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What is an Overhead Crane? Definition, Types, & Components

A base-level explanation of overhead cranes and how you can select an overhead crane that is best suited for your business’ needs.

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In the simplest of terms, an overhead crane is a machine, or piece of equipment, that allows you to lift and move heavy materials from one location to another in a precise manner. There is no “one size fits all” approach to defining an overhead crane, as each overhead crane is carefully designed and engineered for a specific purpose or application to suit a business’ material handling needs.

How to Identify Workplace Hazards by Performing a Job Safety Analysis

Be an active participant in workplace safety and identify job safety hazards before they cause an accident or injury.

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Safety is the responsibility of everyone on the job site. By working with your co-workers and taking the time to thoroughly assess the jobs and tasks that you do on site, you can take a proactive approach to identifying potential hazards, and most importantly—control or eliminate them before they accidents or injuries.

How to Dispose of Damaged Rigging Gear, Wire Rope, & Slings

When it comes to the disposal of rigging hardware, wire rope, or slings, the best practice is to render the items in question as unsalvageable, or in such a condition as to make further use impossible.

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Because there are no standards or clear instructions developed by industry authorities like OSHA, ANSI, WSTDA, or AWRF, we have outlined what we suggest to be best practices for the disposal of damaged or failed lifting materials.

How Much Does an Overhead Crane Inspection Cost?

“How much will my crane inspection cost?” It's a question that we get asked on a daily basis, but the answer depends on a number of different factors that can affect the price.

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The most important factor in determining the cost of an overhead crane inspection is the type of crane, or cranes, that need to be inspected. There are many different kinds of cranes, and each one has its own unique inspection criteria and requirements—requiring varying lengths of time to complete the inspection process.

How to Make Your Overhead Crane Inspection Program OSHA Compliant

Many maintenance supervisors and plant managers mistakenly think that they are in compliance with inspection standards if they have their crane equipment inspected once a year.

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Keeping your overhead crane in service and in peak operating condition, should be a top priority for safety, maintenance, or operations personnel at any job site or industrial facility. Frequent and periodic inspections help to keep crane and hoist equipment operating at top efficiency, help keep the user and other personnel safe, help reduce costly down time, and extend the life of the equipment.

Import vs Domestic Rigging Products: How to Choose the Best

Considering the pros and cons of using domestic or imported rigging products for your next lifting project.

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Ultimately, the decision to choose a domestic or an imported wire rope, shackle, hook, sling or any other type of rigging product will come down to what best suits your company’s needs. There are obviously advantages and disadvantages to choosing a domestically-made or imported hook, shackle, wire rope, chain sling, or synthetic roundslings.

How to Make Sure Your Lifting and Rigging Equipment is OSHA Compliant

A site assessment addresses and solves safety and compliance issues regarding cranes and lifting equipment.

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“Where do I start?” This is a question that is on the minds of safety and maintenance leaders in all types of industries when it comes to safety and compliance with OSHA and ASME standards. When you have that nagging feeling that you are not compliant with ASME standards regarding lifting, rigging and overhead cranes, the question “where do I start?” can keep conscientious safety and maintenance leaders up at night.

How to Inspect a Twin-Path Synthetic Roundsling to ASME Standards

One of the most basic but crucial aspects of using a Twin-Path® synthetic roundsling is inspecting it prior to each use.

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We often get questions from our customers about what to look for when inspecting a Twin-Path® synthetic roundsling. Customers also want to know if there are any differences in the inspection process for a single-path roundsling and a Twin-Path® roundsling. The inspection processes are the same, but this article will also address additional inspection best practices outlined by Slingmax®, the manufacturer of Twin-Path® synthetic roundslings.

How to Inspect a Synthetic Roundsling to ASME B30.9 Standards

The most basic, yet essential, part of using a synthetic roundsling is inspecting it prior to each use.

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The most basic, yet essential, part of using a synthetic roundsling is inspecting it prior to each use. Inspecting your synthetic roundsling will confirm that the equipment is in proper working condition, and that the correct synthetic roundsling is being used for the specific job requirements.

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