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Q & A on Industrial Cranes

We asked our users for their input on Industrial Cranes. Here are the results of 157 users familiar with Industrial Cranes.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing industrial crane design?
26 answers
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Computer and PLC's are causing industrial cranes to be integrated more and more into different manufacturing processes thus automating the crane and it becoming part of the machine itself.
~Rick S., Overhead crane and hoist service technician., Richmond, Henrico
A) Laser technology b) CNC Bending machine c) Programmed machines with PLC and load sensors d) Ac cabs with Destructive test pass safety of Operator e) New design in Tyres
~Ravjeet, Manufacturing, FARIDABAD, India
LEAN - the company I work for are becoming heavily influenced by efficiency in our business. Crane design is becoming important to maintain efficiency and reduce space required.
~Other, Dampier, Australia
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial cranes?
24 answers
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Always impressed by ACCO Spanco and others, but lately believe Kone cranes has gained more global visibility.
~Faculty/Staff, Memphis, TN
Demag, CM/Lifttech, Although Kone is starting to come on strong as well
~Lou C, Journeymen Hoist and Crane Inspector/ Technician, Tecumseh, KS
Kone, Morris, Demag that I am aware of.
~Other, Dampier, Australia
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used industrial cranes for?
35 answers
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Movement of oilfield equipment in enclosed maintenance facilities, special build cranes for lifting equipment for calibration. Mostly OH gantry ranging from 500kgs through to 10T on anything between 5m and 30m spans. Also rotating jib cranes and special fixed T crane for calibration of equipment.
~Other, Dampier, Australia
A) Lift industrial waste b) Engineering units in military for pick up of ramps and other equipments c) Purpose to handle Sheets and Plates for cutting and transporting d) Lifting any accidental vehicle e) Used in Glass / Heavy Fabrication/ Construction / Coal others units
~Ravjeet, Manufacturing, FARIDABAD, India
Crane mechanisms with 3 and 4 each with 2, 3 and 4 speed (downhill load-lifting, cart translation, translational bridge, turning downhill pram or lifting small task)
~DAN S, Engineer, Iasi, Romania
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that industrial cranes have been used for.
12 answers
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We have a crane design where we have to lift equipment for calibration of its sensors. The crane height is 11.3m and has to lift maximum 3T capacity. The item lifted must be 5.5m clear of any metal components. The equipment is slung on fibre slings then suspended 5.5m above the ground in a fixed position.
~Other, Dampier, Australia
Perhaps not so "non-standard" but the foam bun handling operations along with their special grabs have been quite impressive as well as hydraulic cylinder operation of the hoisting function. We have long used end truck components for ground level transfer cart operations.
~Faculty/Staff, Memphis, TN
Mobile elevating platform for roof lighting installation and maintenance. Special seating attached to long travel to inspect building rail wear. Building 1klm in length.
~Bob M, Construction Co-ordinator, Maitland, NSW Australia
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of industrial cranes?
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Mostly situations where the engineer (customer) designed transfers too close to the end of rail travel. The operator hit the end stop on every cycle and eventually the end cap failed and the load fell on the operator. Just bad work station design.
~Anson M, Marketing/Sales, Marana, AZ
Good Lord, Pulling on the pendent trying to make the crane move faster, chance for electoral shock. Letting the wire rope/ load chain get worn down or damaged. Not maintaining brake systems. Passing loads over people. Shock loading the unit.
~Lou C, Journeymen Hoist and Crane Inspector/ Technician, Tecumseh, KS
Crane's fall because it was welded to the structure due to the hardware recommended for the manufacturer were not used.
~Sandro Chavez, Engineer, El Paso, TX
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
18 answers
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Improved monitoring systems to reduce crane related accidents and misuse of equipment. Improved controls allowing more manually monitored auto-pilot moves that are most frequently made. Programming much like 3 or 4-axis machines. This is done in plating and other operations, but should be more affordable as equipment becomes better at capturing knowledge.
~Faculty/Staff, Memphis, TN
Simplification of crane systems is important to us - we operate in numerous third world locations where service for this equipment is limited. However, in saying this high tech, high reliability is also a plus point that we would be attracted too.
~Other, Dampier, Australia
Variable speed option for hoist,ct,lt,it should not be main & creep speed but main speed 100% variable from 80To 120%
~Prashant JOSHI, MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS & CONSULTANTS, NAGPUR, India
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of industrial cranes?
15 answers
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Crane is not suitable for ALL tasks required. Crane is used above design capacities. Crane is upgraded or attachments fitted not compatible to crane design. Crane design is to restrictive to future upgrade requirements. Spares need to be ready available and cost efficient.
~Bob M, Construction Co-ordinator, Maitland, NSW Australia
Check with previous installations, be very careful buying lifting equipment from general suppliers such as lift truck salesmen or dealers unless they are partnered with a proven technically capable professional.
~Faculty/Staff, Memphis, TN
Do not select a crane and hoisting system that just meets the immediate lifting needs. Always think of the future and the fact that you may need to lift something heavier than originally thought.
~Rick S., Overhead crane and hoist service technician., Richmond, Henrico
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using industrial cranes?
14 answers
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LOSTPED Load: How much is the unit carrying, pushing, pulling? Is the unit exposed to shock loads? Are there dynamic loads that you might not see from a drawing? Orientation: Is the system horizontal or vertical? What is the plane of travel? Will the orientation affect the lubrication in the system? Do you need to consider safety because of the orientation? Speed: How fast does the system need to move from point A to B? Are there any special acceleration or deceleration requirements? Travel: What is the total travel for the system? Is a long travel needed while most of the work is being done in a very small area? Is it reaching a length of travel that may cause binding or buckling? Precision: How close do you need to be when the system moves or indexes? Do you need high accuracy over the length of the system or high repeatability? Do you need external position feedback to make sure you have reached your location? Environment: Is it exposed to the elements, water, dirt, or other contaminants? What kind of protection is right for the application? Do you need a special maintenance regiment? Duty Cycle: What is the typical cycle time? How often will the customer be running the system? Is it moving continuously or often sitting idle? What type of lifetime is the customer expecting from the system?
~Lou C, Journeymen Hoist and Crane Inspector/ Technician, Tecumseh, KS
Ensure that you have a clear set of parameters required for your need. Understand full process crane is required to do. Check with other previous buyers on performance of crane. Have clear after sales requirements for technical and spares support.
~Bob M, Construction Co-ordinator, Maitland, NSW Australia
While cost is always an important factor, be careful to consider safety and maintenance factors which may not be as well developed for the lower end products.
~Faculty/Staff, Memphis, TN
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