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The Most Common Cranes for the Metal Fabrication

Most metal fabricating operations use overhead cranes to transport materials. There are a myriad of reasons why these cranes are preferred in the metal fabricating sector. Overhead cranes are capable of moving materials over the length and with of a building. They can drop off the material in any area, where a lighter duty crane can subsequently move it.  Operators are able to bring materials directly to machining centers, so that trucks do not have to transport materials within the building.  This advantage helps to clear up precious floor space in the work area.  The most common type of crane used in metal fabrication is the overhead bridge crane.

The overhead bridge crane is the most commonly used in manufacturing scenarios. This specific crane runs on elevated tracks and offers a hook motion, along three different axes; they can move laterally, horizontally, and vertically.  This overhead crane is commonly used for large-scale operations.

Another crane that is popular in the metal fabrication sector is the Gentry crane. Gentry cranes are similar to the overhead bridge crane, but are supported from the floor, instead of by elevated tracks. Steel legs support the bridge, which supports the hoist.  Gentry cranes can also be moved from one location to the other, and are preferred by manufactures with short term plans to stay in one area.

The Jib crane is another tool that is commonly found in metal shops. These hoisting devices have pivoting head and boom form. The crane can be floor mounted and rotated 360 degrees.

It is important to consider safety when working with large cranes.  Although these tools make lifting jobs quicker and easier, they can also cause devastating injury to workers, and destruction of property, if improperly used.  All cranes have a rated capacity, which defines how much a specific type of crane can lift. Each operator should be aware of this capacity rating, and should receive the proper training on how to operate a crane.  Training helps to inform employees of how to properly load a crane, what loads are safe, and what loads will cause major accidents.

If you are in the market for an overhead crane, or want to learn more about the different variations, it is always wise to contact a local professional. Businesses that work with and sell overhead cranes are able to provide a wealth of information on overhead cranes. 

 

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