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 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 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


  • Implement dealers
Maintenance facilities
  • 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

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.

Right Size

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