Technical Articles

Columbus McKinnon Corporation has published these technical articles:

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Teaming up with Nebraska Hoist & Crane, Columbus McKinnon assisted with the creation of an outdoor 15-ton overhead gantry crane and hoist, designed by Kelley Engineered Equipment...
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When operating an overhead crane, safety is essential. Whether it's protecting operators from dangerous swinging loads or preventing cranes from colliding with one another, overhead crane safety...
(Power Generation and Storage)
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The generation and delivery of power are essential in keeping our lives and businesses up and running. Although power is often taken for granted, hard work and planning go into maintaining continuous...
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Variable frequency drives, or VFDs, are a type of AC motor controller that drive an electric motor by varying the frequency and voltage supplied to it....
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In automobile manufacturing, time is money. Every minute saved in the process can move another vehicle off the line and into the market. To increase efficiency and reduce process time, a high...
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When comparing variable frequency drives (VFD) to 2-speed control for use in cranes and hoists, there are a variety of factors you should take into consideration. These range from load control and...
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A steelmaking facility found their mill scale clarifier to be inefficient, occasionally causing equipment damage and interruptions to the production process. Mill scale is a by-product of water jets...
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Overhead cranes are used everywhere. From automotive production facilities to power generation plants, cranes are used day in and day out to keep businesses running. To ensure the highest levels of...
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With the modernisation of a crane system, Stahlbau Schauenberg increased the logistical capacity of an expanded external warehouse at the site in Ihringen in South Baden. More positive results of the...
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Purchasing or specifying hoists to lift heavy objects in close proximity to equipment and/or personnel is a decision that deserves thoughtful consideration. In this article, we will identify some...
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Radio controls have been found to increase safety and productivity while reducing downtime. In-field operators have also found them easier to use than corded pendant assemblies....
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Columbus McKinnon partnered with Olympic Crane and Fabrication to provide a wire rope hoist with lifting speeds of 157 fpm for use in thermal processing plant....
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To keep your wire grips in good working condition, it's important that you properly clean, lubricate and inspect your wire grips on a regular basis....
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Proper and routine hoist inspections are vital to ensuring safety and compliance during your lifting application....
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As an employee, you should feel confident that your health and safety are top priorities. While workplace incidents are unpredictable, exercising proactive safety protocols reduces the chance of an...
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An In-Depth Guide to Alloy Chain Sling Inspections...
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When it comes to lever hoists, utility professionals rely on a variety of different hoists to get the job done....
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From steel production to distribution, innovative technology helps increase your safety, uptime, and productivity....
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As one of the world's leading manufacturers of hoist and crane technology, we set an early course for a strong future. We are constantly developing our extensive product portfolio to match modern...
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Workers in the forestry and logging industry understand that securing loads in and on trucks is very important - not just to the driver, but to their customers and most importantly the general public....
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Scoreboards and screens are strategically placed throughout modern sports stadiums. They are used to display scores, stats, and game clocks, which greatly enhance the fans experience and keep the fans...
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When choosing a crane for your application, it's important to understand the different types of cranes available and the features and benefits they provide. Once you have that information, you'll be...
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Columbus McKinnon Material Handling Experts Jon Walters, Casey Cummins and Bob Schmitt Discuss Safety & Crane Controls...
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In a semi-automated configuration, auto-dispatch technology enables automated movement while also utilizing human assistance for precise actions. This keeps the operator closely involved in the...
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Does your facility have outdated, manually controlled cranes, hoists, or monorail systems? Converting from manual control to automation technology can bring new life to your equipment, increasing...
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Implementing automation in your facility can significantly impact the safety, uptime, and productivity of your systems and processes. Deciding where to integrate automation, determining the return on...
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Direct Current Constant Potential (DCCP) control technology dates back to the late 1800s and the principles behind its simple design have not changed since then. However, just as we've progressed from...
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Used for everything from controlling simple hoist motions to an entire crane system, variable frequency drives (VFDs) are an integral part of intelligent motion control systems. One important aspect...
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Overhead crane accidents, leave many people injured or killed yearly. Preventing these disasters requires workers to recognize specific hazards during operations and follow safety procedures to avoid...
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When it comes to below-the-hook lifters, there are standards in place, including ASME B30.20 and BTH-1, that outline the design, manufacture, use and inspection of this equipment....
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Columbus McKinnon's Professional Training Team reviews the various chain grades and walks through examples of how they are used...
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Columbus McKinnon's expert trainers provide an overview of safe practices for the use of material handling equipment in hazardous environments....
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Synthetic slings are used in a wide range of industries around the world and have become a go-to for many riggers due to their flexibility, lightweight, and ease of handling. Columbus McKinnon's...
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Many industries, such as the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, medical technology, cleaning technology or clean room technology, place special hygienic requirements on the work equipment used,...
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As cranes and crane controls have become more sophisticated, so too has the information we can obtain from them. Not only do cranes lift and move materials that we as humans cannot, but they also...
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Overhead cranes and heavy moveable structures such as bridges, navigation locks and dam gates use a variety of electric controls and braking means to stop and hold loads, control deceleration, and...
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Improper use or care of shackles can result in serious accidents that not only injure employees but damage property as well. To avoid this, shackle inspection is critical. In accordance with ASME...
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This isn't the sort of project you get every day, particularly when it concerns the location of solutions. Hubert Schmid Bauunternehmen, crane construction partners of STAHL CraneSystems, received the...
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Whether you're modifying your manufacturing processes or building a new plant, choosing the right lifting system to get the job done is important. While a large overhead crane system is one way to go,...
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When people think of automation for cranes and hoists, they often think of automating crane and hoist movement in a facility. But, there is another important benefit automation technology can provide...
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AGV systems help to limit heavy goods handling by operators and ensure a safer environment...
(Motor Controls and Drives)
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In automobile manufacturing, time is money. Every minute saved in the process can move another vehicle off the line and into the market. To increase efficiency and reduce process time, a high...
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A North American bus manufacturer wanted to automate their new vehicle model assembly to increase productivity while maintaining high quality standards....
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Intelligent crane controls were implemented to analyze the load and position data of all the cranes, trolleys, and hoists in real time and control the lifting and travel motions of the whole system....
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There is no simple catalog solution for hoists on LNG systems. Since the requirements can greatly vary, customers benefit from reliable and customizable products that STAHL CraneSystems can provide....
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When frequent elevator service issues began to have a negative impact on the students busy schedules in Marquette University's Schroeder Hall, they sought out a more energy efficient and reliable...
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By modernizing crane control systems on a pre-determined schedule, NNS avoids lengthy downtime and critical operation issues. That's where Magnetek comes in....
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No two cranes are alike. But if you're looking for a very special solution, you need an engineering expert in this field, like Haslinger GmbH....
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This coveted guide is the on-hand resource for riggers in any industry...
(Linear Actuators)
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When buying a linear actuator, it's important to choose a product that will fit best with your application and specific demands. Whether you want a high load capacity, a longer duty cycle or something...
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As computer technology advanced in the postwar period, cranes became increasingly sophisticated with advanced safety and control systems....
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Since operating cranes can be extremely dangerous, it's important to have a comprehensive preventative maintenance program that includes a daily inspection....
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Workstation cranes, one type of overhead lifting system, facilitate lifting and moving heavy loads within a workspace, making positioning materials and equipment more accessible and safer for workers...