Frequently Asked Questions
An overhead crane kit typically includes all the necessary components to assemble and operate an overhead crane. The specific components included in an overhead crane kit can vary depending on the manufacturer and the specific model of the crane.
Typically, an overhead crane kit includes the following equipment:
- Crane bridge: which is the main structural component of the crane that supports the trolley and the hoist.
- Trolley: which is a device that moves along the bridge and carries the hoist.
- Hoist: which is the device that lifts and lowers the load.
- End trucks: which are the devices that support the bridge and allow it to move along the runway.
- Runway: which is the track or beam that the crane runs along.
- Power supply: which is the electrical system that powers the crane.
- Control system: which is the system that controls the movement of the crane.
- Safety devices: such as limit switches, overload protection, and emergency stop buttons. Installation manual and instructions.
It's important to note that some overhead crane kits may also include additional equipment or options, such as lighting systems, radio remote control, or variable frequency drives, depending on the manufacturer and the specific model of the crane.
When selecting a jib crane, there are several important considerations to make to ensure that the crane is appropriate for the intended application and that it will meet the needs of your facility.
First, consider the weight capacity of the crane. Make sure that the crane is rated for the loads you will be lifting and that it has a safety factor built in. The crane should have enough capacity to handle the heaviest loads you will be lifting.
Second, consider the reach of the crane. The crane should have enough reach to access all areas of your facility where the loads will be lifted. The crane should have enough horizontal and vertical reach to reach all the areas where the crane is needed.
Third, consider the type of crane. There are several types of jib cranes available, such as wall-mounted, freestanding, and portable. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to choose the type that is best suited for your facility and application.
Fourth, consider the environment. Jib cranes can be used in indoor and outdoor environments, so it is important to select a crane that is built to withstand the environmental conditions of your facility, such as weather or corrosion.
Finally, consider the ease of maintenance. The crane should be easy to maintain, with easy access to all of the crane's components for regular maintenance and inspections. When selecting a jib crane, consider the weight capacity, reach, type, environment, and ease of maintenance. By considering these factors, you can ensure that the crane you select is appropriate for your application and will meet the needs of your facility.
Hoist warranty policies vary depending on the manufacturer and the specific hoist model. In general, hoist manufacturers provide a warranty for their products to cover any defects in materials or workmanship. The length of the warranty can vary, but it typically ranges from one year to five years from the date of purchase.
Contact an Ace Industries Crane Professional at 1-800-733-2231. We can help you find the right crane to fit your needs.
When operating a hoist, it is important to follow proper guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Here are some guidelines on what to do and what not to do while operating a hoist:
- Read and understand the operator's manual before operating the hoist.
- Conduct a visual inspection of the hoist before each use to ensure that it is in good working condition.
- Make sure that the load is properly secured to the hook or other lifting device before lifting.
- Use the correct hand signals when directing the movement of the hoist.
- Keep your fingers and other body parts away from the moving parts of the hoist.
- Keep the area around the hoist clear of debris and other hazards.
- Keep a clear line of sight to the load at all times.
- Follow all safety regulations and guidelines provided by the manufacturer or OSHA.
- Do not exceed the load capacity of the hoist.
- Do not attempt to lift a load that is too heavy or too large for the hoist.
- Do not use the hoist if it is damaged or malfunctioning.
- Do not use the hoist if the load is not properly secured.
- Do not use the hoist if you are not properly trained to operate it.
- Do not use the hoist in an area where there are flammable or explosive materials.
- Do not use the hoist if the load is not visible to the operator.
- Do not operate the hoist under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
By following these guidelines and adhering to safety regulations, you can help ensure the safe operation of the hoist and prevent accidents and injuries.
Ace Industries offers a wide range of cranes and hoisting equipment to suit different needs and applications, including overhead cranes, gantry cranes, jib cranes, and electrical chain, wire rope, hand chain and lever hoists. Ace is known for its high-quality equipment and its commitment to safety, which can help ensure that customers' operations run smoothly and efficiently. Additionally, Ace Industries offers excellent customer service and support, with a team of experienced technicians who can assist with installation, maintenance, and repairs as needed. Overall, buying from Ace Industries can help customers to improve their productivity and safety, while also reducing downtime and costs. Call us today at 1-800-733-2231 or visit us at www.aceindustries.com.
The voltage available in an overhead crane can vary depending on the specific crane and its intended application. Commonly, overhead cranes are powered by either single phase or three phase power.
Single phase power is the most common type of electrical power used in residential and small commercial settings. It provides 120-240V of power and is used for most small and medium-sized cranes.
Three-phase power is typically used for larger industrial cranes and is a more efficient type of electrical power. It provides 208-600V of power. Three-phase power is more common in industrial settings and is capable of running larger and more complex cranes.
Some cranes can also be powered by DC voltage, which is commonly used in applications where precise speed and position control is needed, such as in clean rooms or areas with explosive materials.
It's important to note that the voltage for the crane should match the voltage of the power source in the building. It's also important to ensure that the crane's electrical system is compatible with the available power source and that the crane is protected with the appropriate electrical protection devices.
The choice between a top running or under running hoist depends on the specific needs of your application.
A top running hoist is designed to run along the top of an overhead track or beam and is typically used in applications where the hoist is required to lift heavy loads to a high elevation. This type of hoist is often used in industrial and manufacturing settings where the hoist is required to lift heavy loads to a high elevation. The top running hoist is usually more stable and has a higher weight capacity than the under running hoist.
An under running hoist is designed to run along the bottom of an overhead track or beam and is typically used in applications where the hoist is required to lift lighter loads to a lower elevation. This type of hoist is often used in retail and office settings where the hoist is required to lift lighter loads to a lower elevation. The under running hoist is usually more compact and has a lower weight capacity than the top running hoist.
In summary, when deciding between a top running or under running hoist, it is important to consider the specific needs of your application such as the weight and elevation of the load, the height of the ceiling, and the size of the hoist. The top running hoist is generally more stable and has a higher weight capacity, while the under running hoist is more compact and has a lower weight capacity.
OSHA's enforcement policy regarding rated load testing for new and altered cranes is that the equipment must be load tested in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, industry standards, and applicable regulations. This includes conducting a rated load test, also known as a proof load test, to ensure that the crane is capable of safely handling its rated load capacity. The test must be conducted by a qualified person and the results of the test must be recorded and kept on file. The rated load test must be performed before the crane is put into service and must be repeated at least every 12 months, or at any other interval specified by the manufacturer or industry standards.
It is also important to mention that if the crane is altered, modified, or repaired, the equipment must be load tested again to ensure that it is still capable of safely handling its rated load capacity.
Additionally, OSHA has specific regulations for cranes and derricks under 29 CFR 1926 subpart CC, which includes safety requirements for load testing, inspection, maintenance, and operation of cranes and derricks. Employers who fail to comply with these regulations can face citations and penalties.
According to OSHA, monthly crane inspections are not specifically required, but employers are responsible to ensure that cranes are in safe operating condition before each use. OSHA's standard 1910.179(j)(2) states that a thorough inspection of the crane must be performed by a qualified person at least once a year. However, it's important to note that more frequent inspections may be required if there are indications of potential problems or if the crane is used in an environment that is particularly harsh or hazardous.
Additionally, OSHA requires that all cranes must be inspected before initial use, after any significant alteration or modification, and after any repairs that may affect the crane's safe operation. Employers are also required to ensure that any defects, deficiencies, and unsafe conditions are corrected before the crane is used again.
In summary, OSHA requires that a thorough inspection of the crane must be performed by a qualified person at least once a year, but more frequent inspections may be required if there are indications of potential problems or if the crane is used in an environment that is particularly harsh or hazardous. Employers are responsible to ensure that cranes are in safe operating condition before each use and to correct any defects, deficiencies, or unsafe conditions before using the crane again.
One of the most common questions that customers have about their electric hoists is whether or not the power wire feeding the hoist can be spliced. Ace does not recommend splicing the power wire feeding an electric hoist. This is because splicing the wire can weaken the connection and reduce the overall efficiency of the hoist. The power wire is an important component that is responsible for supplying electricity to the hoist's motor, and any damage or interruption to this wire can cause the hoist to malfunction or even fail. Additionally, splicing the wire may also create a safety hazard by increasing the risk of electrical failure. Therefore, it is best to consult the manufacturer or a qualified electrician before attempting to splice the power wire on an electric hoist.
Frequently Asked Questions - Service
According to OSHA 1910.179, overhead cranes must be inspected at regular intervals to ensure that they are in safe operating condition. The frequency of the inspections depends on the type and use of the crane, but in general, it is required to be inspected before each use and then at the intervals specified by the manufacturer or the qualified person who performed the initial inspection. OSHA requires that a thorough inspection of the crane be performed by a qualified person at least once a year. Additionally, OSHA requires that more frequent inspections be performed if there are any indications of a potential problem or if the crane is used in an environment that is particularly harsh or hazardous. Overall, the employer must ensure that the crane is in safe operating condition at all times and any defects, deficiencies, and unsafe conditions must be corrected before the crane is used again.
In order to perform inspections of overhead cranes and hoists, a person must have the necessary qualifications and training. According to OSHA 1910.179, the person performing the inspection must be a "qualified person." A qualified person is defined as someone who is knowledgeable in the construction and operation of the crane and hoist and has the ability to identify any defects and deficiencies that may affect the safe operation of the equipment. Additionally, the qualified person should have a knowledge of OSHA regulations and industry standards related to the inspection of cranes and hoists.
The qualifications required for the inspection of overhead cranes and hoists can vary depending on the type of crane or hoist, but in general, it requires someone with a thorough understanding of the crane or hoist and its components, as well as the ability to identify and correct any defects or deficiencies that may affect its safe operation.
At Ace Industries we have qualified people to perform such an inspection. Contact Ace at 1-800-733-2231 to schedule an appointment today!
According to OSHA 1910.179, overhead cranes and hoists must be regularly inspected to ensure the safety and longevity of the equipment. The inspection is mandatory to identify potential problems such as wear and tear on the chain or load-bearing components and allow for preventative maintenance to be performed before a failure occurs. Additionally, regular inspections ensure compliance with safety regulations and standards, such as OSHA requirements. It is mandatory for employers to ensure that the cranes and hoists are in safe operating condition before each use. Failing to properly inspect and maintain overhead cranes and hoists can lead to equipment failure, resulting in costly repairs and potentially putting workers at risk. Therefore, it is important to schedule regular inspections and address any issues that are identified.
OSHA 1910.179 standard requires that load testing is conducted on overhead cranes to ensure that the crane is capable of safely handling the loads it is designed to lift. The standard specifies that the load testing must be performed by a qualified person and must be done before the initial use of the crane, after any significant alteration or modification, and after any repairs that may affect the crane's safe operation.
The standard also specifies that the load test must be conducted using a load that is at least 125% of the rated load capacity of the crane, or the maximum load that the crane is designed to lift, whichever is less. The crane must be operated at all its normal working speeds and must be tested in all of its normal working conditions. The standard also specifies that all safety devices, such as overload protection, must be functional during the load test.
OSHA 1910.179 standard requires load testing of overhead cranes to ensure that the crane is capable of safely handling the loads it is designed to lift. The load testing must be performed by a qualified person before the initial use of the crane, after any significant alteration or modification and after any repairs that may affect the crane's safe operation. The crane must be tested with a load that is at least 125% of the rated load capacity of the crane and must be tested in all of its normal working conditions.
When calling for service on your hoist, it is helpful to have the following information ready:
- The make and model of the hoist
- The serial number of the hoist
- A description of the issue or problem you are experiencing
- Any error codes that may be displayed
- The operating environment and conditions of the hoist (e.g. temperature, humidity)
- The history of the hoist, how often it is used, how long it has been in use.
This information will help your Ace Hoist service technician diagnose the problem more quickly and accurately and ensure that the correct parts and tools are brought to the service call. You can reach us at 1-800-733-2231.
The best time to schedule a service call for your hoist depends on the specific needs of your application and the usage of the hoist. Regular maintenance and inspection is important to ensure that the hoist is in good working condition and can safely handle the loads it is designed to lift.
To avoid unexpected downtime, it is recommended to schedule a service call at regular intervals as specified by the manufacturer. For example, if the hoist is used frequently, it may require more frequent maintenance and inspection.
It's important to schedule a service call if you notice any signs of wear or damage on the hoist, such as rust or discoloration, or if the hoist is not operating smoothly. If you notice any unusual noise, vibration or if the hoist is not lifting the load as it should, it's important to schedule a service call as soon as possible to prevent further damage and to ensure the safety of the operator and the surrounding area.
Also, scheduling a service call before or during the peak season of the usage of the hoist in order to ensure that it is in good working condition and will be able to handle the increased usage.
You can always check with Ace Industries at 1-800-733-2231 to schedule and recommend you the best time to schedule a service call.
It is important to test a hoist regularly to ensure that it is in good working condition and can safely handle the loads it is designed to lift. According to OSHA, hoists must be tested before initial use, after any significant alteration or modification, and after any repairs that may affect the hoist's safe operation. Additionally, hoists should be tested at regular intervals as specified by the manufacturer. It is also important to conduct load testing to ensure that the hoist is capable of safely handling the loads it is designed to lift.
The frequency of lubrication for a chain hoist depends on several factors, including the type of hoist, the environment in which it is used, and the level of usage. According to OSHA, all moving parts of the hoist should be lubricated on a regular basis to ensure smooth operation and to prevent wear and tear.
It is recommended to check the manufacturer's instructions for the recommended lubrication schedule for your specific hoist. For example, some hoists may need to be lubricated daily, while others may only need lubrication on a weekly or monthly basis. If the hoist is used in a harsh environment, such as a high-dust or high-moisture environment, it may need to be lubricated more frequently.
In general, it is good practice to regularly check the hoist for any signs of wear or damage, such as rust or discoloration, and lubricate as needed. The chain should be lubricated on a regular basis to reduce friction, ensure smooth operation and to prolong the life of the hoist.
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