The world of mobile column lifting has finally entered the digital age.
World leaders in lifting technology Stertil-Koni have released the ebright Smart Control System for wireless mobile column lifts, offering a feature set that’s guaranteed to revolutionise the mobile column lifting industry.
The ebright’s 7-inch, full-colour touch screen shows diagnostics, vital lift information and battery life and can be operated even while wearing gloves. Variable speed control on lifting and lowering cycles allows full control for those delicate jobs and every column on the set is a “Master” column, giving the operator complete freedom of movement.
With the introduction of the ebright, the last standing argument in favour of pit-based maintenance – that it’s the only way to service long, heavy vehicles – has fallen. While older generation wireless column lifts are limited to eight columns per set, ebright lets you connect up to 32 columns – enough to handle road trains, articulated buses and other oversized vehicles. And with 32 columns lifting up to 17.5 tonnes each, you could be lifting 560 tonnes 1.7 metres high in around 90 seconds.
For years, Stertil-Koni has been a pioneer in wireless mobile column lift connectivity. They were first to introduce wireless column lifts into Australia via Ikon Lifting Equipment in 2005 and in 2008 were first to upgrade to Zigbee technology, the system used in medical equipment for security and faster connectivity.
The ebright’s use of the innovative MESH wireless network is another world first. In a set of four conventional columns, column A will talk to B which passes the signal to C which relays it to D. The flaw here is obvious – if one column loses signal, the whole chain goes down, meaning expensive downtime on the workshop floor.
MESH avoids this by having all columns constantly communicating with each other, so column A talks to B and C and D, while column B is talking to A and C and D and so on.
Connectivity is further enhanced by the ebright’s use of Continuous Active Channel Search – constantly checking if the frequency that it’s using provides the strongest signal. It can be programmed to switch over seamlessly if it finds a better one, or if your workshop has a designated frequency, it can be “locked” to only use that channel.
The ebright is designed to expand in functionality with features constantly being added via free software upgrades. This year Stertil will incorporate the following into ebright’s feature set:
- Operating Manuals, Parts Lists, Vehicle Service History and Troubleshooting guides available on each column
- Operator ID Pin numbers to ensure that only trained operators use the equipment
- NEXT SERVICE DUE dates set to appear automatically on each column
- Service HOTLINE number accessible on-screen
- Details of the last 100 operations available
- Lift heights programmable for restricted height shops
Stertil has distinguished itself in the heavy vehicle lifting world for adhering to and exceeding strict European, US and Australian safety standards. Some of the ebright’s many safety features include:
- Overload protection
- Automatic mechanical load locking every 35mm
- Automatic STOP if a set becomes 30mm out of sync due to an obstruction
- Automatic isolation of all columns if one column is removed from an active set