Materials in Motion

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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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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