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10 Tips for Staying Compliant with Industry Regulations

10 tips for staying compliant with industry regulations

Navigating industry regulations can be complex, but compliance is crucial for the safety, legality, and success of your business. Here are 10 essential tips to ensure your company remains compliant with industry regulations, with a focus on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and overhead crane safety.

1. Regular OSHA Compliance Inspections

Regular OSHA compliance inspections are vital to identify and rectify potential violations. Here at American Crane, we offer expert inspection services to help you stay compliant and avoid costly fines.

2. Understand Key OSHA Standards

Familiarize yourself with key OSHA standards relevant to your industry. For overhead and gantry cranes, OSHA 1910.179 outlines specific requirements. Staying informed about these standards can help you maintain compliance and enhance workplace safety.

3. Implement a Comprehensive Safety Program

Develop and implement a robust safety program that includes regular training, safety drills, and clear communication of safety protocols. This demonstrates your commitment to employee safety and helps ensure compliance with OSHA standards.

Check out our Guide to Critical Lift to learn more.

4. Conduct Frequent Equipment Inspections

Ensure frequent inspections of critical equipment, such as cranes. Daily and monthly inspections of operating mechanisms, hydraulic systems, and crane hooks are necessary to identify wear and tear and prevent accidents.

5. Maintain Detailed Records

Keep meticulous records of all inspections, maintenance, and training activities. Detailed documentation can be crucial during OSHA inspection and can help demonstrate your commitment to compliance and safety.

6. Stay informed About Regulation Changes

Regulations can change, so it’s important to stay updated on any amendments to OSHA standards or other relevant industry regulations. Subscribing to industry newsletters and participating in professional organizations can help keep you informed.

7. Engage with Compliance Experts

Working with compliance experts, like American Crane’s OSHA compliance inspection team, can provide valuable insights and guidance. These professionals can help identify potential violations and recommend corrective actions to ensure compliance.

8. Address Employee Complaints Promptly

OSHA gives special attention to worker complaints. Encourage employees to report safety concerns and address these issues promptly. This not only helps in maintaining compliance but also fosters a culture of safety within the workplace.

9. Prepare for OSHA Inspections

Be proactive in preparing for potential OSHA inspections. Conduct regular internal audits and safety checks to ensure all safety protocols are being followed. This can help you avoid surprises and ensure compliance with OSHA standards.

10. Invest in Preventative Maintenance

Implement a preventative maintenance program for all critical equipment. Following manufacturer recommendations for maintenance can help prevent unsafe conditions and ensure your equipment remains in good working order, thereby avoiding costly violations and enhancing safety.

Benefits of Staying Compliant

Lower Risk:

Regular compliance inspections and adherence to safety standards reduce the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities, ensuring a safer workplace for employees.

Avoid Costly Penalties:

Non-compliance with OSHA standards can result in significant fines and legal liabilities. Regular inspections and maintenance can help avoid these costs.

Decrease Insurance Costs:

Compliance with safety regulations can lead to lower insurance premiums, as insurers often increase rates for companies cited for violations.

Improved Reputation:

Demonstrating a commitment to safety and compliance enhances your company’s reputation, making it more attractive to clients, partners, and potential employees.

Compliance with ACECO

Maintaining compliance with industry regulations, especially OSHA standards, is essential for the safety and success of your business. By following these 10 tips, you can ensure your company remains compliant with industry regulations, providing a safer workplace, avoiding costly penalties, and enhancing your company’s reputation. Regular inspections, thorough training, and a proactive approach to safety and compliance are key to achieving these goals.

For expert assistance, consider partnering with professionals like American Crane & Equipment Corporation to help navigate the complexities of OSHA compliance and ensure your operations are safe and compliant. Contact our service department to schedule your next inspection today!

Understanding CMAA Crane Classifications

Understanding CMAA Crane Classifications

Overhead cranes and hoists play an integral role in almost every industry, facilitating the efficient and safe movement of heavy materials. Selecting the appropriate crane for your application is crucial for operational safety, maintenance and overall efficiency. Understanding CMAA Crane Classifications is crucial; these classifications, developed by the Crane Manufacturers’ Association of America (CMAA), aid in the selection process and help ensure that the crane chosen is suitable for its intended workload and environment.

Crane & Hoist Classifications

Class A – Infrequent or Standby Service

Designed for precise handling at slow speeds, these cranes are ideal for environments where the crane is used infrequently, such as powerhouses, public utilities, and transformer stations.

Class B – Light Service

These cranes are suitable for light service environments where usage is low and operational speeds are moderate. Common applications include repair shops, light assembly operations, and light warehousing.

Class C – Moderate Service

These cranes are built for moderate service environments like machine shops and paper mill machine rooms. They handle loads averaging 50% of the rated capacity, making five to ten lifts per hour.

Class D – Heavy Service

These cranes are designed for heavy service requirements, such as in heavy machine shops, foundries, and container yards. They handle 10 to 20 lifts per hour with loads averaging 15 feet.

Class E – Severe Service

Throughout their life, these cranes handle loads approaching the rated capacity. Applications include scrap yards, cement mills, and lumber mills, performing twenty or more lifts per hour.

Class F – Continuous Severe Service

These cranes must handle loads approaching rated capacity continuously under severe conditions. Production facilitates use these cranesfor critical tasks, requiring high reliability and ease of maintenance.

Key Criteria for Crane Selection

Consider the following criteria when selecting the right overhead crane:

  • Speed: Measured in lifts per hour, determining how quickly the crane can move materials.
  • Service: Frequency of use.
  • Distance: The distance a crane needs to move the lifted materials.
  • Rated Capacity: The average rated load of materials moved.
  • Maintenance Requirements: Frequency and ease of maintenance.
  • Service Conditions: The environment in which the crane operates and its accessibility for servicing.

Quality and Reliability

At American Crane & Equipment Corporation, we manufacture cranes to CMAA Specifications 70 or 74, ensuring they meet high standards of quality and reliability. We design our products to exceed customer expectations, providing safe and efficient solutions for critical environments. With a large inventory of parts and components available for same-day shipping, we ensure minimal downtime for your operations.

For over 50 years, American Crane has been a leader in providing innovative lifting solutions. Our experts are available to assist with any questions regarding crane installation, operation, and maintenance tailored to your specific industry needs.

For more information on choosing the right overhead crane, download our eBook, “Understanding Crane and Hoist Classifications,” or contact the American Crane team today.

The Vital Role of Bridge Repair Travelers

The Vital Role of Bridge Repair Travelers

Maintaining and repairing bridges is essential for public safety and infrastructure longevity. At American Crane & Equipment Corporation (ACECO), we offer advanced solutions for these critical tasks, including our specialized bridge maintenance and repair travelers. Bridge repair travelers play a vital role providing safe and efficient access to the undersides of bridges, surpassing traditional scaffolding methods.

What are Bridge Maintenance and Repair Travelers?

Bridge repair travelers are movable platforms that enable technicians to inspect and maintain bride structures from beneath. These platforms are designed to move along the bridge, allowing uninterrupted traffic flow while work is being done. They come equipped with numerous features to ensure safety and efficiency, such as:

  • Anti-skewing technology: Ensures stable operation on uneven or misaligned runways.
  • Fully enclosed work platforms: Provides a secure environment to prevent falls.
  • Non-slip surfaces: Reduces the risk of slipping and accidents.
  • On-board personnel lifts: Enhances accessibility to various bridge areas.
  • Portable controls: Facilitates easy and precise operation.
  • Redundant drop capture systems: Prevents separation from the bridge for added safety.

Features of ACECO’s Bridge Travelers

ACECO’s bridge maintenance and repair travelers are available in several configurations, including self-propelled, gas, diesel, and electric versions. We custom design each traveler to meet specific project needs and incorporate durable materials like stainless, galvanized, or plated steel construction to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Optional features can further enhance the functionality and safety of these travelers, such as:

  • Personnel seating
  • Telescopic extensions
  • Coast Guard-approved navigation lights
  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Backup motors
  • Emergency stop buttons
  • Warning devices

The Advantage of SAFTRACK® Technology

ACECO’s bridge travelers are equipped with the proprietary SAFTRACK® technology, which integrates advanced control software with reliable bridge crane components. Benefits include:

  • Enhanced stability: Anti-skewing technology accommodates uneven runways.
  • Custom solutions: Tailored designs using conventional crane components.
  • Independent drive control: Allows precise and flexible maneuvering.
  • Smooth operation: Controlled acceleration and deceleration for safe use.

Partner with ACECO for Superior Bridge Maintenance Solutions

At ACECO, we combine expertise, craftsmanship and partnership to deliver exceptional bridge maintenance equipment. Our custom bridge maintenance and repair travelers provide safe and efficient access to critical bridge points, minimizing the need for road or lane closures. For more information or to discuss your specific requirements, contact us or request a quote today.

Choosing ACECO ensures that your bridge maintenance operations are conducted safely and efficiently, supported by our extensive industry experience and high-quality resources.

Crane 101: Types of Cranes, Basic Terms and Structures

Crane 101: Types of Cranes, Basic Terms, and Structures

At American Crane & Equipment Corporation (ACECO), we believe that understanding the intricacies of crane types and their components is essential for efficient and safe operations. Cranes are indispensable in construction, manufacturing and logistics, enabling the lifting and moving of heavy loads with precision. This guide provides an overview of crane types, basic terminology and key structures involved.

Types of Cranes

  • Overhead Crane: Features a movable bridge carrying a hoisting mechanism that travels on an overhead fixed runway structure.
  • Gantry Crane: Similar to overhead cranes, but with the bridge supported on two or more legs running on fixed rails or runways.
  • Jib Crane: Has a bridge girder (boom) fixed at one end, often hinged to allow rotation, providing flexibility in small spaces.
  • Single Girder Crane: Runs on a single bridge girder, suitable for lighter loads.
  • Double Girder Crane: Utilizes two bridge girders, ideal for heavier loads and longer spans.

Learn more: The Basics of Cranes and Hoists

Basic Terms

Crane Components

  • Bridge: The main horizontal structure that supports the trolley and travels parallel to the runway.
  • Trolley: Carries the hoisting mechanism and moves along the bridge.
  • Hoist: The mechanism used for lifting and lowering loads.
  • End Trucks: Support the bridge girders and house the wheels that travel on the runway rails.

Learn more: The Four Key Crane Components

Structural Elements

  • Bridge Girder: The primary horizontal beam of the crane bridge.
  • Box Section: A rectangular cross-section of girders, enhancing strength and stability.
  • Camber: An upward curve in the girder to counteract deflection.
  • End Tie: Connects the ends of the girders to maintain structural integrity.

Load and Capacity

  • Capacity: The maximum load a crane is designed to handle, measured in tons.
  • Rated Load: The safe maximum load a crane can handle.
  • Critical Load: Any load whose uncontrolled movement could compromise safety systems.

Crane Movement

  • Reeving: The path the hoist rope takes around various pulleys and sheaves.
  • Span: The horizontal distance between runway rails.
  • Hook Approach: The minimum horizontal distance between the runway rail and the hook.

Safety Features

  • Anti-Collision: Prevents cranes from contacting each other.
  • Single Failure Proof: Design features ensuring that a single component failure won’t result in load loss.
  • Holding Brake: Automatically prevents motion when power is off.
  • Regenerative Braking: Uses electrical energy to control speed and feed it back into the power system.

Glossary of Terms

  • Adjustable Frequency Drive: Motor controller converting fixed frequency AC power for speed control.
  • Auxiliary Hoist: A secondary hoist for lighter loads at higher speeds.
  • Bogie: Short end truck distributing crane wheel loads.
  • Clearance: Minimum distance from crane extremity to nearest obstruction.
  • Collectors: Devices collecting current from conductors for the bridge and trolley.
  • Festooning: Power supply method for a traveling hoist.
  • Sheave: A grooved wheel or pulley guiding the hoist rope.
  • Top Running Crane: End trucks supported on rails atop runway beams.
  • Under Running Crane: Movable bridge running on the lower flanges of a fixed runway structure.
  • Wheel Load: The load on any wheel without vertical inertia force.

Understanding these terms and structures is crucial for anyone involved in crane operation, maintenance, or purchasing. At ACECO, we are committed to providing high-quality cranes and equipment, and we believe that informed customers are empowered customers. Proper knowledge ensures the safe and efficient use of cranes, contributing to overall project success.  To learn more, visit our Glossary Guide for Cranes.

Why Crane Inspections Are Crucial

Why Crane Inspections Are Crucial

Safety is a main concern on any job site. At American Crane & Equipment Corporation, we understand the importance of maintaining the highest safety standards to protect your team and equipment. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), regular crane inspections and maintenance are essential to prevent worksite accidents and ensure optimal performance. Keep reading to find out why crane inspections are so crucial.

Industrial cranes are indispensable for lifting heavy loads, but over time they can suffer from wear and tear, increasing the risk of breakdowns and accidents. To mitigate these risks, OSHA has established comprehensive inspection requirements for cranes under standard 1910.179. These inspections are designed to identify potential issues before they escalate, ensuring both the safety of your workers and the longevity of your equipment.

Types of Crane Inspections

OSHA outlines two main types of crane inspections: frequent and periodic. Each type of inspection serves a specific purpose and follows a different schedule.

Frequent Inspections

Frequent Inspections are conducted daily to monthly, depending on the crane’s usage and operational environment. These inspections focus on critical components that are prone to rapid deterioration or frequent use. Key items on the checklist for frequent inspections include:

  • Maladjustments affecting the crane’s operation
  • Deterioration or leaks in hydraulic systems, pumps, lines, valves, or tanks
  • Deformed or cracked hooks
  • Defective hoist chains
  • Faulty wire rope reeving systems
  • Excessive wear of components

Periodic Inspections

Periodic inspections occur at regular intervals throughout the year, typically monthly to quarterly. These inspections are more thorough and cover components that are less likely to fail suddenly but require regular monitoring. The checklist for periodic inspections includes:

  • Worn tires
  • Deterioration of chain drive sprockets
  • Faulty or unsafe power plants
  • Wear on brake and clutch systems
  • Loose bearings or rivets
  • Deterioration in electrical apparatus, including limit switches, push-button stations, and controller contractors
  • Overstretched chains
  • Inaccuracy in indicators
  • Distorted bearings

American Crane’s Inspection Services

At American Crane, we offer comprehensive crane inspection services to ensure your equipment meets all OSHA standards and regulations. Our certified technicians perform both frequent and periodic inspections, providing detailed reports and recommendations to keep your cranes in top condition.

By partnering with us, you can be confident that your equipment will operate safely and efficiently, minimizing downtime and enhancing productivity. Our service and parts department is equipped to handle all aspects of crane maintenance, ensuring complete compliance with current safety codes.

At American Crane, we are your expert, craftsman, and partner in ensuring the safety and reliability of your material handling equipment. For more information on our crane inspection services or to request a quote, please contact us today.

How to Choose the Right Crane for Your Needs

How to Choose the Right Crane for Your Needs

Selecting the right crane for your needs can be a complex and time-consuming task. With a variety of cranes and hoists available on the market, understanding the key factors that influence your decision is crucial. Here are six essential considerations to help you make an informed choice for your crane and hoist combination.

1.   The Load

Understanding the load is fundamental. Key details include the loads dimensions, weight, surface characteristics, material, and fragility. Additionally, consider the load’s condition during handling (e.g., wet, dry, oily). If multiple types of loads need to be handled, you might require different crane and hoist combinations.

2.   Frequency of Use

The frequency and intensity of use, known as Duty Cycle Requirements, significantly impact the type of crane you need. Cranes are classified into six service classes, from Class A (Standby or Infrequent Service) to Class F (Continuous Severe Service). Selecting equipment designed for your specific service class ensures safety and longevity.

3.   Required Speed

The speed at which the crane travels and the hoist lifts and lowers is critical for operational efficiency. Ensure the crane’s speed aligns with your production processes to maintain a smooth workflow without compromising safety.

4.   Operating Environment

Crane and hoist systems can be used in various environments, both indoor and outdoor. Consider factors such as temperature, humidity, dust, hazardous conditions, and exposure to chemicals. Depending on the environment, you might need a custom crane and hoist solution to enhance reliability and service life.

5.   Expected Longevity

Routine maintenance is essential for the safe and reliable operation of cranes and hoists. Consider how often you want the equipment to run between servicing, the need for component replacements, and the overall lifespan. A well-maintained system ensures prolonged operation and reduces downtime.

6.   Budget

While it may be tempting to choose the cheapest option, a properly engineered crane and hoist system is often more cost-effective in the long run. Consider the total cost of ownership, including installation, spare parts, maintenance agreements, and service contracts. Investing in quality equipment reduces operational issues and enhances safety.

Additional Resources

For further guidance, several buyer’s guides can help you specify the right crane and hoist. The Crane Manufacturers Association of American (CMAA) publishes comprehensive resources detailing design safety standards and specifications. These guides are available for free download from American Crane’s online Resource Center.

American Crane also offers tailored publications: “How to Choose the Right Crane: A Crane Buyer’s Guide” and “How to Choose the Right Hoist: A Hoist Buyer’s Guide.” These documents provide a broader perspective on crane and hoist selection and are ideal for both novice and experienced buyers.

Your Expert, Craftsman and Partner

Leveraging the knowledge of experienced professionals is invaluable. Suppliers, manufacturers, and vendors with extensive expertise can help you evaluate your overhead handling options and determine the optimal solution for your needs. At American Crane, we are your expert, craftsman and partner – ready to assist you in finding the best crane and hoist combination. Connect with a project specialist today to get started on your investment journey.

By considering these factors and utilizing available resources, you can confidently choose the right crane for specific needs, ensuring safety, efficiency, and long-term reliability.

Maximizing Efficiency with Custom and Standard Lifting Solutions for EPC Companies and Contractors

Maximizing Efficiency with Custom and Standard Lifting Solutions for EPC Companies and Contractors

In the world of Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) and contracting, the reliability and efficiency of lifting systems are paramount. Whether you are a large EPC company embarking on new plant construction or a contractor seeking dependable cranes, hoists, lifting chains or rigging attachments, having the right equipment for your specific application is crucial. At American Crane and Equipment Corporation (ACECO), we stand at the forefront of providing both custom-engineered and standard lifting solutions designed to meet the highest standards of safety and performance. Discover how ACECO can help in maximizing efficiency with custom and standard lifting solutions for EPC companies and contractors.

High-Capacity Equipment: Meeting the Demands of Heavy Lifting

Overhead double girder bridge and box girder cranes are essential for robust lifting systems in industrial settings. These high-capacity cranes are designed to handle substantial loads with precision and ease, ensuring seamless operations in critical environments. With capacities of up to 300 tons, we engineer our overhead cranes for reliability, safety and durability, making them ideal for industries ranging from power generation to aerospace.

State-of-the-Art Features:

  • Precision Engineering: Our overhead cranes feature advanced engineering to ensure maximum efficiency and safety in lifting applications.
  • Custom Solutions: We offer custom-designed overhead cranes tailored to meet the unique needs of your project, ensuring optimal performance and reliability.
  • Enhanced Safety: Equipped with state-of-the-art safety features, our cranes minimize the risk of accidents and enhance operational safety.

Compensator Hoist: Precision and Flexibility in Lifting

The compensator hoist is a versatile lifting solution designed to provide precision and flexibility in handling pre-formed floor decks and other materials. This electric chain hoist attaches to crane hooks, allowing for tilting and precise positioning of heavy loads. Ideal for construction and industrial applications, the compensator hoist enhances efficiency and accuracy in lifting operations.

Key Benefits:

  • Precision Positioning: The compensator hoist enables precise control over the positioning of heavy loads, ensuring accurate placement and alignment.
  • Versatile Application: Suitable for a wide range of lifting tasks, the compensator hoist offers flexibility in handling various materials and components.
  • Enhanced Efficiency: By streamlining the lifting process, the compensator hoist reduces downtime and increases productivity on the job site.

Crane Fork & Special Lifters: Versatility in Material Handling

Crane forks and special lifters are indispensable tools for lifting and moving a variety of construction supplies, such as bricks and tools. These attachments enhance the versatility of cranes, enabling efficient and safe handling of diverse materials. Crane forks and special lifters provide the reliability and flexibility you need.

Advantages:

  • Adaptability: Crane forks and special lifters can be easily attached to cranes, providing a versatile solution for different lifting requirements.
  • Efficiency: These tools streamline material handling processes, reducing manual labor and increasing operational efficiency.
  • Safety: Designed to securely lift and move materials, crane forks and special lifters minimize the risk of damage and enhance workplace safety.

Plate Clamps: Secure and Efficient Handling of Sheets

Plate clamps are essential for picking up sheets of steel, stone, and even glass in horizontal or vertical positions. These clamps provide a secure grip, ensuring safe and efficient handling of flat materials. Ideal for industrial and construction applications, plate clamps enhance the versatility and efficiency of lifting operations.

Features:

  • Secure Grip: Plate clamps are designed to provide a strong and secure grip on flat materials, preventing slippage and ensuring safe handling.
  • Versatility: Suitable for lifting a wide range of materials, including steel plates, stone slabs, and glass sheets.
  • Efficiency: By enabling quick and secure lifting of flat materials, plate clamps increase productivity and reduce handling time.

Tailored Solutions for Every Application

At American Crane and Equipment, we understand that every project is unique. That’s why we offer both custom-designed solutions manufactured and engineered in-house, as well as a wide range of standard “off the shelf” products. From small 1/2-ton ratchet lever hoists to 300-ton overhead cranes, we provide the right equipment to meet your specific needs.

Why Choose Us?

  • Expertise: With decades of experience in the industry, our team of experts provides knowledgeable and reliable support for all your lifting needs.
  • Quality: We are committed to delivering high-quality products that meet the highest standards of safety and performance.
  • Customer-Centric Approach: Our focus is on understanding and meeting the unique needs of our clients, ensuring satisfaction with every project.

Contact Us Today

Ready to discover how ACECO can help in maximizing efficiency with custom and standard lifting solutions for EPC companies and contractors? Contact us today to learn more about how our products and services can enhance your operations. Our team is here to help you find a solution that works for you.

Ensuring Durability, Safety & Unmatched Service in the Marine Industry

Ensuring Durability, Safety & Unmatched Service in the Marine Industry

The Marine Industry serves as a cornerstone of our global economy, operating within a unique and challenging environment, requiring specialized equipment to meet its demanding needs. Here at American Crane & Equipment Corporation we have decades of experience and expertise designing and manufacturing custom equipment for the marine industry. Explore further to discover the diverse array of features and climates American Crane caters to, ensuring durability, safety and unmatched service in the Marine Industry.

Customized Solutions

We understand the unique challenges and requirements of marine operations. That’s why we work closely with our customers every step to custom design each crane with features tailored to their specific needs, ensuring durability and reliability in any marine environment.

Durability & Safety

Our team of engineers and technicians meticulously selects top-tier materials when crafting our cranes. These materials are purposefully chosen to endure the harshest conditions, including wind, corrosion, salt, and water exposure. Features like our Stainless-Steel electrical enclosures (NEMA 4X) are adept at safeguarding against damp environments and rigorous washdowns, ensuring optimal performance even in the most challenging marine conditions.

Superior Performance

Whether it is a custom Below-the-Hook Device or standard “off the shelf” product, our equipment is built to perform. Our team takes every measure necessary to ensure that our cranes perform at their peak capacity. We design everything we produce to be all gearing, so it can withstand any heavy-duty service it faces.

Service & Maintenance

At American Crane, we simplify our customer’s lives by providing 24/7 service throughout the entire year. We provide everything from crane and hoist inspections to upgrades and rebuilds. Whether planned or unplanned, our team offers on-site assistance to minimize downtime and ensure efficient crane performance.

Do it Right With ACECO

Marine environments pose unique challenges that demand specialized, durable equipment. At American Crane, we recognize that each client has distinct needs and requirements. That’s why we work closely with our customers every step of the way ensuring durability, safety and unmatched service. Reach out to us to discover how our custom solutions can meet your needs.

Ready to enhance your marine operations? Explore our online store to discover an extensive range of off-the-shelf products designed for efficiency and durability ACECO Products.

Why the Classic Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist is the Industry’s Top Choice

Why the Classic Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist is the Industry’s Top Choice

Electric chain hoists are essential tools, engineered to lift and move heavy loads with precision and ease. Among the diverse models and brands available in the market today, the Classic Lodestar electric chain hoist is the industry’s top choice. Discover why its balanced, integrated and proven design, boasting a range of special features, distinguish it from the rest.

Features

The Classic Lodestar features hardened, forged steel, latch type hooks and Hoistaloy load chains ensuring long, dependable service with up to a 3-ton capacity. Designed for longevity and quiet operation, the gear train is lubricated with non-oxidizing grease for a lifetime of smooth performance. Its straightforward installation and low-maintenance design are among the many reasons this product remains a favorite.

Special Applications

This U.S.A. made electric chain hoist offers customizable special features to meet diverse operational needs. The Classic Lodestar is built to withstand harsh environments, making it ideal for severe duty applications such as plating, galvanizing, and washdown processes. With options like creep control, users can achieve precise positioning through adjustable time delay settings. Its climbing capability makes it suitable for temporary rigging or lifting applications in the inverted position.

Chain Storage

The Classic Lodestar offers an alternative to its standard metal chain container. The standard metal chain container is convenient for slack chain storage and includes a security cable for added safety. Alternatively, the fabric chain bag, suitable for chain weights up to 300 pounds, offers high tensile and tear strength, excellent resistance to ultraviolet rays, mildew stains, rot, and weather. Its lightweight, flexible material dampens noise and avoids shrinkage, making it perfect for outdoor environments.

Lifetime Warranty

One of the standout aspects of the Classic Lodestar electric chain hoist is its lifetime warranty. Coupled with the hoist’s inherent durability, this warranty makes the Lodestar an excellent long-term investment for any industrial setting. The Classic Lodestar has stood the test of time and continues to be a reliable choice for industries worldwide.

Built to Last

The Classic Lodestar electric chain hoist is the industry’s top choice due to superior design and outstanding features. Its efficient performance makes it ideal for any industrial lifting needs. Let us be your trusted partner in the industry and lift your operations to new heights. Whether you’re looking for a new product or replacing an old one, American Crane & Equipment Corporation has an extensive range of parts and products on our online store ACECO Products. Contact us today and see why ACECO is the preferred choice for overhead crane systems, hoists and material handling equipment.

How to Put Together a Critical Lift Plan

If your business depends on crane technology in any capacity, one of the most urgent and important safety and logistical concerns you’ll face is a situation involving a critical lift.

A critical lift is any operation involving a crane in which there are heightened risk factors and thus no acceptable margin of error. A critical lift requires extra planning, extra manpower, and flawless execution. Failure to properly anticipate and plan for a critical lift can result in loads being catastrophically damaged, damage to equipment, extensive project delays, and even loss of life.

It’s vital to know what a critical lift is and, more importantly, how to categorized your lift accordingly.

How to Know if Your Lift is Critical

Your Lift is CriticalWhile there is no universally accepted definition, experience and extensive research has taught us that a robust list of factors contribute to what we should consider a critical lift. The best general guideline to follow is to always side with safety and adequate planning when a lift is in question. If you have any doubt that your standard lift equipment and procedures are inadequate to meet the needs of the operation, you should always treat it as a critical lift.

Cover the Critical Lift Checklist

Does the lift exceed 75% of your crane’s capacity? Are multiple cranes required for the lift? Will the lift require the load to be manipulated outside the operator’s view at any time? Does the lift involve an unusual, unusually technical rigging arrangement? Could the damage to the uniquely valuable load produce serious monetary losses? Would damaging the load cause serious delays to an important project timeline?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then the odds are overwhelming you have a critical lift ahead of you.

Our Mission is You

American Crane’s mission is to make the lives of our customers easier and promote their empowerment, growth, and safety. We do that through the design, manufacture, and implementation of the best cranes in the industry. We believe in imbuing everything we do with heart, integrity, perseverance, and grit.

It’s because of these core values that we choose to offer a range of safety and educational information to our customers, competitors, and the industry at large.