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2019-9

 A crane runway rail’s narrow, dust-covered walking surface is often one of the highest maintenance areas found in any facility. Proper maintenance and inspections of crane and hoist system must include human access to the runway structure and rails.  Many facilities have process machinery, storage rack or other equipment blocking ground access to the runway rails using personnel lifts.
Learn how inexpensive fall protection systems can help you better maintain your runways, increasing productivity  and improve safety as well.

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2019-8

In this article, we answer in detail some of the common questions that users of overhead cranes and hoist have about inspections and inspection requirements.  CRANE 1 believes that a thorough inspection and equipment assessment program in conjunction with preventive maintenance is one of the best investments that you can make.  We answer the following questions:

1)  Why should my company inspect our overhead cranes and hoists?
2)  How often do overhead cranes and hoists need to be inspected?
3)  What qualifications are required to perform crane and hoist inspections?
4)  Do overhead cranes and hoists require load testing?
5)  Do crane runways and monorails require inspection?

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2019-7

Since being acquired a little over 3 years ago by Pfingston Equity Partners, a private equity group based out of Chicago, CRANE 1 has made dramatic improvements to product and service capabilities in order to become "company of choice" for overhead crane and hoist service and equipment customers, OEM Partners and Service Technicians

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2019-6

DEMAG cranes, hoists, KBK and OEM repair parts are now available through CRANE 1.  Demag Hoists and Crane Components are famous for high duty cycles and reliable operation resulting from  German design engineering and workmanship. 

CRANE 1 can provide the full range of electric chain hoists, wire rope hoists, KBK Light Crane Systems as well as Demag crane from our crane building organization MCC Crane.      

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2019-5

Reducing unplanned downtime of production critical industrial cranes and hoists is a major priority of our technical team. Traditional motor mounted hoist, crane and trolley friction disc brakes in contactor controlled cranes are are a potential trouble spot that can benefit from the use of oil shear brakes to help eliminate brake maintenance and unplanned downtime resulting from traditional disk brake failures.

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2019-4

One of the biggest expenses involving the installation of a jib crane is the time, work disruption and expense of an installation of the required footers. Not all jib cranes require a foundation if you have an adequate concrete slab.

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2019-3

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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2019-2

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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2019-1

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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2018-40

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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