#rigsafe: Promoting Safe Rigging in the Entertainment Industry

April 30, 2015

On Friday, April 24th we celebrated #RigSafe day, an initiative started by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) to promote safe rigging in the entertainment industry. USITT asked companies to join the initiative by sharing rigging safety tips on social media under the hashtag #rigsafe. Columbus McKinnon participated in the event, tweeting our […]

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Unique Uses for CM Industrial Rigging Equipment

April 16, 2015





As a manufacturing and engineering company, Columbus McKinnon places high value in STEM education – education encouraging students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But, in recent years, STEM education has evolved into STEAM education, which aims to connect art to these areas of study to demonstrate how industrial products can contribute […]

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In-Depth Alloy Chain Sling Inspection Part 2: Nicks and Gouges

April 10, 2015





This article is Part 2 of a 5-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. Today, we’ll discuss nicks and gouges. When chain is used to lift, pull or secure materials, the outside surface of the links can come in contact with foreign objects […]

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Get Genuine Columbus McKinnon Hoist Parts with the New Parts Star Program

April 1, 2015





Ordering replacement parts for CM, Yale and Shaw-Box brand electric chain and wire rope hoists is easier, faster and more economical than ever with Parts Star™ by Columbus McKinnon. The Parts Star™ replacement parts program ensures customers that they’re getting authentic Columbus McKinnon parts — the parts designed to fit the hoist’s exact specifications, maintain warranty […]

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We Are Where You Are: Columbus McKinnon Opens New Modern Warehouse in Houston

March 27, 2015





As some competitors are closing and consolidating their distribution centers, Columbus McKinnon continues to invest in its network of warehouse facilities in North America. We’ve worked hard to strategically position our facilities across the country to align ourselves with the critical needs of our customers – one of which is fast delivery of our products. […]

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Do You Need to Load Test When You Replace the Wire Rope in an Underhung Hoist?

March 13, 2015





Richard, a recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Do you need to load test when you replace the wire rope in an underhung hoist?” Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers: The replacement of wire rope or chain for underhung hoists is specifically excluded from load test requirements. The wire rope should have already […]

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Columbus McKinnon Products and Services on Display at Tradeshows

March 6, 2015





Trade shows are a great way for us to meet Channel Partners and end users, and to showcase our latest products and services. We’re always excited to connect with business associates and make new friends. Representatives from our Columbus McKinnon de Mexico and Duff-Norton facilities participated in Expo-Manufactura, a trade show held recently in Monterrey City, […]

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Customer Questions Acceleration Time on Variable Frequency Drives

February 26, 2015





Tom, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question on variable frequency drives: 3-step infinitely variable control is 1st detent slow speed, 2nd detent HOLD, 3rd detent acceleration. If the application absolutely requires less than 2.0 second acceleration (Lodestar) can anything be done to accommodate? Chris Zgoda, Corporate […]

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OSHA update: Facts about Current Sling Regulations

February 19, 2015





February 19, 2015  Today, we are posting updates to this blog article originally posted in 2011. This article continues to be one of our most visited, and we feel it our duty to keep this very important safety information up to date.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the following regulations for […]

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In-Depth Alloy Chain Sling Inspection Part 1: Twisting and Bending

February 13, 2015





This article is Part 1 of a 5-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. Today, we’ll discuss the effect of twisting and bending. Consider that chain is evaluated by applying loads in a pure tensile link end-to-link-end fashion and rated accordingly. Rigging chain […]

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