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Common Hoist and Crane Terms

When shopping for, repairing, or maintaining an overhead crane, there is lots of industry terminology and lingo that gets thrown around. Having an understanding of some of the basic terms used when discussing overhead cranes will make it easier to own and operate machinery. Below, we will be compiling a small list of commonly used words in the overhead crane and hoist industry.

Abnormal operating conditions. As a result of construction and different materials, not all machines are optimized to work in specific environments. Abnormal conditions would be considered any unfavorable, detrimental, or harmful operations. Usually, this is directly related to weather, environment/atmosphere, and temperature.

Variable voltage (adjustable voltage). This method gives users total control of voltage, meaning that it can be easily adjusted.

Auxiliary hoist. The devices are also sometimes called supplemental hoisting units. These hoists are intended to handle small/light loads, but the loads can be moved more rapidly than on the main hoist.

Box section. Members enclosed on four sides, as well as girders and trucks all have rectangular cross sections. This is the box section.

Camber. The camber is the small upward vertical curve that is created in girders (this helps to compensate deflection as a result of the weight of the crane and hook load).

Above is just a small portion of a much larger list of commonly used words, terms, and phrases. Familiarizing yourself with these terms will help you make better purchases, repair your devices properly, and execute proper maintenance. For more information, reach out for overhead crane services.

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