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Difference Between Gantry and Jib Cranes

Adding lifting machines to your factory, whether it is a jib or gantry crane, can help to improve output while saving money. You will be able to lift heavier items easily and quickly without needing to pay for extra hired help. If you and your business have come to the decision that a crane can help, the next step is to think about types of cranes and girders, as well as types of configuration. Below we will be going over the difference between jib and gantry cranes and their configurations

A gantry crane is a great alternative to a traditional overhead crane. They perform rather similarly, but they have key distinctions. The key factor between an overhead and gantry crane is the track system that each work on. An overhead crane, also called a bridge crane, has pillars that are fixed in the ground. The track is set up above, and you guide your heavy objects along this track. A gantry crane works with hydraulic systems or overhead hoists the can be raised or lowered. The track runs at floor-level, but can be raised and lowered with hydraulics or be fixed. The gantry systems allow for ease when maneuvering goods in small or tight spaces. The system usually costs less than a traditional overhead crane, and it can be built at different lengths and different carrying strengths. These cranes can also be installed rather easily.

A Jib crane doesn't have a designated track like the above cranes, and so instead it gives its users specific maneuverability. The hoist, as well as the trolley, gets mounted on a boom that pivots. A wall jib crane pivots 180 degrees, where as a floor-mount can spin in a complete circle (360 degrees). This type of lifting is more basic than gantry or overhead cranes. For starters, these crane are not nearly as strong. They can carry roughly no more than 5-tons. Jib cranes allow for easy lifting, but they are not designed to bring items from one side of a factory to the next. Both wall-traveling and freestanding jib cranes are generally used for moving machine tools, for fabrication, and for assembly. They help individuals at workstations do their jobs more effectively.

Each type of crane can be built with specific configurations and specifications that allow individual factories or companies to do work that is unique to them. For a full break down of types of cranes and their configurations you should reach out to a local crane and hoist building company. Figuring out the perfect crane or hoist alone can be difficult.

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