Prevent Overhead Bridge Crane Problems With These Tips

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Prevent Overhead Bridge Crane Problems With These Tips

12 April 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

An overhead bridge crane is an efficient way to lift and move materials on your work site. However, at times these cranes may become stuck and cause project delays. You can work to prevent those kinds of problems by using the suggestions below.

Regularly Inspect Crane Chains

Typically, when you use an overhead bridge crane, its chains lift and lower loads by passing through a pulley. If there is a problem with a particular chain link due to rust, a sticky substance or another problem, the chain link might get stuck in the pulley and the crane won't function properly or safely.

To make sure that doesn't happen, look at the chains on a regular basis to check them for bent links, corrosion and other visual signs of damage. If you need to replace individual links or entire chains before using the crane so that the machine can work well, do so.

Check Remote Control Wiring

Remote control boxes are usually connected to the crane through wires and can give you the opportunity to operate the bridge crane from a distance. You may not be paying too much attention to the control box on a daily basis, as your focus may be to look instead at the crane to ensure it is moving the way you want it to. However, it is wise to glance at the control box regularly to ensure the wires aren't loose or beginning to fray. Should there be a problem with the wiring, the crane could stop in the middle of transport, which would cause a delay in the project.

Notice Strange Sounds

It may be easy for you to think that your overhead bridge crane is making noises because of wear and tear. However, you should pay attention to any unusual noises that come from the crane because they can be early signs of a problem.

For instance, if you hear a whining sound, the crane's retraction system might need to be lubricated. If you don't stop the crane and apply oil or lubricant to the metal components of the crane, it may jam as it attempts to lift a load. You'll then have to lubricate the components anyway, in addition to safely handling the load in mid-air.

Make sure your overhead bridge crane continues to work efficiently by taking note of the information laid out above. Train your employees to monitor the crane regularly for problems, and consult a professional contractor to periodically assess the condition of your crane. For more ideas, see this page.