A new range of electric chain hoists, in capacities from 125 to 5000Kg, has been launched by Street Crane Company, the UK’s largest crane manufacturer. Designed for durability and high productivity, the LX electric chain hoist gives precise and safe lifting for a range of industries. Commenting on the aims and achievements of the project, Street Crane managing director Andrew Pimblett noted, "The new hoists are aimed at the volume market and are ideal for localised workstations and production line applications where they might typically be used on jibs, monorails and light track crane systems."
There are chain hoists to meet every need. These include eye suspension models for fixed position lifting, powered or push trolley options, standard height models or hoists configured for low/restricted headroom situations. Options include multiple choices of hoist and travel speed, dual speed hoisting, enhanced environmental protection to IP 55, variable frequency travel drives, upper and lower hoist limit switches. IP54 is the default environmental protection standard and all the chain hoists are suited for temperatures from -20 to +50 degrees C.
Safety is a key consideration. Overload protection is provided by a slipping clutch and models feature high performance disk brakes. Plug and socket electrical connections are an option to simplify final fix installation. Where required the range of lateral travel can be limited by the use of limit switches.
The chain hoist range offers several answers to height limitation. Low headroom hoists have a chain diverter so that the hook rises to the side of the motor gearbox to give an exceptionally low profile. Where headroom or the available operating envelope for the hoist is a more serious issue, hoists can be installed between the beams of a double beam crane to create a greater clear working height.
Control options include 48Volt standard pendant or remote operation by radio device. Control units can be set-up for solo operation or to work twin hoists for tandem lifts.
The LX chain hoist is built for world markets. Rated capacities can be expressed as Metric tonnes or US tons. A wide selection of motor voltages enables hoists to meet different national requirements. Products are fully tested and certified under relevant EU and other international regulations.
Street Crane is a world leader in overhead cranes and wire rope hoists that are used for heavy duty factory applications requiring lifts of up to 200 tonnes. Andrew Pimblett concluded, "It has taken many years to establish Street Crane as a global player in wire rope hoists and we are confident that the value offered by the LX electric chain hoist will be very attractive to our customers. Feedback from our international distributors has already been highly favourable."