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Rack-and-pinion solutions large and small among vertical-access offerings
Customized Construction Hoists
Alimak Hek debuted two new rack-and-pinion construction hoists during the Bauma China trade exhibition in Changshu, China, in late 2014. The ALIMAK SC 65/32 and SC 45/30 are available with single or dual cars, and have payload capacity of 2000 kg per car and hoist-car sizes up to 1.5 X 3.2 m. Both are available with direct-on-line or frequency-control drives that utilize a helical gearbox system. Alimak Hek reports the hoists were well received by Chinese and international clients working in new and emerging markets. Pepe Olguin, who leads Alimak Hek’s Construction division, elaborates:
“The Alimak SC 65/32 and SC 45/30 are especially designed to target the needs of emerging international markets, such as China. For our European customers, a similar hoist concept with low total ownership costs is currently being launched in Scandinavia, with introduction into other European countries to follow.”
PCB Test System
Saelig Co., Inc. now offers ABI Electronics’ System 8 Diagnostic Solution Plus, a printed-circuit-board (PCB) test system that uses a selection of CD-drive-size modules to create a personal-computer (PC)-driven PCB test station, in North America. For use with analog or digital PCBs, the system can be built in a PC case or mounted on a 19-in. rack. Saelig states it can test almost any type of electronic board and is flexible enough to be used with equipment test procedures shared between facilities. It can be used to soak (cycle) test repaired boards for 48 hours before they are placed back on equipment, if needed. Unique TestFlows (automated test sequences) can be developed for all types of boards to acquire, check and log a range of measurements.
A simple starter system can be built with one or two test modules, but this can be expanded as future needs arise. A typical System 8 Diagnostic Solution Plus configuration can use a combination of any of a board fault locator, analog integrated circuits tester, multiple-instrument station, triple-output variable power supply, and advanced test module and matrix scanner.
Designed for cost-conscious buyers, Harmar’s Vantage stair lift is designed to be a sturdy, comfortable, low-maintenance lift that is easy to install. Consistent, smooth drive speed is achieved by its utilization of a protected rack-and-pinion drive system with a speed regulator. Other features include an upholstered seat and powder-coated chassis. The unit folds to only 13.6 in. and can travel at an incline of up to 45º.
The Helix curved stair lift can navigate tight curves and angles. In addition to the Vantage’s attributes, it offers a slimmer, sleeker design with a narrow profile that hugs the stairway, mounting closer to the wall than a typical stair lift for more room. It can also use lighter-weight, modular rails and is available for both indoor and outdoor installations.
RAM Elevators & Lifts of Edmonton, Canada, has rolled out StratusTM, a home-elevator product geared toward affordability and simple installation. RAM debuted Stratus at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas in January. Developed for homes needing up to 14 ft. of travel, Stratus’ features include QuietCabTM carriage construction with energy-saving, foam-core composite panels; automatic operation; synchronous geared belt drive with brake; dual-laminate interior and an 800-lb. capacity. Stratus requires a 220-V, single-phase, 20-amp power supply. Nine-, 11- and 14-ft.-rise models are available through a network of dealers.
Dry Power Unit Improvements
MEI dry power units have a bolt-together frame design. The frame has a powder-coat finish and can be disassembled at the jobsite or shipped disassembled for fitting into the machine room. An installation kit will also be shipped with each order.