Basic Do’s and Don’ts for Crane Operation

Accidents happen. Even the best, most skilled operator is still human. That’s why we wanted to review basic crane operation rules from the Crane Manufacturers Association of America. Next to safety inspections, brushing up on established guidelines is the best way to ensure that you are taking advantage of the absolute highest safety standards available. The... Read Full Article
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The Dangers of the Fall Zone

On November 2, 2007, a journeyman iron worker endured fractured vertebrae after being struck by sheets of plywood that fell out of a basket sling. The worker had given a signal to the crane operator to begin lifting the load while he was still within the fall zone. Sadly, suspended load accidents such as this... Read Full Article
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The Importance of Crane Safety Inspection

The usage of cranes in the construction and manufacturing industry plays a vital role in the way companies function. Crane systems allow for a more effortless and safer operation when transporting products and bulk materials. However, what happens when the very machine that is suppose to make a job easier and safer, no longer is... Read Full Article
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Three Ways to Boost Productivity with Overhead Lift Solutions

From small machine shops to giant steel mills, overhead cranes have helped thousands of facilities achieve measured improvements in safety and ergonomics, worker autonomy/personnel reduction, reduced workflow bottlenecks, and productivity. Versatility and Flexibility: Find the Perfect Crane to Meet All of Your Lifting Needs Overhead cranes are extremely versatile tools meant to provide a flexible... Read Full Article
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Overhead Crane Motorization

Some equipment is motorized for travel on a fixed path, while other types of motorization control the movement of the beam, bridge, hoist, or trolley. So, what are the different types of overhead crane motorization, and which one can benefit your application? POWER DRIVES Power drive kits are designed for gantry travel, usually over a... Read Full Article
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Overhead Versus On-Floor Material Handling Solutions

Material handling is a critical part of any manufacturing operation, and choosing the right equipment is important for worker safety and productivity. Material handling equipment can be broken down into two main categories: overhead and on-floor movers. Both systems can be important to the manufacturing process, but each type has its advantages and disadvantages. On-floor... Read Full Article
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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 Crane Inspection Classifications

To meet OSHA 1910.179 and ANSI/ASME B30.2 guidelines for comprehensive overhead crane safety, it’s important that all three inspection guidelines are followed closely. Initial Inspection—Pre-Service Operational Testing and Load Testing: According to OSHA, the first inspection classification is your initial crane inspection, which requires a qualified person to inspect all new and altered cranes prior... Read Full Article
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Common Misconceptions in Crane Safety

With so many myths in the workforce about overload, side pull, limit switches, and even daily inspections, we wanted to address these issues and clarify any misconceptions. According to The Fabricator Online, “being aware of common misconceptions will save your equipment and even may save your life.” Overload Too often, workers and crane operators believe... Read Full Article
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