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change conditions and improve practices on every job site. “I am glad to be a member of the CIS


team. My job is to drive innovation in the lifting and heavy equipment training industry, and expand how CIS serves customers,” said Rice. y


Columbus McKinnon’s Automation Division Introduces Intelli-Crane™ Family of Products; Launches Magnetek® Brand MagnePulse™ DMC Series 2 Digital Magnet Control


> Combining the Company’s expertise as lifting specialists with the smart technology of its Magnetek® brand, Columbus McKinnon Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCO), a leading designer and manufacturer of motion control products and technologies for material handling, launches its Intelli- Crane™ family of products. New from Columbus McKinnon, the Magnetek® brand IntelliProtect™ System is the first product in the Intelli-Crane portfolio, which leverages automation technology to improve customers’ safety, productivity, and uptime. Intelli-Protect™ Systems featuring no-fly


zone technology help protect assets and personnel in working areas while improving facility throughput. No-fly zones refer to protected areas where normal crane operation is limited or entirely restricted. Intelli-Protect allows you to designate locations where a crane is programmed to slow down or stop, using motion control products such as variable frequency drives, radio remote controls, limit switches, and sensors. These versatile systems — ranging from simple configurations to the more complex — can be easily added to existing crane controls or included in new installations. “Implementing an Intelli-Protect System


limits the risk of collisions, increases safety for equipment and personnel in protected areas, and improves facility throughput,” said Peter Stipan, Global Director, Automation Division. Intelli-Protect is available in either fixed


location or configurable options. Fixed Location Systems utilize limit switches installed on bridge and trolley motions that interface with a controller for functional customization. These systems are available


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in three configurations optimized for two-sided, three-sided, and four-sided areas where crane motion is limited or entirely restricted. Configurable Systems utilize laser


positioning sensors installed on bridge and trolley motions that interface with a controller for functional customization. Providing flexibility for your application, these systems can be configured to your exact requirements and easily modified from any personal electronic device as changing process, plant, and crane conditions require. Columbus McKinnon’s packaged Intelli-


Crane automation solutions are designed for ease of use, quick configuration, and feature short lead times to get your system up and running quickly. Separately, Columbus McKinnon


announces the availability of the Magnetek® brand MagnePulse™ DMC Series 2 Digital Magnet Control – the Company’s latest innovation in DC-to-DC control. Combining advanced safety and performance features in one easy-to-use control, MagnePulse DMC Series 2 offers comprehensive system monitoring that can optimize the efficiency of processes and equipment. MagnePulse is ideal for operation of industrial lifting magnets in heavy-duty applications. “Having immediate access to critical


equipment and system information can help increase the safety, productivity, and uptime in a facility,” said Casey Cummins, product manager for Magnetek-brand controls. “The new diagnostic capabilities of the MagnePulse DMC Series 2 improve communication between the drive and operators and simplify the process of accessing the drive and its performance data.” Fully compatible with Magnetek-brand


IMPULSE®•Link 5 software and DataLogger Series 4 (DLS4), MagnePulse DMC Series 2 delivers critical performance information, such as alarm, fault, and run details, that can assist with predictive maintenance and help minimize downtime. MagnePulse is designed with safety in mind, featuring the ability to monitor itself while in use to ensure proper operation. It can also be programmed to maintain safe thresholds of the magnet it is controlling, including twenty-five variables such as magnet current, voltage, resistance, temperature, and DC-bus voltage. The more on-the-spot information available to users, the safer and more efficient facilities can operate.


MagnePulse DMC Series 2 can be


retrofitted to an existing system, designed as a pre-engineered panel, or added to a custom panel built to customers’ exact specifications. To learn more about either of these products, visit www.magnetek.com. y


Northern Strands Group of Companies Donates N95 Masks and 3D Prints Face Shield Components for Healthcare Workers


> Recently Northern Strands purchased a 3D printer from Wave of the Future 3D. At the time we purchased a 3D printer in the interest of innovation and cost savings. It was an excellent investment for Northern Strands, with the cost of 3D printers going down and the quality and capabilities of 3D printers going up. It was business as usual...Then seemingly


out of nowhere the world changed. Covid- 19 was spreading throughout the world and Canada. The virus has put a strain on healthcare systems around the world. In Saskatchewan and Canada, there is a shortage of personal protective equipment or PPE for our healthcare workers. A local dentist approached the owner of Northern Strands, Garry Clarke, asking what our capabilities are and if we could help out? At the same time we were receiving emails from SIMSA (Saskatchewan and industrial mining supply chain association), asking their members if we could donate PPE? We wanted to help in any way we could. Our first thought was to check our own PPE inventory for N95 masks. Our sister company, Fortis Mining Engineering & Manufacturing had N95 masks in stock! We immediately donated 80 masks to St. Paul’s hospital in Saskatoon. Next, we contacted our 3D printer


supplier, Wave of the Future 3D, and asked if our 3D printer had the potential to fabricate anything that would be of use to the healthcare industry? We soon realized that our 3D printer could indeed help in the production of face shields for healthcare workers. Specifically, we can fabricate the headband component of the face shield. Currently we are printing 24 a day and sending them to Wave of the Future 3D. They will then assemble them and send them to the hospitals and other healthcare facilities that require them. y


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