Materials in Motion

What Does Promise to Perform Mean?

At Spanco, Promise to Perform is more than a tagline below our name; it is our promise to you to be a reliable and convenient provider of material handling equipment and fall protection. Keeping lead time promises is critical! We know that you rely on us, and we know how much unexpected delays and unkept... Read Full Article
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Lockout/Tagout: Potential Energy

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) is the practice of controlling hazardous energy to prevent the unexpected start-up, energization, or release of stored energy during service or maintenance activities. In many cases, LOTO involves shutting down equipment, turning off or disconnecting power sources, and placing a lock or tag on the equipment to indicate that it cannot be turned... Read Full Article
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Spanco Now Offers Sway Bracing Pipe

Spanco Ceiling-Mounted Monorails and Bridge Cranes can be attached to the ceiling of your facility in a number of ways. The most common mounting methods are with flush-mount brackets or with drop-rod hangers. Drop-rod hangers can be useful in facilities where the ceiling-height is greater than the desired height for the systems. They can also... Read Full Article
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Fast-Track Q&A

Spanco’s Fast-Track product offering is now available to our dealers. Here are the answers to a few common questions you might have about Spanco Fast-Track. What is Fast-Track? Fast-Track is the expedited order fulfillment service offered by Spanco. This service is designed to get our products to you as fast as possible using the many... Read Full Article
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The Spanco Zip-Ship Freight Estimator

Zip-Ship is the new automatic Freight Estimator service available through the Spanco Lift-Lab. The Freight Estimator is built directly into Lift-Lab, and you can use it to generate a shipping cost estimate in seconds. After you generate your crane quote, you can select the Freight Estimator icon. The Freight Estimator then uses your order information... Read Full Article
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Rigging Techniques Overview

Rigging is an important part of all crane lifting operations. There are many factors to consider when preparing for a lift. Below are some of the factors and techniques to consider when planning a lift to ensure proper rigging. This information is for general purposes only, should not be considered a comprehensive guide to lifting... Read Full Article
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Safe Lifting Practices: Below-the-Hook Devices

Below-the-hook lifting devices are a crucial part of many material handling operations. A below-the-hook lifting device is any tool designed to attach a load to a crane or hoist and secure that load so it can be lifted and moved safely. They are typically used to lift and carry loads that are difficult to handle... Read Full Article
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AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR VALUED DEALERS

Dear Valued Spanco dealer, It seems that every generation has their challenges: The Great Depression, the World Wars, 9/11, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all the struggles of the past, we will one day overcome this, too. In late February I took a vacation in Rio de Janeiro to enjoy Carnaval and was out... Read Full Article
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Important Crane Terminology to Know

The crane industry uses many terminologies and technical phrases. It is important to know and understand these terms to ensure efficient communication among users in the material handling market. These are some of the terms you should know when working with light cranes: Alu-Track: Alu-Track® is Spanco’s proprietary aluminum enclosed track. Alu-Track can be used... Read Full Article
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