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NexStar Technology


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 Auto Crane® and the patented NexStar crane management system you don’t have to sacrifice safety for speed or precision for productivity. It delivers full proportional control of every function with 100% capacity even when using multiple functions simultaneously. Stop overloads, take guesswork and operator field calculations out of the equation.

NexStar System

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 control is the exclusive Hydraulic Valve Bank. It delivers 100% hydraulic flow power for every crane function on command, every time. No split flow, no slowing down when an operator adds a function.

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

Field-proven NexStar delivers more operational control.

  • 100% proportional, pressure-sensitive push-button speed control in all crane functions
  • Execute one or multiple functions at the same time, with 100% power, from crawl to full speed
  • Add crane functions on the fly without stopping
  • Versatile max speed 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 III – Wireless Remote Control System

  • 100% proportional control
  • Full-featured proportional trigger or joysticks is IP66 rated and CE certified (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
  • Use 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 III Remote (3)

NexStar II – Wireless or Tethered Remote Control System

  • 100% proportional control
  • Full-featured 12-button handheld transmitter is IP66 rated and CE certified (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
  • Use with: HC-5, HC-6, HC-7, HC-8, 8406H, HC-9, HC-10, HC-12S, HC-12 and HC-14

NexStar I – Wireless or Tethered Remote Control System

  • 100% proportional control
  • Full-featured 8-button handheld transmitter is IP66 rated and CE certified (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
  • Use with: 3203EH, 4004EH