How to Determine the Crane for your Industrial Needs
It is hard to imagine industries and factories without industrial cranes, which provide safe and efficient on-site transportation of heavy materials. In fact, most of the major industrial projects would either be too dangerous without the help of cranes. However, the success of your industrialized project can only be guaranteed if you choose the right crane machine. Remember that there are different types of cranes available in the world, and each of them is designed to be used for specific circumstances. There may also be cases where you need to choose one or more types of cranes depending on the duration, scale, and complexity of the project. Choosing the wrong crane for the job could adversely affect your project or pose a serious hazard on the industrial site. On the other hand, selecting the right crane will help avoid delays or damage and also help to do the project in an efficient manner.
Calculating the crane capacity for any projects involving heavy load lifts is essential. Factors such as crane load capacity, lift capacity, lift range, operating range, etc play an indispensable role in the project. The way to determine which crane capacity you require for your project is crucial as it impacts on operating cost, time, and safety of the project whether you are in manufacturing, construction, supply chain, shipyard, or logistics.
Since cranes are designed and built for specific weight load capacity a single crane cannot be utilized for various tasks. Calculating crane capacity is required to operate the crane without dropping the load or damaging the machine.
Industrial cranes are usually found in manufacturing industries like automobiles, steel, etc have high lifting and moving capacity. Their lift capacity ranges from a few tonnes to hundreds of tonnes. As with other industrial equipment and devices, there are different types of cranes for different uses. The mechanism of different types of cranes is almost identical, but their functions are different. However, the essential functions of all types of cranes are the same.
To ease the process of crane selection, here is a basic guide to help you choose the right crane for your project to avoid heavy mistakes and prevent losses.
1. Determine the weight and size of the load
Before the invention of industrial cranes, workers had to move heavy loads from one place to another. Such risky things often lead to accidents. In the case of a factory, it is mandatory to transfer the goods from the warehouse to the trailer or container. Having an industrial crane makes the work more comfortable for the workers. The weight and size of the materials will determine what type of crane you will need to set up for your project. Crane manufacturers can also provide you with a crane chart and the corresponding load charts that state how much load capacity each type can handle.
Additionally, you must have to take proper note of which type of load you’re moving or lifting help to do the efficient work. For instance, lifting loads with odd or peculiar shapes may require using proficient crane operators and a bigger machine. If necessary, you can consult ABCO Engineers Team to assist you to avoid mistakes with each crane type’s capabilities and load capacity and eventually help you pick the best crane for the project.
2. Stability and safety of lifting weights at height
You’ll need to know the minimum lift height of your Job work and the heights at which it will be placed. This will help you to finalize the height of your industrial shed. Most of the time Customers will plan their shed without consulting the crane manufacturer and end up compromising in their production activities. Such scenarios will lead to compromise in safety while operating the crane. Sometimes the customer over estimates their Height of lift and end up spending more on their Building. Proper planning by consulting with our experts will help you in saving time & Money.
An industrial crane is essential when it comes to lifting heavy loads. Industrial cranes can lift heavy loads with more stability and safety. If you use an industrial crane to lift it, the load will never fall down. Industrial cranes have a lower chance of lifting failure than other options. That is why most factory owners prefer to use industrial cranes instead of other options.
Aside from the vertical movement, you will also have to move and lift heavy loads horizontally and shift the products to different places. Hence, you also need to determine the horizontal distance that a crane should be able to cover while taking loads.
3. Determining the Duty of the Crane.
It is very important to determine the right Duty of operation for your Crane. By doing so, the Customer reduces his breakdown time and save a lot on maintenance costs.
The duty of crane is determined by various factors such as environment at which the crane is operating, ambient temperature, humidity, No. of hours the crane is being operated, loads being lifted etc.
Your crane vendor will have to understand your requirements by understanding your process and he should suggest you the right duty of crane required.
Contact our office to understand the parameters involved in deciding the duty of crane. Our Technical engineers will be glad to assist you in deciding the right duty of Crane required for your particular application.
4. Check the cost
Finally, after considering all the steps above, you need to check the cost pricing, and discounts of each crane type and see if its fit in your budget or not. Also the running cost and maintenance costs should be also taken into account. Since Crane becomes the back bone in any manufacturing activities in Industries, it is advisable to always maintain critical spares at the customer’s end to reduce the breakdown time. Such costs should also be taken into account before making the purchasing decision. As a thumb rule we suggest our customer to invest around 10-15% of Cranse’s basic cost into Operational Spare to reduce maintenance cost and breakdown time.
As the industry is a very important part of the country's development, slight negligence in the work can be detrimental to the entire industry. A professional crane operator should be employed for the job as improper handling of the crane can cause damage to the machine and lead to accidents that can lead to huge financial losses. Crane operating guidelines provided by the crane manufacturer should be studied and strictly followed. Unauthorized Personnel should not be allowed to operate the crane. And also the crane operator should be well versed with rigging practices.
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