Material Handling Basics: What is a Workstation Crane?

Workstation cranes are user-friendly, ergonomic cranes that help workers perform material handling tasks with less risk of injury. They are typically used to support manufacturing activities, transporting materials or components from one process to the next. Workstation cranes are used in a variety of applications to support processing and handling throughout a facility. They allow... Read Full Article
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Gantry Cranes: Top Five Questions

  1) How Big Do You Make Your Gantry Cranes? Spanco offers several models with capacities from ½ ton to 15 tons with spans up to 50 feet and heights up to 35 feet. The Spanco E-Series Gantry Crane is our most economical; the E-Series model is available with capacities up to five tons with... Read Full Article
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Material Handling Basics: What is a Jib Crane?

A jib crane is a type of overhead lifting device that is frequently used in smaller work cell areas for unique and repetitive lifting tasks. Jib cranes are exceptionally adaptable and can be paired with overhead bridge cranes to maximize production. Jib cranes can lift and move loads weighing up to 30,000 pounds. Jib cranes... Read Full Article
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Material Handling Basics: What is a Gantry Crane?

A gantry crane is a type of overhead crane that uses legs to support the bridge, trolley, and hoist. These legs travel on tires, usually referred to as casters, or ride on rails implanted in the ground. A gantry crane is typically used for outdoor applications or below existing overhead bridge crane systems. Gantry cranes... Read Full Article
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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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