PKS Equipment & Engineering
Automotive Industry | Transportation and Rail | Heavy / Off-Road Equipment | Power & Motion Technology | by Lynn Bostrom | Dec 08, 2010
PKS Equipment & Engineering, Inc. is a leader in lift innovation, utilizing a wide range of the newest technologies in lift controls and hydraulic ﬂuid power. With the ability to be ﬂexible in their lift designs to meet customers’ speciﬁc needs, they called on Magnetek to provide radio remote controls and transmitters for their next generation of fully electrical/hydraulic pump operated systems able to lift vehicles of varying sizes.
PKS was using a pendant-type control on these lifts, but were forced to use a cumbersome trolley system with the pendant because it needed to be moved around large vehicles. Magnetek provided a radio system solution using a custom model Flex 12EX Transmitter and a Flex M Radio Receiver. Now, with no obstructions around the lift, the operator is able to reach everything safely and easily and get the vehicles back on the road quickly and efﬁciently.
Further enhancing control and safety, Magnetek’s Flex 12EX Transmitter is equipped with more than 200 programmable functions including a Park function used to activate Mechanical Safety Latches so that maintenance can be safely done on vehicles without risk of motion. For application ﬂexibility, the Flex M Receiver features a modular plug-and-play design that allows one plant to use the same type of receiver component for any size application while limiting the transmitter range for control of side-by-side lifts. The system also includes a battery charger option and a charging station for the transmitter.
Springtime thaws and flooding along the Red River have been annual problems for the cities of Moorhead, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota. To prevent recurring damage to a pedestrian bridge between the two cities and decrease removal and replacement costs, a 168-foot bridge was commissioned with a self-contained lifting system, including new Magnetek radio remote controls and adjustable frequency drives.