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 6-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 around […]

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Does Welding Spatter Warrant the Replacement of a Chain?

February 5, 2015

Joe, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Does welding spatter warrant the replacement of a chain?” Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers: Yes, weld spatter does warrant chain replacement. Weld spatter should be considered as heat damage. Because hoist chain is heat treated, any heat 410 degrees […]

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Santa Fe Springs Warehouse and Training Center Serve West Coast Market

January 29, 2015

Whether you’re located in the eastern United States or the northwest region of Canada, Columbus McKinnon is nearby. With warehouses located in Atlanta, Georgia; Tonawanda, New York; Edmonton, Alberta and Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; we are strategically located to meet the needs of customers across North America. Further improving our ability to serve our customers, we […]

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Columbus McKinnon now Better Equipped to Support Customers in Asia

January 20, 2015

Columbus McKinnon China officially opened its new facility in Hangzhou, China, on August 21, 2014. Many of our valued customers and distributors witnessed the event, alongside nearly 200 CMCO Asia Associates. Columbus McKinnon invested $6.4 million in the new facility. This investment will enable a 40% increase in capacity and give us the ability to […]

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Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

January 13, 2015

As we look back at 2014 and begin planning for 2015, it’s interesting to see which of our blog topics were the most valuable and interesting to our readers last year.  With all of our blog posts, we look to provide you with valuable information to help keep you safe and make your job easier. […]

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Safety Takes Center Stage at Columbus McKinnon with Second Annual Safety Calendar Contest

January 5, 2015

Throughout Columbus McKinnon’s 140 year history, safety has always been an important part of the way we do business. Not only is the safety of our Associates important, but the safety of our customers is also a primary focus in the development of our products, services and training programs. In the spirit of our focus […]

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Do Chain Slings Need to Be Load Tested After a Repair Has Been Performed?

December 18, 2014

Xavier, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor, asks the following question: “I am doing some research on the guidelines and laws concerning repairs made to chain slings. I found some very conflicting information from OSHA and ASME. To summarize, ASME states that chain slings do not need to be load tested after a repair has been […]

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Free Safety Webinars to Resume in January 2015

December 11, 2014

Each month, the Columbus McKinnon training team hosts a free online safety webinar. We will not be holding a webinar in December, but to keep you focused on safety during this holiday break, we had a little fun making a video featuring five important tips to get you through the season safely. We hope to […]

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