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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.

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. 

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