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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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2019-23

For many lighter capacity crane applications, a custom-designed crane system is no longer necessary.  With the need to provide a flexible and cost-efficient solution for lighter loads and ergonomic solutions, light crane systems were developed.  CRANE 1 features Gorbel for these lighter applications.  Gorbel is the US leader in providing high quality, safe and efficient workstation style crane systems that are ideal for capacities of up to 2 tons and bridge spans up to 30’.

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2019-22

When overhead crane and hoist users look to having world-class safety, operation and condition assessments performed on their cranes and hoists, full runway inspections and assessments are often just an afterthought.   This assumption is based upon the presumption that runways are static and will last for years with no maintenance or inspections necessary for many years.   In fact, runways are dynamic and require dedicated and specific attention to both inspection and condition assessment to ensure proper safety, trouble-free operation, and the longevity of the crane as well as the runway rails.

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2019-21

As the 20 ton and under hoist market has become more competitive, European style hoists, designed to DIN and ISO standards have taken the share away from traditional American style hoist built to CMAA and HMI standards. The European style hoists are manufactured by companies such as CM (Stahl), Demag, Kone / R&M and Street Crane. The European style hoists offer standard lightweight designs, generally in single reeved formats with much lighter price tags versus the heavy over-designed American style hoists.  The European designed hoist generally come with a much shorter life span as they only have a design life of 5 to 10 years when properly applied.  To address this problem, and provide information to maintenance personnel about the condition status of the hoist, most manufacturers have begun installing hoist monitoring systems to inform maintenance of trouble.

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2019-20

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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2019-19

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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2019-18

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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