Columbus McKinnon Corp., a longtime player in the material handling market, has introduced its first RFID-enabled hoist and rigging product. CM Smart ID technology featuring passive RFID tags is now included on all CM Bandit ratchet level hoists sold in the U.S.
Tim Lewis, CM’s product manager for rigging products and manual hoists, says that RFID enables faster inventory tracking and serialization, more efficient safety inspections and improved inventory and inspection data accuracy. Technicians who replace a part on the RFID-enabled hoist will be able to keep a full maintenance record on the part.
The solution is also designed to help material handling rental companies to better track and trace their products and have more reliable check-in and check-out procedures.
CM rolled out the CM Smart ID solution in a partnership with InfoChip. Before a hoist leaves the factory, each chip is associated with detailed product information that is uploaded and stored on the CM Smart ID Cloud. When operators or owners want to add information about the hoist, it is not written to the tag, but onto the cloud. This allows for easy access to the information.
“This also gives us the ability to add or update product and service information after the product leaves the factory,” says Lewis. “We ensured our chips were durable and reliable in even the harshest environments and that our pre-associated product information could be easily accessed for free by customers, whether they’re in the office or out in the field.”
The initial introduction of CM Smart ID includes the CM Bandit and select CM shackles. Columbus McKinnon plans to add CM Smart ID technology on other hoists and rigging tools in the near future.