Alloy Links accept grade 100 and 80 chain.

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Master links up to 1 1/4 in. dia accept Coupler links and are embossed with trace code and product code. Load limits for vertical lifts range from 3,360 to 262,240 lbs with 7/16 and 3 1/2 in. links respectively. Alloy master links sub-assemblies working load limits for vertical lifts range from 4,200 to 262,240 lbs. Omegalok(TM) coupler links, available in 9/32, 3/8, 1/2, and 5/8 in. sizes, have working load limits ranging from 3,500 to 18,100 lbs.



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Columbus McKinnon(R) Forge Group Offers New Line Of Alloy Master Links



Only Complete line of Master Links offered in Country

AMHERST, N.Y., U.S.A., March 18-21, 2002 - Columbus McKinnon® Forge Group, a leader in custom forging needs in North America, offers a new complete line of alloy master links and master link assemblies, designed to be used with grade 100 and grade 80 chain as well as synthetics and wire rope for the lifting and rigging industry.

"We went out and listened to what our customers' forging needs were and came back to them with this alloy master link line," said David Johnston, product manager for the Forge Group. "By listening to their needs, we developed products to make their job quicker and easier."

Master links up to 1 1/4 inch in diameter and have engineered flats provided to accept the new CM Coupler link. The links are embossed with CM trace code, CM product code and CM USA for easy identification.

Working load limits for vertical lifts range from 3,360 pounds with a 7/16" link to 262,240 pounds with a 3 1/2" link for wire rope and synthetics applications at a 7.5:1 design factor. For CM chain applications at a 6:1 design factor, work load limits range from 4,200 pounds with a 7/16" link to 327,800 pounds with a 3 1/2" link.

Sub-assemblies come with generous inside width to provide ease of use with synthetic lifting products, multi part slings and crane hooks. A durable powder coated finish provides a top-quality appearance.

CM alloy master links sub-assemblies working load limits for vertical lifts range from 4,200 pounds with a SA050 complete assembly to 262,240 pounds with a SA350 complete assembly for wire rope and synthetics applications at a 7.5:1 design factor. For chain applications at a 6:1 design factor, work-load limits range from 5,750 pounds with a SA050 complete assembly to 327,800 pounds for a SA350 complete assembly.

Columbus McKinnon's family of master link and master link sub-assemblies also include Herc-alloy master links and master link sub-assemblies line of links, available in sizes from 13/32" to 3 1/2". This family consists of oblong master link and oblong master link sub-assemblies available in grade 100 and grade 80; pear shaped master links in grade 80; welded master rings in grade 80 and miscellaneous links and rings in oblong and pear shapes. Rounding out the line are weldless rings, that are forged and heat treated for pulling and towing applications and are not for overhead lifting.

The Omegalok(TM) coupler link is designed to be used with CM's new line of master link engineered flats. The Omegalok provides an economical method of attaching Grade 80 chain to any fitting that has the correct engineered flat. Omegalok links are designed using finite element analysis and have passed ASTM A952 and DIN fatigue requirements. Each line is coated with a special paint for longer life.

Omegalok coupler links come in four sizes, 9/32", 3/8", 1/2", and 5/8" and have working load limits ranging from 3,500 to 18,100 pounds.

Each master link, master link sub-assembly and ring for lifting applications is proof tested before shipping and certification is available upon request. For more information about alloy master links and other products from the Columbus McKinnon Forge Goup, contact your local distributor, call Columbus McKinnon at 800-888-0985 or visit the Web site at www.cmworks.com.

Columbus McKinnon Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCO) is a broad-line designer, manufacturer and supplier of sophisticated material handling products and integrated material handling systems that are widely distributed to industrial and consumer markets worldwide. Those items that reflect the highest sales of Columbus McKinnon's products segments are hoists, cranes, welded steel chain and attachments, and industrial components. Integrated material handling solutions are systems that are designed to meet specific applications of end users to increase productivity through material handling.

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