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Lodestar VS Electric Chain Hoist

Electric Chain Hoists

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Generations of users have relied on the CM® Lodestar® electric chain hoist for the durability and reliability it provides for lifting applications. With the Lodestar VS, Columbus McKinnon made this iconic hoist better than ever. We combined the Lodestar’s industry-leading design with the best-in-class features of premier Magnetek® variable frequency drives and Intelli-Connect™ Diagnostic and Analytic technology. The result — a one-of-a-kind, intelligent hoist that puts the power to program, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot the hoist in the palm of your hand.

Features and Benefits

Lodestar VS with Intelli-Connect™

Intelli-Connect is available as an option on all new Lodestar VS units or in a retrofit kit for units already in service. With Intelli-Connect, you can quickly and easily program, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot your hoist wirelessly from the plant floor with a tablet or smartphone – say goodbye to your programming cable.

The Intelli-Connect Mobile and Mobile+ apps provide:

  • Easy hoist setup
  • Access to the latest user manuals and troubleshooting guides
  • Ability to adjust parameters and store backup sets on the wireless operator or PED
  • Quick access to parameters with the ability to set parameter favorites based on frequent use
  • Functionality to easily copy a parameter set from one Magnetek VFD and upload onto another
  • Access to technical support through the app for parameter setup and troubleshooting
  • Over-the-air updates for wireless operator
  • Detailed event logging of faults and alarms
  • Secure Wi-Fi connection between wireless operator and personal electronic device
  • All features of CM HI-TECH interface previously available with the Lodestar VS
  • Continuous monitoring of pre- and post-VFD events and trending data
  • Ability to trigger data-logging events
  • Visibility to remaining hoist life (requires load cell)
  • Expanded fault and alarm history
  • Inspection log to track maintenance notes

Contact an Expert About Your Application

Reach out to our team to further discuss your Lodestar VS with Intelli-Connect application or to receive a demo of the Intelli-Connect app.

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Lodestar VS Electric Chain Hoist

LESS MAINTENANCE & EASY INSPECTION

Brake location allows for quick access and easy inspection. Lifetime grease-lubricated Gear Box means no oil change out is required. Precision gears provide better wear and longer life. Clutch located outside the Gear Box allows for easy access which eliminates the need for complete disassembly and reduces downtime.

IMPROVED SERVICEABILITY

Easy access to the Clutch, Motor, Electrical Control Panel and Brake Assembly.

LONG SERVICE LIFE

Heavy-duty DC brake is designed for a long service life. Lifetime grease-lubricated gear box and helical gearing ensures better wear and smooth operation. Heavy-duty rated motor.

QUIET OPERATION

80% reduction in sound pressure as compared to the classic Lodestar.

IMPROVED LOAD SAFETY

Clutch is located outside the load path, preventing slipping of the load in an overload condition when the brake is not powered.

LONG CHAIN LIFE

5-pocket lift wheel provides excellent chain and lift wheel engagement for smoother lifting and reduced vibration, equating to less wear and a longer chain life. Zinc plating protects chain from environmental conditions.

EASY ACCESS CONTROL PANEL

Finger-safe wiring and plug-and-play connectors on the Control Panel allow for easy access to the VFD.

ZINC-PLATED LOAD CHAIN

Designed and manufactured in the USA by Columbus McKinnon. Zinc-plated Star Grade load chain protects against corrosion.

EXCEEDS H4 REQUIREMENTS

Lodestar exceeds H4 requirements. Engineered for high duty cycles and the toughest applications.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Lifetime grease-lubricated Gear Box means no changing and disposing of hazardous oil. Documented RoHS compliance. Shipped in boxes made of recycled material.

METRIC RATED

LIFETIME WARRANTY

The industry's best warranty against manufacturing and material defects.

FABRIC CHAIN CONTAINER

Standard up to 20 ft. lift.

Options

OPTIONAL FEATURES

COMPACT, DURABLE PENDANT

  • 2-step hoists furnished with CM Rocket pendant as standard. Push-button pendant is optional.
  • 3-step hoists furnished with push-button pendant as standard. CM Rocket pendant not available for 3-step models.
  • Both pendants are designed for operator comfort, NEMA 4X (IP65) approved for indoor or outdoor industrial service and temperature rated for 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F). Available with and without an emergency stop button.

METAL & STAINLESS STEEL CHAIN CONTAINERS

ADDITIONAL LOAD CHAIN OPTIONS
Black phosphate, burnished in oil, DIN grade and Niclad (nickel) plated load chain also available. Both pendants are designed for operator comfort, NEMA 4X (IP65) approved for indoor or outdoor industrial service and temperature rated for 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F). Available with and without an emergency stop button.

Understanding the Benefits of Diagnostics and Analytics with Chain Hoists

When people think of automation for cranes and hoists, they often think of automating crane and hoist movement in a facility. But, there is another important benefit automation technology can provide – the ability communicate directly with the hoist or crane as well as collect, monitor, and analyze performance data.

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Intelli-Connect Field Installation Video for V1 Lodestar VS

In this video, we will walk you through how to install Intelli-Connect on your V1 CM Lodestar VS hoist. The installation kit you received should include all necessary parts to convert from the existing hardline data port on your Lodestar VS hoist to our wireless Intelli-Connect technology.

CM® Lodestar® VS Intelli-Connect™ Field Installation Tutorial for V2 Units

n this video, we will walk you through how to install Intelli-Connect on your V2 CM Lodestar VS hoist. The installation kit you received should include all necessary parts to convert from the existing hardline data port on your Lodestar VS hoist to our wireless Intelli-Connect technology.