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From a flood of competing products available on the market one has to choose the most appropriate product suited to him. Well, he can count on his experience, but let’s be honest: New technology is being developed fast and constantly - what used to be good and self-evident 5 years ago is not necessarily acceptable today.The rapid availability of new products and new companies on the market and a comparative advertising does not make any decision easier.
During my many years of work in the field of material-handling industry I constantly was confronted dealing with this issue. Finally, safety and a high reliability combined with an unmatched price/cost/performance ratio is decisive for choosing a product.
The technical application features of the individual product variants are naturally crucial for the user’s choice.The technical and economic advantages must be clearly evident. With the multitude of hoists on offer today, that is not always easy. Especially, as it is often impossible for the user to absorb and filter the huge volume of information in sufficient detail.
What should the potential user look out for? Basically, a hoist must lift, lower and transport loads and do so over a relatively long service life without an excessive need for repair. Safety and easy maintenance are further important arguments. Experience has shown that standard features such as thermal motor protection, upper-and lower level limit switches, operation count hours and load cycle counters are of great importance for the user. These are the basic prerequisites for the use of a reliable hoist. Continual repairs or even the premature replacement of the product, on the other hand, lead to a loss of production which is hard to sustain financially for some companies.
A significant sales argument often heard is the aspect of production depth, which offers the customer a high degree of security. Some companies produce the majority of its parts themselves, and even supply the load chain from its own
production.Needless to say, the quality management of the parts are in-house and in such the quality aspect is controlled by them.Other companies prefer to source their parts from well-known and independent production companies,and
passing the cost savings on to the customer.
Another point is the FEM classification and the associated service life. In FEM Class 3m, for example, 3,200 hours are achieved under full load, as opposed to only 400 full load hours in Class 1Bm.So when choosing the FEM class, the user should keep strictly to the FEM rules. There are also other functional features, which the operator has often defined in a requirement specification. In short, there are so many different hoists that deciding on the right one is not easy.
So what is the answer? The safest way to choose a product is, firstly, to seek good advice and, secondly, to talk to other firms which are already using similar products. One of the most practical solutions, however, is to put the product through an exhaustive test under operating conditions in your own production unit. After all, you would certainly take a car for a test drive before you bought it..