Hoist Pre-Operational Safety Inspection Part 7: Chain Inspection

April 7, 2016






This article is Part 7 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss chain inspection. The final step in our pre-operational hoist safety inspection should be to check the hoist’s chain. Clean the chain, if required, before inspection. If the chain […]

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Customer Questions the Orientation of Ceiling Mounted Rail System Runway

March 24, 2016






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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Hoist Pre-Operational Safety Inspection Part 6: Operation Inspection

March 10, 2016






This article is Part 6 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss operation inspection. When testing the operation of the hoist, it’s important to test the upper and lower limits. A limiting device protects the hoist from getting damaged, from running […]

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Columbus McKinnon Adds Raised Lettering Pads to its Shackles

March 3, 2016






CM shackles, sizes ½” through 1-1/2”, (including alloy, industrial, and Super Strong chain and anchor shackles) now feature a raised pad that allows customers to add their own lettering for identification and tracking. This pad is the approved area for any lettering that customers would like to add to the product. The recommended marking methods are: […]

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Top 7 Benefits of Using Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) to Control Your Crane or Hoist

February 25, 2016






Variable frequency drives, or VFDs, are a type of AC motor controller that drive an electric motor by varying the frequency and voltage supplied to it. VFDs are also commonly known as variable speed or adjustable speed drives, AC drives, micro-drives or inverters – depending on the industry or application. In the material handling industry, […]

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Hoist Pre-Operational Safety Inspection Part 5: ASME B30.10 Hook Inspection

February 11, 2016






This article is Part 5 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss ASME B30.10 hook inspection. ASME B30.10 covers hook inspection for all hoists, cranes and rigging hooks. Before operating a hoist, it is important to inspect the hook to […]

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Rigging Manufacturing: Why Forge Parts Versus Cast?

February 4, 2016






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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Magnetek, Inc. Helps Repair Drawbridge Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

January 28, 2016






Nearly five years after Hurricane Sandy, the second-costliest hurricane in United States history, cities along the eastern seaboard continue to discover – and repair – the damage inflicted on their infrastructure by the Category 3 storm. Recently, Magnetek, Inc. had the opportunity to help mend some of the hurricane’s long-term damage by rebuilding industrial brakes […]

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Answers to Your Top 7 Crane and Hoist Questions

January 21, 2016






During the hundreds of classes Columbus McKinnon’s training team has conducted over the years, there are a variety of questions that arise regarding the use, maintenance and inspection of overhead cranes and hoists. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to outline seven of the most common concerns, myths and misconceptions we’ve received from crane […]

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Hoist Pre-Operational Safety Inspection Part 4: Controls

January 14, 2016






This article is Part 4 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss controls. Before operating a hoist, it is critical to check the hoist controls. If a hoist control is not properly labeled or is not working correctly, people can […]

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