MMA-MHI: the Standards of Overhead Crane Safety

The Monorail Manufacturers Association is a trade association affiliated the Material Handling Industry and is a leading authority in overhead cranes and material handling. MMA works closely with OSHA and other safety organizations to promote and ensure safe use of overhead track systems in all material handling industries. Many MMA members sit on MHI committees... Read Full Article
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Materials in Motion Top Ten

Since 1979, Spanco has been a leading manufacturer of overhead workstation, jib, and gantry cranes. In that time, we’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge largely driven by questions and comments from our customers and the unique material handling challenges our cranes help them overcome. Over the past five years, we’ve enjoyed discussing and sharing our... 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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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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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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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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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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