Jib cranes are known for their asymmetrical jib arm design and are utilised to vertically lift and horizontally manoeuvre light to medium loads, improving the effective productivity, technical capability, and safety of any material handling operation.
With their jib arm (sometimes referred to as a boom) configured to operate within a set circular area, a jib crane is a great solution for tighter workspaces where a dedicated lifting capability in a specific work area is required. Jib cranes can be fixed in place as wall mounted jib crane or freestanding column mounted jib crane variants, or portable, depending on the intended application and design.
Often found sharing the same workspace as larger gantry bridge cranes and workstation overhead crane systems, jib cranes have a comparatively small footprint, and can be used in conjunction with gantry cranes, attached and deployed under the gantry bridge itself.
Highly customisable, jib cranes can be outfitted with a variety of attachments to meet the requirements of the task at hand, including hoists, tool balancers, air balancers, and vacuum lifters, to name but a few.
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While jib cranes go by many names (including workshop jib cranes, swing jib cranes, swing cranes, workstation jib cranes, and more), there are several basic design types that fall into the jib crane family, with each variant designed for a specific use-case and operating environment.
The one unifying feature of jib cranes is the shared jib arm design - instantly recognisable as a “classic crane design”.
The most common types of jib cranes include:
Jib cranes are highly productive, relatively straightforward lifting devices, and are sometimes called workstation or workshop jib cranes, and for good reason.
Industrial crane manipulators are versatile multipurpose workhorses and are commonplace in a variety of industrial operations such as manufacturing, packaging, textiles, timber handling (e.g. forestry and sawmills), mechanical engineering, metal fabrication, construction, food production, and the automotive industry.
As a solution to a long standing challenge, Cabtec Ltd purchased a Fezer vacuum lifter from Stratalign Limited, for processing product through a processing line. Prior to the purchase, the process had required manual handling, which in today's environment, is not a sustainable option.
More than one option for this solution was investigated by Cabtec with the decision being a vacuum lifter as the winning choice. Cabtec's spokesman recalls, Cabtec selected Stratalign as the winning supplier, based on their ability to provide the technical and professional advice, along with what Cabec considered a
top quality product for a competitive price.
ease of operation is facilitated by the very smooth running bearings and movement points, integral to this structurally sound piece of kit. He continues,
From the day the order was placed, the Stratalign team kept us updated with progress, to the day the machine was installed.
The installation process was organized in such a way, by Stratalign, that it caused absolute minimal disruption to a very busy working environment during normal working hours.