UNDERHUNG CRANES

Maximize Floor Space with an Underhung Crane

By installing an underhung crane in your facility, you can maximize floor space and easily move large equipment without columns in the way.

When it comes to heavy-duty industrial cranes, more leading companies trust RMH Systems. As your single-source partner, we eliminate the need to coordinate with multiple vendors. Our in-house teams handle engineering, implementation and aftermarket service, making working with us as efficient as the custom solution we’ll create for your application.

For more than 80 years, RMH has been helping companies like yours work more safely and efficiently. Ask our engineers how our underhung cranes can help you work smarter and grow your business, regardless of scale or complexity.

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What Is a Workstation Crane?

Workstation crane systems have a bridge that moves along a perpendicular runway. They can be powered or manual, and operators use hoists or intelligent lifting devices to safely lift big loads.

While workstation cranes are sometimes called a freestanding crane, they can also be ceiling-mounted with an underhung crane to help you save on clear height.

This style of crane moves smaller loads, usually under 2 tons. While the bridge is typically 34 feet wide, a workstation crane can be hundreds of feet long.

Our engineers recommend using a workstation crane when:

  • You need a loading solution for a work cell.
  • You need to lift 2 tons or less.
  • Your industry involves specific, repeatable tasks.

There are different types of steel workstation cranes. The type that’s right for your application depends on your needs.

  • Freestanding bridge crane – This kind of crane is a smart alternative to an overhead crane, especially if you have limited overhead space or need to move lighter loads. If you’re facing these challenges, we recommend a Gorbel workstation bridge crane.
  • Freestanding jib crane – This style of crane has a moveable hoist that moves in a circular or semi-circular motion. We recommend a Gorbel workstation jib crane for low-capacity, high-productivity needs.
  • Freestanding monorail crane – This type of crane is ideal for areas that are difficult or impossible to reach with an overhead bridge crane. They’re also a good fit for facilities with high ceilings or outdoor work areas without a ceiling. As a bonus, monorail cranes offer more track flexibility, including curved tracks, multiple tracks and multiple spurs.

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

4 Benefits of Using an Underhung Crane

Underhung cranes help your employees efficiently move bulky, heavy loads. This helps you maximize space while improving safety and your bottom line.

Even if you’re using an underhung overhead crane to move lightweight items, you reduce the risk of lifting injuries. These make up 20% of worker compensation claims, FMP Global says, with an average compensation of $24,000.

It’s inefficient for your employees to have to wait for a fork truck operator. With an
underhung crane system, you can move items quickly and safely whenever you need to.

If your underslung crane is designed during new construction, you can eliminate crane columns. This is beneficial for industries that need to move large equipment, like tractors or combines, without any obstructions on the floor.

Whether you’re purchasing your first crane or upgrading from a gantry crane, underhung cranes are easy for our team to install and maintain. As your single-source integrator, we can handle all your aftermarket service needs and annual OSHA inspections.

Industries Where Underhung Cranes Are Used

Agriculture

  • Implement dealers
Manufacturers
Maintenance facilities
Aviation
Warehousing
  • Distribution
  • Storage

These are just a few of the most common industries who install our underhung bridge cranes. Don’t see yours listed?

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An underhung crane moves items in a warehouse.

Configurations for Underhung Cranes

An underhung crane is shown in a shop.

We design underhung crane systems in a variety of sizes and lengths, as well as a wide range of below-the-hook lifting devices. Lengths can range up to 40 feet, while lifting capacity can be as great as 6 tons.

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 Underhung Crane Vendors

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.

Right Size

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