If you’ve been using multiple forklifts, load-moving dollies, or hand trucks to move materials and/or equipment throughout your facility, it may be time for a much needed upgrade. This is true even if you already have an existing overhead bridge crane in your facility, but you are supplementing it with forklifts and hand trucks. Most large overhead cranes do need to be supplemented with smaller lift solutions, but using too many forklifts can be cumbersome, expensive, and very unsafe. So what other options are available at a reasonable cost?
To start, check out some lightweight, highly portable gantry cranes like our A Series (fixed or height-adjustable) Steel Gantry Crane or for even lighter loads and increased portability, our Aluminum Gantry Crane, which weighs around 116 pounds and can be moved under load with one or two workers. Both systems are lightweight, portable, and really easy to move under load. They can help workers to lift and transfer back-braking loads from one end of your facility to another—even outdoors. Our gantry cranes can also travel along a fixed-path using two motors to drive rigid steel V-groove wheels.
If you’re looking for something that isn’t entirely mobile, but that can be moved from one part of your facility to another as needed, a foundationless jib crane is an excellent choice. The foundationless jib can be either a workstation (trussed track for light loads) or a regular freestanding model, and workers can use them anywhere within your factory. Using a foundationless jib isn’t just practical, it’s also less expensive. The foundation-mounted jibs are much more expensive because it’s so costly to dig and pour a foundation. Without the extra cost associated with foundation, these jibs are cost-efficient and extremely productive—they can also be moved from one part of your facility to another—quickly and easily.