Materials in Motion

Keeping it Grounded: Is Your Crane Safe?

Did you know that you’re required to have a fourth ground bar on your overhead crane system? It’s been nearly 12 years since the National Electric Code (NEC) changed its requirements for overhead cranes. The newest requirement, added in 2005, mandates that all overhead cranes must have a grounded power bar or festooning. The Bureau... Read Full Article
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Overhead Cranes for Cellular Manufacturing

You’ve probably heard the term “lean manufacturing” at some point in your career, and perhaps your facility takes that approach to their production process. But, there’s also a subsection of lean manufacturing called cellular manufacturing. Cellular manufacturing aims to move the production process along as quickly and efficiently as possible, while making a variety of... Read Full Article
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Lightweight Gantry Cranes for Set-Up Site Applications and Mobile Operations

Moving and lifting heavy materials doesn’t have to involve installing expensive equipment or permanently changing your facility. In fact, many gantry cranes are designed for quick assembly, making them ideal for deploying and redeploying outdoors or for use at multiple facilities. If you ‘re looking for flexibility for set-up site applications and repair/maintenance operations, you... Read Full Article
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Testing Our Custom-Designed Overhead Lift System

As a technical writer for Spanco, Inc., I’ve spent nearly five years writing about material handling and overhead lift solutions. I am passionate about the industry, and I particularly enjoy trying out new systems and writing about what makes them unique. Recently, I had the opportunity to test a custom-designed workstation bridge crane that was... Read Full Article
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NEMA RATINGS: WHY THEY MATTER

QUESTION: I have to install two new pieces of equipment in our industrial facility. One system will be used outdoors and one will be used indoors. An electrician told us that we have to use a particular enclosure to house the wiring for both systems, and they have to be NEMA-rated. I’ve heard the term... Read Full Article
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Under-Running Overhead Cranes for Limited Space and Low Headroom Applications

Whether your facility is lacking overhead space or there are multiple overhead obstructions to contend with, installing an overhead crane can be cumbersome. However, there are economic solutions for applications requiring overhead lift in a facility where headroom is limited. Under-running bridge cranes are ideal for applications requiring overhead lift in a factory with low headroom... Read Full Article
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Gantry Cranes: Versatility in Maintenance and Repair Operations

Gantry cranes are often used for applications requiring versatility in daily operations. They’re designed to provide multi-purpose lift and transfer capabilities for heavy loads in a variety of applications. Considering maintenance and repair operations can occur on site or from one location to another, flexibility is a crucial crane factor. Gantry cranes are (generally) designed... Read Full Article
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