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Cost of a New Overhead Crane

Author: Mike Close

If you’re just starting your research, we understand that the process of buying and installing an overhead crane in your facility can seem somewhat overwhelming. You may be moving into a new building, replacing an old or outdated piece of equipment, or may be buying an overhead crane for the first time and are looking to expand your business’ material handling capabilities. In this section, we’ll discuss the factors that affect the cost of any type of crane.

From Consultation to Installation

Author: Mike Close

An overhead crane is a complex and expensive piece of equipment. Prior to financing an overhead crane, your bank may want you to meet with a couple of different overhead crane manufacturers to receive multiple quotes on the installation of an overhead crane system. The goal of this section 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.

Module 4 | Quiz

Author: Mike Close

Brush up on everything you just learned about overhead cranes by taking this short quiz. This quiz is optional. If you'd like to move on to the next module, use the navigation button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

Module 4 | Crane Configurator

Author: Mike Close

Are you looking to buy an overhead crane? While you work your way through each lesson of Cranes 101, our Crane Configurator tool is helping you design the specifications and requirements for a new overhead crane system. Review the answers you provide and confirm everything is accurate.

Modern Crane Safety Systems and Technologies

Author: Mike Close

When you’re designing the specifications for a new overhead crane system, your number one goal should be to improve the safety of the overhead crane equipment and production processes at your facility. With modern technologies becoming more readily available and more affordable, the safety features available for overhead crane systems have never been better.

Variable Frequency Drives

Author: Mike Close

Does it seem like you’re battling with your older overhead crane system to keep it up and running? Maybe it feels like all you do is tear apart gearboxes and replace the worn-out parts and couplers. Or, maybe you’re constantly taking your equipment offline to replace your crane’s worn down brakes.

Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices

Author: Mike Close

What do you do if you feel like your crane isn’t performing as efficiently or as safely as you think it can? Maybe it takes too long to secure or remove each load using traditional rigging slings and hardware. Or, maybe something just doesn’t seem right about the way the load is balanced or moves once it’s up in the air. Chances are, using an engineered below-the-hook lifting device can improve the efficiency and safety of your lifts and help secure your loads.

Module 3 | Quiz

Author: Mike Close

Brush up on everything you just learned about overhead cranes by taking this short quiz. This quiz is optional. If you'd like to move on to the next module, use the navigation button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

Module 3 | Crane Configurator

Author: Mike Close

Are you looking to buy an overhead crane? While you work your way through each lesson of Cranes 101, our Crane Configurator tool is helping you design the specifications and requirements for a new overhead crane system. Review the answers you provide and confirm everything is accurate.

Hoist Types and Design

Author: Mike Close

A hoist could be considered the most important component of an overhead crane system because it’s the device that actually performs the lifting and lowering of a load.

Pendant and Radio Controls

Author: Mike Close

On electrified overhead crane systems, the crane’s controls allow an operator to direct the movement of the crane and the hoist. With pendant or radio controls, you can operate a crane to lift, position, and lower the load with one person.