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6 Signs it’s Time to Upgrade & Modernize Your Overhead Crane Equipment

Engineering advancements and modern technologies can extend the life of an overhead crane that no longer works efficiently, or doesn’t meet your current production requirements.

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Overhead crane modernization can be as simple as replacing one component or replacing multiple component systems. A lot of business owners will take an “a-la-carte” approach and invest in the upgrade and replacement of multiple components of an aging crane system to improve efficiency, production, and help to improve safety.

What Makes My Below-the-Hook Lifting Device OSHA Compliant?

ASME B30.20 and ASME BTH-1 are the two most important standards when it comes to the design and markings of a below-the-hook lifting device.

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Below-the-hook devices are sometimes an afterthought when safety and production personnel self-assess their lifting and rigging programs for compliance. It’s not that uncommon to see below-the-hook devices get overlooked, even when a company who has taken the steps to evaluate their overhead cranes, mobile cranes, and slings or rigging equipment for compliance.

Overhead Crane Hoist Types and Design: Manual, Electric, and Air

A hoist could be considered the most important component of an overhead crane because it’s the device that actually performs the lifting and lowering of a load.

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A hoist could be considered the most important component of an overhead crane system because it’s the device that actually performs the lifting and lowering of a load.

Top 5 Reasons Your Lifting & Rigging Program isn’t OSHA/ASME Compliant

Five of the most common observations from the field that could prevent you from reaching 100% compliance with OSHA and ASME requirements.

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Often we see companies that make an effort to follow lifting and rigging standards and best practices, but instead are almost fully OSHA compliant. Read on to learn about common practices that can prevent your lifting and rigging program from becoming 100% compliant.

Overhead Bridge Cranes: Single Girder vs. Double Girder Design

A single girder or double girder design will be one of the largest contributors to the complexity and overall cost of a new overhead crane system.

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You’ll want to give careful consideration to the bridge design of your overhead crane system to make sure that you understand the requirements of the lifting task and the environment where the crane will be operating.


5 Common Problems with Overhead Cranes and How to Avoid Them

Purchasing an overhead crane can be a big investment. Learn about some problems you might encounter during the life of your overhead crane and what you can do to mitigate them.

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Just like with an automobile or any other piece of equipment or machinery, your overhead crane will need regular maintenance to prolong its life and keep it operating efficiently. We understand that purchasing an overhead crane can be a big investment, and an investment that you’ll want to protect.

Spreader Beams vs. Lifting Beams: Definitions, Differences, and Design

While spreader beams and lifting beams are the most popular types of below-the-hook lifting devices, there is a lot of confusion about the differences between the two in terms of how they’re designed and what they’re used for.

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Are you confused about whether to use a spreader beam or a lifting beam for your next project? There is a lot of confusion regarding the proper use and the differences…

Overhead Crane Control Systems: Push Button Pendants vs. Radio Controls

A comparison of the two types of overhead crane control systems—including how they work and the advantages and disadvantages of both.

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Over time, there has been a trend towards moving operators out of the cabs and putting them down on the floor where they’re closer to the load—giving the operator increased visibility and better vantage points to lift and lower loads.

Crane Electrification: Conductor Bars vs. Cable Festoon vs. Cable Reel

Conductor bars, cable festoons, and cable reels are used to transfer power from the building supply to the runway, bridge, and hoist trolley.

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With different types of crane electrification systems available, and different varieties that exist for each type of system, it can be difficult to determine which electrification method is best for powering your overhead crane.

Does OSHA Require a Hook with a Safety Latch for an Overhead Lift?

When deciding on whether to use a hook latch or not, careful consideration must be given to the specific lifting application.

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The use of latches on hooks is a topic that is constantly up for debate in the lifting and rigging industries. While some people argue that hook latches are always required and should always be utilized, others argue that latches are not required.

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