Materials in Motion

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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Spanco Honor Scholarship Winner: Stephanie Vojtek

Every year, Spanco awards a scholarship through the Material Handling Education Foundation to a student studying Industrial or Mechanical Engineering. We are pleased to announce that the Spanco, Inc. Honor Scholarship for the 2020/2021 academic term has been awarded to Stephanie Vojtek. Stephanie is entering her senior year at Penn State University, where she is... Read Full Article
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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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