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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If your hoist lifting application involves precise placement of loads, a hoist with “true vertical lift” may be the best choice.  True vertical lift means that a hoist is able to lift a load straight up without involving any lateral movement caused by the hoist.  Chain hoists by design are always true vertical lift; however wire rope hoists are designed with reeving orientation of single reeved or double reeved.

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An unplanned breakdown in a critical crane or hoist used in production can lead to a significant loss of production and potentially delay deliveries of product to customers.  The unplanned breakdown can be catastrophic to both deliveries and your bottom line when there is no backup crane and the required crane and hoist parts are weeks or months away.

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