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

by Christie Lagowski 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

by Gisela Clark April 14, 2016






The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is set to become one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, capable of traveling 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

by Peter Cooke 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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