Overhead cranes are fantastic tools for businesses that need to handle heavy or bulky loads. Transporting items via a crane lift frees up valuable ground space and makes life easier and safer for employees.
However, overhead cranes don’t just install themselves. It takes work. Don't worry though; as long as you take the time to implement our tips and do some preparation for the big day, things will run smoothly when you install your new overhead crane.
Start Off Right
Begin your preparation process by finding the right crane for your needs. We know there are many overhead crane options available, so it is important to find the one that best meets your needs. Ask yourself these questions:
- How often will the crane be in use?
- What range of motion is needed?
- How will the crane be supported?
- What size of crane can fit in the area?
- What current and future projects will the crane be used for?
Knowing the answers to these questions will make the installation process simpler. Don’t rely on guesswork to find the perfect crane – talk a few minutes to talk to an expert. Our experienced team can help you find the right crane to meet your needs and your budget. Whether you’re looking for a single leg gantry, a jib crane or something custom-built, we can help.
Don’t Skip the Inspection
Seek professional assistance for the installation of your overhead crane. Get their input from the start as you choose the right crane and right area for installation, but don’t stop there. Find a certified professional who can test the working elements of the crane to ensure proper installation. OSHA requires two different operational tests, as well as a load test to ensure your rig is safe.
Even after this initial inspection, make sure to keep up to date on scheduled maintenance and further inspections. By working with the professionals at T&M, you will be able to keep your overhead crane well maintained and compliant with industry standards.
Make Time for a Safe Job
While some crane installations may take only a few days, others may take weeks to complete safely.
Make sure you take enough time to prepare your facility and employees for the installation process, and clearing the area for installation. This may include moving equipment and machinery. Make sure no workers need to be in the area during the installation process, other than those who are working on the installation itself.
Involve Your Employees
It’s important that employees are aware of the process and how it might affect them. We recommend taking some time to make sure your employees are well-trained when it comes to the operation and maintenance of your overhead crane. Not only will this protect them from preventable harm, but it will also increase the longevity of the equipment.
Keep Communication Lines Open
As you prepare to install your overhead crane, it is imperative that you remain in contact with your chosen installer at any time. You never know when an issue may arise or when you may need questions answered. Constant communication will ensure that the job is done safely and to your satisfaction.
Simplify the Installation Process with T&M Cranes
We are proud to offer our mechanical, structural, and electrical expertise to simplify your installation process. We provide knowledgeable technicians, a range of expert services, and high-quality custom or component-built cranes. With over 40 years of experience in the overhead crane industry, you can rely on us.
We emphasise client care, you can rest assured that we will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. No matter what you need, we can help!
Do you still have questions? We’d love to help you! Contact us online today or send us an email at 800-552-6720. We can’t wait to hear from you.