Auto Crane® NexStar™ System Named Top 100 Product for 2013

January 15, 2014

Auto Crane, a subsidiary and premier brand of Ramsey Industries, announced today that Construction Equipment magazine awarded the patented NexStar™ Crane Management System a coveted "Top 100" Award. The Top 100 Products Award program calls attention to the most significant new products announced each year in the industry. After evaluating hundreds of products, Construction Equipment editors chose the Top 100 to highlight innovation from manufacturers who are investing in research and development, pushing industry forward. Those investments pay off for equipment end-users in the form of greater productivity, efficiencies, and safety.

Auto Crane launched the original NexStar system in 2010 on its large hydraulic cranes, pioneering advanced control technology in the construction, mining, utility, and municipal service crane markets. Building on the success of the first NexStar systems, Auto Crane continued to develop the technology and introduced it as an option on the 3203EH and 4004EH electric over hydraulic cranes. NexStar-equipped cranes remain the only cranes in their class with the tri-axis boom and truck chassis monitoring plus load limiting controls that give advanced warning when 90% load capacity is reached, and reduce power to slow the crane operation. At 100% of the load capacity in a given condition, lifting stops automatically, but functions that move the load into a safe condition, such as closer to the crane centerline, remain available.

"We understand the dangers and pressures operators and fleet managers face every day. Auto Crane is, and always has been, dedicated to developing safer, more efficient technologies for the service crane industry," John Celoni, president and chief executive officer of Ramsey Industries, Inc., said. "We are pushing our industry forward and driving value for our customers."

The Top 100 NexStar system allows operators to make adjustments on-the-fly for each function at a different speed, giving them total control over their load. "Auto Crane designs and manufactures service cranes that provide up to seven tons of lifting capacity. Our focus simply has to be on the safety of the people who use our equipment and the loads they lift or move," Kris Cleveland, Director, Sales and Marketing -- Auto Crane, said.

The NexStar system is comprised of a transmitter, receiver and hydraulic valve bank. It also features truck level and boom angle sensors, a status indicator light, and an LCD diagnostics display with plain text readouts.

About Ramsey Industries

Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Ramsey Industries is comprised of three wholly owned subsidiaries that include Auto Crane, Ramsey Winch and Eskridge. Auto Crane manufactures a comprehensive line of truck-mounted telescopic and articulating cranes, crane service bodies, crane control technologies, and accessories. Ramsey Winch offers a brand range of industrial and consumer winches. Eskridge is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of planetary gear drives, digger drives and multiple-disc brakes. For more information, visit us at autocrane.com, eskridgeinc.com and ramseywinch.com.