LAKEWOOD, NJ -- It has been two years since Elaut rolled out the E-Claw concept in the American market, where leading operators have embraced the crane's novel feature and high-end design. E-Claw's widespread acceptance is not surprising, according to Elaut, because the crane is engineered for today's amusement marketplace.
"It's a beautiful machine, works flawlessly and has been fully tested," said Richard Listash of Elaut USA. "Everybody who has it is satisfied."
Lakewood, NJ-based Elaut USA is the U.S. unit of Elaut NV, a manufacturer of amusement equipment based in Sint-Niklass, Belgium. The American company is also one of the largest operators and concessionaires of amusement games and related equipment in the theme park industry.
Listash said E-Claw is one of the manufacturer's top sellers today, approaching the unit volume of its best-selling Wizard of Oz pusher.
Ideal for family entertainment centers and gameooms, E-Claw excels in esthetic, and possesses technological bells and whistles that competing products don't have. The entire E-Claw family, from the 600 and 900 series to the Cosmic model, offers single and multi-player options with the same basic design concept.
Its exterior cabinetry, for instance, is illuminated by RGB LEDs that can provide up to 300,000 programmable shades of color to match any location's décor and coordinate color transitions when machines are linked. A linked bank of cranes illuminated in sync presents a high-impact, eye-catching presence in attract mode. LEDs also reduce energy costs, and last much longer than bulbs. E-Claw is built with vandal-resistant plastic.
The E-Claw feature that has prompted operators to take notice is the interchangeable claw mechanism; claws can be changed out to match a wide variety of prizes. Elaut calls its new gantry "IntraXion."
A claw change takes about 20 seconds. "There are eight combinations of claw sizes an operator can use, depending on weight and size of the prize," Listash explained. "If you match the claw to the prize, it works pretty well. What we're seeing now is operators using retail, heavier plush, and getting good results."
Some E-Claw models can be equipped with Elaut's Winner Gallery, a built-in console with a camera and 22" LCD. When a player wins, a snapshot is taken and placed in the gallery (subject to prior consent).
Elaut USA is expected roll out a new E-Claw design at the IAAPA Attractions Expo.