Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration

Kito hoists for safe and stable operation

June 2021 Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration

Becker Mining South Africa’s distributor in Rustenburg – Tech-North Rustenburg – has secured an order for Kito electric and manual chain hoists and accessories, for a processing plant at a mine in the North West Province.

The project comprises the delivery of nineteen 5 T Kito ER electric hoists, with dual speed lifting and traversing, with various lifts and the convenience of remote-control operation. It also includes three 5 T Kito manual chain hoists with a 5 m lift and two 15 T Kito manual chain hoists with a 4,5 m lift, all with overload limiters, geared crawls and suspenders. Becker Mining will also supply one 2 T manual chain hoist with a 4 m lift, with an overload limiter and geared crawl.

“This robust lifting equipment is to be installed in the processing plant and will play a critical role during installation of machinery and thereafter for maintenance,” explains Rick Jacobs, senior general manager, Consumables, Becker Mining South Africa. “Adherence to the strictest safety standards is critical in every aspect of a mining operation, which is why the investment in dependable, industry-approved equipment is essential. To maintain safe and stable operation, it is crucial that hoists are correctly used by properly trained operators and that they are tested regularly at a certified repair centre.”

The dual speed inverter of Kito ER electric chain hoists improves efficiency and ensures easy operation, precise positioning and minimal downtime during installation and maintenance procedures. This design also reduces load swing and ensures smoother movement than a conventional pole change motor. The high to low-speed ratio can be adjusted for even starts, improved low speed stops and accurate positioning.

These lightweight hoists have a compact aluminium die-cast body that is structurally strong. The IP55-rated enclosure offers protection against dust and water, which is critical in many applications. For reliable and safe operation, a standard thermal protector prevents the motor from burning out due to excessive usage. An emergency stop button is standard to allow the motor power to be disconnected in an emergency, without disrupting the main power supply.

A double safety mechanism, consisting of a friction clutch and an upper/lower limit switch, enhances safety and prevents hoist damage. The electromagnetic brake delivers strong braking power, while holding the load securely.

For more information contact Rick Jacobs, Becker Mining SA, +27 11 617 6300,,

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