New higher capacity Roto-Mate™ Jib Crane Motorization Kits have been announced by The David Round Company. The kits are employed to provide powered rotation to either existing or new wall-mounted or freestanding jib cranes with up to 10 ton loads. By providing motorized rotation, the Roto-Mate kit can reduce or eliminate injuries resulting from workers trying to either start or stop the motion of a swinging crane, a significant source of strains and back injuries.
The 10 ton version of the Roto-Mate is a customized product, based on the highly successful smaller capacity units. Nearly any make of freestanding or wall-mounted jib crane can be retrofitted at a cost that is significantly less then other jib drives. One-half to five ton motorization kits are available as standard products.
“Many plant operations and safety staff do not realize that powered drives can be easily and inexpensively retrofitted to free standing and wall-mounted cranes,” said Matt Downing, Director of Sales and Marketing, David Round. “These products are a simple answer to important ergonomic challenges and are finding increasing applications.”
In addition to reducing injury potential, jib crane motorization can provide many efficiency improvements, including eliminating over-travel, avoiding machinery collisions, and eliminating hoist side-loading. Also, “jib drift”, (the unintended movement of a boom due to vibration), can be avoided because the Roto-Mate’s friction drive locks it in place.