Image Credit: David Round | Gorbel Inc. | TWG Canada   Industrial hoists are lifting and pulling devices that use some form of line to move or lift a load. Industrial hoists are primarily used for vertical lifting.  There are a number of standard specs to keep in mind when selecting a hoist for the application at hand; notably load capacity, lift length, maximum lift speed, and whether a pulley block is needed.     Specifications Industrial...
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Q & A on Industrial Hoists

We asked our users for their input on Industrial Hoists. Here are the results of 110 users familiar with Industrial Hoists.

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

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing industrial hoist design?
14 answers
Answers:
Application of high frequency in the control of cranes parameters (versatile frequency inverters).
~Ursu N, Production Engineer, Bucharest, Romania
Motors rating and control Compact construction-light & medium class industries
~WILFRED PAU, General Management, ULU TIRAM, MALAYSIA
Compact size,very high capacity to self weight ratio,use of VFD etc.
~SUNIL K., Manufacturer, PUNE, INDIA.
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial hoists?
14 answers
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The floating cranes producers. Example:Yoshida/Mitsubishi-Heavy Industries Division :3700t/132m high and other same (floating revolving crane for 7500t/R=45m; Liebherr & Teufelberger with MTC 78000)
~Ursu N, Production Engineer, Bucharest, Romania
Demag Cranes & Components Ltd.
~SUNIL K., Manufacturer, PUNE, INDIA.
Demag and Knight Industries
~Anson M, Marketing/Sales, Marana, AZ
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used industrial hoists for?
36 answers
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Level luffing cranes 15 ton x 32 m for Chennai - India level luffing crane 16 ton x 30 m for Greifswald - Germany level luffing crane 10/15 ton x 22/15 m for Takoradi - Ghana overhead crane 5 ton x 20 m overhead crane 320 ton x 21,65 m overhead crane 220 ton x 21,65 m
~ALOJZ KLOBASA, Design Engineer, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA
Mounting of advertising signs to high level (up to 40 m); Such as helping hoist for mounting towers cranes; Usual application to industrial halls construction. Car lifts in garages.
~Ursu N, Production Engineer, Bucharest, Romania
Cranes - Telescopic, crawler Winchs - Air operated, Hydraulic operated Chain Blocks - Hand operated, Electrical Operated, Air Operated Hydraulic Jacks
~Engineering, Other, Doha, Qatar
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that industrial hoists have been used for.
9 answers
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This statement is difficult to define, as long as the hoists are used for non-vertical lifting application, ie turntable, transfer car.
~WILFRED PAU, General Management, ULU TIRAM, MALAYSIA
Set of hydraulics columns using to turn and putting on position sizable equipment. Supertwins 4 columns car lift -ACST 9.
~Ursu N, Production Engineer, Bucharest, Romania
For precise handling of power transformers assembly-parts during its manufacturing.
~ALOJZ KLOBASA, Design Engineer, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of industrial hoists?
6 answers
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Biggest disaster is the dropping of a load. This can be because of excessive chain wear or cable fraying and lack of periodic maintenance or from the overhead rail arrangement to a flawed design.
~Anson M, Marketing/Sales, Marana, AZ
A helicopter simulator dropped too fast into the water causing slack rope. Thereafter the rope could have been damaged without the operator knowing as he is watching the students inside the unit.
~Campbell S, Technician, Cape Town, SA
The shallowness and the hurry during the mounting process of towers cranes (and other hoist equipments too).
~Ursu N, Production Engineer, Bucharest, Romania

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
11 answers
Answers:
Hoist with a built in load cell that feeds back in a "wireless" way. This would allow constant monitoring of weights of delivered materials.
~Kevin O'Toole, Maintnenance planner, Sioux Falls, SD
The pendant switch module should have self reel back cables so that they may not be damaged.
~Ali A, Technical Support/Services, Wah, Pakistan
Less air consumption. Multi option on mounting.
~Marketing/Sales, Tananger, Norway
Common mounting point for trolleys to hoists.
~David E, Manufacturer, Perth, Australia
1_FEM 2_hoist protection (Temperature & load)
~Engineering, Other, HCM, Viet Nam
To design the hoist with low headroom.
~ALOJZ KLOBASA, Design Engineer, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA
Stability,the equipment been loaded.
~Ursu N, Production Engineer, Bucharest, Romania
Voice controlled lift and run
~John N, Technical Support, Kennebunkport, ME
Compact size, light weight
~SUNIL K., Manufacturer, PUNE, INDIA.
Cost
~Joe C, Project Manager, Balto., MD
Design must be cost effective improvement rope guiding device
~WILFRED PAU, General Management, ULU TIRAM, MALAYSIA

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using industrial hoists?
11 answers
Answers:
1.Study your needs first then compare them with the features of the hoist. 2.No compromise with safety precautions.
~SUNIL K., Manufacturer, PUNE, INDIA.
To carefully study about necessary mechanism classifications according. to new European standard EN 13001
~ALOJZ KLOBASA, Design Engineer, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA
Find a good source with adequate knowledge who can guide you through the selection process.
~Anson M, Marketing/Sales, Marana, AZ
Do your homework! Read every bit of tech information. Know what you're getting!
~John N, Technical Support, Kennebunkport, ME
Do not put the price such as the most important criterion of selection.
~Ursu N, Production Engineer, Bucharest, Romania
Application is important. DC, AC or mechanical brakes
~Campbell S, Technician, Cape Town, SA
Read the offers carefully. Not only the price.
~GIANNIS MIHELIS, Technical Support, ATHENS, GREECE
Go for a bigger hoist, with single drop
~Kevin O'Toole, Maintnenance planner, Sioux Falls, SD
Right hoist for the right job use
~Joe C, Project Manager, Balto., MD
Choose the correct duty cycle.
~David E, Manufacturer, Perth, Australia
consult the experts like us
~WILFRED PAU, General Management, ULU TIRAM, MALAYSIA

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of industrial hoists?
9 answers
Answers:
Study your requirement, especially from point of view of time study then accordingly select the hoist. Give preference to wire rope hoists over chain hoists.
~SUNIL K., Manufacturer, PUNE, INDIA.
Always make inquiry from 3 different hoists producers and make a comparison list between their technical and commercial data.
~ALOJZ KLOBASA, Design Engineer, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA
Do not be in a hurry or having a pressing conduct;; consider that safety is the most important thing.
~Ursu N, Production Engineer, Bucharest, Romania
Don't buy the cheapest solution. In the long term it is usually the most expensive.
~Anson M, Marketing/Sales, Marana, AZ
Duty cycle, Lifting Speed, IP rating of enclosures. Do not buy only on PRICE.
~David E, Manufacturer, Perth, Australia
Selection of hoist for the requirement with safety protection consideration.
~WILFRED PAU, General Management, ULU TIRAM, MALAYSIA
Power make sure power source is for hoist only
~Joe C, Project Manager, Balto., MD
Again READ everything there is about the unit
~John N, Technical Support, Kennebunkport, ME
They must work with the hoist ''by the book''
~GIANNIS MIHELIS, Technical Support, ATHENS, GREECE


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