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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.

Bridge cranes offer exceptional versatility in material handling as they provide hook coverage over an expansive area. They are capable of operating close to walls for highly efficient use of space and can be designed to meet each customer’s production needs and facility design. As they make good use of available space, bridge cranes can help customers avoid expensive facility expansions or renovations.

Konecranes manufactures overhead bridge cranes in single- and double-girder construction and provides options of profile or box girder design. In addition, Konecranes offers a choice of hoists for its bridge cranes: the XN Electric Chain Hoist or the CXT Wire Rope Hoist.

The XN Electric Chain Hoist offers compact, efficient operation and is designed for smooth lifting. It features a friction torque limiter that prevents overloads. Low voltage control is standard for operator safety, but the motors are available with various voltages. The electric control panel is designed for easy access for maintenance.

The CXT Wire Rope Hoist is available in lifting capacities of up to 80 tons and is designed to reduce hook approaches and maximize hook floor coverage. It is engineered to operate dependably in high duty-cycle lifting applications.

Other options for Konecranes bridge cranes include top- or under-running models, which customers can select depending on the height and construction design of their facilities. Customers also can choose the duty, classification, speed and control options that are best suited to their requirements.

Remote controls are a significant option that can improve safety, ergonomics and functionality of bridge cranes. They enable crane operators to maintain a safe distance from the equipment while operating it.

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