Columbus McKinnon Adds New SPA Linear Actuator with Intelli-Motion ™ Technology to its Family of Automation Solutions


BUFFALO, NY – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Combining intelligent controls with some of the highest quality linear actuators available on the market, Columbus McKinnon Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCO), a leading designer and manufacturer of intelligent motion solutions, products and technologies for material handling, today announced the introduction of its Duff-Norton® brand SPA linear actuator with Intelli-Motion Technology. The newest and most advanced Duff-Norton linear actuator, the SPA with Intelli-Motion is designed to provide reliable operation, enable precision motion control, and simplify applications, especially those that can benefit from the technology. automation. The latest product to join the Columbus McKinnon family of automation solutions, this intelligent actuator offers easy installation, configuration and operation to ensure that systems can be up and running quickly and operate reliably.

“Getting the most out of a motion system means finding the right linear actuator, one that operates efficiently, is durable, moves the load safely, and operates at the speed you want, ”says Mark Yerse, senior global product manager and manager. strategic marketing. “The SPA with Intelli-Motion can do all of this and more. It is rugged enough to handle higher duty cycle applications while providing precise and repeatable motions and feedback capabilities. ”

Using the on-board Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) control, SPA with Intelli-Motion gives operators the ability to program specific motion patterns with variable speeds, expanding the range of production applications to which it can be operated. applied, including balancing loads on automated guided vehicles (AGVs), synchronizing lift tables, timing critical steps in a manufacturing process, etc. Optional Ethernet / IP connectivity allows direct connection to a PLC, providing an endless number of control options and configurations to choose from when programming complex models and motion sequences.

Other actuator configurations require a separate VFD or a contactor control system housed in an external control panel. The SPA with Intelli-Motion has an integrated VFD and integrated I / O, which reduces installation costs and overall product footprint. Integrated analog and digital I / O provide enhanced control and position feedback capabilities. The actuator also features Electronic Programmable Limit Switches (EPLS), which provide greater precision and accuracy and increased ability to repeat movements compared to mechanical limit switches. The EPLS can be set using a push button on the actuator or the easy to use digital configuration software. Then operators can simply connect the actuator to a PC to troubleshoot or adjust settings.

In addition, the SPA with Intelli-Motion increases the duty cycle at full load to 30%, an increase of up to 75%, compared to typical ACME screw actuators. The SPA with Intelli-Motion is also capable of operating at a duty cycle of up to 50% at reduced loads. This not only extends actuator runtime, but also helps improve production rates and reduces the need for standby times or external forced cooling devices.

Customers can learn more about the SPA Linear Actuator with Intelli-Motion, including additional information on features and benefits, available product packages and technical data, during a webinar hosted by Columbus experts McKinnon on November 18.e. Registration for the free session is available at

Columbus McKinnon’s Duff-Norton brand actuator solutions have earned a reputation for reliable, high-quality products that meet the industrial lifting, positioning and transfer needs of customers around the world. For more information on the company’s actuators, call 800-477-5002 or visit

About Columbus McKinnon

Columbus McKinnon is a leading global designer, manufacturer and distributor of intelligent motion solutions that advance the world and improve lives by moving, lifting, positioning and securing materials in an efficient and ergonomic manner. Key products include hoists, crane components, precision conveyor systems, rigging tools, light rail workstations, and digital power and motion control systems. The Company focuses on commercial and industrial applications which require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering know-how. Complete information on Columbus McKinnon is available at


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