GANTRY CRANES: MOVING UNDER LOAD

One of the biggest benefits of using a Spanco Gantry Crane is the ability to move your gantry crane while it is carrying a load. While many manufacturers strictly limit the ability to move a gantry crane under load or prohibit it completely, all Spanco cranes are designed to be moved under load. Using a... Read Full Article
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ADVANTAGES OF TRIPOD CRANES

The three-leg tripod design is used in industries from filmmaking and furniture to military and construction and almost everything in between. A tripod can also be used as a lightweight, highly portable crane that can travel and stand where other lifting equipment can’t. Tripod cranes are the perfect lifting solutions for locations that are inaccessible... Read Full Article
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Benefits of Nylacron™ Casters

In August, we posted an article that briefly covered each of the three types of casters most often used by Spanco. Today, we’re taking a closer look at one of those types: the Nylacron caster by Acorn Industrial Products. Although any Spanco gantry can use them, Nylacron casters are typically used as a cost-effective alternative... Read Full Article
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Workstation Jibs vs. Standard Jibs

We recently published a blog post outlining the differences between trussed enclosed track, trussed plain track, and I-beams. As of late, we've received a lot of inquiries about the differences between each type of track, along with how those track types impact the construction and use of certain overhead cranes. Although most manufacturers use enclosed... 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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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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