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Going to InfoComm? Stop By and Visit Columbus McKinnon

Going to InfoComm? Stop By and Visit Columbus McKinnon

The annual InfoComm show kicks off next week.

With 1,000 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees, InfoComm 2017 is the largest annual conference and exhibition in North America for the audiovisual market. The InfoComm show is produced by InfoComm International, the association for commercial AV professionals worldwide.

This year’s conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center on June 14-16. Visit infocommshow.org to register.

You can find CM Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) at Booth #7273.

Stop by and see everything we have to offer, including new and industry-leading products such as the:

Meet Our InfoComm Team

We will have a strong representation of our sales and training teams at the booth to address your questions about any of our products. They include:

  • Herb Hart and Dave Carmack from our North American Entertainment Technology team.
  • John Vander Linden, Global Product Manager, Powered Chain Hoists
  • Antonio Villalon, Sales Engineer, Central America and The Caribbean
  • Brian Leister, Senior Technical Trainer at our new Rock Lititz Training Center
  • Mike DiLallo, Director of Sales – Industrial and Vertical Markets, North America


Please don’t be a stranger. Tell us what you enjoyed most about InfoComm this year by posting your comments and photos on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #cmlodestar. Some of our new followers during the show will get a free koozie or carabiner! We would love to hear from you!

Krista Terwilliger

Krista Terwilliger is a Marketing Coordinator at Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Going to USITT? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

Going to USITT? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon


The 57th annual USITT Show kicks off next week.

The USITT show is the largest full production trade show in America, featuring 200 exhibitors and special exhibits from around the industry. USITT is the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry. The conference focuses on various workshops that help educate attendees on several aspects of theater.

This year’s conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at America’s Center Convention Complex on March 7-11.

You can find CM Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) at Booth #731.

Stop by and see everything we have to offer, including new and industry-favorite products such as the:

Our sales and training teams will also be available to address your questions about any of our products.

While You’re Visiting USITT, Get Trained.

Check out this training opportunity during USITT. You still have time to register:

CM Lodestar RTC Motor Technician Certification School
taught by David Carmack, 
Entertainment Product Trainer, ETCP Recognized Trainer, IATSE TTF Recommended Trainer
This course counts toward 12 renewal credits for ETCP Certified Riggers.

Date & Time: March 7-8 (9:00 am-5:00 pm)
America’s Center Convention Complex
Location: TBD

Don’t miss an annual favorite “Stump the Rigger” featuring Herb Hart & Bill Sapsis on Saturday, March 11, from 11:00-12:30.


Please don’t be a stranger. Tell us what you enjoyed most about USITT this year by posting your comments and photos on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and using the hashtag #cmlodestar. Some of our new followers during the show will get a free CMET beanie cap! We would love to hear from you!

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Columbus McKinnon Holds Hoist Workshops in Russia

Columbus McKinnon Holds Hoist Workshops in Russia

Hoist Workshops in Russia
Mr. Nikolay Goch, Managing Director of CMCO Russia, teaches the class. Photo Credit: Julia Pleshan

To showcase Columbus McKinnon and its products for the entertainment industry, the company presented two hoist workshops in Russia last year. Held at the Global Show Trade (Coda Audio) in Moscow, the first workshop was on January 20 and the second on May 12. More than 30 guests from leading Russian rental, installation and rigging companies took part in each session.

The workshops were conducted by Columbus McKinnon Associates, including Nikolay Goch, Managing Director of Columbus McKinnon LLC (Russia); Igor Alyamskiy, commercial director of CMCO Russia; Chris Jones, senior technician and CM-ET trainer at Columbus McKinnon Corporation Limited (UK); and myself.

In the first part of the workshop, presenters provided an overview of CMCO’s history and discussed CMCO’s entertainment product portfolio. The focus was primarily on the CM Lodestar electric chain hoist. The team presented different Lodestar models, pointing out the different requirements and laws that each met. The compact Prostar electric chain hoist was also discussed. Attendees received information on usage standards and rules, hoist structure, safety and maintenance procedures. The workshop concluded with a question and answer session.

During the second part of the workshop, Chris Jones gave demonstrations on the structure of CM Lodestar hoist in action, including a design overview, troubleshooting methods and maintenance recommendations. The workshops proved to be very successful and great opportunities to engage with our customers. Columbus McKinnon plans to hold similar workshops for customers in the future.

Dmitry Smirnov is our Sales Manager at Columbus McKinnon LLC Russia.

Understanding Horsepower Ratings on Hoists

Understanding Horsepower Ratings on Hoists

horsepower ratings on hoists

Chris, an ETCP certified rigger and recent safety webinar attendee, asks the following question about horsepower ratings on hoists:

“I don’t see Columbus McKinnon hoists rated with horsepower, however, they are sometimes referred to by that rating. Does that relate to the FPM capability? I am guessing that a faster FPM hoist would have to have a ‘stronger’ electric motor. Looking forward to your comments.”

Dave Carmack, Columbus McKinnon Entertainment Trainer, ETCP Recognized Trainer and recent safety webinar presenter, responds:

To answer this question, let’s take a look at the history of horsepower. When steam engines were invented, the designers wanted to know how much work the steam engines could do in comparison to a horse of that day. This is where the term horsepower originated.

Horsepower is a measurement of power at the rate at which work is done. When we measure the power of a horse, we see that one horse can do 33,000 foot pounds of work per minute.

Now, the question of horsepower is: I want to move an object from one place to another in a specific amount of time. How much effort (or power) will this take?

Looking at the Lodestar, this hoist can have a variety of different horsepower ratings, depending on the capacities and speeds. For example, take a look at the 1/2-ton Lodestar below:

1. ½ ton unit with a lifting speed of 8 fpm is a ¼ hp
2. ½ ton unit with a lifting speed of 16 fpm is ½ hp
3. ½ ton unit with a lifting speed of 32 fpm is 1 hp
4. ½ ton unit with a lifting speed of 64 fpm is 2 hp

We also need to consider the gear ratio and the type or size stator we use in the motor to accomplish how much weight and at what speed the hoist needs to work.

Want to learn more? View our Safety Webinar on: Frequently Asked Questions During our CM ET Motor Schools.

Dave Carmack

Dave is a Product Trainer for our CM Entertainment Division. Other credentials include being an ETCP Recognized Trainer & IATSE TTF Recommended Trainer.

Santa Fe Springs Warehouse and Training Center Serve West Coast Market

Santa Fe Springs Warehouse and Training Center Serve West Coast Market

Santa Fe Exterior

Whether you’re located in the eastern United States or the northwest region of Canada, Columbus McKinnon is nearby. With warehouses located in Atlanta, Georgia; Tonawanda, New York; Edmonton, Alberta and Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; we are strategically located to meet the needs of customers across North America.

Further improving our ability to serve our customers, we recently opened a new warehouse and training center in Santa Fe Springs, California, to ensure product availability and local training for the west coast market.

“With its close proximity to Long Beach Port in California, Santa Fe Springs is strategically located to serve our customers in the entire West Coast market,” said Randy Lewis, General Manager – Warehouse Operations. “With 30,000 square feet, the new warehouse facility has twice the space as our previous location in Santa Fe Springs. That means we can stock more product and in greater volumes.”

The larger facility has not only allowed us to increase standard stock levels of a broader product selection, but also provides a more efficient layout. And, because incoming and outgoing containers can be unloaded more proficiently and inspected thoroughly, our customers receive their product sooner and with fewer errors.

As part of the new warehouse we also opened a training center to meet the growing need and request for CMCO entertainment training classes on the west coast. The space is designed to accommodate larger classes, provide ample room to display product and allow students to get hands-on training with our hoists and rigging equipment. The Santa Fe Springs location also acts as our west coast sales office which means we can service our regional customers better.

Together, our new Santa Fe Springs training center and warehouse will help us better meet the needs of our Channel Partners and end users on the West Coast, ensuring they get the products and training they need when they need it.

Christie Lagowski

Christie Lagowski is a Communications Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Ask Questions, Share Stories, Get Engaged on Social Media

Ask Questions, Share Stories, Get Engaged on Social Media

We decided to shift gears this week and show you a little of what we’ve been up to on social media lately. We have many exciting conversations and interactions happening there every day with our Channel Partners, end users and material handling professionals around the world. All of you reach out to us for different reasons. Here are just a few examples:

  • Some of you have a question you want answered. We received a tweet from a distributor in Mexico who requested special paperwork for border clearance. We got it to him within hours. This was one happy distributor!
  • Others have a cool picture from an exciting concert or event they attended, so we started a collection on Facebook. We love seeing photos from your kid’s sports game or stage performance or while on vacation. If you are lucky enough to get an application story that you can share, we could feature it right here on our blog. Just send it my way!
  • Some of you need expert advice on specific topics. We have addressed many of your questions here. Below are are few of our most popular posts:

Missing Chain Sling ID Tags and who is to Blame
What is the Working Load Limit of a 2 Legged Chain Sling?
The 3 Most Asked Questions from our CM-ET Motor Hoist Schools
Does your Overhead Crane meet OSHA regulations?
Can Lever Tools be Used to Adjust Slings?

  • We also enjoy your tradeshow engagement on Twitter & Facebook and sharing in your fun. Check out these cool beanies from USITT!

IMG_0654 Beanie Cap #3

Beanie Cap #1
Please feel free to reach out to us 24/7 on our social media channels. We are here to promote safety on the job and help you get the answers you need for any of your material handling questions. The first person to engage with us on each of our social media channels below and tell us your favorite CM product and why will receive a CMCO shirt!

(This means 6 winners in total.) We look forward to connecting with you!

Twitter (Industrial Products)
Twitter (Entertainment)

Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

The Curtain Goes Up on the New CM-ET Website

The Curtain Goes Up on the New CM-ET Website


Columbus McKinnon Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) announces the launch of its new website at www.cm-et.com.

The goal of this major redesign was to make the visitor experience more enjoyable, as well as educational. Aside from updating the site’s look and feel, we focused on improving the navigation. We know that visitors want to find what they’re looking for easily and quickly, so building intuitive and logical navigation was paramount.

Another priority was to make the site content rich and engaging by offering valuable and educational information. For example, our Side-by-Side comparison feature is a tool that will help visitors make a better choice if they‘re looking to purchase a powered or manual hoist. Related social media feeds, training information and tradeshow updates make the overall experience more enjoyable as well as timely.

Other key features include:

An Expanded Product Offering.
For the first time, we now have all CM entertainment products on line. From the CM Lodestar electric chain hoist to CM Chain Links, visitors can see all products we market to the entertainment industry.

A New Searchable Download Library
Visitors now have access to download all available CM entertainment literature in a new searchable library. Stop hunting, and find everything you need when you search by literature type or by keyword.

New Integrated Social Media
Get up to the minute industry news, product information and training updates through our Live Twitter and Blog feeds. Stay in touch when you sign up for our eNewsletter or follow us on Twitter.

Expanded Training Information
Learn more and register for any one of our entertainment classes. Discover how other rigging professionals have benefited from CM-ET training at our Alumni Spotlight.

This website launch is part of our focused effort to support the entertainment industry through online and social media campaigns.  Please make www.cm-et.com a favorite for product and industry news.

Gary Krypel

Gary Krypel is the Marketing Communications Manager for Columbus McKinnon.