Overhead gantry crane accessories are an integral part of a larger gantry crane system, and are commonplace in many material handling operations such as light and heavy industry, construction, shipping and logistics, and manufacturing.
Known for their ability to move heavy, cumbersome loads with ease, gantry cranes have earned a reputation over the years for their robustness and versatility. Adding to this versatility is the vast range of gantry crane accessories available, allowing each system to be tailored to different applications and loads, increasing functionality and improving efficiency, while safely mitigating unnecessary risk.
Gantry cranes can be equipped with various accessories to increase their functionality and safety, such as load limiters, anti-collision devices, spreader bars, and more - but which overhead gantry crane accessories are best suited for your requirements?
Here are some of the most common gantry crane accessories:
A spreader beam (otherwise known as a lifting bar) is a device that is used to distribute the weight of a load evenly across multiple lifting points - particularly useful when lifting large and awkwardly shaped loads, as it can help to prevent the load from swinging or becoming unstable. Spreader beams are available in different sizes and configurations.
A trolley is used to move the hoist along the length of the gantry beam, allowing it to pick up and transport loads from one area to another. There are several different types of trolleys available, including manual trolleys and motorised trolleys. Manual trolleys require the operator to physically push the hoist along the beam, while motorised trolleys use a motor to move the hoist along the beam. Motorised trolleys are typically more efficient and can help to improve productivity in the workplace.
Given the heightened risks presented with the usage of overhead gantry cranes, safety is one of the most important considerations when determining appropriate accessories and system configuration. While there are many different types of safety gantry crane accessories available, here are two of the most common:
Anti-collision devices can be used with gantry crane systems to prevent the crane from colliding with other objects or equipment. Such devices use sensors to detect nearby objects and will automatically stop the crane if it comes too close to a potential obstacle, helping to prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace.
Load limiters are another important safety accessory for gantry cranes, which, in simple terms, prevent the crane from lifting loads that are too heavy, avoiding otherwise treacherous situations caused by overloading, and helping to protect the structural integrity of the crane, improving its longevity.
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Overhead gantry cranes can play an important role in many material handling operations, but, as with all heavy machinery, care must be taken to ensure that the proposed usage meets the appropriate application and does not exceed technical limitations. It is also of the utmost importance to ensure that your gantry crane accessories are properly maintained to ensure safe and effective operation.
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