Columbus McKinnon Expands Magnetek® Brand Collision Avoidance Product Portfolio

New LaserGuard™ Mini Provides Increased Safety Features and Easy Serviceability

Manufacturing | Power & Motion Technology | By Columbus McKinnon Corporation | Apr 28, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 28, 2020 – Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer and manufacturer of motion control products and technologies for material handling, introduces the Magnetek® brand LaserGuard™ Mini, the newest system in the Company’s collision avoidance product portfolio. LaserGuard Mini offers simplified installation, increased distance detection, and competitive pricing.

“Ensuring overhead material handling systems operate smoothly is critical for the safety of both workers and facility equipment,” said Casey Cummins, product manager for Magnetek-brand controls. “Utilizing our systems to avoid collisions can help increase facility safety, reduce maintenance costs, and improve productivity and uptime.”

LaserGuard Mini helps enhance the performance of overhead material handling systems by preventing crane-to-crane and crane-to-wall collisions. With two configurable distance points — slowdown and stop — LaserGuard Mini limits the risk of cranes impacting operators, equipment, and workspaces.

Using this system, crane speed is limited when it reaches the initial slow-down point and motion halts completely when the crane reaches the stop point.

The easy-to-install LaserGuard Mini system allows you to program distances directly on the laser or from a PC, with the addition of an optional accessory. LaserGuard Mini also offers easy serviceability, featuring a compact design with components installed on a DIN rail in an open panel, so you can get back up and running quickly.

LaserGuard Mini is ideal for all types of cranes equipped with variable frequency drives, soft starters, or contactor controls. To learn more about the LaserGuard Mini, or any of Columbus McKinnon’s collision avoidance products, call 800-288-8178 or visit

About Columbus McKinnon
Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of motion control products, technologies and automated systems that efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position, and secure materials. Key products include hoists, crane components, actuators, rigging tools, light rail work stations, and digital power and motion control systems. The Company is focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering know-how. Magnetek is a brand of Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Media Contact:
Lynn Bostrom
Director, Global Marketing
Columbus McKinnon Corporation