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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. 

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.

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