Advanced system solutions designed for when efficiency and safety are critical for driving smooth operation.

automotive hero3

Columbus McKinnon's reliable hoisting and lifting equipment, conveyors, and advanced power and motion control technology can be found in nearly every process within the automotive industry. From production to distribution, we provide innovative technology to help increase productivity, safety, and uptime in your facility. Whether your primary objectives are to save money, improve safety, increase productivity, or simplify your processes, Columbus McKinnon can help you meet your goals.

With specialty features and capabilities, our products are designed for superior performance for even the most challenging applications and can be customized to meet your exact requirements. When you choose Columbus McKinnon, you can be assured you’re getting the most advanced, proven control technology available.

Custom developed Pfaff-silberblau special lifting units HEK10.1 for the new KMP 1500 Mobile Platform from KUKA

Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products is now supplying Pfaff-silberblau HEK10.1 lifting units as standard equipment to KUKA for integration into the KMP 1500 Mobile Platform. The lifting unit is a special development according to DIN EN 1494:2009-05 and EN 1570-1:2011+A1:2014 "Safety requirements for lifting tables" specifically for this automated guided vehicle, which moves around autonomously. With a lifting capacity of 10 kN per lifting unit, large loads can be moved around very flexibly on the small, manoeuvrable platform and moved vertically at speeds of 50 mm/s over a lifting path of 200 mm. Thanks to its two lifting units, the KMP 1500 transports loads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes safely through production and warehouses.

Pfaff-silberblau - PHOENIX lifting column

With our PHOENIX lifting columns forces of up to 25 kN can be easily moved. The versatile installation options, such as vertical, horizontal or overhead, and the compact design meet many requirements for use.

PHOENIX lifting columns are suitable e.g. for: Ergonomic height adjustment of work and assembly tables, Lifting and moving eccentric loads without additional guides and optically demanding applications such as exhibition stands and much more.

Watch now our video.

ProPath Automated Workstation Crane

The new Unified Industries brand ProPath™ Automated Workstation Crane combines industry-leading Enclosed Track Aluminum (ETA) Rail with semi- or fully automated “smart” material handling solutions in a unique package to increase the safety, productivity, and uptime of your facility. 

Automotive Industry Case Studies

Browse all of our Automotive Industry case studies from auto-dispatch systems and heavy-duty vehicle lifts for maintenance shops to an automated engine paint line monorail system solution. 


Automated Guided Vehicles Provide Increased Operational Efficiency

The OEM of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) discovered that linear actuators used in the design of their AGVs were wearing out sooner than expected. Columbus McKinnon was able to replace the previous actuator with the Duff-Norton brand LT50-2-50 linear actuator, a long-lasting micro limit switch actuator.


Brands Serving the Automotive Industry

pfaff-silberblau-color Stahl_Color 10 Yale 10 Duff-Norton_Color 10 magnetek-color Unified_Color 10 CM_Color 10 Coffing_Hoists 10

To help solve an ergonomic problem they were encountering on their assembly line, a large automotive OEM approached Columbus McKinnon’s Unified Industries and our Channel Partner for assistance. At the facility, employees working at the customer’s final assembly unload station were having difficulty moving the existing steel trussed overhead crane system – to the point that it even caused operator injury. Unified Industries products helped address this issue.

Read More

A North American bus manufacturer wanted to automate their new vehicle model assembly to increase productivity while maintaining high quality standards. In order to achieve the increased throughput that is required, the company decided to install two identical monorail systems. Each 3-carrier monorail system was designed to move vehicle parts from an assembly conveyor onto the vehicle body that is located on an on-ground conveyor system.

Read More

Pfaff-silberblau - product overview lifting and motion technology

We are technology leaders in components and system solutions for mechanical motion and lifting technology.

Our product portfolio includes #screwjacks, #linearmotion, #liftingcolumns, #liftingtables, #electric and #manuel #wireropewinches, #screws, #nuts, #bevelgear boxes and #accessories.


Want To Learn More?