Does the Age of a Crane Prevent Installation of a Radio Remote Control?

by Jon Walters October 6, 2016






Al, a CMCO distributor salesman, trainer and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question about applying a radio remote control: Does the age of a crane prevent it from having a radio remote control installed? Jon Walters, Magnetek trainer and safety webinar presenter, answers: No, the age of a crane has no impact on […]

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CM-Entertainment Mega School now 10 day Event

by Dave Carmack September 30, 2016






Each year Columbus McKinnon hosts a 5-day CM-Entertainment Mega School, to train up new entertainment riggers. This year’s mega school, held in Orlando, Florida, was extended from the normal 5 days to a 10-day event. This one-of-a-kind class combined our 5-day Mega School with a 5-day Rope Access Certification course giving participants the chance to earn a […]

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Are Your Shackles Safe for Overhead Lifting?

by Christie Lagowski September 21, 2016






When determining the best shackle for your lifting application, there are many options to choose from. Shackles are typically available in two styles: chain style and anchor style. Chain shackles are best-suited for straight line, single connection pulls because of their U-shape. Anchor or bow shackles have a more generous loop. This allows them to be side […]

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What is a Ramshorn Hook?

by Tim Lewis September 8, 2016






A Ramshorn hook is a shank hook with two throat openings, sometimes called sister hooks, double hooks or twin hooks. They are used in applications with shipyard cranes and container cranes. Ramshorn hooks can be used on any type of crane block. Why Use a Ramshorn (Double) Hook? Ramshorn hooks offer many benefits to the user. […]

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Load Securement: Don’t Take it for Granted

by Henry Brozyna August 11, 2016






In many cases, the importance of tying down a load on or in a truck is underestimated. It’s interesting to talk to trucking people and find out that they are very in tune with what is expected of them with regards to the vehicle they drive and the maintenance of that vehicle. But when it […]

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How Crane Collision Avoidance Systems Help Prevent Accidents & Reduce Maintenance Costs

by Christie Lagowski July 14, 2016






I sat down with subject matter expert and Magnetek controls product manager, Casey Cummins, to discuss the benefits and features of crane collision avoidance systems. Q: What is a crane collision avoidance system? Casey: Collision avoidance systems are electronic devices that can be installed on your crane to help prevent accidents before they happen, protecting people, […]

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Summer Concert Series: Where is your CM Hoist?

by Gisela Clark June 30, 2016






Who doesn’t love the summer time and seeing a great concert with your favorite band from the past or present? A few of our fans recently shared CM Hoist photos from summer concerts they’ve attended, which included a snapshot of our #CMLodestar motors. Like us, they love seeing CM Hoist products in action! We know that […]

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

by Christie Lagowski 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?

by Tom Reardon 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!

by Christie Lagowski 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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