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How lasers are changing the crane industry

How lasers are changing the crane industry

Jeff Rice
Service Products/Crane Reliability

Lasers are at the cutting edge of crane safety and savings.

Although they’ve been around for almost two decades, lasers continue to impact the crane industry significantly. Thanks to laser-driven improvements in crane technology, many facilities are maintaining equipment more proactively, efficiently, and safely than ever.

Lasers and Collision Avoidance

How to Select the Right Chain Hoist

How to Select the Right Chain Hoist

Tony Mannu
General Manager- Parts

If your facility has been relying on forklift trucks or manual labor for heavy lifting, it might be time to consider purchasing a chain hoist. Before you purchase the first chain hoist you see, be sure that either you or your crane equipment provider (preferably both) are making a well-researched decision. Here are a few considerations to help you ensure that the chain hoist you purchase will meet your needs.

Using Workstation Cranes to Put in a Good Day’s Work – Day After Day

Using Workstation Cranes to Put in a Good Day’s Work – Day After Day

Bart Wells
Sales Manager for Workstation Lifting Systems

It is a fact—a growing number of companies, across a broad spectrum of industries rely on workstation cranes to improve the efficiency, productivity and safety of their operations. This is because workstation cranes offer the benefits of an overhead crane—smooth, easy material handling—without the high initial investment or installation costs. In fact, most workstation crane systems can cost a fraction of a typical overhead bridge crane and can be installed in less than a day.

How Intelligent is Your Inverter?

How Intelligent is Your Inverter?

Joshua Childers
Technical Training Manager

So why choose one particular inverter over another?  The simple answer is intelligence.

Inverters first appeared in the crane world in the early 90’s and for many years were a premium item limited to only what we in the industry call “process cranes”.  In those days the costs associated with the new technology made it prohibitive to offer this new invention for the common 20 ton die handling crane in a metal stamping operation.  

Crane Technologies that Changed History

Crane Technologies that Changed History

Scott McCauley
Technical Support Engineer

In my nearly 20 years in the overhead crane industry, I have witnessed many revolutionary crane technologies that have transformed the way we work. Looking back through the entire history of overhead cranes, I consider the following five achievements to have made the greatest impact on our industry in terms of safety, productivity and equipment longevity.

Overhead Cranes: Maintenance and Purchasing Basics

Overhead Cranes: Maintenance and Purchasing Basics

Mike James
Vice President and General Manager of Industrial Cranes

When you are operating overhead cranes, there are several important things to check every day, before using the equipment. First, make sure all travel limit switches are functioning properly. Pay particularly close attention to the hoist upper travel limit switch. Always check to make sure the wire rope is not kinked, frayed or showing any signs of wear.  Before using a chain hoist, make sure that the chain appears to be undamaged.

Innovations in Crane Technology

Innovations in Crane Technology

Theodore Haalstra
Director of Modernizations & Technical Support

Recent innovations in smart design and manufacturing are driving new crane technology. New cranes are modular, adaptable and intelligent. New technology has enabled cranes to be more compact and energy efficient, and will eventually render legacy systems obsolete.

How can Bridge Cranes Improve Efficiency?

How can Bridge Cranes Improve Efficiency?

Steve McCormick
Technical Director

Bridge cranes offer manufacturing and warehouse facilities a practical lifting solution that frees up limited floor space and keeps traffic ways clear, reducing the risk of accidents, personnel injury and product and facility damage.

Bridge cranes enhance the efficiency of manufacturing and warehouse facilities. First, compared to other lifting options, they create fewer obstacles on the factory or warehouse floor. Second, they move loads with greater speed and efficiency than could be done on the floor.

Overhead Cranes Offer Versatility in Hook Coverage

Overhead Cranes Offer Versatility in Hook Coverage

Dave Hermanowski
Technical Trainer

Overhead cranes, also known as bridge cranes, offer manufacturing facilities two primary advantages. First, overhead cranes provide excellent hook coverage for a facility. Second, they provide the hook coverage from above, taking very little factory floor space.

To expand on the second point, overhead cranes reduce the need for forklifts, further clearing the factory floor of traffic and obstructions – thus promoting a safer, more efficient working environment.

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