Materials in Motion

Tandem Lift Safe Practices

When lifting heavy or oddly shaped objects, it is sometimes desirable to use two cranes in tandem rather than a single higher-capacity crane. Tandem lifts can be very useful, and they are often used to place structural beams for bridges, move large loads, and lift long components from horizontal to vertical positions. However, tandem lifts... Read Full Article
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OSHA Safe + Sound Week

This year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is hosting its annual safety and health event, Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event designed to emphasize the importance of workplace safety and health programs. By successfully implementing safety and health programs, companies can identify and address hazards before... Read Full Article
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INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION CRANES

Cranes are some of the most important pieces of equipment in the construction industry. Modern construction cranes include fixed tower cranes, huge shipyard gantry cranes, drivable truck-mounted cranes, and more. Different kinds of cranes work in very different ways, so every construction crane is perfectly suited to the job it is designed to do. The... Read Full Article
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CRANE OPERATION AND WIRELESS CONTROLS

Wireless remote radio control is an emerging option for crane operation that comes with several benefits over traditional crane controls. These benefits include safer operations, better maneuverability, and improved working times. Before the rise of radio controls, cranes have typically been operated with one of two kinds of controls: bridge-mounted cab controls or wired pendant... Read Full Article
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MMA-MHI: THE STANDARDS OF OVERHEAD CRANE SAFETY

The Monorail Manufacturers Association is a trade association affiliated the Material Handling Industry and is a leading authority in overhead cranes and material handling. MMA works closely with OSHA and other safety organizations to promote and ensure safe use of overhead track systems in all material handling industries. Many MMA members sit on MHI committees... Read Full Article
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GANTRY CRANES: MOVING UNDER LOAD

One of the biggest benefits of using a Spanco Gantry Crane is the ability to move your gantry crane while it is carrying a load. While many manufacturers strictly limit the ability to move a gantry crane under load or prohibit it completely, all Spanco cranes are designed to be moved under load. Using a... Read Full Article
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ADVANTAGES OF TRIPOD CRANES

The three-leg tripod design is used in industries from filmmaking and furniture to military and construction and almost everything in between. A tripod can also be used as a lightweight, highly portable crane that can travel and stand where other lifting equipment can’t. Tripod cranes are the perfect lifting solutions for locations that are inaccessible... Read Full Article
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DEALER SPOTLIGHT: SACAR DEL CENTRO

Sacar del Centro has been distributing Spanco products since 2015. With eight locations in Mexico and Texas, Sacar del Centro provides lifting and material handling  solutions for a wide range of industrial applications. Sacar del Centro proudly provides Spanco Jib, Gantry, and Workstation Cranes for all its clients’ needs. For 15 years, Sacar del Centro... Read Full Article
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Benefits of Nylacron™ Casters

In August, we posted an article that briefly covered each of the three types of casters most often used by Spanco. Today, we’re taking a closer look at one of those types: the Nylacron caster by Acorn Industrial Products. Although any Spanco gantry can use them, Nylacron casters are typically used as a cost-effective alternative... Read Full Article
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