Overhead 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 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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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.