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Aerospace/Defense

Columbia Pneumatic Drone Winch Assists In Ocean Launching

Application: Custom Columbia pneumatic drone winch designed to launch drones off moving ships in the Pacific Ocean.
Line Pull: 2000 pounds
Line Speed: 21 feet per minute
Cable Capacity: 20 feet of custom 2″ strap with quick release latch
Power Source:  Pneumatic – 80 SCFM @ 70 PSI
Special Features: Motor mounted manual control valve plumbed and installed with mufflers. Custom strap design with special quick release latch to allow tensioning for launch and quick release. Special coating for marine environment protection….

Loading and Offloading Using Skid Winch for the US Air Force

Application: The new model WX9300-2A17-L-01 is a 9,300 lb capacity AC electric powered skid winch that will be put in service by the US Air Force to load and offload skids from transport trailers.
Customer Type: Winches, Inc.
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Line Pull: 9,300 pounds
Line Speed: 15 feet per minute
Cable Capacity: 284 feet X 7/16” wire rope.
Power Source: 230 VAC 3 Phase input power
Special Features: 5.0 Hp severe-duty brake motor, reversing motor starter, NEMA 4 steel enclosure, IN/OUT momentary buttons on the side of the panel, steel tension roller….

Columbia Lunar Rover Winch on the ATHLETE Lunar Rover

The All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE) is a new mobility platform developed for potential lunar operations. This six-limbed rover is designed to traverse quickly over benign terrain by rolling, traverse rough and steep terrain by walking, as well as perform general manipulation of tools and payloads. This flexible robotic platform will provide a mobile base for pressurized lunar habitats, allowing long-range surface exploration and crew transport. It will also enable in-situ construction of lunar assets providing astronauts with the ability to assemble, maintain, and service a wide range of cargo.

Safety lines are required to ensure the vehicle’s stability for exploring…

Columbia Aerostat Winch for Balloon Launch and Recovery

Application: Custom aerostat winch to launch and recover aerostat surveillance balloons
Customer: Near Space Systems, Inc.
Location: Peyton, Colorado
Hoist Model: Columbia EHS-5-43D
Special Features: 

Variable speed payout and recovery via proportional joystick controls.
A digital measurement package with line speed / distance / tension readouts and programmable alarms.
A proprietary AutoAdvance Line Spoolers with a bull’s-eye fairlead for unidirectional spooling of cable.

Line Pull: 5,500 pounds
Line Speed: Up to 115 feet per minute
Cable Capacity: This unit can store up to 4,400 feet X 1/2″ diameter fiber optic cable.
Power Source: 40 HP diesel generator with sound attenuating enclosure.

Positioning Hoist for Raytheon Company

Application: Positioning hoist for stabilizing legs of Patriot Missile mobile guidance tower
Customer Type: Raytheon Company
Location:  Global
Line Pull:  1,160 pounds
Line Speed:  37 feet per minute
Power Source:  24 VDC
Special Features: Servomotors, CARC paint, synthetic rope….

Synchronized Multiple Hoist System for Boat Repairs

Application: Multiple hoist system with a custom control package to lift boats out of the water for service and repair
Customer: Weston Solutions
Location: Umm Qasr Naval Base, Iraq
Line Pull: 1,000 tons (2,000,000 pound) total system capacity
Cable Capacity: 32 feet of travel 
Power Source: 400 VAC / Three Phase / 50 Hz
Special Features: Custom synchronized control system, complete rigging package including wire rope, blocks, and sheaves

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