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Patented track monorail and crane systems have been in use in industry for over 75 years and have many distinct advantages over the use of structural beams for underhung systems.  They are used extensively in aerospace applications for good reasons.  We will outline the advantages and benefits of patented track in the right applications.

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Lifting magnets have been in wide use for many years.  In the past 20 years, rare earth materials have allowed the design and manufacture of much stronger and high capacity magnetic lifting systems.  Managers and workers must be made aware of safety precautions to follow while operating these powerful magnetic devices. Even a minor lapse in the operating procedure can cause serious or fatal injury.

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The recent disruption to normal business due to COVID 19 has resulted in many businesses delaying their crane and hoist inspections  As business hopefully resumes a more normal cycle, it is time to refocus on the potential dangers within your facility and the ongoing efforts required to ensure safety.   A CRANE 1 InSpecTM Inspection program is a very thorough process that 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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Limiting the risk of collisions means increased operator safety, lower maintenance costs, and improved productivity and uptime. CRANE 1 partners with Columbus McKinnon and Magnetek to provide our clients with “state-of-the-art” collision avoidance systems.  These systems are available in multiple configurations and allow our technical experts to help you specify the exact functionality, size, and style to fit your specific application needs. These systems are ideal for all types of cranes equipped with variable frequency drives, soft starters, or contactor controls.

Magnetek offers three collision avoidance systems with increasing levels of sophistication.

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The most important factors in hoist wire rope replacement are using the correct rope and installing the rope correctly. There is also quite a bit of confusion on the requirement for a load test after the installation of a wire rope on an existing hoist.

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Purchasing or specifying hoists to lift heavy loads in close proximity to equipment and personnel is a decision that requires research and planning of the best options for the correct type, duty and brand of hoist.  In this blog we will identify some important items to factor into your decision-making process.

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CRANE 1 can help your organization to better protect personnel and improve facility throughput with Intelli-Protect™ technology installed on your cranes to create "no-fly zone". What exactly is a crane "no-fly" zone and how does it work?

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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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Though overload protection is common in hoists today, many safety managers assume their cranes have them when they actually may not.   Overloading a crane or hoist by inexperienced operators or through negligence is a dangerous practice that could result in mechanical or structural failure of the crane, hoisting equipment, or the supporting structure.  Many hoists are mechanically capable of lifting more than the rated load and even more than the 125% test load as required by ASME and OSHA when placing a new unit into service.

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CRANE 1 has kicked off an e-commerce site designed to showcase our ability to process online orders for equipment from leading manufacturers as well as sourcing parts from all crane and hoist manufacturers.  The website at http://www.hoistcentral.com provides direct access to purchase equipment online and to contact our experienced and trained inside sales experts.

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