Unified ProPath System
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Unified ProPath System
Unified ProPath Photo

ProPath® Automated Workstation Crane

ProPath System

Unified ProPath System
Unified ProPath Photo
Unified ProPath System
Unified ProPath Photo

The revolutionary ProPath® combines ETA Rail with semi- or fully automated solutions in a unique package to increase safety, productivity, and uptime.

Features and Benefits

The ProPath® System combines our industry-leading Enclosed Track Aluminum (ETA) Rail with semi or fully automated “smart” material handling solutions to increase the safety, productivity, and uptime of your facility. The system is unique to the industry, packaging high-quality hardware with innovative software to maximize performance and safety. Two uniquely designed automation configurations are available for varying levels of control, which can include wireless communication, positioning components, and diagnostics and reporting structures for efficient, precise operation. 

Semi-Automated Configuration

In its semi-automated configuration, also known as auto-dispatch, the ProPath System enables automated movement, while also utilizing human assistance for precise actions.

This allows multiple areas to share a single crane and finished product to travel through one, all, or a combination of work locations.


  •  Automated Movement with Human Initial Commands
  •  Automatic Material Flow to Maximize Productivity
  •  Obstruction Detection for Equipment and Operator Safety
  •  Configurable No-Fly Zones Available to Limit Risk of Collisions

Fully-Automated Configuration

The fully automated ProPath System delivers intelligence. Accurate, repeatable processes provide enhanced process flow, reduced idle time, consistent operation, and improved cycle times for increased productivity.

Setting the standard in full automation, we are dedicated to maximizing the performance of each ProPath Automated Work Station Crane.


  •  No Human Assistance Required Beyond Setup
  •  Continuous Diagnostics and Analytics
  •  Planned Rather Than Preventative Maintenance
  •  Repeatable Machinery Movement to Reduce Collisions
  •  Efficient, Effective Manufacturing Processes



  • Interlocks
  • Dry Contacts
  • Ethernet Protocol


  • Barcode Readers
  • Laser Measurement
  • String Encoders


  • Remotely Mounted E-Stops
  • Configurable No-Fly Zones
  • Light Curtains
  • Safety Mats
  • Door Mounted Safety Switches
  • Compliance with Safety Categories
  • 1-4 (Customer Specified)


  • CM® Powered Chain Hoists
  • Yale® Shawbox®, or STAHL CraneSystems Wire Rope Hoists
  • Z-Servos
  • Vertical Reaction Lifters
  • Articulating Arms
  • End Tooling

Control Panels

  • External/Internal Dynamic Braking Resistors
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Remote Door Keypad
  • Finger-Safe Guarding
  • Weight Verification System
  • Preventative Maintenance Predictor
  • DataLogger Keypad for Data Collection


Incorporating Magnetek’s reliable IMPULSE® Variable Frequency Drives into ProPath systems creates a one-of-a-kind, intelligent solution for lifting applications. IMPULSE variable frequency drives maintain safe thresholds, which decreases mechanical fatigue and increases reliability and uptime.

The IMPULSE® Mini enables expanded speed adjustments, improved load control, high duty cycles, and increase equipment life. IMPULSE G+ Mini's compact size permits the use of smaller control enclosures, reducing the overall cost of an installation. Hardware and software are designed and extensively tested specifically for the operating conditions seen in material handling applications. One IMPULSE G+ Mini controls each motion (bridge, trolley and hoist) in a standard ProPath Automated Workstation Crane, while applications that operate with two hoist motions may utilize Magnetek IMPULSE® G+/VG+ Series 4 drives.