Overhead Crane Servicing

There are three types of servicing that an overhead crane will require: preventative maintenance, inspection and testing and emergency servicing. Without crane servicing it will not be possible to safely or legally operate a crane.

Servicing and Preventative Maintenance

Preventive maintenance serving is obviously the most important kind of crane servicing that cranes require. Every crane will have to be cleaned, adjusted and lubricated on a regular basis or it will not operate properly.

It’s vital to perform regular upkeep on any overhead crane; keeping the parts lubricated and cleaned will help prevent unnecessary wear and premature failure, which can cost quite a bit in lost production.

A motorized overhead crane will generally require servicing about once each year. During such preventative maintenance, a technician will inspect the crane for problems, replace worn parts, clean the crane, and apply necessary lubrication to moving parts.

Regular Inspections to Remain Legal

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that overhead cranes be inspected once per year for normal wear and tear and that identified problems be addressed immediately. Different state and local laws may require further inspections so it’s important to understand the laws in your area.

Anytime a crane is insured, regular inspections will generally be required as a condition of maintaining insurance. Failure to abide by regular inspection recommendations could result in higher insurance premiums or inability to insure a crane altogether. Additionally, lawsuits could result if anyone is injured as a result of negligence in the performance of regular inspections.

A certified technician will perform crane inspections and, in most cases, can also perform preventative maintenance on the crane as well. To save on the cost of preventative servicing, it’s often advisable to have this technician perform this service as well.

Load tests are absolutely vital since cranes are really only machines used to lift and move a load. Testing that a crane can handle it’s certified load is done during the inspection and must be performed by a certified technician or engineer. In many areas, this load test is required by law and proof of completion of the load test is required by many insurance companies.

Emergency Service

Any company that relies on an overhead crane for production should ensure that an agreement is in place with a crane servicing company that is able to repair the crane as quickly as possible should it break down. Breakdowns do happen and it can cost an organization quite a bit in lost production if it is not repaired in a timely fashion.

A broken down crane can shut down an entire production line or shop or make work slower and more inconvenient for workers. Workers may have to rely upon a forklift or other vehicle to lift and move loads while the crane is broken down. In the worst case scenario workers and machinery could be sitting idle waiting for the crane to come back on line.

In the event of a breakdown, if you have an agreement in place for emergency service, a crane servicing company can usually have a technician on site within 24 to 48 hours after the breakdown. If you hire the same company to handle emergency service as you do to handle regular maintenance and inspections, you can ensure that the technician will be familiar with the crane ahead of time.

After spending some eighteen years in the crane business, Scott Jenson has seen it all and retired a little over a year ago. He spends his weekends with his wonderful family and his weeks in front a computer writing about construction-related topics. For more information on Overhead Cranes, visit Crane-Tec.

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