Crane attachments are designed to enhance the load bearing and loadout capabilities of vertical lifting and rigging equipment.
The correct selection and deployment of an overhead crane attachment will improve the safety and efficiency of any material handling operation, minimising the potential risks to personnel and property, while maintaining the integrity of the load in transport.
Attachments improve the versatility of your crane unit, allowing you to tailor the setup of your lifting equipment specifically to the load and usage scenario, and mitigate the inherent risks that come with operating heavy machinery.
The right crane attachment will help you to:
With such a large number of crane accessories for lifting equipment available, it is imperative to choose the appropriate attachment to suit your application.
Overhead crane attachments come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some commonly used crane attachments include:
With a counterweight self-balanced structure, C hooks are specialised material handling attachments, designed to handle and lift coils of product in a controlled way.
Intended to shift the weight profile of a load from bending stress (such as that seen in lifting beams and bars) to compressive and tensile stress, spreader beams and bars are lifted using a two-legged sling at the top, as opposed to a central lifting lug. Crane spreader beams are available in a range of capacities and lengths to suit any application, with varying load capacities from 500kg to 50 tons.
Lifting beams and bars perform a similar function as the spreader beams and bars with one exception. Lifting beams and bars lift from the central lifting lug. This system is particularly used where there is a lack of headroom available. Crane lifting beams are also available in a range of capacities and lengths to suit any application, and have varying load capacities from 500kg to 50 tons.
Ranging in volume between 0.75 to 1.8 cubic metres, these specially designed crane-appropriate heavy duty waste bins are suitable for all waste products. Featuring a space saving shape allowing the bins to nest inside each other for transport and storage, heavy duty waste bins are often found on construction sites and are available in many different models and capacities.
Lightweight and yet heavy duty, overhead crane concrete kibble attachments come in 0.5 to 1 cubic metres variants, and can be used for both bottom and side discharge of concrete with the use of an adjustable chute.
The bulk bag crane jib is designed for quick and easy manoeuvring of bulk bags, with 4 lifting hooks to assist in lifting via an overhead crane or hiab.
If you need to move loose or palletised product into a tricky location, a goods cage could be a great option. Designed for use by either a crane or a forklift, goods cages feature full-width gates for standard square pallets to be placed inside the cage if required, and have crane lugs in the bottom corners to allow the cage to be stacked (three high when empty, two high when full).
Highly adjustable pallet hooks are versatile units which allow pallets to be picked up and moved using an overhead or truck mounted crane. These units have numerous hook positions for handling pallets of varying weight and size. Load balancing is automatic or alternatively is carried out by positioning the lifting ring to suit the centre of gravity of the load, depending on the model.
Often employed by maintenance crews, man cages (otherwise known as crane lifted work platforms) allow a team of personnel to work safely at heights via a crane, and feature built-in risk control measures such as safety harness anchor points.
Overhead crane attachments should be operated by professional lifting crane operators. These operators should be well trained in the usage of lifting equipment and crane devices, and aware of safety regulations and operational procedures.
As with all heavy machinery, the selection and usage of crane attachments is situational and comes with inherent dangers should the chosen attachment not suit the application or be installed correctly.
The assembly and installation of any crane accessories for lifting should follow the manufacturer’s instruction, with regular inspections and maintenance as required.
Cranes play a crucial role in material handling operations, but are often limited in scope to performing their intended function and that function only. Fortunately, there are now a wide range of optional add-on attachments available to improve the versatility and performance of your crane.
As with all heavy machinery, care must be taken to ensure that any crane attachment meets the appropriate needs of the application and does not exceed technical limitations.
Our knowledgeable team of problem solvers can help you to choose the appropriate crane attachment, increasing the effectiveness of your material handling operation by ensuring you have the “right tool for the job”.
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