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2019-36

With proper end stops, bumpers, rail sweeps and guards installed on your overhead cranes and hoists, you’ll enjoy more productive, dependable service from your overhead crane. 

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2019-35

To ensure the safest and most productive working environment, ongoing training on the proper use of all equipment is a must. The same rule applies to overhead handling systems. Employees who are properly trained and certified to operate and repair cranes, hoists and monorails have not only proven their competence in using the equipment but also are more valuable to their operation. Additionally, in certain areas of the country and on certain types of equipment, training and certification is a requirement.

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2019-34

Operational productivity is maximized, total repair costs are reduced, and safety of your equipment is optimized when you have implemented the optimum inspection and maintenance frequency for your overhead cranes and hoists.

The big question is:  How do I know what is the Optimal Frequency?

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2019-33

Did you know that most hoists manufactured today have only one brake?  In the event of a motor coupling, brake failure or power loss most hoists made today will drop the load at the maximum rated speed of the hoist.   That’s pretty frightening!  But, hoist users can cost-effectively increase the safety of their operation by specifying hoists with a backup braking system that protects against those risks.

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2019-32

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) used on the bridge, trolley and hoisting motions improve the usability and safety of overhead crane and hoisting equipment by enabling low speeds for precision as well as preprogrammed ramped acceleration and deceleration which reduces or eliminates load swing.  A swinging load is potentially dangerous to workers, production equipment, and the load itself.  Another significant benefit of Variable Frequency Drives is the elimination of many of the mechanical stresses that can put an overhead bridge crane out of service. 

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2019-31

Remote controls installed on overhead cranes and monorail hoists are a great productivity tool as well as offering the operator additional safety by allowing them to handle loads away from the traveling crane.  But the remote operation of cranes introduces some new safety challenges, as well as safety warning devise requirements.

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2019-30
Inspecting hoisting brakes for proper functioning is a critical element of a proper periodic inspection and important to ensure that the load does not drop unexpectedly creating a potentially fatal safety hazard.

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2019-29

Many overhead crane and hoist inspection providers will provide you with a simple checklist of the issues that found with your cranes. A CRANE 1 InSpecTM Inspection program goes much deeper and 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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2019-28

A program of regularly-scheduled crane and hoist inspections conducted by specially-trained, third-party technical professionals will reduce cost dramatically by verifying compliance of the equipment 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 crane deficiencies can be spread throughout the year.

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2019-27

Magnetek is CRANE 1's featured supplier for high technology control solutions for overhead cranes and hoists.  Magnetek's feature-packed remote controls help keep the operator safely away from the load while they easily operate all functions of their respective crane.  Their technology-packed Variable Frequency Drives allows precise control of the OEM or Magnetek VFD rated motors on the hoist, trolley, and bridge motions.  Magnetck's anti-collision devices help protect lives and capital by ensuring that cranes stop before hitting each other or building obstructions, while their full line of crane and hoisting brakes ensure that the crane and hoist will stop safely every time.  In each of these product categories, Magnetek is considered as both a leader in safety as well as an innovator in great product design and advanced features.

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