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CRANE 1 has compiled a number of crane & hoist safety and operational tips in this blog article.

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The proper use of lifting points is often overlooked in mold and die handling leading to the continued use of inappropriate lifting points—increasing the possibility of failures and/or injuries.
While not as prevalent as in the past, forged eyebolt use is still a common and potentially dangerous practice if not performed correctly. Any nonvertical torqued lift on an eyebolt seriously diminishes the working load limit.

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Die handling is rough on overhead cranes; causing shock loading, side loading, and swaying or drifting loads which all contribute to damaging wear and tear to the crane system’s wire rope, motor, gearbox, couplings, and brake components.

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No other technological development in nearly 40 years has done more to revolutionize overhead crane operation and maintenance than the AC Variable Frequency Drive (VFD). Today’s Variable Frequency Controls and Flux Vector Motor Controls have become the industry standard for crane and hoist control. VFD’s have replaced the older technologies of wound rotor motor control, static step-less and eddy- current.  

CRANE 1 features the full line of Magnetek control products and is a Magnetek Performance Partner

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CRANE 1 receives many requests for hot metal hoisting applications each year.  The proper selection of the hoist with proper hot metal features is vital to ensure the safety of the operator and the longevity of the equipment. Design and special feature requirements for overhead hoists and cranes for use in hot molten metal or material applications are specified in various standards.

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2018-16 It is a frequent situation that we are asked to install new cranes and runway rail in a new building where the contractor has provided the runway beams.  Many times, we discover runway beams that are so far out of alignment tolerance that it is impossible to perform a proper installation that meets the required standards. 
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In January of 2018 CRANE 1 implemented a new sales & project management processes for standard and engineered crane systems.   Highly Engineered and box girder cranes will be handled by our Engineered Crane Group while estimation and project management of standard structural cranes will be handled by our Standard Crane Group.  Fabrication of standard cranes has been centralized at our Columbus, OH facility.  

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Determining the duty or service classifications when specifying new cranes and hoists can be tricky due to the fact that there are numerous standards that use different methods of determining duty ratings. To compound that complexity, equipment being sold by various suppliers might be rated to domestic and/or foreign standards.  Bear in mind also that there is no direct oversite, such as Underwriters Laboratory for electrical devices, that actually inspect and verify the true service class of the equipment manufactured by a supplier.  So the rated duty cycle advertised by a crane or hoist supplier is not highly regulated.  Because the honor system benefits the dishonorable in the short run, we recommend that purchasers carefully scrutinize offerings from potential suppliers to ensure that they are getting equipment that will meet their duty and service requirements.   This article will explain the various standards and how they apply to various equipment.

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Swinging crane loads from conventional crane and trolley travel controls pose a severe collision danger to both people and products.  CRANE 1 has partnered with Magnetek to provide our customers with a solution that not only makes a crane safer but also dramatically increases productivity - up to 25%.

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If you own or use a below the hook lifting device it is important to understand the standards!

So, what are Below the hook devices? They are structural and mechanical lifting devices (spreader beams, lifting beams, C-hooks, plate clamps, pallet lifters, coil grabs, etc.), vacuum lifters, lifting magnets, scrap and material-handling grapples. CRANE 1 follows the guidelines set forth in the ASME B30.20 standards. Below are highlights of the standard, however, the full ASME B30.20 standard can be downloaded here.

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