Improved Crane and Hoist Safety With New GH and GHX Hoist Drives

Improved Crane and Hoist Safety With New GH and GHX Lines of Hoist Drive Units and Motors

ABM DRIVES INC. introduces its latest line of GH and GHX hoist drive units and motors to manage precise and safe lifting of loads ranging from 3.2 to 40.1 tons. These hoist and crane drives deliver safe handling for both the operator and the load by managing precise loads; implementing soft acceleration; integrating smooth, low-wear and dual-surface safety brakes; braking safely without swinging the load; automatically braking during a power loss; and offering aluminum housings with high corrosion resistance.

Additional product highlights include: light weight units for reduced shipping costs and easy mounting; compact designs for small space requirements; increased axle distance for favorable mounting conditions; dynamic speed torque curve for high start and break-down torque; and bearing support of drum integrated into hoist drive gearbox.

ABM DRIVES INC.’s specially designed product program for demanding hoist technology offers a single source for hoist drive units, hoist motors all the way to travel drive units and frequency inverters.

Choosing a Gearbox Drive and Electric Motor Supplier

When choosing manufacturing partners during a machine build, remember that there are two methods for choosing a gearbox and electric motor supplier. One is selecting a pre-engineered unit and the other is choosing a gearbox-motor combination and integrating them into the equipment.

Pre-engineered gearmotor solutions are suitable if a design engineer doesn’t have the time or engineering resources to build a gearmotor in-house — or if the design needs a quick setup. New modular approaches to support OEMs (and enable new machine tools, automation, and design software) now let engineers get reasonably priced gearmotors even in modest volumes.

It’s true that one benefit to selecting a separate motor and gearbox and then combining them can less expensive than choosing a pre-engineered gearmotor. Another benefit to this approach is that one may be able to design the most optimized gearmotor for the application at hand … because this approach also gives the design engineer the most control over the final configuration and cost.

No matter the approach to gearmotor selection, be sure to continually improve the design by comparing predictions of performance with measurements. Then use the result of the analysis to improve next gearmotor iteration.

Contact: Gabriel Venzin, President, ABM DRIVES INC, +1-513-576-1300, [email protected].