Columbus McKinnon Unveils the First Electric Chain Hoist with Remote Monitoring and Wireless Programming

The Power of Intelligent Lifting— CM® Lodestar® VS Electric Chain Hoist Now Features Intelli-Connect™ Diagnostics and Analytics

Crane Systems | Hoisting & Lifting Equipment | Industry News | by Columbus McKinnon | 08 Mar 2022


Columbus McKinnon made its iconic CM Lodestar electric chain hoist even more advanced than ever. We combined the Lodestar’s industry-leading design with the best-in-class features of premier Magnetek® variable frequency drives and Intelli-Connect™ Diagnostic and Analytic technology. The result – the only chain hoist on the market that allows operators to wirelessly program, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot from the plant floor using a smartphone or tablet.

Intelli-Connect is available as an option on all new Lodestar VS units or in retrofit kits for existing units.

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The Competitive Advantage
Intelli-Connect eliminates the need to connect a tablet or PC to the hoist with a cord. Now, users can access information wirelessly through the Intelli-Connect Mobile or Mobile+ app from their mobile device.

Intelli-Connect Mobile offers a wide range of functionality, including:

  • Hoist programming and monitoring
  • Access to manuals
  • Parameter file storage
  • Over-the-air software updates
  • Easy contact with our customer service team

Intelli-Connect Mobile+ offers all the capabilities of Intelli-Connect Mobile, plus advanced diagnostics and analytics. This includes continuous equipment monitoring complete with long-term performance information, such as runs, faults, alarms, and VFD status variables such as fault codes, motor voltage, current, available hoist operating life, and more.

With information available at your fingertips, you can easily adjust performance parameters, address issues more quickly, plan maintenance, and ultimately reduce downtime.