Magnetek Acquires Crane Control Technology

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.—Magnetek Inc., a manufacturer of power control and delivery systems for the overhead material handling industry, announced it has acquired the DDC Direct DC Drive product line from Fort Myers, Fla.-based Saminco Inc.

Magnetek also acquired the DDC technology, patent and intellectual property rights from co-owners Eaton Corp. and Saminco.

Since 2006, Magnetek has had a brand-label supply agreement with Eaton to provide sales, support and service of direct DC drive systems, marketed under Magnetek's OmniPulse brand, to the material handling industry. The crane control systems are used in DC-powered primary metal, foundry and heavy industrial cranes.

"The acquisition of the DDC digital drive product line and technology provides Magnetek with a unique addition to our controls product portfolio and gives us greater presence in the international crane control market, as the DDC product line has an established distribution network in Europe and South America," says Perry Pabich, vice president and general manager of Magnetek's material handling business.

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