Overhead Crane lifting equipment outside.

Overhead cranes are marvels of engineering that play a pivotal role in various industries from manufacturing and construction to warehouses and shipping yards. They primarily bring in containers and other heavy duty materials that otherwise cannot be lifted by manual labour.

Utilising the latest in construction technology and moving slowly across fixed rail systems, they can lift and drop items with precision and efficiency making then indispensable assets in modern industrial operations. What exactly can an overhead crane lift in such an environment? In this blog post we will explore this a little further.

Overhead Crane lifting equipment outside.

Where manual labour fails, Overhead Cranes can step in and do the job. Above is an example of an external overhead crane on a rail lifting girders and pipe equipment.

The lifting capacity of overhead cranes depends on several factors, including the way it has been designed and built, configuration with various pulling and lifting accessories as well as the longevity and strength of any moving components. However, in general, overhead cranes are capable of lifting a wide range of loads, from small components weighing a few pounds to massive gears, cogs and other objects weighing several tons or more.

One of the key factors that determine an overhead crane’s lifting capacity is its structural design. Overhead cranes can come in many different configurations, including single-girder and double-girder designs, each suited for specific lifting requirements. Single-girder cranes typically have lower lifting capacities compared to their double-girder counterparts and rely on lifting bars of various lengths and widths that can be attached and removed from the, but they offer greater flexibility in terms of maneuverability and space utilization as they can rotate and pivot if needed.

Another crucial component that influences lifting capacity is the crane’s hoist system. Modern overhead cranes are now equipped with electric hoists that utilize powerful motors and precision controls to lift and lower loads with ease. These hoists can be tailored to accommodate different load sizes and weights, allowing for efficient and safe lifting operations. Single-girder configurations can be utilised to lift anything from 250kg upwards. Large pallets, crates and very small containers will fit into this category. If attached to a hoist correctly with the right straps and accessories small vehicles can also be lifted – this can make overhead cranes an ideal logistics machine to be installed and operated at a manufacturing plant. Raw materials are also another example of what can be lifted. Smaller overhead cranes can also sometimes be seen at quarries or loading/lifting bays near freight trains or vehicles to assist with offloading of materials.

In larger industrial settings, overhead cranes are commonly used to lift very heavy machinery and equipment during assembly and manufacturing processes. Multiple cranes have also been known to lift smaller pre-fabricated buildings into their place. As these materials can weigh more than 1000kg it usually requires the use of one or more double girder configurations in tandem. Construction environments often use a variety of overhead cranes that play a crucial role in lifting and positioning of building materials such as steel beams, concrete panels, and pre-fabricated components. Their ability to maneuver heavy loads with precision makes them highly invaluable assets in large-scale construction projects.

In conclusion, the versatility of overhead cranes extends far beyond their lifting capacity. These robust machines are essential tools in a wide range of industries, offering unparalleled efficiency, safety, and precision in handling heavy loads. Whether it’s moving materials in a warehouse, assembling machinery in a factory, or constructing skyscrapers, overhead cranes are indispensable assets that continue to drive progress and innovation in modern industrial operations.

If you are looking to get one or more overhead cranes installed at your premises, please get in touch with Taurus Cranes today either by contacting us here or by calling us on 01704 332291. Our team of engineers have years of expertise in the lifting industry, specialising in a variety of types of cranes and lifting equipment. We can also sort out aftercare maintenance and training. Plus if you are on a budget and are looking to save on costs, then why not browse the specs of some of our used cranes and get great value for your money!

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