Are Your Shackles Safe for Overhead Lifting?

Are Your Shackles Safe for Overhead Lifting?

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?

What is a Ramshorn Hook?

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

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

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?

Summer Concert Series: Where is your CM Hoist?

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

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

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?

Is Changing a Hoist Brake Considered a Modification?

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 to this hoist brake question: 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 …

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Can Spring Balancers Save Lives? Yes They Can!

Can Spring Balancers Save Lives? Yes They Can!

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

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

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

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

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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