What Is a Top-Running Overhead Crane?

Top-running overhead cranes run on a fixed rail or track system on the top of each runway beam. They can be configured in a single girder or double girder bridge design.

When to Use a Top-Running Overhead Crane

  • Lift Capacity Exceeds 10+ Tons
  • There Is A Need To Maximize The Hook Height
  • Ceiling Can’t Handle The Load Necessary For Underhung Cranes
  • Extremely High Headroom Is Necessary Or When The Facility Has Issues With Low Headroom

Information to Consider for Top-Running Overhead Cranes

  1. What Is The Product You Are Lifting?
  2. How Heavy Is The Product You Are Lifting?
  3. How Far Are You Moving The Object?
  4. How High Do You Need Your Hook To Be?
  5. What Is The Environment That You Are Lifting The Product In?
  6. What Is The Budget For Your Project?
  7. What Is The Weight Capacity of Ceiling/Flooring?


RMH Systems is a leading distributor of overhead bridge cranes and lifting equipment. Our crane team is equipped with sales, structural engineering, CAD drafting, and aftermarket service for your crane applications. Our product offerings provide reliable, heavy-duty, high-quality solutions to help your team be efficient and safe. A couple things that set the RMH Systems Crane team apart from the crowd:

We are crane builders.  We source components from various suppliers to build the most effective crane kit at the best possible price.  RMH Systems doesn’t sell you a lot crane like many competitors.

RMH Systems fabricates our cranes locally – mostly out of the Twin Cities metro – so we offer significant freight savings to the Midwest.

RMH Systems has over 20 factory trained technicians.  We can provide OSHA certified annual inspections.

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