For facilities seeking ways to reduce power consumption and long-term operating costs, a potential source of savings can be found by upgrading crane controls. With a crane modernization that converts overhead crane controls to AC power from DC power, facilities will experience a significant reduction in power consumption and operating costs.
Maximizing crane hook approach maximizes use of your crane and building pace, and also increases productivity.
In warehouses, factories or facilities that employ cranes for material handling, greater productivity and efficiency is often the key to increased profitability. By knowing the basics of crane hook approach, organizations can achieve greater efficiency with smart crane hook approach design and modifications.
Overload protection is a reliable way to elevate safety.
Today’s pressure to achieve ever-increasing productivity leads to ever-expanding demands on your crane equipment. Now, more than ever, it’s important to protect your crane and your employees from dangerous overload situations.
New smart crane technology elevates safety and productivity
Smart crane technology is evolving into even more sophisticated capabilities. Sway Control technology, for instance, can now compensate for conditions independent of the normal physics of crane operation, such as wind.
And smart crane technology puts more real-time monitoring and control in the operator’s hands through smart tablets. They’re especially valuable tools for crane operators working in any application—semi-automatic or fully automatic—where you need to know where the crane is, at all times.
Overhead Crane Cabs: How to Pick the Right One for Your Operators
With efficiency as a watchword, a growing number of businesses are providing their crane operators with radio controls to get them out of overhead crane cabs and working on the ground on multiple tasks between moving loads.
How Radio Crane Controls Changed Everything
Greater productivity, improved crane safety, more flexibility: radio controls for cranes offer crane operfators all of these benefits and more across a range of applications. Not only can radio controls free operators from the confines of a cab, but from crane pendant control cables as well.
The flexibility that radio crane controls deliver can change the job site for the better. Here are just six ways this can happen:
In today’s industrial environment there is decreasing tolerance for employers and facilities that allow untrained people to operate overhead cranes.
A growing number of states are beginning to require a license to operate an overhead crane. California, Michigan, and Massachusetts presently have requirements that overhead hoist and crane operators obtain a license in order to operate a hoist or crane. And while OSHA has not yet mandated training or licensing of crane operators, ASME has. The latest ASME revision states that crane operators shall be trained.
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.
Advances in crane safety technology greatly reduce the risk of accidents that result in injury and property damage in factories, warehouses, cargo yards, ports, shipyards, construction sites and wherever else lifting equipment is used.
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.