Konecranes, the lifting equipment company based in Scotland, UK has partnered with Ikusi industrial remote controls based in England in a radio remote control agreement extending to a three-model range.
Ergonomically designed, the range takes in two slim line handheld units - the 8000 500 and 8000 520 - and the ‘belly’ Ikoncontrol 3 system. The co-branded product offering is not only quick and easy to operate but robust and flexible in terms of its operating characteristics, Konecranes.
While the 500 model is a classic control unit for all types of lifting operation, the 520 offers multiple configurations on what is a compact transmitter. Both products use high sensitivity, two-step push buttons. The 550 model can be customised and has a newly designed M070 joystick.
Features common to all three products include:
- Fast customisation of a spare transmitter with removable SIM module, for easy and quick maintenance
- Quick and easy change of working frequency channel by software and-or automatic selection of working channel – LBT: Listen Before Talking
- NiMH rechargeable batteries
- CB70 battery charger with two-hour charge feature.
Pat Campbell, Konecranes director of market area-West Europe, commented, “Radio remote controls are fast becoming the norm in the lifting world, largely due to the fact that not only do they provide greater operating flexibility, they are much safer for the operator to use as they do not have to enter the area where an overhead crane or hoist is working. Furthermore, as it is the younger age that we are now seeing coming through, it is console technology that they are very comfortable with.”