There are hoists and cranes for nearly everything that has to be lifted. Workstation cranes not only lift heavy loads across a facility but also improve workplace ergonomics and safety. Integrity Crane and Hoist answers frequently asked questions about workstation cranes and why it’s a good idea to invest in one.
Q: What are the benefits of having workstation cranes in a facility?
Integrity Crane: Apart from their unlimited coverage area and motorization options, workstation cranes help reduce worker strain and the risk of injuries associated with lifting heavy loads, boost workplace efficiency, maintain product quality, and improve workflows.
Q: What are the different types of workstation cranes?
Integrity Crane: There are two main types of workstation cranes. These are:
Freestanding cranes. Designed for rectangular work areas, these crane and hoist systems are floor mounted and do not add pressure to the building structure. These are also easy to relocate should workflows change.
Ceiling mounted cranes. These are more efficient in terms of space utilization. Workers are free to move as floor-mounted support pillars are eliminated.
Q: What are the factors to consider when choosing a workstation crane?
Integrity Crane: The choice between a freestanding workstation crane versus a ceiling-mounted one would depend on a number of factors, such as the facility’s structure; older buildings might not be able to support overhead weight, which automatically eliminates the possibility of utilizing a ceiling-mounted workstation crane. Another factor would be the nature of the work being performed.
Other factors to consider include: the weight and size of the load, lift height and horizontal distance required, facility access, and cost.
Q: A freestanding crane or a ceiling crane may not be suitable for certain environments. Are there other alternatives?
Integrity Crane: Jib cranes are ideal for processes that require stable and precise movements. Most jib cranes rotate to a full 360 degrees, thus covering a wide, circular work area. Some even come with fold-away features for easy storage when not in use.
Gantry cranes feature a beam supported by two (or more) legs. Wheels, casters, or rails embedded in the floor add mobility. Maintenance teams that work in several locations throughout a facility benefit from gantry cranes, which can also be configured according to specific requirements.
Q: How do we maintain proper equipment handling and workplace safety?
Integrity Crane: Choose a crane designed for the materials being lifted, the layout and size of your facility, and the task being performed. Stay within the crane’s recommended load capacity. Inspect cranes before and after every work shift; maintenance procedures should be according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clear the aisles and doorways for safe equipment maneuvering and handling. Set up barriers that prevent employees from coming close to or beneath supported or moving loads.Train employees on proper crane use and workplace protocols.
Our team designs, engineers, and fabricates next-level crane and hoist systems to enhance workplace productivity and employee safety. Should there be any issues, our highly trained and experienced technicians know how to effectively troubleshoot your equipment and get you back in business. Get in touch with us to know more.
Covering the southeastern United States, Integrity Crane and Hoist, LLC (ICH) is committed to workplace safety and strives for zero incidents at all times. Call (615) 302-3431 for more information.