Using X-Y Cranes

My interesting call today was from Ireland. A gentleman with a deep Irish brogue related that he has a need to create a “filling station” for a bottling plant. The workers use a hose to fill the bottles and the hoses are unwieldy. They want to create a retractable system, much like you see on the hoses at the gas station, to keep the hoses supported and out-of-the-way when not in use. We can accomplish this by using a X-Y bridge crane and some heavy-duty tool balancers. This type of crane allows a user to move anywhere within an X-Y grid and use still the attachment.  A 1000 lb load will feel like a load of 10 lbs. to the worker. 

We use these cranes for hoists and vacuum lifters for a huge variety of applications. I know that it is a personal preference, but I like this type of crane much more than a jib or cantilever style crane. They are much more adaptable for changing manufacturing and handling situations. The tracks for these cranes are closed, so they don’t accumulate dirt that bogs down the works. The cranes are really easy to operate and workers seem to like them much more that jibs, which only move in a circular area.

X-Y bridge cranes cost more than jibs, however, the installation is normally much easier and less expensive than jibs, so I think it is a good trade-off. The bridge crane is much easier to move or re-configure in the future. Many jibs require a big concrete footing, so it is a major production to relocate this type of crane.

A good X-Y bridge crane can really improve productivity.

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