Auto Crane and its NexStar Crane Management System Set to Revolutionize Crane-Related Mining Safety and Enhance Productivity Around the World

September 24, 2012

Auto Crane, a premier brand of Ramsey Industries, will demonstrate its revolutionary NexStar™ Crane Management System and showcase its portfolio of industry-leading service cranes, crane bodies, and accessories for the global mining industry during MINEXPO 2012, Sept. 24-26 in Las Vegas, at booth 10360 in the Silver Lot.

While the Auto Crane brand is long recognized throughout North America for the company's invention of the original service crane in 1958, Ramsey Industries is now ramping up its dealer network and OEM partnerships to bring Auto Crane products, technologies, mobile mining solutions, after-sale service and support to key mining areas in Australia, South Africa, Latin America and Mongolia.

"As Auto Crane expands its global reach, our mission is to demonstrate the value we create for mine owners and operators through our equipment and safety technology," said Michael Walz, vice president of sales and marketing for Ramsey Industries. "We also look forward to providing the single-touch, turnkey solutions that enable our customers to operate safer, more productively and more cost efficiently."

NexStar Crane Control Technology Enhances Safety and Improves Productivity

Auto Crane's NexStar Crane Management System delivers advanced control technology and added safety features to truck-mounted cranes used in the mining industry -- a sector long plagued with crane-related accidents due to overload events.

NexStar-equipped hydraulic cranes offer load monitoring and load limiting controls, a visual signal and an optional audio alarm to communicate potentially dangerous overload conditions. Features include truck level and boom angle sensors, a status indicator light, and an LCD diagnostics display with plain text readouts. At 90% of rated load, the crane is automatically limited to 50% speed and the visual signal turns yellow. At 100% of rated load, the signal turns red and disables functions that could create an overload condition but enables functions that allow the operator to return the load to a safe condition.

NexStar is also the first and only crane control management system to offer proportional truck-mounted control, enabling operators to control multiple crane functions simultaneously and proportionally, fully independent of each other. This means operators can ramp up or ramp down while lifting the load or rotating the boom all at the same time. NexStar's multi-speed control allows operators to proportionally operate the crane with 100% power at four different speed settings. What's more, NexStar offers single-hand operation, so what used to be a two-man task to position a load while operating the crane can now easily be performed by one person. Auto Crane's NexStar technology is available as a fully featured wireless remote system with the option to include an additional transmitter with cable for tethered operation.

Revolutionizing the Process of Mission-Critical Equipment Repair

"When large mining equipment requires maintenance or repair, it means costly downtime that dramatically affects the mine owner's bottom line," Walz said. "Auto Crane revolutionizes the process of towing heavy equipment to a repair center that may be miles away, waiting for that repair to be completed, then waiting for the equipment to be hauled back to the mine location. Our cranes bodies and service cranes enable mechanics to perform on-site repair that gets equipment back in operation faster than ever."

Auto Crane designs and manufactures service cranes that provide up to seven tons of lifting capacity. Our robust Titan™ series of heavy-duty crane bodies deliver the performance and rugged durability required in remote locations and punishing weather conditions. Auto Crane also offers a full complement of accessories, including single-side pack units for welding applications, air compressors, lube skids and more to create unparalleled value for the mining industry.

About Ramsey Industries

Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Ramsey Industries is comprised of three wholly owned subsidiaries that include Auto Crane, Eskridge and Ramsey Winch. Auto Crane manufactures a comprehensive line of truck-mounted telescopic and articulating cranes, crane service bodies, and accessories. Eskridge is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of planetary gear drives, digger drives and multiple-disc brakes. Ramsey Winch offers a broad range of industrial and consumer winches. Products are sold through a network of truck equipment dealers and OEMs to a diverse group of end-use markets, including mining, oil and gas, construction, utility, and municipal. For more information, visit us at autocrane.com, eskridgeinc.com and ramseywinch.com.