TOP-RUNNING OVERHEAD CRANES

Safely Move Heavy Loads with a Top-Running Overhead Crane

Make the most of your employees and safely move heavy, bulky loads by installing a top-running overhead crane.

RMH is your single-source partner for heavy-duty industrial cranes. With our in-house engineering, implementation and aftermarket service, you won’t have to coordinate with multiple vendors. Working with us is just as efficient as the solution we’ll customize for your company.

We’ve been helping companies like yours work more safely and efficiently for more than 80 years. Contact us today about how our top-running overhead cranes can help you work smarter and grow your business, regardless of scale or complexity.

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What Is a Monorail Crane?

Like a conveyor system, a monorail overhead crane lifts, lowers or suspends materials across a fixed path. It relies on a track system and can be either manual or with a motorized travel hoist.

This type of crane is available as an underhung monorail crane, which uses building support to maximize floor space, or as a freestanding monorail crane, which doesn’t require building support.

Monorail cranes pair well with workstation cranes, because they allow you to telescope beyond your mounting point and pull in materials to a specific location. Great for confined or restricted areas, monorails efficiently transfer materials along a line from one point to another. This type of industrial crane is an excellent solution for improving safety for repetitive production tasks in areas that are dangerous or difficult to reach.

Our engineers recommend using a monorail crane when:

  • You need a lifting solution, but your facility can’t accommodate a bridge crane.
  • You don’t need a lifting solution that requires lateral motion.
  • You need a lifting solution that pulls materials into workstations.
  • You’re lifting items that weigh less than 5 tons.

Not sure what’s right for your needs? Our experienced engineering team is here to help you find the ideal solution for your facility. Contact us to get started.

4 Benefits of Using Top-Running Cranes

With a top-running bridge crane, you’ll be able to move bulky and extremely heavy loads effortlessly. You’ll be able to improve safety, efficiency and your overall bottom line.

Even when a top-running crane is used to move lighter items, you reduce the risk of lifting injuries, which FMP Global says account for 20% of worker compensation claims. Nearly 500,000 lifting-related claims are filed each year, with an average compensation of $24,000.

Using multiple employees to lift an item or waiting for a fork truck operator is inefficient. With an overhead crane, you can move items quickly and safely whenever you need to.

A top-running crane moves items overhead, so you won’t have to navigate aisles or take up valuable floor space. It also allows you to stack items higher.

Whether you’re moving up from a gantry crane or don’t have a crane at all, top-running cranes are easy for us to install and maintain.

Industries Where Top-Running Overhead Cranes Are Used

Agriculture
Steel
  • Fabrication
  • Supply
Warehousing
  • Distribution
  • Storage
Building materials
  • Concrete suppliers
  • Countertop manufacturers
  • Companies who produce wood walls and floors

This is just a sample of the industries where our top-running overhead cranes are used. Don’t see yours listed?

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Configurations for Top-Running Overhead Cranes

A Demag overhead crane is used to move a forklift.

Top-running overhead cranes can be designed in a variety of sizes and lengths, as well as a range of below-the-hook lifting devices. Lengths can range up to 100 feet, while lifting capacity can be as great as 60 tons.

Some of the most common overhead crane sizes include:

  • 1 ton
  • 2 ton
  • 5 ton
  • 7 ton
  • 15 ton
  • 20 ton

Our below-the-hook lifting devices include:

  • Vacuum—suitable for lifting large sheets of materials, such as plywood, glass, marble or thin sheets of steel.
  • Magnets—suitable for moving steel.
  • Grippers and grabs—suitable for moving multiple sheets or items that are too heavy for vacuum or magnets.
  • Spreader bars—suitable for items that need to be picked up in multiple areas.

Ask our engineers about how we can customize a solution that meets your needs.

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Our Top-Running Overhead Crane Vendors

TC American Crane
Harrington Hoist and Cranes
Demag Cranes
R&M Crane

Experts in Industrial Cranes

RMH Systems creates solutions that make it even easier for you to automate and grow.

Master Distributor

RMH is a master distributor and class-above dealer for overhead cranes. There isn’t a vendor that we don’t carry. And we can get many parts and components that others can’t. This ensures your project will be completed quickly and on time.

Conveniently Located

We’re conveniently located in the Midwest and work with companies across the country. Our repeat customers include Fortune 50 manufacturing, food, distribution and pharma companies.

Broad Expertise

You won’t have to spend time coordinating with multiple vendors, since RMH handles your project in-house. Our crane team includes sales, structural engineering, CAD drafting and aftermarket service. We can also handle your annual OSHA overhead crane inspection.

Right Size

We’re just the right size to take on large projects without the bureaucracy.