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Wildeck, a specialist in vertical lifts for material handling applications, has announced that its Autosenz technology is standard on its mechanical and hydraulic vertical reciprocating conveyors.

The company’s new modular safety sensor – the Autosenz M-series – is now an integral part of the vertical reciprocating conveyor’s (VRC) control system, providing standard auto-ranging overload/VRC jam protection that will minimise damage to material and equipment should items become jammed during the lifting operation.

Existing mechanical and hydraulic VRCs can also be upgraded with an Autosenz M-series retrofit module, enhancing safety and security on installed units, and peace of mind for VRC operators and facility managers.

In addition to the Autosenz M-series for both mechanical and hydraulic VRCs, Wildeck has also announced that it has enhanced its original Autosenz design for mechanical VRCs to incorporate a VRC service and maintenance reminder.

The feature can be programmed to appear on the display at specific service time intervals by the factory, the end user, or VRC service technician.

Wildeck’s optional full-featured Autosenz package, which provides a PLC with digital user interface, easy-to-use pushbutton controls, system diagnostics capabilities, and the VRC service/maintenance reminder – has been renamed the Autosenz D-series.

Autosenz VRC safety systems automatically sense motor load current and determine the critical overload set-point each time the VRC motor starts.

Since VRC motor loads change depending on the weight of material that is placed on the lift, the auto-ranging capability of Wildeck’s design is said to make it safer than any fixed set-point motor overload system.

According to Wildeck, if material shifts and accidentally projects off the side of a VRC carriage and enters the running/clearance zone, the material could become wedged between the carriage and side of the building or other surrounding equipment or structure.

Since standard VRCs are designed to provide their full lifting force, an accidental jam could cause severe equipment and facility damage.

Both of Wildeck’s Autosenz overload detection systems are designed to stop the VRC in its tracks and alert the operator so corrective action can be taken.

Wildeck VRC lifts with Autosenz technology are said to be ideal for transferring valuable inventory, parts, and heavy bulky materials between levels in distribution centres and warehouses, manufacturing and assembly plants, government and military facilities, and numerous other applications.

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