Custom Spreader Unloads Transport Trucks in a Fraction of the Time


by  on December 6, 2010

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Columbus McKinnon Corporation in South Africa recently supplied a motorized, radio remote controlled spreader to the automotive industry. This spreader was custom designed for lifting bundles of metal sheeting in loads of up to 10 tons at a time. This lifting solution was a joint effort by our Durban technical sales team in conjunction with the client.

The application previously used a spreader with synthetic slings which were covered with “PU” (polyurethane) coating. The downside of this process was that it was time consuming and cumbersome.¬† The new spreader now unloads transport trucks in a fraction of the time. Transporting the sheets of steel to the presses is also much safer.

The spreader is equipped with a number of failsafe features. One feature is that the jaws cannot open when lifting, lowering or positioning a load via a failsafe clutch system.

This application was submitted by Graham Campbell, Sales Director of our office in Westmead, South Africa.

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