Lessons Archive

Module 2 | 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.

Measuring Crane Span and Runway Length

Author: Mike Close

Having a clear understanding of the space available in your building, the existing building supports that the crane can be installed on, and any overhead obstructions, will help you lay out the design criteria and expectations for any crane manufacturer who bids on the project.

Top Running vs. Under Running Cranes

Author: Mike Close

One of the most common questions that we receive from customers during the consultation, design, and quotation process is whether they need a top running or under running overhead crane system. Learn more about the different factors that can help determine whether a top running or under running system will be best for your business.

Module 1 | 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.

Duty Cycle / CMAA Classifications

Length: 14 minutesAuthor: Mike Close

Selecting the right class and duty cycle for an overhead crane is critical for a customer who is trying to balance the initial investment of a crane system with the cost of future maintenance that will be required.

Overhead Crane Electrification Systems

Author: Mike Close

One of the most important components of an overhead crane system is the electrification system. Admittedly, overhead crane electrification can be one of the more complex subject matters. With different types of 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.

Single Girder vs. Double Girder Bridge Design

Author: Mike CloseComplexity: Easy

Bridge cranes have different configurations and can be comprised of one or two beams—more often referred to as a single girder or double girder design. Girders can be made of rolled steel or can be fabricated by welding the beams into a steel box design for added strength and rigidity.

Overhead Crane Definition, Components, and Uses

Length: 10 minutesAuthor: Mike CloseComplexity: Easy

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.