The company’s line of G-Force Q and iQ intelligent lifting devices includes two new capabilities. The designs are available in 165- and 330-lb (75- and 150-kg) capacities, in addition to the existing 660-lb (300-kg) capacity. The units’ technology combines the responsiveness and flexibility of a human operation with the mechanical power of a machine, the company says. It is designed to be more precise than a hoist, to be more responsive than an air balancer and to make a user’s workforce more productive by increasing efficiency and enabling the workforce to safely and easily perform complex lifting and handling tasks.
According to the company, the units’ new design elements and software features improve both function and reliability, including a modular design, onboard diagnostics and a new handle design. The modular design is intended for easier retrofitting so that users can add on and modify to meet the changing needs of their applications. The onboard diagnostics are said to keep the units operating at peak performance. Preventative maintenance indicators are programmed to alert maintenance people when regular wear items like wire ropes need replacement or when the unit is due for inspection. The redesigned handle is said to be more ergonomic and feature a standard LCD display to better communicate information such as operation modes, programming menus, fault codes, diagnostic information and weight readout.