Four Types of Overhead Lifting Systems

There are four different types of overhead lifting systems, and each type may work for you depending on your specific production requirements. If you have to purchase an overhead crane, you should spend a few minutes to become familiar with each type of lifting system, as the more you know about these cranes the easier it will be for you to narrow down the available choices to the ones that meet your needs the best. Each system has its own advantages and disadvantages, and if you aren’t sure about which one will work best for you, be sure to contact an expert at Canadian Custom Electrical for more information on each type of lifting system and how they work.

Overhead bridge cranes

Overhead bridge cranes also known as an overhead crane, are one popular option for cranes that have a high load capacity at factories with limited space. These cranes use an elevated runway that is off of the floor and does not take up any floor space at all, and they are available with a double girder or single girder design. The hook for these cranes can be put in a precise location based on the requirement of the production process.


Monorails offer two different directions for lifting a load – up and down on the axis of the monorail. This lifting system is simpler but is commonly used at factories and can be very effective because of its simplicity and often lower cost than other systems like overhead crane models. A monorail can work for production processes that only require lifting to a higher or lower location. These systems do need to be designed with several safety requirements, and as long as safety is a main consideration, they can be an effective option.

Jib crane

A jib crane is another crane that has a pivoting head and can move a load in a wide range of different directions. The head usually has a mast with 360 degrees of motion, and these cranes can be used for a very precise movement of loads. They are usually used for smaller loads, and they can also be attached to a column with 180 degrees of motion. Jib cranes have a wide range of different industrial purposes, and the crane can be motorized which improves its accuracy and flexibility for different production purposes.

Gantry crane

A gantry crane is an alternative to an overhead crane, and has several similarities except for the fact that it runs on floor level and is not elevated. A gantry crane can be a good alternative when there is insufficient height to install a bridge crane, and when there is the floor space available for it. It can be less expensive in some cases to install compared to an overhead crane, and these cranes are just as accurate as bridge cranes and can sometimes even be safer depending on the type of facility, the crane design and its safety features. If you have any questions contact Canadian Custom Electrical today for more information.

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