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David Dolph – Service Supervisor and Crane Operator Trainer
As a trainer of crane operators, I have encountered few crane operators who talk about or admit to plugging cranes. And in recent years, the practice has become less of a crane repair and safety issue, as the bridges and trolleys of many new cranes are equipped with inverter controls. These controls lessen the risk of load swing if an operator were to plug – that is, reverse the direction of a trolley or bridge to create torque that decelerates the trolley.
James Lang – General Manager, Konecranes Training Institute
Overload protection is a reliable way to elevate safety
Today’s pressure to achieve ever-increasing productivity leads to ever-expanding demands on your crane equipment. Now, more than ever, it’s important to protect your crane and your employees from dangerous overload situations.
Fred Rau - Crane Reliability Specialist & Modernization Engineer
When your company changes production or processes, you may need to consider increasing your lifting capability. Uprating the crane capacity of your existing equipment is often a cost-effective alternative to buying a new crane.
Saku Aspelin - Consultation Services Manager, APAC
Although crane design classes have different designations in different design standards, one thing remains constant: each crane and hoist has an intended Design Life, which determines the amount of work it can safely perform before its useful life is over.
One of the biggest challenges industrial and manufacturing facilities face on a regular basis is equipment maintenance and the potential issues that can arise when a piece of vital equipment goes down. For most of these facilities, cranes are a critical component of their operations, so downtime and low productivity are not acceptable. One significant, unplanned maintenance issue could slow production or even bring it to a halt.
A limit switch is a critical component of overhead crane safety. Limit switches are electromechanical devices that regulate everything from household appliances to industrial machinery. For an overhead crane, they provide solid, established points of reference for maintaining efficiency, reliability and safety standards.
Ben Begley, District Technical Trainer
Improved crane safety, greater productivity, more flexibility: radio controls for cranes offer crane operators all of these benefits and more across a range of applications. Not only can radio controls free operators from the confines of a cab, but from crane pendant control cables as well.