Cranes 101: Buying a New Overhead Crane System

Become a More Informed Overhead Crane Buyer!

Whether you're looking to buy your first overhead crane, or adding another crane to an existing facility, investing in the right equipment can be so critical to the success of future production, growth, and your bottom line. The more informed you are during the purchasing process, the better you'll understand how to design and specify the right overhead crane for your business and get the best bang for your buck.



When you enroll in Cranes 101, you'll get access to the industry's first online course developed specifically for overhead crane buyers. With 7 lessons and close to 5 hours worth of video and written content, you'll become an expert in the following topics:


Lesson 1: What is an Overhead Crane?
  • Definition Components and Uses
  • Different Types of Overhead Cranes
  • Duty Cycle/CMAA Service Classifications
Lesson 2: Overhead Crane Structure and Design
  • Single Girder vs. Double Girder Bridge Design
  • Top Running vs. Under Running Cranes
  • How to Measure Span and Runway Length
Lesson 3: Overhead Crane Components
  • Electrification: Conductor Bars vs. Cable Festoon vs. Cable Reel
  • Push Button Pendants vs. Radio Controls
  • Hoists
Lesson 4: Safety Systems, Features, and Technologies
  • Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
  • Variable Frequency Drive Motor Controls
  • Modern Safety Systems & Technologies
Lesson 5: Buying a New Overhead Crane
  • Buying an Overhead Crane: From Consultation to Installation
  • What is the Cost of an Overhead Crane?
  • Buying vs. Financing an Overhead Crane
  • How to Compare Overhead Crane Quotes
Lesson 6: Overhead Crane Installation
  • Installing an Overhead Crane: From Conception to Completion
  • Installing a New Crane in an Existing Building Structure
Lesson 7: Overhead Crane Ownership
  • Five Common Problems with Overhead Cranes and How to Avoid Them
  • The Hidden Costs of Overhead Crane Ownership
  • Overhead Crane Inspection and OSHA Compliance


After Completing This Course...

You should feel comfortable meeting with manufacturers during the consultation phase, building out the specifications for your crane, comparing quotes, and planning for installation and future production growth!


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