NexStar

Lift Your Bottom Line: NexStar™ Crane Management System Technology

The power to get more done — total proportional control in the palm of your hand.

With the patented Auto Crane® NexStar crane management system you don’t have to sacrifice safety for speed or precision for productivity. It delivers proportional control of every function with 100% capacity. Further safety is delivered when combined with the full stability of Titan bodies and outriggers as seen by this mechanic rotating a 7,100 lb engine to the side of his truck. This allows mechanics to precisely move load in and out of tight spaces and not have to worry about rotating the load over the side and tipping the truck.

Stop overloads, take the guesswork and operator field calculations out of the equation.

How it’s put together sets NexStar apart

NexStar is an easy to use integration of advanced components delivering the highest level of performance and safety ever achieved in service crane control.

The rugged multi-function remote control transmitter is 70% lighter than pistol grip handhelds. The NexStar interface receiver LCD clearly displays more crane/load information in readable English — no codes to memorize or look up.

At the heart of the fully-proportional with independent control is the exclusive hydraulic valve bank. It delivers hydraulic flow to power multiple crane functions on command, every time. Hydraulic cranes have no flow sharing or slowing down when you add a function.

NexStar means full control, at full capacity, for every function — from top speed to precise load control

Field-proven NexStar delivers more operational control.

  • 100% proportional, independent speed control on all crane functions in proportional joystick mode
  • Control one or multiple functions at the same time, with 100% power, from crawl to full speed
  • Add or remove crane functions on the fly without stopping
  • Versatile max speed range settings — 25%, 50%, 75%, 100% — with total proportional control at every setting
  • Emergency stop halts all functions with one touch

NexStar keeps operators safer and better informed

  • Auto Crane introduced the tri-axis boom and truck chassis angle sensors to automatically slow the crane on steep grades. When the grade exceeds 15% the crane prevents operation
  • Automatic crane limiting at 100% rated capacity (while still allowing boom up, boom retraction and lowering the load), ensuring the safety of people, equipment and loads*
  • NexStar LCD screen displays load/crane messages in clear text — no codes, no guesswork about boom pressure, angle, capacity, battery status, load alerts and more — keeps mechanics productive in the field
  • LED boom-mounted indicator/warning light provides added in-operation load handling awareness
  • Stow-able transmitter prevents unauthorized crane use when not in service

*Standard safety feature of all Auto Crane service cranes

 


NexStar 4 – Next Gen Control System

Auto Crane has made several enhancements to the patented, market-leading crane control system. Explore the enhancements in the tabs below and download the flyer. Demonstration videos of the new capabilities are linked below as well.

Improved ProductivityRugged RemoteRemote TroubleshootingFleet ManagementOther Crane Updates

Improved Productivity

Automated Deploy and Stow

Auto Crane has another industry first… AutoDeploy™ as well as AutoStow™ to make it faster to put your crane into use and put away after a long day. We’ve made the crane so easy to run that kids can run the crane like a veteran field mechanic. (Note: available on EHC-5 / HC-5 and larger cranes)

 

AutoDeploy Demo

When activated, AutoDeploy automatically brings the crane out of the rest and rotates the boom around to the right side of the truck and then releases the hook

 

 


AutoStow Demo

AutoStow parks the crane just above the rest by simply squeezing the trigger. A final hoist-up and boom-down command by the operator completes the sequence. (Note: the crane must be retracted and the traveling block resting on the open hook attachment)

 


Improved Operation

Auto Crane was the first to introduce automated speed to slow the crane when loaded when NexStar was first introduced over 10 years ago. We’ve improved on this capability.

Improvements to the control were made to the operation of the crane to both speed-up and smooth the operation. You have to run a crane to see for yourself.

Rugged Remote

We’ve designed the new remote to withstand even more punishment, keep what mechanics like, deliver what they asked for and more:

  • Field-proven ruggedness and lighter weight
    • Even lighter by as much as 70% of the weight of competitor pistol grip remotes
  • Better ergonomics for one-hand operation alleviating fatigue
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
    • 12 hours of use
    • Tether cable (included with crane) also charges the internal battery and cuts the wireless link when working in areas like mine sites
    • Larger color LCD with simplified interface
      • A bar graph quickly tells you how much capacity remains before an overload occurs
      • The message area tells you the status of the crane in plain text
      • Intuitive symbols make the the values stand out

  • Lower cost repairs and faster repair service
  • Docking station (included with crane) quickly charges the remote and doubles as a missing remote indicator
    • Operators can be reminded with a chime when they’ve left the remote at the job site and out of the docking station when the parking brake is disengaged (chime kit sold separately)

Field Tested

Field testing has proven the new remote is far more rugged. In one instance a remote was accidently dropped twice from over 10 feet onto concrete and the remote was not functionally damaged. We don’t recommend trying this with your remote, but you’ll be impressed with the punishment this new remote can handle.

Mechanics are complimentary of the improved ergonomics. Try the new remote for yourself and you’ll experience what others are saying.

Remote Troubleshooting

Auto Crane was the first to introduce remote troubleshooting with telematics capability. We’ve extended the capability with an alternate means of connecting with your smartphone. This is the “IoT” that everyone has been hearing about. Dealer service techs or Auto Crane can remotely access NexStar cranes in real-time using an optional Bluetooth dongle and a mechanic’s smartphone. The as-needed connection is a low-cost option for those who do not already utilize a fleet telematics solution.

  • Diagnose problems before arriving with mobile service
  • Change settings and tuning parameters
  • Update software remotely without special tool or trip

Dealers have additional access to settings and tuning parameters that can be adjusted without the need for a special service tool and laptop.

Fleet Management

Improved data logging is focused on the metrics that fleet managers want to see:

  • Crane utilization
  • Incident recording (“black box” type recording of several incidents)

Other Crane Updates

See other crane updates that have been made such as the open load hook attachment.


NexStar 3 – Wireless Remote Control System

  • 100% proportional control
  • Pistol grip with proportional trigger or joysticks and LCD screen on the remote (up to 100 hours crane operation on four AA batteries)
  • Receiver with large-format LCD diagnostic/status message screen
  • Integrated hydraulic valve bank
  • Boom-mounted LED crane status light
  • Tri-axis boom/truck level crane load management sensors
  • Optional tether for remote control
  • Available with: HC-5, HC-6, HC-7, HC-7x, HC-8, HC-8x, HC-9, HC-10, HC-12S, HC-12 and HC-14


NexStar 2 – Wireless Remote Control System

  • 100% proportional control
  • Added 12-button handheld remote with engine start/stop, high idle and aux controls (up to 100 hours crane operation on two AA batteries)
  • Receiver with large-format LCD diagnostic/status message screen
  • Integrated hydraulic valve bank
  • Boom-mounted LED crane status light
  • Tri-axis boom/truck level crane load management sensors
  • Optional transmitter with cable for tethered remote control
  • Available with: HC-5, HC-6, HC-7, HC-8, 8406H, HC-9, HC-10, HC-12S, HC-12 and HC-14

 


NexStar 1 – Wireless Remote Control System

  • 100% proportional control
  • Full-featured 8-button handheld remote in either wireless or tethered (up to 100 hours crane operation on two AA batteries)
  • Receiver with LED status
  • Integrated hydraulic valve bank
  • Boom-mounted LED crane status light
  • Tri-axis boom/truck level crane load management sensors
  • Optional transmitter with cable for tethered remote control
  • Available with: 3203EH and 4004EH

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