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.