Increasing Productivity With Jib Cranes

Jib cranes are mechanical lifting devices that come fully equipped with winders, wires, ropes, sheaves and chains that can be utilised to both lift and lower loads and mobilise them horizontally. Jib cranes use one or more simplistic machines to create mechanical advantages and can thus, shift materials above and beyond the usual capabilities of a human being. Jib cranes are most commonly employed in the transport industry to load freight but can also be advantageous in construction where large matter needs repositioning and production lines when large scale orders must be quickly distributed. Jib cranes can be operated both indoors and outdoors.
Cranes come in two basic types: mobile cranes and fixed cranes. While a mobile crane offers adaptability, enabling it to move to any location or job, fixed cranes can carry much larger loads, are more stable, and can reach far higher. While these fixed cranes are not meant to be moved very often, some can be disassembled and reassembled, for added mobility. So you have several lathes or CNC machines in your warehouse, with one big overhead crane to load all of them, this produces workers waiting around to be ‘next up’ on the overhead crane. Why waste the time when everyone could have their own crane to rely on?
For several reasons really, firstly if your overhead crane breaks down then your whole production line can be put out of action making you fully reliable on a crane service technician to get you back up and running, this might be harder than you had hoped as spare parts may need to be ordered putting you out of production for even longer than expected. If everyone has their own Jib Crane then if one breaks down then only one machine is out of production leaving the rest of your staff to continue production as normal.
Jib cranes are much more affordable than overhead cranes; you can pick up a used jib crane from as little as £500 from the right place such as Crane Handling.
New jib cranes are also a good idea as you get a full manufacturer’s warranty and you can specify the cranes to your needs such as requesting a dual speed electric hoist for handling objects that require more precise movements.
Considerations when looking to purchase a swing jib are the following; safe working load, this is the greatest weight you will be lifting, this is what the hoist and jib will be rated to, commonly known as ‘Safe Working Load.’ The height of lift- this is the distance between the load and the underside of the jib arm. Headroom- do you have obstructing ceilings, trusses etc. above the jib? If so you may require an under braced jib crane to ensure your maximum height of lift can be achieved. Will you be wall mounting the jib or will it be free standing? If wall mounted you need to ensure the wall is structurally capable of lifting your safe working load. If free standing your floor needs to be structurally capable of lifting your maximum capacity / safe working load, this can be determined by a visit from a structural engineer. If you are planning to have an electric hoist is powered slew you will need a three phase power supply close to connect the crane.