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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.

Variable Frequency Drives: Smart Motor Controls for Overhead Cranes

VFDs can be used to control every motorized motion on an overhead crane—including the hoist, bridge, trolley, and even hook rotation.

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Do you battle with an older overhead crane system to keep it up and running? If your crane seems to break down or needs frequent repair due to worn-out parts, you may be able to extend its service life with a smarter and more efficient drive control system.

Energy Chain: Powering Overhead Cranes in the Harshest Environments

Designed for overhead cranes in demanding or high-usage environments, energy chain is a type of electrification system that's growing in popularity.

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If you’re battling frequent inspections, adjustments, and repairs to your crane’s festoon electrification system, then we’d like to introduce you to energy chain—a type of overhead crane electrification system that can handle the toughest operating conditions.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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