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2019-33

Did you know that most hoists manufactured today have only one brake?  In the event of a motor coupling, brake failure or power loss most hoists made today will drop the load at the maximum rated speed of the hoist.   That’s pretty frightening!  But, hoist users can cost-effectively increase the safety of their operation by specifying hoists with a backup braking system that protects against those risks.

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2019-32

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) used on the bridge, trolley and hoisting motions improve the usability and safety of overhead crane and hoisting equipment by enabling low speeds for precision as well as preprogrammed ramped acceleration and deceleration which reduces or eliminates load swing.  A swinging load is potentially dangerous to workers, production equipment, and the load itself.  Another significant benefit of Variable Frequency Drives is the elimination of many of the mechanical stresses that can put an overhead bridge crane out of service. 

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2019-31

Remote controls installed on overhead cranes and monorail hoists are a great productivity tool as well as offering the operator additional safety by allowing them to handle loads away from the traveling crane.  But the remote operation of cranes introduces some new safety challenges, as well as safety warning devise requirements.

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2019-30
Inspecting hoisting brakes for proper functioning is a critical element of a proper periodic inspection and important to ensure that the load does not drop unexpectedly creating a potentially fatal safety hazard.

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2019-29

Many overhead crane and hoist inspection providers will provide you with a simple checklist of the issues that found with your cranes. A CRANE 1 InSpecTM Inspection program goes much deeper and provides a host of added value to your organization because our inspection is a true equipment assessment incorporating our proprietary inspection technology and methodology.

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2019-28

A program of regularly-scheduled crane and hoist inspections conducted by specially-trained, third-party technical professionals will reduce cost dramatically by verifying compliance of the equipment with local regulations and highlighting safety and production issues.  More frequent routine periodic inspections in lieu of minimum annual periodic inspections can save significant expense by identifying conditions that are likely to cause production downtime.  In addition to safety and production benefits, the repair cost of found crane deficiencies can be spread throughout the year.

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2019-27

Magnetek is CRANE 1's featured supplier for high technology control solutions for overhead cranes and hoists.  Magnetek's feature-packed remote controls help keep the operator safely away from the load while they easily operate all functions of their respective crane.  Their technology-packed Variable Frequency Drives allows precise control of the OEM or Magnetek VFD rated motors on the hoist, trolley, and bridge motions.  Magnetck's anti-collision devices help protect lives and capital by ensuring that cranes stop before hitting each other or building obstructions, while their full line of crane and hoisting brakes ensure that the crane and hoist will stop safely every time.  In each of these product categories, Magnetek is considered as both a leader in safety as well as an innovator in great product design and advanced features.

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2019-26

A low bid from an alternate supplier on OSHA required crane and hoist inspections might seem like a sure way to save money for your organization.  Unfortunately, the low priced inspection might in fact be a horrible value, saving you less than a thousand dollars but easily costing you hundreds or even thousands of times the money you saved upfront.

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2019-25
Many newer hoists are using high-performance wire ropes for higher strength while using a smaller rope diameter that allows more compact drums and smaller diameter sheaves. So what exactly is a high-performance wire rope.

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2019-24

Part of the application analysis for a crane system is to determine when to use a single girder crane vs. a double girder crane.  In most cases, a single girder crane is less expensive than a double girder crane; however, the cost is not the only deciding factor as both have their merits and shortcomings for particular applications

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