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Overhead Bridge 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.

What are the Hidden Costs of Owning an Overhead Crane System?

It’s easy to overlook some of the hidden costs of buying, installing, and maintaining an overhead crane. Learn how to avoid some of the major pitfalls.

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In this article, we’ll help you identify some of the pitfalls and hidden costs associated with overhead crane ownership. Our goal is to help you better understand how to properly budget for and design an overhead crane so the installation and future maintenance is as painless as possible.

Lifting and Rigging Solutions for Die Handling and Automotive Stamping

Die and mold handling can be complicated and dangerous. Learn how to assess your lifting practices and the equipment your team is using to handle dies and molds.

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There are a number of different lifting and rigging challenges when performing die handling and stamping procedures. This article will expose you to some of the solutions that are available for these unique lifting and rigging processes.

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.


What is the Cost of an Overhead Crane? [w/ Video]

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.

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.

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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