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Operational efficiency and streamlined production processes are critical to businesses around the globe. Columbus McKinnon and its dedicated Automation Division are working side by side with customers to leverage automation technology to improve their safety, productivity and uptime.

Combining advanced products and technology with over a century and a half of application expertise, we are helping to solve tough customer problems through efficient and reliable automation systems. These systems not only enhance system analytics and diagnostics, but also help prevent equipment damage through simplified maintenance, troubleshooting and operation.

We’ll partner with you every step of the way, from project evaluation to aftermarket support, to ensure your application needs are met – every time.

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Automated Systems

At Columbus McKinnon, we are dedicated to accelerating innovation and expanding our portfolio of automation and diagnostic solutions. One way we are doing this is through the development of intelligent automation solutions for new and existing cranes. See how our technology is helping to create the smart cranes of the future.

Our automated crane systems are designed to improve safety, uptime and productivity in your facility. Not only does crane automation technology allow you to build safety right into equipment with no-fly zones and off-center pick prevention, it also provides you with real-time data and information that enables you to improve operational efficiency and make smarter decisions, faster.

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Columbus McKinnon’s Unified and Magnetek brands bring more than 20 years of experience in delivering automated systems to the automotive industry. Our primary high-technology solutions are featured throughout the automotive manufacturing process, including ergonomic and autonomous workstations like ProPath™ and Intelli-Guide™.

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Columbus McKinnon and its dedicated Automation Division works side by side with customers to leverage automation technology to solve the high-value problems that are important to their business. Want to learn more about the automation division and our capabilities? Download our Automation Brochure today!



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Intelli-Connect enables quick and easy programming, maintenance, monitoring, and troubleshooting of overhead cranes and hoists. Using the Intelli-Connect Mobile App, you can access detailed information right from the plant floor. With diagnostic information available at your fingertips, you can address issues more quickly, plan maintenance, and ultimately reduce downtime.

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Combining radios, drives, motors, brakes, and automation programming, Intelli-Guide™ allows operators to automatically send a load to different pre-programmed areas in a facility with the push of a button. Then, as the load moves to the programmed destination along a determined route, the operator can work on a different task or start on the next step of the production process, increasing productivity and efficiency.

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Lodestar VS with Intelli-Connect Mobile

The CM Lodestar VS is now available with Intelli-Connect™ Mobile technology. Intelli-Connect enables quick and easy programming, maintenance, monitoring, and troubleshooting of the Lodestar – all from a tablet or smartphone.

How does it work? Using the Intelli-Connect Mobile app, you can wirelessly access detailed information right from the plant floor, without the need to attach a programming cable. Intelli-Connect Mobile is available as an option on all new Lodestar VS units or in a retrofit kit for units already in service.

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The Right Conveyor for Assembly and Industrial Automation

At Dorner, we engineer technology that guides automated solutions. Our products are designed transport your products from line to line in automated and manual assembly processes.

Dorner’s conveyors are designed to move product to the exact location, at the exact time and in the exact position it needs to be for the next phase of the production line. This extremely accurate product control allows Dorner conveyors to easily integrate with robots, workers and equipment.


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Peter Stipan, Global Director of Columbus McKinnon's Automation Division, recently had the opportunity to discuss the rise of automation in the lifting sector on LHI - Lift & Hoist International's Lifting Lowdown podcast with Guy Harris and Richard Howes.

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The revolutionary ProPath workstation crane combines industry-leading Enclosed Track Aluminum (ETA) rail with “smart” semi- or fully automated material handling technology to maximize the performance and safety of your operations.

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