Clean Room Cranes and Hoists
Serving a wide range of industries, from wastewater treatment and ash handling to aerospace and shipping, our team can easily meet various industry-specific compliances and regulations, and our industry-leading cleanroom offerings are designed to meet the stringent standards set forth by NASA.
Clean Room Basics
Products with sensitive components and production processes often require the use of hygienic rooms during the manufacturing process; these environments are kept free from dust, airborne microbes, chemical vapors, and other environmental contaminants.
Depending on the application, a specified level of contamination is set and must be adhered to.
Before the International Standards Organization (ISO) adopted standards, nearly all sanitary rooms were governed by FS209E, which specifies cleanliness classification levels.
International standard ISO 14644-2, which is expected to eventually completely replace FS209E, describes the type and frequency of testing needed to meet certain standards and is the most common standard used today.
Industries making frequent use include:
American Crane’s equipment can be built for the strict requirements of the environment. Our cranes feature special shields and components to prevent environmental pollutants and debris from contaminating the equipment.
American Crane’s Custom Solutions:
Hoists and cranes are designed to operate efficiently and safely while maintaining a contamination free environment. American Crane has manufactured various equipment including satellite manufacturing.
Key Industry Case Study: NASA Lift Crane
The American Crane team was contracted to work on the design and construction of a critical lift crane for NASA. Aerospace clients like NASA demand specialty cranes for all types of sensitive handling applications, such as telescope arrangement, lens management, and spacecraft maintenance and construction.
To meet NASA’s stringent standards, we produced a custom 25-ton top-running double-girder crane. All fasteners — made completely of stainless steel — were designed to be self-locking to ensure that no bolts or debris could fall from the crane and compromise the room. We also equipped the walkway with continuous kick plates in order to capture any stray dirt or debris.
With special attention to these types of protective features, the team at American Crane was able to provide NASA with a top-quality lift crane that easily met stringent standards. The crane was installed at the Kennedy Space Center and is used to build the Orion spacecraft.
American Crane offers a variety of material handling solutions from manufacture and design in house as well as providing industry-leading hoist brands such as Budgit, Coffing, Columbus McKinnon, Yale, and Chester.
We can provide:
- Electric Wire Rope Hoists: We can provide electric wire rope hoists from some of the most trusted distributing overhead lifting brands on the market. We offer our own custom wire rope hoists as well as other brands including Coffing, Munck, Yale, Shaw-box, and Chester Hoist.
- Air Wire Rope Hoists: Air wire rope hoists can be operated continually, with frequent start and stop cycles, while managing a maximum load of up to 100 tons. With constant cooling capability, these air-powered hoists are designed specifically for high-usage areas. Also, lifting performance and capacity are entirely unaffected by high ambient temperatures, and feathering on the pendant provides operators with unlimited speed control. These hoists can be easily relocated in plants with ready access to air; no wires are necessary.
- Electric Chain Hoists: These hoists are ideal for use in food, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and electronic applications. Electric chain hoists offer high performance in a wide range of demanding conditions and can withstand exposure to aggressive sanitizers, high humidity, and corrosive materials. This type of hoist — such as the CM Lodestar model — excels in a range of scenarios, from basic wipe-down to complete wash-down environments.
Clean Room Crane Solutions from American Crane
With over 45 years of material handling experience, American Crane is proud to offer industry-leading crane and hoist solutions, providing start-to-finish design, fabrication, and in-house quality assurance services.
To learn more about our work with NASA, or to discuss how our clean room cranes and high-performance lifting solutions can help with your next project, reach out to our crane experts.