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What is Wire Rope? Understanding the Specifications and Construction

Wire rope is a complex piece of mechanical machinery with a number of different specifications and properties that can affect its performance and service life.

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Understanding the components of wire rope, the construction of wire rope, and the different types of wire rope will allow you to select the best performing and longest-lasting wire rope for the job at hand.

What is Arch Beam and Why is it So Dangerous on an Overhead Crane?

Arch beam and window track were once a reliable and innovative solution in the material handling industry. 50+ years later, these systems have reached and exceeded their effective service life.

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During the 1960’s, crane beam manufacturers ceased production of arch beam/window track for their runway and bridge beams. Unfortunately, these types of track systems are still prevalent in older manufacturing facilities today and could pose a real danger to employees working nearby.

Overhead Crane Safety Systems: Modern Features and Technologies

With modern technologies becoming more readily available and more affordable, the safety features available for overhead crane systems have never been better.

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Is it time for you to modernize and improve the safety of your overhead crane system? Learn how advanced technologies like collision avoidance, variable frequency drives, overload sensors, and remote diagnostics can help to improve the safety, performance, and reliability of your overhead crane equipment.

How to Make Your Personal Fall Protection Equipment OSHA Compliant

The cost of keeping your fall protection gear in compliance shouldn't be considered an expense, but should be looked at as an investment that helps keeps your employees safe.

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OSHA standards specify that employers need to provide fall protection training for their workers, but also have to have an inspection program in place to regularly inspect and assess the condition of their harnesses, lanyards, and retractable devices.

How to Measure Span and Runway Length for an Overhead Bridge Crane

Understanding how a new crane will fit into your existing facility, and how the structural and design factors of an existing runway and supports can be utilized.

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The better you understand the design and specification requirements for your own crane system, the better equipped you’ll be to compare the different quotes you receive against the project criteria.

Upgrading Your Overhead Crane's Capacity: What You Need to Know

Partner with a reputable and experienced crane service provider to determine if an upgrade to the capacity of your overhead crane equipment is feasible, and put an action plan together.

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If you think your crane is currently exceeding its capacity and service classification, or you know your production needs will be changing in the future, contact a reputable crane service provider to schedule a consultation and see if your crane is a possible candidate for a capacity upgrade.

Installing an Overhead Crane in an Existing Building Structure

A reputable and experienced overhead crane manufacturer can work with you to design and install an overhead crane that meets your lifting requirements and fits in your existing building structure.

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In most cases, the design and engineering team has to retrofit an overhead crane and its support structure into a space that wasn’t originally designed for a crane system.

Best Practices for Alloy Chain Sling Inspection and Chain Sling Use

A well thought out chain sling inspection program can help prevent industry compliance issues, keep your workers safe, and extend the life of your lifting equipment.

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The thoroughness of rigging and sling inspection programs varies from company to company and often depends on the qualifications and experience of the inspector. However, inspectors have OSHA 1910.184 and ASME B30.9 to consult for inspection guidelines and specific criteria for removal from service.

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.

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