Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits

Can the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist be a good fit for my lifting applications?

Matt Florjancic

Are you looking to purchase a new electric wire rope hoist that can stand up to difficult tasks under less-than-ideal working conditions?

Have your current electric wire rope hoists reached the end of their lifecycle and are becoming more difficult / costly to repair? Do you want something easier to use and with a higher capacity to increase productivity and efficiency? The Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist may be the answer you’ve been looking for all along.

For more than 150 years, Harrington Hoists, Inc. has been providing end-users with solutions for their lifting and rigging needs, and their most popular product was designed to hold up to difficult conditions with quiet operation, and minimal vibration.

In this article, we’ll answer the following questions about the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist:

  • What is the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist?
  • Are there benefits of having the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)?
  • What is the maintenance and service class for the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist?
  • Where are good and bad fits for the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist?
  • What unique features does the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist offer end-users?
  • How does the RY Series Plug-and-Play Crane Kit Package Help Maximize Hoist Productivity?

What Are the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists?


Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits: Main

The RY Electric Wire Rope Trolley Hoists are designed to improve the following factors:

  • Safety
  • Reliability
  • Performance

The Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists are ultra-low headroom trolley hoists with an H4 duty rating for high-demand applications. Each RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist comes standard with VFD controls for ultimate lifting and lowering accuracy.

The H4 duty rating means the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists are designed for high-volume handling of heavy loads near rated capacity, specifically in the following fields:

  • Steel warehousing
  • Machining
  • Foundries

The Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists comply with the following standards:

Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists in standard configurations (including certain options) are certified to UL 1340 “Standard for Hoist,” CSA 22.2 No. 33.

The Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists are able to handle your lifts up to 10 tons, depending on the type of hoist you purchase. There are four hoist models that come in capacities of 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 tons.

The 3 and 5-ton options can make lifts of 25’ and 33’, respectively. The 7.5-ton hoist can lift to heights of 30’, and the 10-ton model can go up to 40’.

What Is the Benefit of Having the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)?


Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits: Variable Frequency Drive

End-users can make adjustments to the speed of the VFD themselves.

As long as the workers making the adjustment have a man lift to get to the height of the hoist, they will be able to remove the control cover of the lifting device and make the change. The VFD is visible and easy to change.

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What Is the Maintenance and Service Class for Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists?


Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits: Wire Rope Drum

Every box shipped containing a Harrington product will include an owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will tell end-users how to determine the maintenance schedule for each of their products along with other important information.

As the owner of the hoist, you have to figure out which of the following classifications apply to your applications:

  • Normal Service
  • Heavy Service
  • Severe Service

Normal service is defined as operations with randomly distributed loads within the rated load limit or uniform loads less than 65% of the rated load limit for more than 25% of the time.

Heavy service is defined as operations within a working load limit which exceeds normal service. That is classified as hoists whose lifts exceed 65% of the rated load for more than 25% of the time or randomly distributed loads for over 25% of the time.

Severe service involves normal service and heavy service under abnormal operating conditions like weather or constant running.

Inspection Requirements

Once you determine what service classifications your hoists fall into, there are two kinds of inspections:

  • Frequent inspection
  • Periodic inspection

Frequent inspections are performed by an operator or other designated person at the facility:

  • For normal service, frequent inspections would be needed monthly
  • Under heavy service, weekly to monthly
  • For severe service, daily to weekly

Periodic inspections are performed by designated persons. Harrington partners with Mazzella to provide these services. These inspections occur:

  • At least yearly for normal service
  • Semiannually, at least, for heavy service
  • Quarterly for severe service

If you need your hoists repaired, you can contact Mazzella, which is a Harrington repair center, or speak with Harrington directly if you’re not sure who does repairs in your area.

By tracking the serial number of the product, Harrington can determine who the customer purchased the hoist from and guide you to that distributor first. If that company doesn’t do repairs, Harrington would put you in contact with a service repair center in your area.

What Are the Unique Features of the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists?


Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits: Features

UL® Listed

Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists are certified and listed to UL 1340 “Standard for Hoists” and CSA 22.2 No.33 “Construction and Test of Electric Cranes and Hoists.”

Full 360° Rope Guide

Made of a high strength polymer for durability, the rope guide keeps the rope securely in the groove on the drum. Simple design makes replacement easy.

VFD Control – Hoist and Trolley

Soft start / stop features minimize load swing. The VFD has high and low-speed adjustability. The max ratio is 6:1, and includes a standard count hour meter that records and displays the number of lifting / lowering starts and hoist on time for preventative maintenance.

Rope Drum

The Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist’s rope drum is deep grooved and has high strength for durability and a long service life.

Premium Wire Rope (IWRC Coated Core)

The Premium Wire Rope provides high resistance to fatigue and wear.

High-Performance Motor Brakes

The Pull-Rotor Motor Brake on 3 and 5-ton and Magnetic Disc Brakes on 7.5 and 10-ton hoists provide reliable operation and are exceptional durability. Harrington offers a five-year hoist brake warranty.

Externally Adjustable Upper / Lower Limit Switches

End-users can set the range of operation with easy adjustment.

Standard Guide Rollers and Rubber Trolley Bumpers

Guide rollers reduce wheel friction and noise while providing smooth travel and increased life of the wheel and beam. Rubber trolley bumpers provide protection from collisions.

Standard Upper Emergency Paddle Limit

This is a secondary limit independent of drum rotation to comply with U.S. safety standards included in ASME B30.16 Overhead Underhung and Stationary Hoists and ASME B30.17 Cranes And Monorails (With Underhung Trolley or Bridge) specifications.

No Load High-Speed Function

The No Load High-Speed Function operates at 1.5 times the standard high speed with a load less than 25% of rated capacity.

Heavy-Duty Fan-Cooled Hoist Motor

The feature comes with Class F insulation and a ribbed frame for maximum cooling and durability. An IP55 rating ensures a high level of protection from the entrance of dust and water. This H4-rated hoist has a 60-minute duty rating.

Externally Adjustable Trolley Motor and Brake

The motor and brake are IP55 rated, and the totally enclosed non-ventilated (TENV) motor with cooling fins ensures protection from dust and water, and enhances motor life.

Electronic Overload Limiter

This limiter detects overload instantaneously and shuts off the circuit for lifting.

Built-In Drop Stops

They help ensure security for the operator and the equipment.

Count Hour Meter

The meter records and displays the number of starts and hoist on time, which is valuable for preventative maintenance. This is an integral part of the VFD.

Heavy-Duty Hoist Motor

This totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) motor has Class F insulation and a ribbed frame for maximum cooling and durability. Its IP55 rating ensures a high level of protection from the entrance of dust and water.

Electronic Thermal Motor Protection

This function detects overheating and stops the motor.

What Do IP Ratings Mean?


Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits: IP Rated

The Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist is IP55 rated, and that is a reference to its protection levels from solids and water.

The first number refers to levels of protection from solids:

0: Not protected

1: Protected against objects up to 50 mm in diameter (i.e. equivalent to the back of the hand)

2: Protected against objects up to 12 mm in diameter (i.e. fingers or similar objects)

3: Protected against objects up to 2.5 mm in diameter (i.e. tools, thick wires)

4: Protected against objects up to 1 mm in diameter (i.e. most wires, screws)

5: Dust protected

6: Dust tight (complete protection from contact)

The second numeral addresses liquid protection:

0: Not protected

1: Protected against dripping water

2: Protected against dripping water when tilted up to 15 degrees from normal position

3: Protected against spraying water

4: Protected against splashing water

5: Protected against water projected from a nozzle

6: Protected against powerful water jet spray

7: Protected against water submersion up to 1 meter

8: Protected against submersion

By being IP55 rated, the Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists are dust protected and protected against water being projected from a nozzle.

Best-Fit Applications for the Harrington RY Wire Rope Hoist


Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits: Best Fit Applications

Harrington specifies that the RY Wire Rope Hoist operates between -4°F to +104°F and in humidity of 90% or less.

Also, with the VFD leading to softer starts and stops to minimize load swing, Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists could be a good fit for moving loads in multiple industries.

What Is the RY Series Plug-and-Play Crane Kit Package?


Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits: Crane Kit Package

To maximize your Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoist, you can purchase an RY Series Plug-and-Play Crane Kit Package. These packages include the following:

  • Trolley hoist
  • End trucks
  • Bridge control panel
  • Flat cable festooning
  • Pendant
  • Beam Accessory Kit

Trolley Hoist

The pull-rotor motor brakes on the 3 and 5-ton Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists and the magnetic disc brakes on the 7.5 and 10-ton models provide reliable operation and exceptional durability with a five-year hoist brake warranty.

High- and low-speed adjustability via under-the-cover variable frequency control has a maximum ratio of 6:1.

The standard upper emergency paddle limit is a secondary limit independent of drum rotation, and the premium wire rope provides high resistance to fatigue and wear.

End Trucks

Whether top running or underhung, the end trucks have:

  • Totally enclosed non-ventilated (TENV) motors with adjustable DC brakes
  • Helical gear reducers
  • Externally adjustable DC brakes allow controlled deceleration
  • Thermal motor protection
  • Rubber bumpers
  • Rail sweeps
  • Machined steel wheels with side guide rollers that reduce wheel friction

Bridge Control Panel

This panel is a field adjustable UL listed Power Electronics® VFD on bridge motors. It is completely pre-wired and tested, and comes with a through-the-door fused disconnect switch.

Additionally, the bridge control panel features a control transformer with primary and secondary fusing, a mainline contactor and thermal overload relay.

Flat Cable Festooning

The flat cable power festoon allows for smooth trolley travel. With the flat cable roving pendant, the operator has a safe and effective way of handling a load without close proximity to it. Like the bridge control panel, the flat cable festooning comes completely pre-wired and tested.

A modular design allows for easy packaging and installation.

Beam Accessory Kit

The Beam Accessory Kit includes all:

  • Braces
  • Mounting plates
  • Guide wire brackets
  • End stops
  • Control panel extension brackets (when applicable)
  • Hardware
  • Instructions

How Do I Find Replacement Parts for RY Wire Rope Hoists?


The end-user cannot purchase replacement parts directly from Harrington, as the company only sells products through distributors.

Mazzella is a master parts distributor for Harrington and carries many products to fulfill customer needs.

For any further questions, you can contact your local sales representatives. If you go to Harrington’s website under the “Resources” page, there is a “How To Buy” link. You can type in the first three numbers of your zip code, and the “How To Buy” program will pull up the information for the local territory representative.

How Can Mazzella Help With Your Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists?


Harrington RY Electric Wire Rope Hoists: History, Design, Best Fits: Hoist

We are your one source for hoisting products with lifting capacities ranging up to 100 tons. We offer many types of electric, air, and manual hoists for limitless applications.

 

If you are not looking to replace a hoist, we also have a Hoist Repair Department available to get your hoist back up and running. We provide in-house repair of electric, lever, manual chain, and wire rope hoists.

We offer you the following with our hoist service division:

  • Experienced and qualified technicians assigned to perform hoist inspections and repairs
  • Repairs and testing that comply with ASME B30.16 Overhead Underhung and Stationary Hoists and ASME B30.17 Cranes And Monorails (With Underhung Trolley or Bridge) specifications
  • Static and dynamic testing
  • Test certificates that are available electronically or a hard copy on paper
  • Repairs and testing performed at our facility
  • Load testing of all repaired hoists and pullers
  • Repairs and tests to theatrical standards upon request

Call us at 800.362.4601 or click here if you need hoist units, parts, or repairs!


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Mazzella is your one source for hoisting products with lifting capacities ranging up to 100 tons. We offer many types of electric, air, and manual hoists for limitless applications.

Recognized as a market leader and innovator in the hoist and crane industry, Harrington Hoists, Inc. provides a wide variety of lifting solutions for many industrial applications.

The Harrington Hoists product line includes electric and air powered chain hoists and trolleys, electric wire rope hoists and trolleys, lever hoists, manual hand chain hoists, push and geared trolleys, overhead cranes, crane accessories and a full line of replacement parts. Harrington Hoists, Inc. is ISO 9001 certified.

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