Wire-Rope Hoists offer capacities up to 80 tons.

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Series CXT Hoists uses rope drum that is large in diameter but short in length, reducing bending forces and minimizing horizontal hook travel during lowering. Integrated motor and inverter controls provide stepless speed control. Ergonomic design of hook forging and safety catch makes it safer for worker rigging load. Brakes are dust proof and adjustment free for life of hoist. Constant-condition-monitoring technology enhances crane safety and performance.

Original Press Release:

Konecranes Launches Major Expansion of Groundbreaking CXT Wire Rope Hoist Line in North America

Konecranes is now in full rollout of a new series of wire rope hoists offering the first real advance in hoist design seen in years. The innovative CXT hoist, currently available in capacities up to 80 tons, has redesigned key components to increase reliability, safety and maintainability. Along with
an impressive list of operating benefits, the design also improves the use of factory space, substantially lowering construction costs for new facilities.

The CXT series represents a totally new approach to hoist design, and Konecranes has filed 11 main patent applications for its innovations. In traditional hoist designs the rope drum and rope diameter are minimized. In contrast, the CXT uses a rope drum that is large in diameter but short in length. By more than doubling the drum diameter and placing the hoisting motor inside the drum, Konecranes was able to shorten the hoist length to half the previous dimension. This design strategy has several advantages. The larger rope drum reduces bending forces, which
improves rope life. It also minimizes horizontal hook travel during lowering, which allows fast, accurate load positioning. Perhaps most important, reduced hook dimensions create more
usable workspace. Compared to traditional designs, CXT cranes can operate closer to walls and lift loads higher. In factory retrofits, previously unused or under-utilized areas can become productive workspace. For new facilities, CXT improves flexibility for factory layout and material flow planning, and enables use of a smaller building shell that is less expensive to build.

Other cutting-edge features include high-performance hoisting motors built in Konecranes own motor factory which combine extra power with superior cooling characteristics, improving per-
formance during peak usage as well as overall reliability. Since speed control is a critical element in the improvement of both efficiency and safety, Konecranes developed integrated motor and
inverter controls for CXT that provide stepless speed control standard throughout the product line, even in capacities as low as 1 ton.

Safety is also served with a new ergonomic design of the hook forging and safety catch, which makes it easier and safer for the worker rigging the load. High-performance brakes have a dust-proof construction and are adjustment-free for the life of the hoist. Translated into everyday usage, they are designed to brake a million times without adjustment.CXT also includes Konecranes' latest generation of constant-condition-monitoring technology to enhance crane safety and performance. Following Konecranes' manufacturing strategy, all the key components for CXT cranes and hoists are produced by Konecranes' own production plants with ISO 9001 quality certification.

One of the leading crane companies in the world, KCI Konecranes is organized into three Business Areas: Maintenance Services, Standard Lifting Equipment and Special Cranes. The new CXT product range is part of KCI Konecranes' Standard Lifting Equipment Business Area. In 2002, Group sales were 714 million Euros. KCI Konecranes operates with well over 4,400 employees in 40 countries worldwide.

For more information,contact:

Keith King, President, North American Industrial Cranes

KCI Konecranes America


Linda Graham, Wordsworth Ltd.



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