Column Mounted Jib Cranes

Column mounted jib cranes feature the classic asymmetrical jib arm design in a freestanding beam-supported format, and can be used in indoor or outdoor environments, making them a commonplace sight on many industrial and logistical premises.

The perfect solution for workstations where a dedicated lifting capability is required, column mounted jib cranes provide lifting when you need it, increasing the safety, ergonomics, and efficiency of any industrial or material handling operation.


What is a column mounted jib crane?

A horizontal beam cantilevered off a freestanding floor mounted column, with a beam and load that can be rotated in up to a 360 degree arc (depending on column placement and carrying capacity), column mounted jib cranes are strong performers in driving efficiency, distinguishing themselves with their renowned smoothness of movement and ergonomic design.


When to use a column mounted jib crane?

Column mounted jib cranes are utilised to vertically lift and horizontally manoeuvre light to medium loads from a fixed rotating position. Suitable in cases where there is no mounting support for a wall mounted jib crane (such as a wall or other vertical support element), column mounted jib cranes are our most popular and versatile standard sized crane.

Often installed next to assembly or manufacturing areas to increase productivity and ensure a safe working environment, column mounted jib cranes are often seen in use across a variety of indoor and outdoor environments, from loading docks to manufacturing plants, and industrial workshop settings such as fitting and fabrication, automotive, and steelworks.

As with all jib cranes, column mounted jib cranes operate within a set circular perimeter, meaning that care and forward planning must be considered before installation.


What is a floor mounted jib crane?

Column mounted jib cranes go by many names, and a floor mounted jib crane is usually a column mounted jib crane (although some people may confuse a column mounted jib crane with the typically smaller davit crane). The ‘column’ in a column mounted jib crane is the freestanding support beam that runs vertically up each side of the system.

Another name for a column mounted jib crane is a pillar mounted jib crane, or simply ‘pillar crane’.


What is the difference between a jib and a crane?

The jib component of a column mounted jib crane (or any jib crane for that matter) is the boom arm that differentiates jib cranes from their workstation crane system and gantry crane counterparts. This jib arm design allows for greater flexibility, although the unit itself is fixed in place.


What are the benefits of column mounted jib cranes?

  • Allows operators to position loads precisely, effortlessly, and efficiently.
  • Precision self-aligning roller bearings in top pivot and trunnion assemblies provide smooth operation and long life.
  • Full supporting triangular base plate gussets are used to minimize crane deflection, thus making it easier to accurately position loads.
  • Independent head assembly, installed separately from the boom for easier installation.
  • A simple head/boom shaft connection permits separate installation and provides maximum lift for the hoist, since it can be installed very close to the underside of the lower ceiling obstruction for greater headroom.
  • Head retaining pin provides resistance to accidental upward dis-lodgement of the head.


Let us do the heavy lifting for you

Column mounted jib 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.

The team at Stratalign are the column mounted jib crane experts. Our knowledgeable team of problem solvers can help you to choose the correct column mounted jib crane for your needs, improving the efficiency and safety of your material handling operation by ensuring you have the "right tool for the job".


Our Process

On-Site Consultation

A Stratalign lifting specialist will respond to your enquiry promptly and arrange an on-site visit to assess your specific needs and obtain all technical data and dimensions etc. to suit your individual requirements.


Based on your criteria design engineers will prepare a customised lifting system design or present a combination of product recommendations that will resolve your lifting & materials handling challenges while meeting all safety and operational requirements.


Once you have approved the system design or product solution Stratalign coordinates production, assembly & procurement of all the components to ensure a seamless fulfilment of your valued order to meet your delivery or installation deadlines. This includes pre-delivery checking of all major mechanical or electrical items.


The Stratalign team’s service package doesn’t stop with delivery of your order. Experienced personnel will arrange to carry out the installation and set-up of your lifting solution and can even attend to foundation or structural modifications if necessary.


On completion of delivery & installation Stratalign representatives will commission the new machinery or equipment to ensure it is fully operational and that your team are familiar with all the features and capabilities that will take your productivity to new heights.

Hamilton Jet Assembly Plant - Case Study

The Requirement

This busy manufacturing and assembly plant in Christchurch required a crane system to be designed, manufactured and installed to assist in the processing section of the business.

The Challenge

The design of the cranes for this application was a relatively straightforward operation for the Design Team. In order to provide the customer with the span and lifting capacity they needed we designed and manufactured two overbraced jib cranes to fit into their facilities. The challenge in this application was that there were no plans available of the original building.

Solution to a long-standing challenge

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.

The 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.


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