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Overhead Cranes: Modular Cranes vs. Engineered Process Cranes

The amount of engineering and fabrication to meet your specifications can determine whether a modular system or an engineered or process crane system is right for you.

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Modular bridge crane systems use off-the-shelf packaged components and are designed to be general purpose material movers. Meanwhile, an engineered or process crane uses more robust components designed to withstand the rigors and repetition of performing a critical lifting action over and over again.

Custom Built Up Hoists vs. Package Hoist Systems for Overhead Cranes

The extra engineering and specialized components in a built up hoist will allow it to thrive in abusive and complex lifting applications.

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It's important to understand why and when it may be necessary to invest in a built up hoist to prolong the service life and increase the production capabilities of your overhead crane system.

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 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.

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 Much Does an Overhead Crane Inspection Cost?

“How much will my crane inspection cost?” It's a question that we get asked on a daily basis, but the answer depends on a number of different factors that can affect the price.

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The most important factor in determining the cost of an overhead crane inspection is the type of crane, or cranes, that need to be inspected. There are many different kinds of cranes, and each one has its own unique inspection criteria and requirements—requiring varying lengths of time to complete the inspection process.

Which Overhead Crane Service Class is Best for Your Business?

Selecting the right class and duty cycle for an overhead crane is critical for balancing the initial investment of a crane system with the cost of future maintenance that will be required.

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If you put a little bit of thought and consideration into how often you will be using an overhead crane, how hard your overhead crane will have to work, and the type of environment that your crane will be working in, you can get a pretty good sense of what type of crane duty cycle or service class will be best for your business or facility.

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