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Crane 1 Services, a portfolio company of Pfingsten Partners, has acquired Overhead Material Handling, Inc. (“OMH”), a provider of overhead crane services and equipment.

Headquartered in Oak Creek, WI with an additional location in Green Bay, WI, OMH offers a broad portfolio of critical services including inspections, maintenance, repair, design and installation of new and refurbished equipment and parts for overhead cranes and related material handling equipment. OMH is a highly regarded regional player with an excellent reputation, high integrity and an experienced management team and technicians.

“We are thrilled to add OMH to the Crane 1 family,” said Bob Vevoda, President and CEO of Crane 1.“The acquisition of OMH is another critical step for Crane 1 in building a leading, independent technical field service company focused on providing exceptional service quality and equipment uptime for our customers.”

This acquisition provides Crane1 with greater access to customers in the upper Midwest and is Crane 1’s sixth strategic acquisition since Pfingsten became the majority shareholder in October 2015.

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2020-18
One of CRANE 1’s superior partner suppliers is Gorbel. Gorbel excels in producing standard and custom workstation cranes and CRANE 1 has supplied hundreds of these little workhorses in both high tech and light manufacturing applications.

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2020-17
The common reaction to a business slowdown is to cut back on regular expenses to maintain the bottom line for the business. A natural place that most manufacturing firms look at cutting is the maintenance budget. Cutting back on your crane maintenance and inspection costs for equipment that remains in operation could cost you more in the short run as well as the long run.

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2020-16
The choice of girder type in an overhead crane should be based upon application and building envelope considerations rather than price. Even though single girder cranes are generally less expensive than double girder cranes, each is the best tool for their designed application.

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2020-15

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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2020-14

Altitudes above 3000' seal level can start causing shortness of breath in people. The thin air at that altitude also has a negative effect on hoisting equipment.

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2020-13

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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2020-12

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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2020-11

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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2020-10

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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