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CRANE 1 inspects thousands of existing hoist wire ropes and installs hundreds of new ropes every month. All wire ropes will wear out sooner or later, but the life of a new wire rope is very dependant on many factors, starting with proper installation. In this article, we outline the major types of failures of hoist wire ropes as well as likely causes. It is vitally important that the correct wire rope is installed on the hoist, properly lubricated, and that all related components such as drums and sheaves are in good condition.

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We are pleased to announce that Material Handling Solutions (“MHS”) headquartered in Duncan, South Carolina (near Greenville, SC) with an additional service location in Charlotte, North Carolina has been acquired by CRANE 1 SERVICES, Inc. The acquisition will enable CRANE 1 to better service our growing customer base in the southeastern United States. MHS has been in business for over 21 years and is a highly regarded regional player in the overhead material handling sector with an excellent reputation, high integrity and a very experienced and excellent management team. MHS provides CRANE 1 with the key attributes that we would look for in any acquisition. This represents our fourth add on acquisition since Pfingsten Partners acquired CRANE 1 SERVICES in 2015.

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CRANE 1 is committed to providing our customers with trained, qualified and competent Inspectors and Technicians. As a member of MHI, CRANE 1 endorses and follows the requirements of CMAA Specification 78 throughout our national network of service branches.

In the United States the recognized standard for overhead crane and hoist inspector qualifications is CMAA Specification 78.  CMAA 78 was developed by the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc. (CMAA) which is an independent incorporated trade association affiliated with Material Handing Industry (MHI).

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Many hoists and cranes do not fall under the inspection requirements of OSHA 1910.179.  1910.179 codes only cover hoists that installed as part of a top running double girder crane or gantry.  Inspection requirements for hoists that are stationary or fixed, on monorails, jib cranes and single girder cranes are covered by the ASME B30.16.

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CRANE 1 excels at providing top notch service for overhead bridge cranes, monorails and hoisting systems.  Our Inspectors and Service and Repair Technicians are highly trained and experienced, ensuring that your equipment is safe and operating productively.  Beyond our core service expertise, there are five additional reasons that CRANE 1 should be your service partner.

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Magnetek introduced the Flex VUE handheld radio control system several years ago which offers a high-resolution color display and advanced two-way communication with a crane or hoisting system.  Flex VUE offers a graphic display which can provide continuous updates on system status, diagnostic information and more.


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It is very likely that you are not investing enough with the maintenance efforts on your production cranes! 

Most organizations do not spend nearly enough on planned maintenance and end up paying far higher costs in unplanned breakdowns.  It’s well documented that investing effectively in hoist and crane maintenance can improve the bottom line significantly, by increasing planned and predictive maintenance to lower the much higher costs of reactive maintenance.  Unfortunately, what level of investment will be optimal to maximize the investment is hard to determine.

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Side pulling a hoisted load is an unsafe practice that may cause tragic consequences when bystanders are struck or pinned by the swinging load. Side pulling is written into most operations manuals as a forbidden operational practice because of the inherent danger. In addition to personal injury, intentional and unintentional side loading causes millions of dollars of equipment and product damage every year. Sideloading is also damaging to the hoist as rope guides and hoist drums, as well as hoisting cable, can be easily damaged by the act. There are products available to crane modernization providers that can be installed on new and existing hoists to operationally restrict the ability to sideload a hoist.

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Most hoist manufacturers require specific lubricants for their gear cases and have defined time requirement for oil changes.   Since the gear case carries the suspended load and is also the most expensive repair component, it makes absolute sense from a safety and operational perspective to invest in routine analysis of oil to determine the health of the oil and the gearbox components, including, gears, bearings, and seals.   Hoist and crane gearbox oil analysis is a routine activity that is useful for analyzing oil health, oil contamination, and internal gear and bearing wear. 

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Reducing the potential for collisions between overhead cranes, monorail hoists as well as fixed objects and obstructions such as in-plant office structures has been a challenge for the overhead material handling industry for many years. Until recently it was only possible to minimize the resulting impact from collisions using mechanical means such as bumpers, barriers or limit switches. With current technology, it is now possible to economically prevent these collisions using more sophisticated means in a variety of operating environments.

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