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 Marine-Duty Locations

For most marine-duty applications, the overhead crane must be equipped to withstand harsh marine conditions in a corrosive salt-water environment. This application calls for specific types of overhead lift systems that are specifically designed for marine and outdoor applications. If you’re looking for a crane you can use within five miles of salt-water, we do... Read Full Article
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Understanding Overhead Crane Deflection and Criteria

Overall, deflection is literally defined as “deviation from an allotted course”. It can mean that something is deviated by turning aside or by coming off course. For overhead cranes, this definition translates to the relative vertical or horizontal displacement of a member or part of an overhead crane. So how does that impact the design... Read Full Article
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Spanco Honor Scholarship Winner: Margaret Hartigan

Each year Spanco awards a scholarship through the Material Handling Education Foundation to a rising undergraduate student in the field of material handling. We are pleased to announce that the winner for the 2014/2015 Spanco Honor Scholarship award is Margaret Hartigan, an aspiring engineer at Penn State University. This fall, Margaret will begin her senior year... Read Full Article
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Providing Fall Protection in Industrial Crane Environments

The crane industry has seen many fatalities due to insufficient fall protection for technicians who need to access facility cranes. Crane maintenance and inspections require workers to access overhead cranes system in areas that can be dirty, narrow, and cramped, with little space to move. There is also little information available about how to effectively... Read Full Article
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