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

February 25, 2016

A variable frequency drive, or VFD, is a type of AC motor controller that drives 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 […]

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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 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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Safety Remains Top of Mind with Third Annual Safety Calendar Contest

January 7, 2016

Safety should always be at the core of how a company operates – and Columbus McKinnon is no exception. Over our long history, the safety of our employees and customers has remained paramount and is a continued focus for us as we move into 2016. As part of our continued commitment to safety, we kicked […]

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Columbus McKinnon Associates Give Back to Local Communities

December 31, 2015

Did you know that 31% of all charitable giving occurs during the month of December or that 12% of all giving during 2014 happened on the last three days of the year? The holidays are a great reminder that we all have so much to be thankful for. One of the best ways to show […]

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Nine Important Rules to Follow When Using Shackles

December 10, 2015

Shackles are used every day in a variety of rigging and load securement applications. Before you use a shackle, there are nine important rules to keep in mind. Rule 1: When making a sling, attach multiple sling legs to the bow, not the pin. Attaching legs to the pin can damage and weaken the sling. Rule […]

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