Archive: Jan 2021

CM Lodestar Product Line

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The CM Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist sets the standard for industrial grade hoists throughout the industry. Our chain hoists are used in a broad range of industries and applications, both as individual hoists and as component hoists in large-scale mechanical assemblies. Whether you are working on a small scale industrial operation or a large construction project, CM Lodestar’s electric chain hoist can be tailored to meet your needs.

CM Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist Features & Capabilities

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CM Lodestar’s Electric Chain Hoists offer a host of unique features and capabilities that set them apart from other hoist and lift designs. Key features and capabilities include:

Quiet Operation

CM hoists are designed to operate smoothly and quietly, thereby enhancing workplace safety and operator comfort. With noise levels 80% lower than the Classic Lodestar hoist, you won’t have to worry about obtaining soundproofing equipment or material to ensure the safety of your workers.

Less Maintenance and Easy Inspection

Lodestar hoists are exceptionally reliable and efficient. The Heavy Duty DC Brake system includes helical gears, which require less maintenance than traditional designs. Precision gears in the gearbox are lifetime lubricated and the clutch is located outside the gearbox, providing reduced lifetime maintenance and easy component inspection access.

Improved Chain Life

CM Lodestar’s state-of-the-art 5-Pocket Life Wheel offers more load support for chain engagement. This ensures that loads can be lifted more smoothly, with less unwanted vibration, thereby extending the life of your chain. Our Star Grade chain is plated with a zinc protective coating to reduce the potential for corrosion and enhance overall chain service life.

Improved Load Safety

The clutch is located outside the load path, which prevents gear slippage when the brake is not in use. This helps to enhance load safety and reduces the potential for equipment damage due to slippage.

Easy Access Control Panel

The CM Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist is designed with an easy-to-use control panel with finger-safe wiring and plug-and-play connectors for quick terminal access, voltage modifications, and fuse changes.

Environmentally Friendly

The precision gears in the gearbox are lifetime grease lubricated, which reduces the need for regular oil changes and hazardous waste disposal. As an additional environmental benefit, we ship all of our gearboxes and components in recycled material.

CM Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist Industries & Applications

CM Lodestar’s Electric Chain Hoist is a highly versatile option for load-bearing applications in a variety of industries. At American Crane, we offer an extensive selection of Lodestar chain hoists, with capacities from 1 to 10 tons and chain lengths of 10 feet, 15 feet, and 20 feet. With a variety of single- and variable-speed options and both single- and three-phase power options, you are sure to find the exact hoist to accommodate your production speed and lift capacity.

Contact American Crane For Your Electric Chain Hoist Today

At American Crane, We are Your Expert, Craftsman, and Partner. We are dedicated to providing superior quality cranes, hoists, and lifts to meet the needs of nearly any application. To learn more about our selection of CM Lodestar Electric Chain Hoists, and ways they can benefit your operation, request a quote today.

The Four Key Crane Components

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Cranes are a type of material handling equipment used to facilitate the movement of bulky or heavy materials around industrial and commercial worksites. While they are available in many designs and configurations to suit different applications, they generally consist of the same four basic components. Each of these components serves a different function that, when combined with those of the other components, enables the crane assembly to lift and position loads as intended.

Below, we provide a more comprehensive overview of each of the four key crane components.

Parts of a Crane

Cranes consist of four key components:

1. Hook

hook and hoistThe hook element of a crane is the part that holds or carries the load and connects it to the hoisting element. Due to its function, it experiences a significant amount of wear during operations, which makes it one of the parts that need to be regularly replaced.

2. Hoist

The hoist element of a crane provides the vertical lifting and lowering power. Its lifting and lowering capacity is influenced by its design and construction. For example, chain hoists offer load capacities of ≤5 tons, while wire rope hoists offer load capacities of ≥5 tons. Similarly, hand-powered hoists are suitable for lighter loads, while electric-powered hoists are suitable for heavier loads.

Some cranes feature a main hoist and auxiliary hoist. The former is used to handle heavier loads at slower speeds, while the latter is used to handle lighter loads at faster speeds.

3. Trolley

top running trolleyThe trolley element of a crane provides the horizontal movement power. It is designed to move the hoist and hook components along a track or beam across the top (top-running trolleys) or bottom (bottom-running trolleys) of the bridge component.

Some cranes feature bogies. These short end trucks allow for the placement of multiple wheels at each corner of the crane to ensure more even load distribution.

4. Bridge

The bridge element of a crane is the part that bears the weight of the load and the other crane components (e.g., hook, hoist, and trolley). It runs the entire length of the crane system, allowing the trolley and, consequently, the attached hoist and hook to move horizontally across the worksite.

The bridge consists of large horizontal structural beams—i.e., girders—supported by end trucks. The girders generally have a slight upward vertical curved—i.e., camber—to compensate for the deflection caused by the weight of the load and the other crane components. Depending on the load requirements, the bridge may have a single or double beam configuration. The rectangular cross-section of the girders, trucks, and other members, consisting of two rolled steel side plates and a top and bottom plate, is known as the box section.

ACECO: Your Expert, Craftsman, & Partner for Cranes, Hoists, and Other Material Handling Equipment

Cranes play an essential role in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. However, it is important to choose a design and configuration that accommodates the load and other work requirements of the job site. Otherwise, there is a risk of the unit failing and causing employee injury or equipment damage. If you need assistance selecting and sourcing a crane for your facility, ACECO has got you covered.

At American Crane & Equipment Corporation, we specialize in manufacturing standard and custom cranes, hoists, and other material handling equipment. Equipped with extensive industry experience and highly skilled engineers, we are the ideal expert, craftsman, and partner for all load lifting and positioning needs. To learn more about our products and services or discuss your equipment requirements with one of our team members, contact us or request a quote today.