Safety, the key ingredient

A company that specialises in hoists and chains remains focussed on keeping the industry safe after almost a century in the business. Manufacturers’ Monthly explains.

WHEN it comes to safety standards that give employees peace of mind that they are out of harm’s way as much as possible, KITO PWB ensures it does its part. The company has been manufacturing a broad range of chains for 95 years to Australian Standards in accordance with the ISO 9001:2008 approved quality management system.

KITO PWB has also been distributing the Japanese manufactured KITO range of manual and electric hoists and chain blocks throughout Australia and New Zealand since 1986. The relationship has only grown stronger since KITO’s acquisition of PWB in 2016.

The company’s ISO9001:2008 and ISO14001:2004 accredited manufacturing facility in Yamanashi, Japan, produces and distributes the single and dual speed three-phase ER2 and EQ electric chain hoists and motorised beam trolleys. These hoists are suitable for a range of lifting applications, with capacities ranging from 250kg to 20 tonnes.

  • The compact EQ range come with a series of features designed to drive productivity and ensure safety in business operations. Features include:
    Safe and reliable brakes that prevent a load from falling in the event of a sudden loss of power,
    A motor-cooling fan that feeds cool air to the aluminum die-cast body,
  • A motor cover and regenerative resistors, which prevent excessive temperatures during operations,
  • Helical gears that reduce noise, allowing quiet operation and a long life,
  • Nickel-plated chain manufactured in Japan, which provides corrosion and wear resistance,
  • Bottom hook, which is designed to open gradually and not break under excessive overload,
  • A counter and hour meter function that allows the user to check the number the hoist’s total hours of operation to carry out routine maintenance and inspection according to the frequency of use,
  • A friction clutch, which disengages the motor in the event of an overload,
  • A triple safety mechanism that shuts off the device in the event of excessive lifting or lowering, and
  • All hoists come with a thin, lightweight pendant control with an emergency stop button.

KITO PWB’s range of lifting products has safety in mind from start to finish, so manufacturers can feel at ease when using the company’s hoists and chains.

The range is available through the company’s network of approved distributors. The company is also a member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, and Lifting Equipment Engineers New Zealand.