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What is a Below-the-Hook Lifting Device? Definition, Types, and Design

Sometimes, using a traditional wire rope sling, alloy chain sling, or synthetic sling just isn’t enough to safely and securely move a load from one location to another.

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What do you do if you feel like your crane isn’t performing as efficiently or as safely as you think it can? Maybe it takes too long to secure or remove each load using traditional rigging slings and hardware. Or, maybe something just doesn’t seem right about the way the load is balanced or moves once it’s up in the air.

Top 10 Reasons to Consider Financing Your Overhead Crane Equipment

Investing in an overhead crane system can be one of the most useful and utilized pieces of equipment you can add to your business to increase production, workflows, and bring in more profit.

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By acquiring a loan for the cost of your overhead crane system, you can add the technology that you need today without dropping a large sum of cash and potentially jeopardizing your business’ future earnings and investment opportunities. 

Overhead Crane Installation Procedures: From Conception to Completion

Learn more about the timeline for an overhead crane installation—including what takes place between a signed purchase order, and the day that the installers roll up to your facility with your crane on their trucks.

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Learn more about the timeline for an overhead crane installation--including what takes place between a signed purchase order and the day that the installers show up with your crane on their trucks. Whether this is your first time going through an overhead crane installation, or you’ve gone through multiple crane installations, we hope you can learn something to help keep your next install on schedule, within budget, and your workers safe.

What is the Cost of an Overhead Crane?

The type of crane, the span, the capacity, the duty cycle, operating environment, and any additional building or structural considerations can all add to, or lessen, the cost of an overhead crane.

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In order to help you understand how to budget for an overhead crane project, we’ve developed this article to address the different factors that can influence the cost of a new overhead crane system and then we'll provide price ranges for the most common types, sizes, and configurations of overhead cranes.

How to Choose a Rigging Inspection Company for OSHA Compliance

What to look for when selecting a third-party company to inspect your wire rope, chain slings, roundslings, and rigging hardware.

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One of the most important aspects of selecting a rigging inspection company is to understand who is actually performing the inspection. Does the company have certified inspectors on staff? Understanding that certified means that their employees have been through an accredited training program to obtain a certification—they didn’t just sit through one class in order to receive an “attendance certificate.”

Rigging Equipment Costs: What Affects Price of Wire Rope, Slings, & Gear?

Similar to other consumer goods like cars, electronics, and appliances, there are several factors that can affect the cost of lifting and rigging products.

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When it comes to buying rigging equipment, going with the least expensive option isn’t always the smartest buy. Research, due diligence, and working with industry experts will lead you to the best product for your application and ultimately, the best bang for your buck in the long run.

How to Compare Overhead Crane Quotes

Price shouldn't be the only factor when selecting an overhead crane company to partner with. Read on to get a comprehensive understanding of an overhead crane quote and what criteria you should use to compare multiple quotes.

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Partnering with an overhead crane manufacturer is a big decision and one that should not be taken lightly. The design, manufacturing, and installation of an overhead crane system is an enormous investment, but a necessary one if you want to improve your company’s efficiency and workflows. We know that each overhead crane project is unique and needs to be quoted accordingly. For this reason, we wrote this article to help you better understand the overhead crane quotation process and select an overhead crane manufacturer that you will feel most comfortable working with.

Purchasing an Overhead Crane Process: From Consultation to Installation

Understanding the process and expectations of buying an overhead crane—from the first contact with an overhead crane manufacturer, through the consultation and quote processes, and all the way up to installation.

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An overhead crane is a complex and expensive piece of equipment. It's a good idea to bring in a couple of different overhead crane manufacturers to receive multiple quotes, provide a scope of work, and provide their expert opinion on the right overhead crane for your business' needs. The goal of this article is to help you understand what you can expect from an overhead crane consultation and walk you through the process from first contact with a crane manufacturer up into the installation of the overhead crane system.

What are the Different Types of Overhead Cranes?

Selecting the right type of crane for your business is critical to maximizing efficiency, streamlining workflow, and getting the best bang for your buck.

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If you’ve done your research and determined that an overhead crane system could improve your facility’s production or material handling processes, then you’re probably beginning to realize that there are all different types of overhead cranes. Your head may be swimming trying to sort through all of the information that is available on overhead cranes and you may be asking yourself, “What type of overhead crane do I need for my business?”

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.

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