Product News: Robotics

Collision Avoidance Systems optimize overhead crane safety.

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Collision Avoidance Systems optimize overhead crane safety.

Apr 17, 2015 - By preventing crane-to-crane or crane-to-end-stop collisions, ReFlx® 45 and LaserGuard™2 optimize performance of overhead material handling systems. ReFlx 45, with detection range of 3–45 ft, is suited for single stop event with one contact point. LaserGuard2 uses self-monitoring optical lasers to check crane’s position and offers detection range of 8 in. to 150 ft. System's multi-distance detection feature is flexible enough to manage crane-to-crane and crane-to-wall operation.

Magnetek, Inc. - Menomonee Falls, WI

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Magnetek Adds Two Systems to Collision Avoidance Product Family

Press release date: Apr 07, 2015

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. -- Magnetek, Inc., a leading provider of digital power and motion control systems, today announced the addition of two new systems to their collision avoidance family of products. The ReFlx® 45 and LaserGuard™2 join the ReFlx® 120 as options to enhance the performance of overhead material handling systems by preventing crane-to-crane or crane-to-end-stop collisions. Avoiding collisions results in reduced maintenance costs and increased operator safety.

“Our collision avoidance system options include an array of functionalities, sizes, and price points to complement the range of innovative power control and delivery systems and solutions we offer for the material handling industry,” said Aaron Kureck, Magnetek’s director of product development and aftermarket services. “When investing in overhead cranes, it is not worth risking even one collision.”

The new ReFlx 45 is a cost-effective solution, ideal for a single stop event with one contact point. All electronic components are built into the IP67-rated housing, enabling easy installation on overhead material handling applications. ReFlx 45 has a detection range of 3-45 feet, and the system includes a sensor, 2x2 foot reflector, and sensor bracket. The ReFlx 45’s LED power and range indicator lights allow for easy set-up and troubleshooting, while the optional DIN rail for mounting simplifies retrofit installations in harsh environments.

Next generation LaserGuard2 is the most technologically advanced system available, able to detect between 8 inches and 150 feet. It uses self-monitoring optical lasers to check a crane’s position and the multi-distance detection feature is flexible enough to manage crane-to-crane and crane-to-wall operation. The LaserGuard2 system includes a laser support unit, 2x2 foot reflector, laser, mounting bracket, and sensor cable. Pushbutton programming makes the LaserGuard2 easy to use and a visible red light provides easy alignment and quick set-up.

The ReFlx 120 system, which features a reliable, solid-state control board in a small, easy-to-install enclosure, completes the collision avoidance family and includes a sensor, sensor cable, 2x2 foot reflector, and controller.

For more information about the ReFlx 45, ReFlx 120, LaserGuard2, or any of Magnetek’s advanced material handling control products, visit www.magnetekmh.com.

About Magnetek
Magnetek, Inc. is a leading provider of Energy Engineered® digital power and motion control systems used in overhead material handling, elevator, and mining applications. The Company is North America’s largest supplier of digital drive systems for industrial cranes, hoists, and monorails and also provides radio remote controls, motors, braking and collision avoidance subsystems to North America’s foremost overhead material handling crane builders. Magnetek is also the world’s largest independent builder of highly integrated digital motion control systems for high-rise, high-speed elevators and is a leading independent supplier of digital motion control systems for underground coal mining applications. Headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., in the greater Milwaukee area, Magnetek operates manufacturing facilities in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Bridgeville, Pa., as well as Menomonee Falls.