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CRANE 1 installs well over a hundred Jib Cranes annually.  They are a good solution to provide overhead lifting capability for a limited area or workstation.   The main benefit of a jib crane is the need for only one support point or column, keeping the remaining portion of the work area open.  Jib cranes can also be installed under existing bridge cranes to free up the overhead cranes from tasks that are performed in a certain work area.

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CRANE 1 realizes the importance of every crane system meeting the production needs of the customer while minimizing overall maintenance costs.  We understand that every project has unique challenges that require special considerations for the components to ensure both proper functionality and longevity.

The electrification system is one of the most important elements of a crane and hoisting system.  The electrification system at a minimum will provide a single or three-phase power supply required by the traveling crane and hoist equipment, but may also carry control signals that operate contactors, limit switches, and other functions.  With the many different types and brands of electrification being available, it can be difficult for a user to determine which electrification system is best is a specific application.

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September 17, 2018

Crane 1 Services, Inc. purchases assets of Mt. Clemens Crane & Services Company, Inc.

Crane 1 Services, a portfolio company of Pfingsten Partners, LLC has acquired Mt. Clemens Crane & Services Company, Inc. (“MCC”), a manufacturer of overhead crane packages.  MCC also provides overhead crane services in the Michigan market.  Headquartered in Harrison Township, Michigan, with a service operation in Canton, MI. Mt. Clemens offers a broad portfolio of services including inspections, maintenance, repairs, and parts. ​

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Today, many crane system providers and crane users are unaware of the many advantages of patented track. Because of this, the major advantages of patented track and comparisons between it and structural members are discussed in greater detail below:

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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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CRANE 1 has recently added the R&M Hoist and Crane Component product lines to our product portfolio to broaden our equipment capability as well as better service our hoist and crane parts customers.  It will be a great value to be able to source R&M parts and equipment factory direct at competitive prices. 


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As one of the largest independent overhead crane and hoist service organizations in the United States, CRANE 1 is uniquely positioned to provide you crane and hoist parts from virtually every hoist or crane made.

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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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CRANE 1's customers will benefit from innovation shared from our recent acquisition of Absolute Crane in Houston, Texas.  Mark Lupo, former President of Absolute Crane came up with an innovative approach over 5years ago, to eliminate troublesome festooning on bridge cranes.  Lupo utilizes 4-bar conductor bar along the bridge crane for power to the hoist(s) and trolley(s) and radio receivers mounted on each hoist/trolley for control instead of festooned wiring.

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July 20, 2018

Crane 1 Services Inc. ("CRANE 1"), has acquired Absolute Crane Service, Inc. (“Absolute Crane”), a provider of overhead crane services and equipment. Headquartered in Houston, Texas.   Absolute offers a broad portfolio of critical services including inspections, maintenance, repair, design, and installation of new and refurbished equipment and parts for overhead cranes. 

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