How To Protect Your Crane From Costly Downtime

November 23, 2021

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Southwestern Team

Your overhead crane system probably sits as the lifeblood of your business. Not only are they costly investments, but they can lead to expensive repairs if they aren’t maintained properly. Several factors go into play when keeping up crane maintenance. There are also crucial things to keep in mind to avoid these problems, most of which we look for during our inspections. Simply put, staying on top of maintenance on downtime will save you time and money.

 Use Your Crane For The Proper Purpose

When cranes are used for something that is not their intended purpose, issues will arise. This is something we’ve seen far too often. You want to think of four key things whenever putting your crane to work. Look at the rated load and avoid frequently lifting at capacity or too near capacity. With that, the number of lifts and movements you make every hour has an effect on your performance. Moving too fast can mean things get overlooked or not correctly lifted. The distance of each crane movement also makes a significant impact on your lifespan. Then there’s also how long you use the crane every day. Look into the class of cranes you have and know this information before signing off with clients.

Operating Environment

One of the most vital things to pay attention to is the environment and the weather you will have your crane work in during projects. Factors such as high-heat, dust, steam, or excessive moisture can heavily weigh on your crane’s performance. Then, issues such as corrosion and oxidation can fill parts with dirt and grime that can have long term effects. Before you work on a project, look at all of these factors, and ensure that your equipment is well prepared and can handle environmental changes like these.

Inspections Are Vital

Let’s look at the most important and probably obvious one, inspections. Staying on top of inspections will keep you ahead of any significant problems. This will help you plan out when to replace parts to keep you from turning down potential projects. Timing is everything, and just like your car, and your body, a frequent and proper inspection will help you more than anything. Southwestern Industrial makes this process smooth and easy for you. We also provide both periodic inspections and frequent inspections. You can find more information about our services here.

Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment. We look forward to making sure that your equipment is in tip-top shape.