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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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 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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One of the most important parts of an electric chain hoist to inspect carefully is the lifting chain.  Most hoist lifting chains are “case hardened”, meaning that the surface coating of the chain is very hard while the inner metal of the chain is much softer and less resistant to wear. Once the chain has worn through the “case” material, the chain can wear through to failure very quickly.  That is why the daily/shift inspection and detailed documented monthly inspection of hoist chains is so critical.

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The benefits of continuously welded crane rails are considerable in a steel mill or high use environment.  Crane rail is typically installed in 20 or 30-foot sections with splices at the joints.  These joints can develop gaps through expansion and contraction, the cause impact stress on the wheel, rail, and structures when the crane runs over the gap. These crane rails may be welded into lengths of 300 meters or more with no expansion joint. The rail cross-sections are large, and the metallurgy, with high carbon and manganese content, make welding difficult. 

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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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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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