New IMPULSE®·Link 5 Professional Software Provides Faster Crane Diagnostics and Troubleshooting from Your PC

Metals | Manufacturing | Power & Motion Technology | Crane Systems | Industry News | By Magnetek | Nov 14, 2019

GETZVILLE, N.Y., November 14, 2019 – Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer and manufacturer of motion control products, technologies, and services for material handling, today announced the new IMPULSE®·Link 5 Professional software as the latest addition to its portfolio of drive diagnostics tools. IMPULSE·Link 5 enables easy programming, monitoring and troubleshooting of industry-leading Magnetek® brand AC and DC drives from a PC. 

“IMPULSE·Link 5 provides easy-to-access system monitoring and diagnostics information no matter where you are, whether a single crane or multiple cranes are operating,” said Casey Cummins, product manager for Magnetek controls. “Utilizing the Professional version of our IMPULSE·Link 5 drive diagnostic tool means customers will be able to remotely monitor, diagnose, or reset an AC or DC drive fault in real time from the factory floor.” 

Available in two versions, Professional and Viewer, IMPULSE·Link 5 is a Windows-based interactive drive software that supplies critical information to keep systems functioning effectively. Ethernet communication is 50% faster than previously available tools, providing actionable information quickly. System feedback means maintenance can be planned to minimize downtime and enhance drive efficiency. 

Offering a direct connection to Magnetek brand drives, IMPULSE·Link 5 Professional includes a new automatic drive discovery tool for simple setup, operating over wireless industrial communications and hardwired serial COM ports. This the one-to-one link between drives and a PC is a key factor in improving safety and performance. IMPULSE·Link 5 Professional enables a comprehensive set of interactive features that can be unlocked with a low-profile USB key. Plus, troubleshooting is quick and easy, eliminating the need to diagnose and reset a fault from the crane itself. The free Viewer version offers basic features such as viewing parameter, trend, and event files, and interfacing with the DataLogger Series 4 (DLS4).

Optional Wireless Diagnostic System (WDS) hardware is available to connect to and monitor drives wirelessly. WDS enables connection of up to 31 drives to a single remote unit. Multiple remote units can connect to a single base unit. IMPULSE·Link 5 supports IMPULSE®·G+/VG+ Series 3 and 4, IMPULSE®·G+ Mini Variable Frequency Drives, IMPULSE®·D+ HHP, OmniPulse DDC Series 1 and 2, OmniPulse™ DSD, and MagnePulse™ DMC Series 1 and 2.

For more information about Magnetek brand IMPULSE·Link 5 drive software, visit To learn more about all of 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 brand of Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

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