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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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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Reducing Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders in Manufacturing and Material Handling

There are a lot of unusual workplace hazards in manufacturing, many of which can lead to workplace injuries. With so many potentially catastrophic injuries on their radar, many companies overlook work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). But, according to the SHARP research group, work-related musculoskeletal disorder claims (mostly due to overexertion and repetitive motion) accounted for 21... 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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Overhead Crane Safety and Cost Reduction

Worker safety is—arguably—the most important reason we encourage companies to purchase and install the correct overhead lift solution for their specific application. Protecting your employees is essential to the success of your operation, and safety rules are regulated by OSHA 1910.179. Overhead lift systems reduce lift accidents, improve workplace health and safety, reduce product damage,... Read Full Article
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Easy Overhead Crane Modernization

When purchasing a large system like an overhead crane, facility managers and factory owners generally expect to see long-term service life and a huge return on investment. Many overhead cranes and lift systems are in service for decades. While the aging process and consistently changing compliance standards can present challenges, there are ways to modernize... 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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