Bridge cranes offer factories many advantages compared to other types of cranes, and as a result they are the most popular type of overhead crane. Bridge cranes can move along three axes of motion and can keep the ground clear from obstacles. Bridge cranes allow for versatility and safety that most other cranes cannot offer, and they are a great choice for a manufacturer that plans on staying at one facility for an extended period of time. They can be upgraded and extended as needed in many cases, and they are very safe as long as they are maintained and properly operated.
Other types of cranes used in manufacturing
In addition to bridge cranes, gantry cranes and jib cranes are commonly used in facilities and can serve additional purposes. Gantry cranes actually operate similarly to bridge cranes but their supports are on the floor instead of the ceiling of the building, and they are connected to a set of tracks. Gantry cranes operate on four wheels and since they are on the ground they can be used to move loads from one building to another. They are useful for facilities that have multiple buildings. Also they are less complicated to install in most cases compared to bridge cranes, and they are a good option for manufacturers that may not be staying in one building for an extended period of time.
Jib cranes are another alternative to bridge cranes
Jib cranes are found in manufacturing facilities and they have a pivoting head and can be mounted on the floor or on a building column. When they are mounted on the floor, they have a complete 360 degree rotation, and on a building column they can rotate up to 180 degrees. Jib cranes are commonly used in industrial facilities.
Load classes for cranes
Bridge cranes and other cranes are classified based on the percentage of full capacity being used and the number of uses per hour. The rating system goes from A to F, where A refers to the lightest and most infrequent service while F refers to cranes that are consistently used with the heaviest load percentages. A crane that is rated for Class F work will be far more expensive than a crane that is rated for Class C work because the crane needs to have a higher powered motor, a more resilient and stable construction, better safety features, and other upgrades that make it safe and effective to operate. For more information on bridge cranes and other cranes that may benefit your facility, contact Canadian Custom Electrical