How a Frame Crane Works

When the words ‘lifting equipment’ are mentioned it calls to mind those products, machines, etc. that will either lift or lower other items.

These are usually items that are heavy and not easy to shift about or maneuver into position.  There are also certain safety products that come into play when these products are working with loads or operating from a height.


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Whenever lifting equipment, such as a frame crane is purchased, it should be obtained from a source that is reliable and has a proven track record.  Lifting equipment is required to have certain certificates that confirm it has been tested and deemed operational and safe.  You should also be given material regarding safety.

Of course, lifting equipment usually brings to mind some type of crane.  The reason for this is because they are a familiar sight in and around our cities, working at construction sites or at the docks, where they are put to work hauling and lifting large containers.  The types of cranes used in these instances are all very large cranes.  There are different types of cranes that come in different sizes, such as a frame crane, for example.

The frame crane goes by a couple of other names, such as A-crane or A-frame gantry.  They are usually portable and are used frequently in factories that are not too big.  They are also to be found being utilized in industrial areas as well.  This particular type of crane has two steel frames with a bar between and to which a trolley and hoist can be fitted to lift additional loads.  It is from the basic design of a frame crane that it gets its name.

A Jib crane is larger than a frame crane and is also called a swing Jib.  This type of crane remains stationary and simply moves a heavy load from one spot to another in a specific area.  There are some variations to this type of crane, including being able to affix them to a column or wall.  Naturally reinforcement should not be an issue and the supporting surface must be suitable to take the load.

If you have heavy, awkward, or difficult loads that need to be unloaded, reloaded, manoeuvred, transported, etc. you will be in need of a crane.  The type of crane you choose is dependent upon the needs you wish it to fulfill.  As can be seen from the two examples mentioned above, a crane does not have to remain stationary if this is not required.  However, additional items might be, such as hoists and/or chain blocks, which are required when it comes to the actually process of lifting the weight or load.

Because by virtue of their function cranes are typically used in high-risk situations where injuries can easily and very quickly occur, it is paramount that they be purchased only from trusted suppliers or manufacturers.  Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure safe and optimal use of the crane, whether it is a frame crane or even something larger, such as a Jib crane.

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