Typically, when someone mentions a crane in conversation it conjures up an image of a motor truck crane, a construction tower crane, or a heavy-duty motorized bridge crane pouring molten metal in a foundry. Workstation cranes have become a very hot topic of conversation as they have worked their way into assembly operations, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities over the last 40 years. As the U.S. tries to recapture manufacturing capabilities, new technologies had to develop in order to allow fewer individuals to generate the same amount of productivity as multiple workers in overseas factories. Workstation Cranes bring new advantages into the manufacturing and assembly world, including the following:

  1. Workstation Cranes are engineered with greater design strength instead of simply adding more steel. With a truss designed system, for example, the lighter dead weight of the system allows the operators to move the product while having to exert less energy to move the crane.
  2. Precision sealed-for-life bearings allow the system to roll easier and allow precise positioning of the load, versus having to anticipate a stopping point with the electrical controls of a powered crane.
  3. Workstation Cranes have been in the market now for over 30 years. With that history, manufacturers have a strong track record that allows some manufacturers to put a 10-year warranty on their product.
  4. Smart or intelligent lift devices are now available, offering speed and accuracy of load positioning, which adds to the return on investment. With lifting speeds up to 200 feet per minute and virtual limits for positioning, these devices greatly surpass the efficiency of normal hoists.
  5. Special tooling is also now available for both hoists and intelligent lift devices to integrate gripping components. These provide the benefit of allowing parts your to be assembled without damage to the part, and the operator can handle the parts in a more ergonomic body position.
  6. Return on investment can be figured easily with time studies to show increased productivity up front, and future returns can be seen with reduced injuries and fewer workman compensation claims.
  7. Workstation Cranes are also configurable in many different ways. They can be hung from the ceiling, assuming the structure can handle the load. They can also be supported with a freestanding structure that only requires a 6″ thick reinforced concrete floor. And depending on the facility’s layout, Workstation Cranes can even be installed as a mixed system that is partially ceiling hung and the remainder freestanding.
  8. Workstation Cranes can be reconfigured, so as your factory adapts and your processes change, the Workstation Cranes can adapt along with those changes and be repurposed into your new layout.