Denver, Colorado — Gates Industrial Corp. is to unveil its new smart crimper technology, which it dubs the GC20 with Gates Cortex Intelligence.
The GC20 Cortex "takes the guesswork out of hose assembly fabrication" as it features touch-screen controls, on-board training, integrated eCrimp setting and remote support, said the Denver-based manufacturer and supplier of hose and belting products in a statement.
The patent-pending smart crimper, according to Mat Haen, VP of global product line management, represents the continuation of the digital revolution in the company.
"Our digital strategy is to develop and launch (Internet of Things) solutions that provide tangible benefit for the next generation of customers and align with Industry 4.0."
The GC20 Cortex is an upgrade to the Gates Power Crimp 707 crimper, with the new offering retaining all of the capabilities of the PC707 but adding technology aimed at making crimper operations safer.
Cindy Cookson, Gates global product line director for hydraulics, said there are several ways in which the GC20 Cortex improves safety, including the on-board training feature and automated calibration.
With tens of thousands of PC707 crimpers in use across North America, Haen said a retrofit kit was available to upgrade the existing units to GC20 Cortex crimpers.
Gates will launch the GC 20 in the US and Canada during the fourth quarter and is accepting pre-orders. It will be displaying the smart crimper at the AAPEX show in Las Vegas 5-7 Nov.