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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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT JIB CRANE FOR YOUR APPLICATION

Jib cranes are an economical solution for moving materials within individual work areas or from one work area to another. They can also serve as auxiliary lifting devices under overhead cranes. There are a variety of jib cranes on the market today, with styles ranging from entirely self-supporting to ceiling/bridge or wall-mounted. When selecting a... Read Full Article
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Retrofit Drives: Benefits and Disadvantages

Retrofit Conversion Kits for Jib Cranes What’s the point of a Retrofit Conversion Kit? Retrofit conversion kits—better known as retrofit jib drives—are used to convert an existing manual rotation jib crane to a motorized system. Motorizing your jib crane provides powered rotation of the boom, which is ideal for lifting heavy loads. Powered rotation of... Read Full Article
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Material Handling Safety—Overhead Cranes

Material handling is a function that manufacturers and other industries use to lift and transfer heavy materials without putting unnecessary strain on workers. In that way, it doesn’t only serve as a function in the production process, it also helps to keep workers safe from injuries related to heavy lifting. Even so, if crane operators... Read Full Article
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Trussed Track, Plain Track, and I-Beams

We’ve received a lot of recent inquiries about the difference between plain track, trussed track (often referred to as "workstation"), and standard I-beams for cranes. Hopefully this post will clear up any questions you may have and provide readers with a clearer understanding about what differentiates each type of track/beam. Let’s start by examining the... Read Full Article
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Used Overhead Cranes: When to Buy and When to Beware

The economy has been slowly improving, which means more manufacturing companies are investing in overhead lift equipment to streamline their operations and improve worker safety. Despite major economic improvements in the US, many companies are still looking to cut costs when it comes to purchasing cranes for their factories. One question we get asked a... Read Full Article
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