Materials in Motion

Material Handling Basics: What is a Workstation Crane?

Workstation cranes are user-friendly, ergonomic cranes that help workers perform material handling tasks with less risk of injury. They are typically used to support manufacturing activities, transporting materials or components from one process to the next. Workstation cranes are used in a variety of applications to support processing and handling throughout a facility. They allow... Read Full Article
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Gantry Cranes: Top Five Questions

  1) How Big Do You Make Your Gantry Cranes? Spanco offers several models with capacities from ½ ton to 15 tons with spans up to 50 feet and heights up to 35 feet. The Spanco E-Series Gantry Crane is our most economical; the E-Series model is available with capacities up to five tons with... Read Full Article
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Material Handling Basics: What is a Jib Crane?

A jib crane is a type of overhead lifting device that is frequently used in smaller work cell areas for unique and repetitive lifting tasks. Jib cranes are exceptionally adaptable and can be paired with overhead bridge cranes to maximize production. Jib cranes can lift and move loads weighing up to 30,000 pounds. Jib cranes... Read Full Article
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Benefits of Spanco Bolt-on Products

Spanco bolt-on assemblies are designed to be installed easily on Spanco Jib and Gantry systems without welding or drilling. These assemblies include tagline assemblies for both standard and capped I-beam systems and intermediate bumpers for all systems that use our standard S, W, and Aluminum beams. These bolt-on products are more adaptable than welded assemblies,... Read Full Article
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ConExpo 2020

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is North America’s largest construction trade show featuring industries including asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities, and more. The show takes place every three years in Las Vegas, NV, and showcases the latest equipment and technologies that lead to a more efficient world. ConExpo brings contractors, distributors, dealers, service providers, engineers, and producers... Read Full Article
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Material Handling Basics: What is a Gantry Crane?

A gantry crane is a type of overhead crane that uses legs to support the bridge, trolley, and hoist. These legs travel on tires, usually referred to as casters, or ride on rails implanted in the ground. A gantry crane is typically used for outdoor applications or below existing overhead bridge crane systems. Gantry cranes... Read Full Article
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To Motorize or Not to Motorize

One of the many benefits of Spanco products is the motorization package option. As a Regional Sales Manager, I have many customers ask me whether or not they should consider motorization when purchasing a crane. In this article, I will go over some of the benefits of motorization and some applications where motorization would be... Read Full Article
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What Makes an Effective Safety Program?

Worker safety must be considered in any material handling application. Heavy parts and equipment, machinery, and material handling systems themselves can all pose safety risks to people working with and around these items. To protect against workplace incidents, a safety plan must be created and implemented, and there are several elements that can influence the... Read Full Article
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Roll-Formed Enclosed Track vs. Welded Enclosed Track

Many overhead material handling systems use enclosed track for crane bridges, runways, or monorails. Enclosed track offers numerous benefits over other types of crane track, which you can read about in our blogs discussing enclosed track versus patented track and enclosed track versus I-beam track. However, not all enclosed track is the same. Some of... Read Full Article
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