Gantry cranes are a type of overhead crane that is built on a gantry. A gantry is a moveable framework that supports large equipment. These cranes come in a variety of sizes ranging from something that could fit in your house to something that could lift your house. These cranes are beneficial for shipping container yards, rail yards, concrete companies, fabrication shops, machine shops, or anyone that might need to lift heavy equipment to make repairs or alterations.
The smaller gantry cranes usually come on a set of heavy-duty casters making them very versatile and mobile.
Jib cranes are usually floor mounted and ideal for production or assembly lines, factories, and mines. These are cost effective option and great for lighter loads, or short distance needs and are easy to operate
This type of crane is built inside of abuilding and would normally use the structure of the building as its support. Most of the time a hoist is connected to this overhead bridge that moves left and right. Some bridge cranes are also on a track so the whole system can move forward or backwards throughout a building.
There are two common variations of a bridge crane: single girder or double girder.
Single Girder Bridge Crane
have one I-beam or “girder” which supports the load. These are typically for lighter loads than what a double girder bridge crane might hold. Although these lift a lighter load you can still cap these out at around 15tons.
Double Girder Bridge Crane
consist of 2 I-beams which support the load. These are heavier duty than the single girder and allow for a higher capacity.
Bridge cranes are great for automotive factories, mills, or any tight warehouse where heavy loads need to be moved around frequently. They are very dependable and make moving heavy loads within a building safe and efficient.
Work Station Cranes
Workstation cranes are bridge cranes but instead of using the building as their support they have their own fabricated floor mounted supports.
These are a great option if you don’t have a need for a bridge crane to span across your whole building and only need to lift in one general area. Additionally, these are a good option if you either don’t have a building (outdoor workstation crane) or your building is unable to support the bridge crane.
These are a reliable choice for fabricators, manufacturing plants, and mechanics because they can be placed almost anywhere and their lifting capabilities range from around half a ton to several tons.
These can be the most unique looking overhead cranes due to their capability to be formed to adjust for curves, this provides as a huge advantage when you are needing to work around structures in your warehouse or factory.
Unlike normal bridge cranes the hoist doesn’t move side to side like on a monorail crane, it simply just goes up and down.
Due to their adjustability to unique situations or structures, these are a great option for assembly lines, but because of their ability to curve they do not have the same upper lifting capabilities that a normal bridge crane might.
Still not sure what overhead crane might be the best option for your application? Centex Material Handling can help you choose the most excellent and efficient crane system for your needs. Here at CMH we can walk you through several options that pertain to your application, budget, and timeline. We will work with you through the design process, installation, and even after installation to make sure your crane system is always performing at its highest capabilities.
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