WORKSTATION CRANES

Improve Ergonomics with a Workstation Crane

Improving safety and efficiency at your facility doesn’t always have to involve a big price tag. Adding a workstation crane is a smart way to improve ergonomics while quickly moving loads that are 2 tons or less.

Partnering with RMH is just as efficient as the Gorbel workstation crane or Spanco workstation crane we’ll design for your business. From sales to engineering to aftermarket service, we handle your project fully in-house, which helps you avoid wasting time coordinating with multiple vendors.

We’re also a master industrial crane distributor, but more importantly, we’ve been helping companies like yours work more safely and efficiently for more than 80 years. Ask our engineers how we can design a workstation crane that helps you work smarter and grow your business, regardless of size 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.

3 Benefits of Workstation Cranes

Lifting injuries make up nearly a quarter of all worker compensation claims, according to FMP Global. Such claims average $24,000 in compensation.

With a workstation crane, you’ll be able to keep your employees safer, reduce the likelihood of lifting-related injuries and ultimately protect your bottom line.

Let your workstation cranes do the heavy lifting so your employees can be put to better use. It’s not very efficient to use multiple people to lift something or wait for a fork truck operator.

Other styles of overhead cranes might not be right for your operation or your budget. Workstation cranes provide efficient, safe lifting for work cell areas.

Industries Where Workstation Cranes Are Used

Manufacturing
Production
Agriculture
Assembling
Welding
Palletizing

These are some of the most common industries RMH works with. Don’t see yours included?

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Configurations for Workstation Cranes

We design workstation crane systems for a wide range of capacities, footprints and below-the-hook lifting devices. Capacities range from 150 pounds to 2 tons, with a maximum width of 34 feet. This style of crane can be as long as several hundred feet.

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.
  • Custom below-the-hook solutions that can pick, rotate, tilt and more!

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

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Our Workstation Crane Vendor

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.