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A hoist built to last

With more than 80 years of experience in chain hoist manufacturing, Kito PWB aims to introduce their latest RY Wire Rope Hoist series to the Australian market. Manufacturers’ Monthly reports.

Since 1923, Kito has been offering custom industrial lifting solutions to their network of distributors. Their catalogue mainly consists of lifting hoists, chains and associated products.

The newest addition to their offerings in Australia is the RY Wire Rope Hoist, which has been crafted with a primary focus on safety, reliability, and performance.

The hoists are equipped with features and advantages tailored for demanding applications; they’re made to be functional and resistant to damage over time.

“The RY Wire Rope hoist incorporates technology that Kito has been pioneering for many years, particularly in the integration of inverters in hoisting equipment,” said Glenn Morgan, national hoist manager at Kito Crosby Australia.

Due to the success of the RY Series in America, Morgan anticipates that the hoist will be as equally well received in the Australian market.

“Kito has long been renowned for delivering high-quality chain hoists, and the RY was initially developed for the American market around a decade ago and has since gained widespread acceptance there.”

“Like any Kito product, it’s made to a high quality and designed to last.”

Key features

Most hoists on the market are made to be customisable, where new features can be added for a certain price.

Features like soft start and stop, variable speed control, overload protection, automatic load detection and condition monitoring via hour meter and operation counter for example.

“Soft start and stop provides a smooth transition, going from high speed to low speed to high speed and back again,” said Morgan.

The Kito RY Wire Rope hoist, however, is manufactured with these features included.

“Our competitors are offering these features, but from what I’ve seen, buyers have to spend more,” said Morgan.

“But with Kito, these features are standardised with all of our hoists.”

“Having soft start and stop, for example, means that when you’re lifting delicate components, it’s much smoother lift, much easier and much nicer lift so less likely to damage the component.”

The hoist system also features dual-speed control through Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) technology for both hoist and trolley operations and it incorporates a high-speed function for low-load scenarios.

To ensure that the hoist is protected in all scenarios, the system is fitted with electronic overload protection with limiters, thermal protection for the motor, easily accessible condition monitoring via hour meter and an operation counter.

Morgan emphasised that the safety features integrated into the hoist, such as the electronic overload limiter, upper and lower travel limit switches for precise hoisting control, are all in compliance with Australian standards.

Additionally, the hoist has side guide rollers for the trolley, ensuring smooth operation without risking wheel flange wear or beam damage.

Furthermore, the hoist is equipped with premium IWRC high-strength wire rope and externally adjustable upper and lower limit switches.

It also features maintenance-free high-performance brakes rated for one million starts, a full 360° high-strength rope guide, and includes guide rollers and rubber trolley bumpers.

According to Morgan, these design elements prevent issues associated with wheel flange wear or beam damage, ensuring optimal performance and longevity.

All of these features are made to meet standard configurations certified and conforming to AS 1418 regulations.

“For us, our utmost priority is maintaining the superior quality and enduring reliability of Kito,” said Morgan.

“It’s not just about its durability, but also about its steadfastness and safety features that we value the most.”

Customers often find the installation process of Kito hoists to be straightforward and hassle-free, praising the ease with which they can set up the equipment.

Morgan explained that the hoist is extremely easy to install relative to its competitors.

“Everyone that that we’ve sold the unit to has commented on how easy they are to install and because of this, they are now in fact only using the Kito Wire rope hoists,” he said.

“When you’re thinking about putting something that weighs half a tonne to a tonne up in the air and sometimes suspended at six, or eight metres, it must be easy to install.”

Once installed, The RY Wire Rope Hoist is equipped with impressive lifting capabilities, boasting the ability to handle loads of both five and 10 tonnes.

“The five-tonne hoist will lift up to 10.2 metres, whereas the 10-tonne hoist will lift 10 tonnes up to 12 metres,” said Morgan.

“Additionally, it includes low load high-speed function, which increases speed by 50 per cent when the load is detected to be less than 30 per cent of the rated capacity.”

Applications

Wire hoists serve as essential tools across multiple industries, finding applications in mining, construction, engineering, warehousing, and manufacturing.

Their robust construction and lifting capabilities ensure the smooth operation of mining activities while maintaining safety standards in challenging environments.

Similarly, wire hoists play a pivotal role in the construction industry, where they are indispensable for lifting and positioning heavy materials such as steel beams, concrete panels, and prefabricated structures.

Within warehouses and distribution centres, wire hoists are indispensable for material handling tasks, including lifting, and moving bulky items, pallets, and containers.

These hoists streamline logistics operations by facilitating the efficient handling of goods and materials, contributing to increased productivity and operational efficiency in warehouse environments.

Morgan explained that Kito hoists can survive in almost any work environment.

“For us, the paramount concern is the exceptional quality and durability of the Kito hoist,” said Morgan.

“With decades of experience in the industry, Kito hoists are widely regarded as the go-to choose for the most challenging environments and applications, known for their near-indestructibility.”

Hoist distribution

Kito distributes their hoists through a diverse network of distributors spanning across different states nationwide.

This decentralised approach allows Kito to efficiently reach customers across different geographical areas and ensures that their hoists are readily available and supported by knowledgeable local partners.

“We’re completely independent, as we manufacture and supply hoists to our distributors, and then they install, inspect, service and maintain them,” said Morgan.

Kito ensures that their distributors receive comprehensive training on servicing, inspecting, and repairing hoists.

Future developments

Currently, Kito only offers hoists that mount onto a single beam. This comes with its own drawbacks, as single beam hoists are only capable of lifting to a certain amount.

Kito intends to expand its offerings to include a twin beam hoist option, which can offer increased load capacity and enhanced stability – reducing the risk of swaying or tilting during lifting operations.

“Our aim is to offer various capacities to suit different needs, and we’re considering adjustments to accommodate this.”

“This includes potentially transitioning to a twin beam setup instead of our current single model setup. This move reflects our direction as we move forward.”

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