Author: Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Unique Uses for CM Industrial Rigging Equipment

Unique Uses for CM Industrial Rigging Equipment

As a manufacturing and engineering company, Columbus McKinnon places high value in STEM education – education encouraging students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But, in recent years, STEM education has evolved into STEAM education, which aims to connect art to these areas of study to demonstrate how industrial products can contribute to creative artistic pursuits.

A perfect example of STEAM in a real-world application was initiated by our Channel Partner, American Crane. Artist, Janet Echelman, created an aerial art sculpture entitled “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” in Vancouver, Canada, that is suspended from the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront Building and the Vancouver Convention Center. Weighing more than 3,500 lbs., the sculpture is made of 145 miles of braided fiber and 860,000 hand/machine made knots.

To keep pedestrians safe as they walked below the sculpture, American Crane relied on CM Master Links and CM Master Rings. Known for their strength and durability, CM rigging products were perfect for this unique application with working loads limits ranging from 10,000 up to 86,000 lbs and a 4:1 design factor.

Without the use of heavy-duty equipment and engineering know how, such an impressive art installation would not have been safe or possible. This is just one unique example of how industrial technology contributes to making the world a more beautiful place.

A big thank you to our Channel Partner, American Crane, for sharing this unique application story with us!

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Get Genuine Columbus McKinnon Hoist Parts with the New Parts Star Program

Get Genuine Columbus McKinnon Hoist Parts with the New Parts Star Program

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Ordering replacement parts for CM, Yale and Shaw-Box brand electric chain and wire rope hoists is easier, faster and more economical than ever with Parts Star™ by Columbus McKinnon. The Parts Star™ replacement parts program ensures customers that they’re getting authentic Columbus McKinnon parts — the parts designed to fit the hoist’s exact specifications, maintain warranty requirements, and preserve the integrity of the hoist’s superior design and safety features.

There are two unique components of the Parts Star™ program you can take advantage of:

Total Repair Kits
We have pre-packaged common chain and wire rope hoist replacement parts into competitively priced kits. These kits guarantee you will get everything you need to do a complete and professional hoist repair and feature smart part numbers for easy ordering. End-users can ask for a “total repair” and know that they’re getting genuine CMCO parts.

Bulk Packaged Parts
In addition to Total Repair Kits, we now offer discounted volume packaging for our most common replacement parts. In addition to saving money, you can ensure the parts you need are always on hand with less frequent ordering and reduced lead times.

Parts Star Total Repair Kits are currently available for the:

Parts Star Bulk Packaged Parts are available for rigging and hoist Latch Kits.
New products will be added to the program in the coming months.

For more information on the Parts Star program visit our website.

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

We Are Where You Are: Columbus McKinnon Opens New Modern Warehouse in Houston

We Are Where You Are: Columbus McKinnon Opens New Modern Warehouse in Houston

As some competitors are closing and consolidating their distribution centers, Columbus McKinnon continues to invest in its network of warehouse facilities in North America. We’ve worked hard to strategically position our facilities across the country to align ourselves with the critical needs of our customers – one of which is fast delivery of our products. Randy Lewis

With that said, we are excited to announce a new expanded warehouse facility in Houston, Texas. To get the news firsthand, I reached out to Randy Lewis, our General Manager of our Warehouse Operations, to learn more about our new warehouse. Here is what he had to say:

“We already had a 30,000 square foot warehouse in Houston. Why did we decide to move?”
Several reasons factored into this move, but one of the main reasons is that this new facility gives us an additional 10,000 square feet of warehouse space. The building is greener with new high-efficiency lighting to save on energy costs.

“What are the benefits of the new facility to our customers?”
In the new building we have higher ceilings. With more vertical space, we increased our storage capacity to better support our customers in the central United States. More stock in Houston will decrease transportation lead times for central U.S. customers. It also provides additional storage for In-Stock Guarantee products and hoist-related goods.

The additional space in the new facility also makes us better equipped to handle the loading and unloading of trucks, resulting in a quicker turn around for will-call customers.

The location of the new facility is a big benefit. Within close proximity to refineries in the area, we will be better equipped to support the oil and gas markets.

“So, has the new facility opened its doors yet?”
Yes! We began operations on March 16.

“Where are CMCO’s warehouses located?”
We are where our customers are. We are in 4 of the 5 North American time zones and are strategically located near global transportation hubs and the major North American trade corridors.

Our warehouse locations include:

United States
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Houston, Texas
Santa Fe Springs, California
Tonawanda, New York

Canada
Edmonton, Alberta
Cobourg, Ontario

Providing best-in-class service and delivery to our customers is a critical part of the way we do business. This new facility along with our existing warehouses in the U.S. and Canada puts us closer to our Channel Partners and end-users, no matter where they are located. This allows us to provide better service while reduce shipping times and costs for our customers.

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Do You Need to Load Test When You Replace the Wire Rope in an Underhung Hoist?

Do You Need to Load Test When You Replace the Wire Rope in an Underhung Hoist?

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Richard, a recent safety webinar attendee, asks:

“Do you need to load test when you replace the wire rope in an underhung hoist?”

Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers:

The replacement of wire rope or chain for underhung hoists is specifically excluded from load test requirements. The wire rope should have already been tested by the manufacturer during the production process. The technician should perform a test without a load to check lifting and lowering function, brake operation and to check limiting devices. Reference ASME B30.16 for further details.

Some wire rope manufacturers recommend breaking in the rope. After installing the rope and starting with a light load (based on manufacturer’s recommendations), run through 20-25 lifting and lowering cycles at a reduced speed, gradually increasing the weight up to full capacity, if possible. This will allow the rope to adjust and properly seat itself. After this break-in procedure, secure the hook block and disconnect the rope end to relax or correct any possible torque or twists developed during the new installation and break in.

Want to learn more about Wire Rope Inspection and Maintenance of Underhung Hoists? Check out our recent safety webinar for yourself:

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Columbus McKinnon Products and Services on Display at Tradeshows

Columbus McKinnon Products and Services on Display at Tradeshows

Daniel Brandao, Duff-Norton Applications Engineer, answering a customer question.
Daniel Brandao, Duff-Norton Applications Engineer, answering a customer question.
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Columbus McKinnon’s Booth at Expo-Manufactura

Trade shows are a great way for us to meet Channel Partners and end users, and to showcase our latest products and services. We’re always excited to connect with business associates and make new friends.

Representatives from our Columbus McKinnon de Mexico and Duff-Norton facilities participated in Expo-Manufactura, a trade show held recently in Monterrey City, Mexico. The main purpose of the show was to make Mexican and Latin-American manufacturers aware of solutions provided by global industries to optimize precision processes, energy savings and sustainability. We are expanding our efforts to build our presence in this region through our participation in local trade shows and the addition of staff at our regional offices.

Our CMCO Associates in the states are heading to Cincinnati and Chicago later this month for the following two trade shows.  We hope to see you there!

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USITT
March 18-21, 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio
Booth: 1433

USITT (United States Institute for
Theater Technology) is the Association of design, production and technology professionals in the entertainment industry.

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ProMat 2015
March 23-26, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
Booth: 1912

ProMat is the largest exposition for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North America.
Learn more about why this event is one you won’t want to miss!

What trade shows will you be participating in this year?
Check out the shows that we’ll be attending in 2015.

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Customer Questions Acceleration Time on Variable Frequency Drives

Customer Questions Acceleration Time on Variable Frequency Drives

3-VFDTom, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question on variable frequency drives:

3-step infinitely variable control is 1st detent slow speed, 2nd detent HOLD, 3rd detent acceleration. If the application absolutely requires less than 2.0 second acceleration (Lodestar) can anything be done to accommodate?

Chris Zgoda, Corporate Trainer and webinar presenter, answers:

Thank you for your question. When the power is on and applied to the inverter, you can access the “U” parameters. The “U” parameters are the monitor parameters that allow the user to see what is happening. Too low of an acceleration time could present the following two issues:

  1. It could pull too much voltage off the DC Bus too quickly and cause a Uv (Under Voltage) fault.  Viewing the “U” parameter that monitors the DC Bus voltage you will see the DC Bus has approximately 340 Volts on it for a 230V hoist.  With an UP run button press you will note the voltage drops significantly at the first button press. With too quick of a ramp-up time, the voltage will drop even more causing an Under Voltage.
  2. Another potential fault is an Oc fault (Over Current) fault, meaning the inrush current that energizes the motor stator. Generally, the inrush current is about 150% of full load amps. The faster you take that motor from 0 RPM to 1725 RPM, the more current “energy” it will need.  So you could have a huge inrush current, especially if you have a heavy load on the hook, which may cause the drive to fault out, too.  You can also monitor the output current from the drive in the “U” parameter.

I might also note that the acceleration times are based on the full scale frequency of operation,  meaning an acceleration time of 5 seconds is from 0 to 60 Hz. If you press the pendant button for the 1st speed, it would not take 5 seconds to reach 6 Hz. It would be approx. 0.5 seconds.

Always follow factory service procedures when making adjustments to products.

For additional information, check out our Variable Frequency Drives Safety Webinar.

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Does Welding Spatter Warrant the Replacement of a Chain?

Does Welding Spatter Warrant the Replacement of a Chain?

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Joe, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Does welding spatter warrant the replacement of a chain?”

Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers:
Yes, weld spatter does warrant chain replacement. Weld spatter should be considered as heat damage. Because hoist chain is heat treated, any heat 410 degrees F and up could have an effect on the chain’s integrity. Weld splatter is molten metal at temperatures above 2,000 degrees. When it comes into contact with the chain, weld spatter adversely affects the heat treat properties of the link or links and the chain must be replaced.

To learn more about hoist chain inspection & lubrication, we encourage you watch the following safety webinars:

Hoist Chain Inspection and Maintenance
Hoist Chain Lubrication: Why is it so important?

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Do Chain Slings Need to Be Load Tested After a Repair Has Been Performed?

Do Chain Slings Need to Be Load Tested After a Repair Has Been Performed?

Chain SlingXavier, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor, asks the following question:
“I am doing some research on the guidelines and laws concerning repairs made to chain slings. I found some very conflicting information from OSHA and ASME. To summarize, ASME states that chain slings do not need to be load tested after a repair has been performed. OSHA says that new and repaired chain slings must be load tested before being returned to service. I was hoping to get your opinion and maybe Columbus McKinnon’s official stance on this issue.“

Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager, answers:
Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern. This is a great question. If the chain is a welded assembly (only certain companies are authorized to do this) and a welded link was repaired, then the sling needs to be load tested. If the sling is made up of mechanical components and those components have been individually load tested by the manufacturer, no load test needs to be done.

For example, I have a single-leg sling and I replace the top oblong link. The oblong link is connected with a mechanical coupler, such as a Hammerlok, and has been tested by the manufacturer. Under these conditions, I do not have to load test the sling, but I would recommend inspecting the sling, link by link, to be sure all components are safe to use per ASME B30.9 and OSHA 1910.184.

For additional information, check out our Chain Sling Inspection Safety Webinar or our new Rigging Catalog.

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Free Safety Webinars to Resume in January 2015

Free Safety Webinars to Resume in January 2015

Each month, the Columbus McKinnon training team hosts a free online safety webinar. We will not be holding a webinar in December, but to keep you focused on safety during this holiday break, we had a little fun making a video featuring five important tips to get you through the season safely.

We hope to see you in January, when our monthly safety webinars return with
Hoist Chain Lubrication: Why is it so Important?Register now.

Need a stocking stuffer idea?
Order the complete set of Safety Webinars!
We’ve compiled all of our 2014 recorded webinars on one convenient USB thumb drive. As an added bonus, we have also included all of our 2013 Safety Webinars.

Order by Christmas and we’ll include a free CM Rigging Guide!

We would like to thank all of our past safety webinar attendees for their time and interest, with a special call out to our Safety All-Stars for 2014:

  • Standard Crane, the company who attended the most CMCO Safety Webinars
  • Patrick Cox of Westech Rigging Supply, the individual who attended the most CMCO Safety Webinars

Thanks for all of the great feedback we have received on our safety webinars this year. Stay tuned for more engaging content to help you work safer in 2015!

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Columbus McKinnon Associates Touching Lives One Charity at a Time

Columbus McKinnon Associates Touching Lives One Charity at a Time

Thanksgiving is here and we have a lot to be thankful for. One of the best ways to show gratitude is to give back to our community by helping those less fortunate.

At Columbus McKinnon, volunteering and working with our local charities is very important to us. We know that many of you feel the same way and invest your time and resources in community service. We want to honor the charities that you support.

For the next six weeks, we would like you to share a photo with us of a community service event you did with your company or your family along with a link to the charity. Please send your photos to cmcolive@cmworks.com or you can post them on our Facebook page. We will create an album there and would love to have your event and charity included!

To kick things off, I would like to share three recent community outreach events within Columbus McKinnon and the charities we supported:

Ok, now its your turn. There are so many great causes out there deserving of our time and investment. Share your story! We can’t wait to hear about the difference you are making in your communities!

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.