Magnetek Offers Packaged Automated No-Fly Zone Systems

Power & Motion Technology | Industry News | By Columbus McKinnon Corporation | Jun 27, 2019

GETZVILLE, N.Y., June 27, 2019 – Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer and manufacturer of motion control products, technologies, and services for material handling, now offers Magnetek Fixed Location and Configurable No-Fly Zone Systems as options for personnel and facility safety. No-fly zones refer to protected areas where normal crane operation is limited or entirely restricted. Depending on application needs, No-Fly Zone Systems may incorporate a variety of motion control products, including variable frequency drives, radio remote controls, limit switches, and sensors that designate locations where a crane is programmed to stop.
Magnetek No-Fly Zone Systems
“As a component of our automated systems family, no-fly zones are able to directly improve the safety of equipment operators and work environments,” said Jim Kluck, global product manager for controls and automation. “Two-step safety areas limit the risk of collisions by utilizing an initial no-fly zone where crane movement is prohibited, in addition to an extended warning zone where a slow speed limit is enforced.”

These versatile systems—ranging from simple to complex configurations—can be added to existing crane controls or introduced as new installations for a variety of industries including automotive, steel, manufacturing, and pulp and paper. Fixed location No-Fly Zone Systems utilize limit switches installed on bridge and trolley motions that interface with a controller for system functionality. Fixed location configurations are optimized for two-sided, three-sided, or four-sided applications. 

Fully configurable No-Fly Zone Systems utilize laser positioning sensors installed on bridge and trolley motions that interface with controllers for functional customization. These systems incorporate a simplified menu-driven operator interface accessed over a 2.4 or 5 GHz wireless connection via the use of a Personal Electronic Device (PED) such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. This operator interface provides flexibility to configure no-fly zones and enable or disable as changing process, plant, and crane conditions require. Fixed location and configurable No-Fly Zone Systems include a panel-mounted, key operated two-position enable or disable switch. This allows users to bypass the no-fly zone programming and permits manual crane operation if required. 

For more information on Magnetek No-Fly Zone Systems and other available automated systems, visit To learn about Columbus McKinnon’s crane solutions products, call Columbus McKinnon Channel Services at 800-888.0985 or visit

About Columbus McKinnon
Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of motion control products, technologies, systems and services 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 wholly owned subsidiary of Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

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