Konecranes Introduces Its Next-Generation CLX Electric Chain Hoist for Increased Productivity

Konecranes Introduces Its Next-Generation CLX Electric Chain Hoist for
Increased Productivity

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, March 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The new CLX electric
chain hoist from Konecranes has been designed and tested to speed up work
cycles, enhance safety and extend service life.

The new Konecranes CLX Electric Chain Hoist is targeted for manufacturing
applications where high-speed load transfers and precise assembly work are
required. Currently in capacities of 60 to 2,000 kg (130 to 4,400 lbs) CLX can
be paired with workstation cranes, overhead cranes and jib cranes or deployed
in an endless variety of fixed configurations. Larger capacities up to 5,000
kg (11,000 lbs) will be available soon. Hailed as the next-generation light
lifting device in Konecranes' current line of proven technologies, CLX is
expected to capture significant market share in its segment.

A number of improvements have been incorporated into CLX over Konecranes'
previous models and over competing brands. The new aluminum frame is
accompanied by a maintenance-free transmission and patented five-tooth chain
sprocket with intermediate teeth. The latest oil lubrication-based
transmission lowers operating temperature, enabling increased power. An
available speed ratio of 6:1 enables movements that are fast – 25% faster than
its predecessor – and precise, with corresponding improvement in work cycles.

Safety and maintenance features of CLX from Konecranes have also been improved
to promote safe operations and a longer service life. All electronics have
been placed on compact circuit boards, decreasing internal wiring and limiting
the number of parts required for maintenance. Additional safety functions have
been integrated into the hoist's construction. For example, the standard
overload device has been constructed so the brake holds the load without any
interaction with the slipping clutch, a design intended to prevent micro-slip
and load drops in the unlikely event of a broken clutch.

The new-generation CLX chain hoist from Konecranes boasts a modern, ergonomic
look, having been created with the same design philosophy for which Konecranes
has received industrial design awards in other product categories.
Additionally, CLX is designed to be energy efficient and eco-friendly, meeting
the requirements of the European Union RoHS Directive.

CLX from Konecranes is currently available with two-year warranty and a 30-day
money back return policy.

Scott Gilbey, Director of Marketing and Communications, Region Americas

E-mail: scott.gilbey@konecranes.com or phone 937.525.5676


Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad
range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards,
ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting
solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all

In 2012, Group sales totaled EUR 2.170 million. The Group has12,100employees
at609locations in 47 countries. Konecranes is listed on the NASDAQ OMX
Helsinki (symbol: KCR1V).

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