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2018-16 It is a frequent situation that we are asked to install new cranes and runway rail in a new building where the contractor has provided the runway beams.  Many times, we discover runway beams that are so far out of alignment tolerance that it is impossible to perform a proper installation that meets the required standards. 
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In January of 2018 CRANE 1 implemented a new sales & project management processes for standard and engineered crane systems.   Highly Engineered and box girder cranes will be handled by our Engineered Crane Group while estimation and project management of standard structural cranes will be handled by our Standard Crane Group.  Fabrication of standard cranes has been centralized at our Columbus, OH facility.  

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Determining the duty or service classifications when specifying new cranes and hoists can be tricky due to the fact that there are numerous standards that use different methods of determining duty ratings. To compound that complexity, equipment being sold by various suppliers might be rated to domestic and/or foreign standards.  Bear in mind also that there is no direct oversite, such as Underwriters Laboratory for electrical devices, that actually inspect and verify the true service class of the equipment manufactured by a supplier.  So the rated duty cycle advertised by a crane or hoist supplier is not highly regulated.  Because the honor system benefits the dishonorable in the short run, we recommend that purchasers carefully scrutinize offerings from potential suppliers to ensure that they are getting equipment that will meet their duty and service requirements.   This article will explain the various standards and how they apply to various equipment.

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Swinging crane loads from conventional crane and trolley travel controls pose a severe collision danger to both people and products.  CRANE 1 has partnered with Magnetek to provide our customers with a solution that not only makes a crane safer but also dramatically increases productivity - up to 25%.

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If you own or use a below the hook lifting device it is important to understand the standards!

So, what are Below the hook devices? They are structural and mechanical lifting devices (spreader beams, lifting beams, C-hooks, plate clamps, pallet lifters, coil grabs, etc.), vacuum lifters, lifting magnets, scrap and material-handling grapples. CRANE 1 follows the guidelines set forth in the ASME B30.20 standards. Below are highlights of the standard, however, the full ASME B30.20 standard can be downloaded here.

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While technological advancements have significantly improved the structural and mechanical portions of an overhead crane, the process has been more evolutionary than revolutionary. What has changed dramatically, however, is how overhead cranes and hoists are controlled.  Control systems are the most important aspect of an overhead crane or hoist and without them, the machine would not function nor perform in a safe, reliable, efficient manner.

CRANE 1 features the full line of Magnetek control products and is a Magnetek Performance Partner

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A program of regularly-scheduled crane and hoist inspections conducted by specially-trained, third-party technical professionals can save companies great expense by verifying compliance 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 deficiencies can be spread through the year.

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Arch beams, castellated beams, and zipper-tacks are a safety hazard and we want to help prevent any possible accidents and injuries.
Does your company have a patented track monorail or crane system using “Arch Beams” (also known as castellated beam, open web or zipper-track?) If so, you should be aware of the dangers of operating this equipment.  This type of crane and monorail track has not been manufactured since 1962, which means that all current arch beams produced and in service for over 55 years ago.   So it is a certainty that 55-year-old Arch Beam units are well beyond their safe working life.

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Would you ever consider installing a high voltage piece of equipment that without a proper ground to protect workers from potentially fatal electrical shock?  At CRANE 1, we would never allow it, but every single day our inspectors and technicians encounter an elementary electrical safety issue with cranes and hoists in the field that has been overlooked in prior safety/compliance inspections or knowingly ignored by the designated person responsible for crane safety at the site.  

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CRANE 1 installs hundreds of wireless controls on overhead cranes and hoists every year.  Our go-to radio for reliability, ease of operation, cost of installation and performance is the FLEX EX2 series from Magnetek.

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