SPANCO - Jibs Allow for Efficient Workflow Void of Bottlenecking
A diversified engineering and custom fabrication/machine work company located in southeastern Pennsylvania operates multiple manufacturing facilities with a work force of over 200 employees. Primarily catering to the power coal industry and paper industry, the company has seen significant growth in recent years with annual sales volume exceeded 25 million dollars in 2006.
Several years ago, the plant production manager was dealing with the daily problem of bottlenecking on the production floor. Individual workstations that were set up as part of a fabrication process were becoming inefficient as coworkers had to wait to use large capacity overhead cranes to lift anything that regulations allowed them not to. At one point, as many as 20 individual fabrication jobs were be juggled with the use of a couple of large overhead cranes.
Looking for a cost-effective solution that could be implemented with the current warehouse design, the production manager contacted a local SPANCO distributor. After a brief review of the situation, the value of a SPANCO 301 series wall mounted jib crane was immediately recognized. The SPANCO distributor recommended the purchase of jib cranes for each workstation, allowing individual bay workers to lift and position anything up to 2 tons with 200° degree rotation. The inclusion of these jib cranes allowed for an efficient production process void of bottlenecking.
Over the past several years, this company has purchased and installed multiple SPANCO series wall mounted jibs to accommodate their growing facility.
SPANCO - Wall Mounted Jibs Provide Lifting Supplement for Leading Manufacturer of Mobile Cranes
A leading manufacturer of mobile cranes operates a 58,000 square foot manufacturing facility in southeastern Pennsylvania. Assembly of the large cranes takes place in an individual building that is outfitted with large 30 Ton overhead cranes. The large mobile cranes are assembled as they move on a conveyor system through different staging areas. Each staging area serves as a sub-assembly for a different part of the mobile crane. Sub-assembly areas might include gearbox build-up, valve systems, transfer case build-ups, radiator build-ups, or engine frame staging.
During the set-up of the assembly line, management explored possible material handling solutions. Originally, a large freestanding I-beam workstation crane was considered. This solution became problematic because it interfered with the overhead crane. The shop manager suggested the possibility of using wall mounted jib cranes because of the ability to fold them out of the way. Turning to his local overhead material handling dealer, his dealer recommended SPANCO wall mounted jibs because of their ease of use and quality build. After reviewing what SPANCO could provide, the shop manager invested in six 1 Ton capacity SPANCO 300 Series Wall Mounted Cantilever Jib Cranes. The jibs were mounted to the existing support structure and were placed in key sub assembly areas where overhead lifting was a critical need.
One sub assembly area is the "super-structure engine assembly." In this area the mobile crane’s engine is pieced together and tested. Once the worker in this area has completed an assembly, the jib allows him to lift the assembly with ease. It is moved from his workstation out to the main assembly conveyor so that it can be installed on to the chassis. The jib allows him to lift up and over changing floor obstacles within the radius of the jib. Having the jib in his workstation means he doesn’t have to wait to use the large overhead crane.
SPANCO Wall Mounted Jib Cranes are the perfect lifting supplement for large overhead facility cranes.