Industrial Cranes

Overhead cranes, commonly referred to as bridge cranes or overhead gantry cranes, represent a pivotal component in modern material handling sectors. These versatile lifting solutions are pivotal in industries ranging from automotive to construction, playing a crucial role in boosting efficiency and safety in lifting operations.

Types of Industrial Overhead Cranes We Offer

Overhead Gantry Cranes

Double Girder Crane

These robust cranes are ideal for heavy-duty lifting and extensively used in large-scale industrial environments. Their ability to move over large areas makes them indispensable.

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Lightweight Cranes

Perfect for small workshops or areas where space is a premium. Despite their compact size, they offer remarkable efficiency and are easy to operate.

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Swing Jib Cranes

Swing Jib Crane

Offering 360-degree rotation, these cranes are perfect for workshops where flexibility and space-saving are key. They can be wall-mounted or freestanding.

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Vacuum Lifting

Vacuum Lifting Crane

These cranes offer gentle lifting solutions that use suction pads to lift objects, making them ideal for handling delicate materials.

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Hoists & Monorails

These systems are great for streamlined, linear operations. They can be tailored to fit specific production lines and are excellent for repetitive tasks.

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Gantries

Gantries

Offering the ultimate in flexibility, these gantries can be moved as required, with options for manual or motorised movement.

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Applications and Advantages of Overhead Cranes

From automating lifting processes in manufacturing plants to aiding in intricate assembly operations, overhead cranes offer numerous advantages including improved safety, heightened efficiency, and a reduction in labor costs. Their versatility allows them to be customised for various industrial applications.

Bespoke Overhead Crane System

Our bespoke solutions are tailored to meet your specific requirements. Whether it’s adapting to unique spatial constraints or incorporating advanced lifting technologies, we provide a system that aligns perfectly with your operational needs.

Key Features and Benefits

Wireless Controls

Enhance operator freedom and safety.

Variable Speed Options

Allow precise control over lifting and moving speeds.

Intelligent Lifting Systems

Improve efficiency and reduce the risk of human error.

Durability and Reliability

Built to withstand demanding industrial environments.

Safety Considerations

Regular maintenance and inspections are vital for safe crane operations. We proudly offer statutory inspections of overhead cranes under The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) by our team of over 60+ competent engineers across the UK, ensuring your cranes operate safely and in compliance with legal requirements.

LOLER Regulations PDF
Official LOLER Regulations PDF (External link)

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Overhead Crane

Lifting Capacity

Ensure the crane can handle your maximum load requirements.

Working Conditions

Consider the environmental conditions where the crane will operate.

Span and Height Requirements

Tailor the crane dimensions to fit your workspace.

Speed and Control Options

Choose a system that matches your operational tempo.

Safety Features

Essential to protect both operators and loads.

Our team of experts are on hand for a full design and installation consultation. Contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Overhead Cranes

An overhead crane, also known as a bridge crane, is a type of crane found in industrial environments. It consists of parallel runways with a traveling bridge spanning the gap. A lifting component, known as a hoist, travels along the bridge. This type of crane is typically used for lifting and moving heavy or large objects within a limited area, such as in manufacturing facilities or warehouses.

The primary components of an overhead crane include:

  1. Bridge: This is the load-bearing structure that spans the width of the bay. The bridge moves along the runways longitudinally.
  2. Runways: These are the rails or beams that support the bridge and run the length of the facility.
  3. Hoist: The hoist is mounted on the bridge and is the part of the crane that actually lifts and lowers the load.
  4. Controls: Overhead cranes can be controlled by an operator using a pendant station, wireless controller, or sometimes from a cabin attached to the crane itself.

Overhead cranes are capable of moving loads up and down, as well as back and forth along the bridge, providing three axes of hook motion. They are highly efficient for repetitive or heavy lifting tasks and can significantly increase operational efficiency in settings where moving large or heavy loads is a regular task.

Overhead cranes are used in various settings, including manufacturing plants, workshops, shipyards, and construction sites for lifting heavy or bulky loads, improving operational efficiency, and enhancing workplace safety.

Wireless controls offer enhanced operator mobility and safety, allowing for better positioning and visibility while reducing the risk associated with manual handling.

The right lifting capacity depends on your maximum load requirements. It’s crucial to assess the weight of materials you plan to lift to ensure the crane can handle these loads safely and efficiently.

Yes, we specialize in providing bespoke overhead crane systems that are tailored to meet the specific needs of your operations, considering factors like space, lifting requirements, and environmental conditions.

Regular maintenance, inspections, compliance with The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), and proper operator training are key to ensuring safe operation of overhead cranes.

Yes, certain types of overhead cranes like Goliath & Semi-Goliath Cranes are designed for outdoor use and can withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Absolutely, we offer comprehensive inspection and maintenance services by our team of over 60+ competent engineers across the UK, ensuring your cranes are always in top operational condition and compliant with legal standards.

Industrial cranes are specialized lifting equipment designed to move and handle heavy loads within industrial settings. They come in various configurations, each tailored to specific tasks, workspaces, or industries. From overhead gantries in manufacturing plants to jib cranes in workshops, these machines are fundamental in ensuring seamless operations, productivity, and safety.

Established in 1980, Granada Cranes has grown to be the UK’s leading independent crane company. Our decades of experience combined with our partnership with industry giants like Airbus and JCB ensure you’re receiving top-notch quality and service.

A single girder is typically suitable for lighter tasks and simpler configurations. In contrast, a double girder is designed for heavy-duty applications, providing additional lifting height with a hoist and trolley combination. Your specific requirements, budget, and workspace dimensions will determine the best choice.

Absolutely. Our lightweight cranes are designed to be both agile and robust. They are particularly suited for spaces where swift movements are required without compromising on strength or safety.

Swing Jib Cranes are perfect for workshops and manufacturing environments needing quick, precise, and flexible lifting solutions, especially where goods or components need to be moved across short distances with high accuracy.

Vacuum lifting is designed specifically for materials where conventional lifting poses risks, such as glass or sheet metals. Our solutions ensure that goods are lifted delicately, preserving the surface and integrity of the material.

These cranes are essential for industries requiring large-scale lifting, such as shipbuilding, heavy construction, and large equipment manufacturing, among others.

Yes, our hoists and monorails can be configured to fit specific paths based on your industrial processes and workspace layout.

Yes, at Granada Cranes, we offer comprehensive maintenance and inspection services, ensuring your cranes operate safely and efficiently. We also provide examinations in line with HSE and LOLER guidelines.

Industrial Cranes by Granada Cranes

With our legacy that stretches back to 1980, Granada Cranes has positioned itself as a leader in crane innovation, design, and safety. Recognised across the UK as the foremost authority on cranes, we offer a broad spectrum of solutions catering to various industrial requirements. Here’s an overview of the cranes we proudly offer:


Overhead Gantry Cranes: Single & Double Girder

These cranes are renowned for their efficiency and versatility. Whether you opt for a single girder for simpler, lighter tasks or a double girder configuration for heavy-duty applications, our overhead gantry cranes promise reliability, durability, and top-tier performance.


Lightweight Cranes

When agility meets robustness, you get our range of lightweight cranes. Especially suited for environments where space is a constraint or for operations requiring swift movements, these cranes offer a blend of speed and strength, without compromising on safety.


Swing Jib Cranes

Offering 180 to 360-degree rotation, our swing jib cranes are pivotal for workshops and manufacturing floors needing quick, precise, and flexible lifting solutions. Their adaptability makes them a favourite in sectors where goods or components need to be transported across short distances with pinpoint accuracy.


Vacuum Lifting

In industries where delicate handling is a priority, our vacuum lifting solutions step in. Ensuring that the surface of the goods remains unharmed, vacuum lifting is ideal for glass, sheet metals, or any material where conventional lifting methods might pose risks.


Goliath & Semi-Goliath Cranes

For tasks that demand immense power and a substantial lifting range, turn to our Goliath and Semi-Goliath cranes. Whether it’s shipbuilding, construction, or any large-scale industrial endeavour, these cranes have the brawn to tackle monumental lifting tasks with ease.


Hoists & Monorails

Streamlining movement along a singular path, our hoists and monorails are quintessential for industries like warehousing, assembly lines, and distribution centres. Simplifying tasks with their straightforward operation, they are the backbone of many industrial processes.


Why Choose Granada Cranes?

Established leaders in the crane industry, we’ve forged partnerships with giants like Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, and JCB. Our industrial cranes are the synthesis of advanced engineering, relentless quality checks, and an undying commitment to safety. Whether you’re in the aerospace sector, construction, or automotive, our cranes are designed to elevate your operations, quite literally!

For more information, consultations, or to get a quote, please get in touch with our dedicated team.

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