Advantages of Lifting with Chain Slings vs. Synthetic Slings

April 29, 2014

Overhead Lifting Slings are generally used in conjunction with a crane, powered hoist, manual or lever hoist or some type of lifting device. There are numerous types of materials used for building overhead lifting slings – each with specific advantages and disadvantages – including: Chain Wire rope Synthetics Metal mesh. Understand the Application Before You [...]

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How to Choose Hoists & Cranes for Offshore Applications

April 16, 2014

Proper selection and specification of hoists, cranes and rigging hardware is always essential to safe overhead lifting, but in no environment is this more critical than on offshore oil and gas facilities. In offshore oil and gas applications, there is a higher potential for flammable gases to be present. Therefore it is extremely important that [...]

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Sling Selection & Working Load Limits: What You Need to Know

March 26, 2014

  Chain slings are a combination of chain, hooks, rings and other attachments used primarily for overhead lifting applications. Slings are often used in conjunction with cranes and other lifting devices and allow riggers to create custom configurations to lift loads depending on the needs of that specific application. Standard chain sling configurations consist of chain branches that [...]

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Why Use RFID in Material Handling?

March 3, 2014

Is there anyone out there who’s having to do more with less? Do you have a large inventory to manage or equipment to inspect, and all of it requiring thorough documentation to comply with regulations? Are you having a difficult time finding a good inspector or ensuring your inspectors are doing a quality job? Well [...]

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Crane Compliance: Are all cranes regulated by OSHA?

February 11, 2014

There is some confusion in the industry regarding crane configurations and the application of OSHA regulations. In a recent article in Industrial Lift & Hoist Magazine, Tom Reardon, one of Columbus McKinnon’s training managers, discusses the issue and provides clarification for crane users. OSHA 1910.179(a)(1) states that “A ‘crane’ is a machine for lifting and [...]

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The Low-down on Plate Clamp Inspection and Operation

January 27, 2014

Crane & Rigging Hot Line recently published an article on plate clamp inspection and operation based on a presentation given by one of Columbus McKinnon’s corporate trainers, Chris Zgoda, at the ACRP Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Below are a few of the highlights: Plate Clamp Operation Plate clamps are most often used to lift and [...]

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Can hoist hooks be repaired?

January 20, 2014

During my training sessions, I am frequently asked if hoist hooks can be repaired if they are damaged or broken. OSHA and ASME regulations provide specific requirements for hoist hook repair to help answer this question. According to OSHA 1910.179 (L)(3)(iii)(A), hook repairs by welding or reshaping are not generally recommended. If such repairs are attempted [...]

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D8+ Hoists and Suspending Loads over People in the Entertainment Industry

December 3, 2013

Suspending loads above people is common practice in the entertainment world and requires great precautions. In Europe, one voluntary Code of Practice guides the product specifications and installation requirements surrounding these applications: SQP2 Chain hoists (2010). U.S. interest in this European Code of Practice is growing as this code is being adopted in U.S. entertainment [...]

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Columbus McKinnnon Brings CMCO University to Mexico

November 26, 2013

Columbus McKinnon recently opened “CMCO University” in Mexico. The facility will be used to give training to customers, channel partners, and employees. The campus is located within the Santiago Tianguistenco manufacturing plant, near the city of Toluca. It includes 80 square meters of classroom training space and 300 square meters of laboratories and workshops. “CMCO University [...]

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CM Cyclone is Hoist of Choice for Chimney Construction Project

October 30, 2013

At Columbus McKinnon, we always enjoy seeing how our products are used in the industries we serve.  So when this application photo (above) from a construction site featuring our products crossed our path, we had to share it. This photo shows 70 of our CM Cyclone hand chain hoists being used for the construction of a [...]

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