What can portable lift solutions do for your facility?

If you’ve been using multiple forklifts, load-moving dollies, or hand trucks to move materials and/or equipment throughout your facility, it may be time for a much-needed upgrade. This is true even if you already have an existing overhead bridge crane in your facility, and you are supplementing it with forklifts and hand trucks. Most large overhead cranes... Read Full Article
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Retrofit Drives: Benefits and Disadvantages

Retrofit Conversion Kits for Jib Cranes What’s the point of a Retrofit Conversion Kit? Retrofit conversion kits—better known as retrofit jib drives—are used to convert an existing manual rotation jib crane to a motorized system. Motorizing your jib crane provides powered rotation of the boom, which is ideal for lifting heavy loads. Powered rotation of... Read Full Article
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Trussed Track, Plain Track, and I-Beams

We’ve received a lot of recent inquiries about the difference between plain track, trussed track (often referred to as "workstation"), and standard I-beams for cranes. Hopefully this post will clear up any questions you may have and provide readers with a clearer understanding about what differentiates each type of track/beam. Let’s start by examining the... Read Full Article
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Aluminum: What’s So Great About it?

There are many reasons aluminum works so well for construction, manufacturing, and HVAC applications: flexibility and durability. But, what makes it lightweight enough that one worker can disassemble and transport an entire aluminum gantry crane, and yet strong enough for that same gantry to lift up to three tons? Aluminum. It’s remarkable for its low... Read Full Article
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The Spanco Solution

Swanson Health Products (SHP) is a nationwide manufacturer and supplier of vitamins, supplements, and natural health care products. Their headquarters, located in Fargo, North Dakota, is a large facility that houses their manufacturing process, along with shipping operations and offices for their e-commerce website and mail-order catalogs. In 2010, Swanson Health Products decided to open... Read Full Article
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Tractor Drives: Overhead Crane Motorization

Power drives—often referred to as tractor drives—provide motorized movement of overhead bridge cranes. They are used to motorize the travel of the hoist, trolley, or bridge. They are often used when loads regularly exceed 1000 pounds. These drives are also extremely useful when transporting material into hard-to-reach locations where operator movement is limited due to... Read Full Article
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Retrofit Conversion Kits for Jib Cranes

What’s the point of a Retrofit Conversion Kit? Retrofit conversion kits—better known as retrofit jib drives—are used to convert an existing manual rotation jib crane to a motorized system. Motorizing your jib crane provides powered rotation of the boom, which is ideal for lifting heavy loads. Powered rotation of the jib boom is also imperative... Read Full Article
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What Can Aluminum Do For You?

If you’ve ever thought about purchasing an aluminum gantry crane, you’ve probably weighed the pros and cons to try to make an informed decision. There are many operations that are suitable for an aluminum crane, while others require something heavier—like steel. But, aluminum is more durable than some people may think. Today, we will provide... Read Full Article
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