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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.

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.

The Best Overhead Bridge Crane and Gantry Crane Manufacturers

It's a good idea to bring in a few different overhead crane manufacturers to look at your facility, provide a scope of work, and provide their expert opinion on the right crane system for your overhead lifting needs.

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Partnering with the right overhead crane manufacturer is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The more informed you are during the purchasing process, the better you'll understand how to design and specify the right overhead crane for your business and get the best bang for your buck.

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.

How to Measure Span and Runway Length for an Overhead Bridge Crane

Understanding how a new crane will fit into your existing facility, and how the structural and design factors of an existing runway and supports can be utilized.

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The better you understand the design and specification requirements for your own crane system, the better equipped you’ll be to compare the different quotes you receive against the project criteria.

Upgrading Your Overhead Crane's Capacity: What You Need to Know

Partner with a reputable and experienced crane service provider to determine if an upgrade to the capacity of your overhead crane equipment is feasible, and put an action plan together.

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If you think your crane is currently exceeding its capacity and service classification, or you know your production needs will be changing in the future, contact a reputable crane service provider to schedule a consultation and see if your crane is a possible candidate for a capacity upgrade.

Installing an Overhead Crane in an Existing Building Structure

A reputable and experienced overhead crane manufacturer can work with you to design and install an overhead crane that meets your lifting requirements and fits in your existing building structure.

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In most cases, the design and engineering team has to retrofit an overhead crane and its support structure into a space that wasn’t originally designed for a crane system.

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.

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.

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