Custom Spreader Unloads Transport Trucks in a Fraction of the Time

Automotive Industry | Hoisting & Lifting Equipment | By Gisela Clark | Dec 06, 2010

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Columbus McKinnon Corporation in South Africa recently supplied a motorized, radio remote controlled spreader to the automotive industry. This spreader was custom designed for lifting bundles of metal sheeting in loads of up to 10 tons at a time. This lifting solution was a joint effort by our Durban technical sales team in conjunction with the client.

The application previously used a spreader with synthetic slings which were covered with “PU” (polyurethane) coating. The downside of this process was that it was time consuming and cumbersome.  The new spreader now unloads transport trucks in a fraction of the time. Transporting the sheets of steel to the presses is also much safer.

The spreader is equipped with a number of failsafe features. One feature is that the jaws cannot open when lifting, lowering or positioning a load via a failsafe clutch system.