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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Gantry Cranes: Versatility in Maintenance and Repair Operations

Gantry cranes are often used for applications requiring versatility in daily operations. They’re designed to provide multi-purpose lift and transfer capabilities for heavy loads in a variety of applications. Considering maintenance and repair operations can occur on site or from one location to another, flexibility is a crucial crane factor. Gantry cranes are (generally) designed... 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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Overhead Crane Inspection Classifications

To meet OSHA 1910.179 and ANSI/ASME B30.2 guidelines for comprehensive overhead crane safety, it’s important that all three inspection guidelines are followed closely. Initial Inspection—Pre-Service Operational Testing and Load Testing: According to OSHA, the first inspection classification is your initial crane inspection, which requires a qualified person to inspect all new and altered cranes prior... Read Full Article
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Common Misconceptions in Crane Safety

With so many myths in the workforce about overload, side pull, limit switches, and even daily inspections, we wanted to address these issues and clarify any misconceptions. According to The Fabricator Online, “being aware of common misconceptions will save your equipment and even may save your life.” Overload Too often, workers and crane operators believe... Read Full Article
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Hierarchy of Hazard Control

In recent years, many advances have been made to ergonomic solutions in manufacturing facilities around the world. Oftentimes, companies will introduce ergonomic solutions to improve efficiency and productivity. But, many companies are also introducing ergonomic hazard control solutions to reduce worker’s injury risks. One important tool safety engineers and production managers use to minimize or... Read Full Article
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CMAA Changes Specifications for Overhead Crane Services

CMAA is the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc., an independent trade association affiliated with the Material Handling Industry. Over the past year, the CMAA has revised Specification No. 78 titled, Standards and Guidelines for Professional Services Performed on Overhead and Traveling Cranes and Associated Hoisting Equipment. The newly revised specification has six sections including:... Read Full Article
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Proper Inspection of Overhead Cranes

Proper inspection of overhead cranes is important because it helps ensure safe equipment operation. Thoroughly inspecting overhead cranes improves operator safety and prevents operator injury. Proper inspection has many advantages: Reducing time lost caused by equipment breakdown Detecting potentially hazardous conditions Reducing the costs of repairs by correcting defects before equipment is seriously damaged Uncovering... Read Full Article
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