How to Understand the Workstation Crane System

Overhead Traveling Crane | Workstation Crane System

A workstation crane system is designed to meet the varied and demanding requirements of workstations and production lines that need up to 2,000 kg of lifting capacity. They can be ceiling-mounted or freestanding, single or double girder bridges or even monorails. For operations that require workers to make precise, repetitive movements, a workstation crane system is used as an ergonomic and cost-effective option, without the architectural investments often involved when installing an overhead crane. Workstation crane with standard profile sizes and bolt-on connections can be installed quickly. In some cases, it has taken less than one day. With this kind of speed, and adapting the installation to your existing production schedules, the main aim is to minimize equipment and production downtime. If your business depends on workers making repetitive movements or lifting heavy loads, then a workstation crane system can be a fast and easy way to improve productivity.

Workstation Crane System is an Overhead Crane

Overhead cranes cover a rectangular area, moving a load side to side and backward and forward. The lifting device, called a hoist is mounted on a trolley for horizontal movement across a bridge beam connected to one or more horizontal girders which are supported at either end by end truck. The end trucks are attached at right angles to the girders and move on fixed runways. The horizontal travel of push type cranes is powered manually by the operator; alternatively, an electric overhead crane is powered by electricity. Still, other cranes can be air-powered (pneumatic). Considering the fact that an overhead crane can operate on any plant floor surface, and because they can be modified to accommodate changing needs, overhead cranes provide flexibility to an operation. Overhead cranes can be customized with below the hook attachments, end effectors or specialized tooling to handle a diverse variety of products and loads. By doing the heavy lifting, overhead cranes take strain off operators, reducing fatigue and lowering the risk of injury. Overhead bridge cranes take product up and over obstacles, instead of navigating back and forth through aisles. Radio remote controls and independent traveling push-button pendants allow for a better view while keeping the operator away from the load and any associated danger. Incorporating the latest technologies and offered in a variety of usage and capacity ratings, overhead cranes require less maintenance compared to other lifting devices. Highly automated systems maneuver with the precision of one thousandth of the rated speed to an exact location. By allowing for smooth, direct-path transportation over obstacles with soft start features, multiple speed options and a variety of end effectors to interface with and secure the load products are handled gently to minimize damage. Because they operate overhead and work in a specific area, overhead cranes are less likely than forklift traffic to maneuver loads into personnel, walls, machinery or other obstacles.