Italy's Imet has introduced the Zeus M1 HSC series for small manual 4-function hydraulic cranes.
The series can be retrofitted to manual cranes and it has been designed to improve performance for minimal outlay. "Now, with this kit that represents a small investment, it is possible to give the old manual cranes a second life, transforming them into radio remote controlled ones along with all the advantages: more efficiency and safety," says a company spokesman.
"People now more than ever are focused on having the best quality priced ratio, to save installation costs through manpower reduction, easy reparation and low cost of maintenance because, obviously, service is expensive," Imet continues.
The transmitter unit Zeus M1 uses a single optical joystick to manage all four functions, while an LED indicates the crane's movement. In addition, the DSC selector option, which can be added to the fast and slow mode, allows the operator to adjust the speed of each single movement, in real time, while operating in slow mode.
With the DSC the limits for slow mode can vary within the limits of a minimum and maximum speed set in the machine's 'rabbit' mode. By clicking the 'DSC +/- commands, the calibration generates increases or decreases of the basic value of the slow speed. This can be done for each direction and for each function.
The HSC has been designed with a monoblock structure of actuators, which is suited for 4-function hydraulic cranes. The hydraulics includes a pressure reducer and a filter for minimal maintenance. The L-DC receiver unit is designed to be small and for easy installation anywhere on the machine.
Concerning the overall financial climate, Imet's spokesman continues, "There are some small signs of recovery, but it is still too soon to say whether it is going to be stable and permanent. The economic situation of some European countries is not very clear and for this reason there could be further downfall. Therefore there is optimism, but with a lot of caution."
"We have seen reduced sales in applications connected to construction tower cranes, concrete pumps and hydraulic cranes. In other fields there were some reduced sales, but, these were less consistent."