Certified Crane Care Tech Tip: Importance of Ongoing Service

Each day you use your crane and hoist to lift your business to the next level. Your customers and clients depend on you to deliver your service and product with affordable precision. Co-workers and employees trust you to provide safe well maintained tools and equipment. Performing the necessary periodic inspections in addition to daily safety inspections of chains, motors, wiring and hooks provides immediate protection from preventable workplace injury, damage and repairs. 

How often you inspect your crane is based on several different factors:
1.     Type of Equipment
2.     Application
3.     Duty cycle
4.     Manufacturer's minimum requirements 
Type of Equipment
All cranes are not created equal. Does a single girder crane with a two mph motor require the same maintenance as a multiple girder crane with a five mph lift capacity? This is information you can discuss with your service and inspection provider to make sure you're doing everything possible between the inspections to keep your crane in optimal condition. 

All jobs are not created equal. The wear and tear on your machine is directly connected to what you’re lifting and how often you lift each load. Hoisting large metal frames is going to create different points of tension and wear down different parts than transporting large bales of fabric and pallets. Using wire ropes instead of slings will change the type of maintenance and frequency of the parts you inspect and service. 

Duty Cycle 
Duty cycle of your crane and hoist must be considered when creating a maintenance and inspection schedule. Finding problems to prevent is much more cost effective than repairing breakdowns. When to maintain and inspect your overhead crane and hoist should be as customized based on the duty cycle of both pieces of equipment since they are used as a unit.

Manufacturer's Minimum Requirements 
Whether you're overhead crane was customized by a full service crane and hoist provider like Ace Gaffey or built from a kit minimum maintenance and inspection requirements are set in place by the manufacturer.  Inspections for hoists and chains should be performed daily before the first use and periodic inspections according to OSHA guidelines. 

 Certified Crane Care is here to help you with your overhead crane and hoist. Our expertise includes Fall Protection training, inspections, repairs, modifications and modernization to help your company meet and exceed your operation needs. 
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