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Also known as a warehouse crane, an overhead crane is used to lift and move large and heavy items in a production area or warehouse. Overhead cranes safely lift objects using a hoist, which is fitted in a hoist trolley and can move horizontally on a rail or pair of rails fitted under a beam within the warehouse or factory. Depending upon the load to be lifted, the hoist is either a GIS electric chain hoist or a GH wire rope hoist. All overhead crane components can be controlled either with pendants or remote controls, providing a versatile solution. Roving pendant controls are also available.

If you’re considering a new overhead crane or warehouse travelling crane for your factory or warehouse, speak with the specialists at Redfern Flinn Lifting Equipment in Sydney, Melbourne or Newcastle. We can assist with the design, engineering, supply and installation of your new overhead crane, plus we also offer extensive services in crane maintenance and repairs to keep your equipment operating optimally. Let us show you how a Redfern Flinn overhead crane can make your operations safer and more efficient.

How Overhead Cranes Can Improve Business Productivity

With the design of a tailored lifting solution, the installation of an overhead crane can improve the productivity and safety of your operations while reducing the requirement for other lifting solutions such as forklifts. As a result, a warehouse crane is a much more efficient and economical solution for operations employing regular lifting of heavy objects within the workspace.

The experienced team at Redfern Flinn can provide detailed information, advice and examples of projects to meet your requirements. Simply discuss your needs with us and we’ll work with you to deliver a suitable solution.

Points to Consider When Choosing Your Overhead Crane

There are many factors to consider when you’re looking for an overhead crane. Whether it’s one of Redfern Flinn’s specially designed overhead cranes or a second hand warehouse travelling crane that you may be considering, you need to take into account:

  • Working load – What is the maximum load to be lifted and moved? This impacts the design of your structure to support the lift.
  • Working area – Where in your factory or warehouse do you want to pick up and move loads? Is there adequate space available?
  • Support structure – Do you have a support structure available, or where can supports be added? The key considerations here are the layout of your factory or warehouse, along with the structural strength of the building and floor.
  • Type and frequency of lifts – What is being lifted, how is it being lifted, and how frequently is it being lifted? This has a significant impact on the design of the crane and impacts how the crane operates, as well as the frequency of maintenance required.
  • Data logging – Do you require this? Data logging records the use of the crane including loads lifted, number of lifts and hours of operation. Recording this information provides benefits in preventative maintenance, especially with regard to major inspections of overhead cranes as required by Australian Standards AS 2550.1 2011.
  • Environment – Will the warehouse crane be operating indoors or outdoors? What is the temperature range? Is it being used in a hazardous or corrosive environment? Are there clean room requirements? The team at Redfern Flinn can provide advice based on your specific requirements.
  • Height of lift – Understanding the head room height is a key consideration, and this is determined by knowing the load being lifted, the maximum available space for the crane in your factory or warehouse, and the structural requirements of the facility.
  • Speed of operation required – Do you require single speed or variable speed? Speed of operation can be regulated for all directions of the crane, including lifting speed, cross travel and long travel.

Servicing and Maintenance of Your Overhead Crane

To guarantee that your overhead crane remains fully functional, it is imperative that it go through regular servicing to maintain its prime working condition. The qualified and experienced technicians at Redfern Flinn Lifting Equipment conduct scheduled maintenance and servicing of overhead cranes at our locations in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne. We also provide emergency breakdown servicing of overhead cranes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We take a preventative approach to warehouse crane servicing and maintenance, conducting a thorough preliminary assessment of your crane in order to pre-emptively identify any potential problems before they occur. We also ensure all maintenance and servicing of your overhead crane complies with strict Australian Standards AS2550.1 and AS2550.3.

In addition to helping maintain employee safety, the advantages of keeping well maintained machinery include increased productivity and reduced downtime costs as a result of faulty machinery.

Whichever brand of overhead crane you have on site, whether it’s a standard overhead crane or a warehouse travelling crane, you can rely on our experienced service team to preserve its life and quality of performance. Give us a call today on one of the numbers below to learn more.