Q & A

Jubal, an entertainment rigger from Local One IATSE and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following rigging question about eye bolts: Is it necessary to use only one washer when securing eye bolts or can the washers be stacked if necessary? Peter Cooke, Columbus McKinnon Training Manager and Safety Webinar Presenter, answers: If more than one washer […]

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Al, a CMCO distributor salesman, trainer and recent safety webinar attendee, asks the following question about applying a collision avoidance system: Does the age of a crane prevent it from having a collision avoidance system installed?  Jon Walters, Magnetek trainer and safety webinar presenter, answers: No. The age of a crane has no impact on […]

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We recently received the following question on chain inspection from Slade, a utility crew supervisor working for a water district: “I was wondering if you carry a “no-go gauge” for Columbus McKinnon chain to inspect gouges, nicks and stretching on the links. Our warehouse personnel struggle to determine the correct gauge for your chain.” Perry Bishop, […]

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Al, a CMCO distributor salesman, trainer and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question about applying a radio remote control: Does the age of a crane prevent it from having a radio remote control installed? Jon Walters, Magnetek trainer and safety webinar presenter, answers: No, the age of a crane has no impact on […]

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Rod, a Canadian crane services manager and recent safety webinar attendee, asked: “Is changing a hoist brake a modification? Tom Reardon, Columbus McKinnon training instructor, responds: Changing a hoist holding brake is not a modification simply because the brake is being replaced. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines modification as: “a change in something (such as a system or style).” […]

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Below is a frequently asked question we receive on ceiling mounted rail systems: “What is the benefit of hanging a ceiling mounted rail system with the runway running parallel versus perpendicular with the steel?” When an application gives you the choice to hang the runway rail underneath (parallel) to the header steel, that is likely the […]

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Jason, a product engineer and recent rigging safety webinar attendee, asks: “Why or when would a rigging equipment manufacturer choose to use the forging method versus the casting method?” Troy Raines, Chain & Rigging Product Engineering Manager at our CMCO Chattanooga Forge Operations, responds: Please be patient with me, as I use the word “mold” as […]

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Chris, an ETCP certified rigger and recent safety webinar attendee, asks the following question about horsepower ratings on hoists: “I don’t see Columbus McKinnon hoists rated with horsepower, however they are sometimes referred to by that rating. Does that relate to the FPM capability? I am guessing that a faster FPM hoist would have to […]

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Joe, an outside sales and service representative for a Columbus McKinnon distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks the following question about limit switches: “Will limit switches work properly if the motor is reverse phased?” Perry Bishop, Columbus McKinnon trainer and safety webinar presenter, answers: When the up or down buttons are actuated, they pull in […]

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Mike, a Lead Rigging Technician for an equipment rental company in the entertainment industry and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “How far away should you be to read a RFID chip for rigging equipment tracking and inspection?” Troy Raines, Columbus McKinnon Chain & Rigging Product Engineering Manager and safety webinar presenter, answers the RFID chip […]

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