the operator to use as they do not have to enter the area where an overhead crane or hoist is working. Furthermore, as it is the younger age that we are now seeing coming through, it is console technology that they are very comfortable with. If you combine this with the fact that radio remote controls are only set to deliver increased functionality, it is vitally important that Konecranes works closely with a leader is this field – in this instance Ikusi.”
The three model range that Konecranes will be now be deploying stand as a co-branded product offering that is not only quick and easy to operate but robust and flexible in terms of its operating characteristics. Each unit has already proved itself in the field and are already being used by an increasing number of Konecranes customers.
Whilst the 500 model is a classic control unit for all types of lifting operation, the 520 offers multiple configurations on what is a compact transmitter. Both products offer high-sensitivity, two-step push buttons. The highly customisable 550 model, featuring a newly designed M070 joystick, is perfect for when service meets design.
Features common to all three products include:
·Fast customisation of a spare transmitter with removable SIM module, providing easy and fast maintenance.
·Quick and easy change of working frequency channel by software and/or automatic selection of working channel – LBT: Listen Before Talking.
·NiMH rechargeable batteries.
·CB70 battery charger with fast (<2 hours) and intelligent charge feature.
The controls themselves incorporate the following components:
* Global yellow transmitter with LDC screen
· Black receiver cover
· Battery charger
· Global battery charger PSU
· Exclusive Konecranes livery stickers and user manual
· Wired 16 pin Cable KCI standard wiring specification
· EOT Crane directional stickers
· Set of magnet mounts
· Two rechargeable batteries
· 110v or 48v Wired klaxon & Red warning light
· Delivery to UK destination