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Improper rigging and operator error lead in the primary causes of overhead crane and hoist accidents.  Therefore, every operation that relies on the use of overhead cranes must make effective crane and hoist operator training a major initiative.

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As we enter the new year, CRANE 1 continues to develop improvements with InSpec, our custom crane inspection, and field automation solution.  InSpec provides our Inspection clients with 24 hours or faster turnaround of professional, easy to read periodic and frequent inspection reports of crane and hoisting equipment.   We now offer our inspection partners, customized reports with inspection parameters tailored to their individual needs.  We are now offering customized reporting solutions for larger accounts requiring specialized reporting.

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An operational inspection should be performed in accordance with the equipment operating manual as well as OSHA and ANSI requirements. This operational inspection is performed by the normal experienced operator on a daily/shift basis and also by qualified inspectors as part of the routine periodic or frequent inspections. Prior to making this operational check, the following safety measures should be taken:

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If your hoist lifting application involves precise placement of loads, a hoist with “true vertical lift” may be the best choice.  True vertical lift means that a hoist is able to lift a load straight up without involving any lateral movement caused by the hoist.  Chain hoists by design are always true vertical lift; however wire rope hoists are designed with reeving orientation of single reeved or double reeved.

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An unplanned breakdown in a critical crane or hoist used in production can lead to a significant loss of production and potentially delay deliveries of product to customers.  The unplanned breakdown can be catastrophic to both deliveries and your bottom line when there is no backup crane and the required crane and hoist parts are weeks or months away.

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Even if you have perfectly aligned wheels and runway rails, the friction of crane flanges on runway rail eventually wears out the wheels and the rail.  Unfortunately, perfectly aligned wheels and rail rarely happens in real life; crane runway rail attached to steel building structures expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations causing alignment issues. Crane wheel lubrication systems could be the answer to expensive frequent wheel replacement.

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At CRANE 1 our goal is to make the inspection and maintenance of cranes and hoists as simple as possible. In the attached blog we share some of the many specialized terms used within our industry. At CRANE 1 we are always available to help our customer partners make informed decisions.

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Overhead crane and hoist owners in the United States normally do not knowingly put their workers at risk.  But it is what you don’t know about the design life of equipment installed in the last 30 years that may, in fact, pose a considerable risk to the safety of your people.

 In the last 30 years, the average weight of a standard 5 Ton Capacity Wire Rope Hoist has dropped in weight from over 1000# to as light as 500# in the current versions being sold.  Although both hoists will pick the same load, they likely differ in the ultimate finite life period of the unit.   Many of the newer European style hoists are produced with only a 5-year design life when used at the maximum of the specified load spectrum.  Since many of these hoists have been installed and in use for over twenty years, there is great cause for concern.

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CRANE 1 installs well over a hundred Jib Cranes annually.  They are a good solution to provide overhead lifting capability for a limited area or workstation.   The main benefit of a jib crane is the need for only one support point or column, keeping the remaining portion of the work area open.  Jib cranes can also be installed under existing bridge cranes to free up the overhead cranes from tasks that are performed in a certain work area.

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CRANE 1 realizes the importance of every crane system meeting the production needs of the customer while minimizing overall maintenance costs.  We understand that every project has unique challenges that require special considerations for the components to ensure both proper functionality and longevity.

The electrification system is one of the most important elements of a crane and hoisting system.  The electrification system at a minimum will provide a single or three-phase power supply required by the traveling crane and hoist equipment, but may also carry control signals that operate contactors, limit switches, and other functions.  With the many different types and brands of electrification being available, it can be difficult for a user to determine which electrification system is best is a specific application.

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