Yale Lifting Solutions Provides 200-Ton Test Rig for Hook Proof Load Testing

June 9, 2016






Yale Lifting Solutions was recently approached by a long-time client in the South African gold mining industry to provide a 200-ton capacity horizontal test rig used to proof load test humble hooks. Humble hooks are safety devices used to connect winder ropes to the main personnel cages and ore conveyances on hoists in vertical mine […]

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Is Changing a Hoist Brake Considered a Modification?

May 12, 2016






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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Can Spring Balancers Save Lives? Yes They Can!

May 5, 2016






Normally, spring balancers, sold by our Columbus McKinnon’s Industrial Products (CMIP) division in Wuppertal, Germany, are used to relieve operators from the weight of hand tools. By using a tapered rope drum, the weight of the attached load is compensated so that loads up to 200 kg can be moved effortlessly along a vertical axis. Standard applications would include spot-welding guns, riveting machines or multiple-nut runners. One […]

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Understanding Crane Operator Hand Signals for Mobile, Overhead, Gantry and Tower Cranes

April 28, 2016






When working as a crane operator in a facility or at a jobsite, especially those with lots of traffic, it is crucial to understand and use crane operator hand signals. As required by OSHA 1926.1400 Cranes and Derricks, these individuals, or signal persons, must know all signals for mobile, tower and overhead cranes and must […]

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CMCO Distributor, REID Lifting, Proudly Sponsors the World’s Fastest Land Speed Record Attempt

April 14, 2016






The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is set to become one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, capable of travelling at speeds over 1,000 mph. Started 8 years ago, the Bloodhound project is attempting to smash the current land speed record of 763 mph by Thrust SSC, the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier. When […]

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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 improved shackle identification and tracking. This pad is the approved area for any lettering that customers would like to add to the product. The recommended marking […]

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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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