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ANSI ECMA 25-19 AC Inverters for Use on Electric Overhead, Monorail, and Gantry Traveling Cranes

This standard applies to AC Inverters for use on electric overhead, monorail, and gantry traveling cranes. AC Inverters are also referred to as variable frequency drives, adjustable frequency drives, or variable speed drives.
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ANSI ECMA 35-2018, Electrification Systems for Electric Overhead Traveling Cranes

This standard provides minimum requirements and guidelines for alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electrification systems for electric overhead, monorail, and gantry traveling cranes. Electrification systems include conductor bars, festoon systems, cable chains, spring driven reels, and motor driven reels.
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ANSI ECMA15: 2018 Spec for Cable-less (Wireless) Controls

This standard provides the minimum requirements and guidelines for cable-less controls of electric overhead traveling cranes. A cable-less control device as referenced in this standard uses radio frequency signals to control the movements and actions of said cranes for applications such as material handling. This standard is referenced in CMAA Specification #70, Specifications for Top Running & Gantry Type Multiple Girder Electric Overhead Traveling Cranes, and CMAA Specification #74, Specifications for Top Running & Under Running Single Girder Electric Traveling Cranes Utilizing Under Running Trolley Hoist. These specifications contain information and references specific to electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes.
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VFD Capacitor Shelf Life, Storage, and Reforming

The question of Variable-Frequency Drive (VFD) shelf life is actually a question of capacitor shelf life. There is a point at which that spare drive on the shelf will require maintenance prior to applying rated line voltage. This white paper summarizes the issues and the solutions.
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Speaking as One Voice To:

  • Crane Manufacturers of America (CMAA)
  • Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI)
  • Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA)
  • Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) Product Section

Industry Information

  • Participate in MHI directed market research study, which will focus on the worldwide market for controls and components.
  • Benefit from other industry research projects led by MHI that are relevant to the industrial controls and components industry.
  • Deal with Industry issues.
  • Access to the Industry expertise that exists within the MHI group.
  • Participate in statistical and marketing programs.

Standards Development

  • Participate in the development of Industry Standards.

Education & Professional Development

  • Inclusion in the multimedia guidelines program and ECMA web page and MHI web site.
  • Gain access to MHI library of published resources. Members of ECMA can contact MHI staff directly to ask questions about the studies or materials.
  • Participate in Professional Development Seminars that are available at the semi-annual meetings.
  • Participate in educational seminars at the semi-annual meetings. The ECMA group collectively selects topics of interest and MHI helps to set up educational meetings.
  • Access Educational leaders through CIC-MHE member institutions which lead to industry trained graduates.

Networking and Planning

  • Meet with Industry leaders and peers at semi-annual meetings.
  • Participate in round table discussions, which is a great opportunity to discuss shared problems and challenges. These discussions often lead into educational seminars for future meetings.
  • Participate with compatible material handling companies that often lead to joint installation programs.
  • Representation on the Leadership Team of MHI as members of ECMA.

Margaret May, Georgia Tech
The Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship has been awarded to Margaret May, a rising senior Industrial Engineering student at Georgia Tech for the 2019/2020 academic year. Margaret has always been interested in efficiency and improving processes. She will be interning this summer at Microsoft where she hopes to continue to learn about supply chain processes for manufacturing. Her Gallop StrengthsFinder top strengths are achiever, learner, developer, positivity and belief.

ECMA Managing Executive

Rose Haire



Jason Looman
Scanreco, Inc.

Vice Chair
Dan Barrera
Bosch Rexroth

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