What are Overhead Cranes Used For?

An overhead crane is the kind of crane that is usually used in the industrial industries. Most people refer to overhead cranes as bridge cranes. The crane consists of parallel runways that travel along a bridge which connects the gap.  The bridge allows the hoist (lifting component of a crane) to move from one point to the next. Overhead cranes are nothing like mobile or construction cranes; in fact they are frequently used for either manufacturing or maintenance applications. In the industrial industry, efficiency or downtimes are crucial factors.

 They are utilized in a variety of areas, including:

  • Warehousing- to transport heavy loads, huge objects to and from the allocated areas.
  • Assembly- to move raw products through their production processes.
  • Transportation- to pack manufactured products onto trailers.
  • Storage to transport- transporting bulky and heavy loads to and from dock areas.


Overhead cranes are commonly utilized in the rectification of steel and other metals such as copper and aluminium. In the process of manufacturing steel, each step is gradually handled by the overhead crane.

Organic matter is poured into an oven by the crane; heated metal is then rolled to an exact thickness and tempered or strengthened. After the process it is put away by an overhead crane for cooling, the completed coils are carried and loaded onto trucks and trains by the crane.

The transportation industry uses overhead cranes to handle raw materials. Lighter factory cranes, such as jib cranes or gantry cranes, handle smaller loads in a workstation.

All paper factories utilize bridge cranes for consistent maintenance requiring expulsion of overwhelming press rolls and other equipment. The extension cranes are utilized as a part of the underlying construction of paper machines since they make it less demanding to introduce the substantial cast press paper drying drums and other massive equipment, some weighing as much as 70 tons.

Advantages to having a bridge crane;

  • ØIncreased safety
  • ØUpgraded load control
  • ØEscapes any floor obstructions
  • ØImproved ergonomics
  • ØEffortless lifting of loads
  • ØCustomizable- overhead cranes can be effectively tweaked by including one of numerous Below-The-Hook extras including lifting shafts, spreader pillars, roll and loop lifters, tongs, sheet lifters and bed lifters.

In many instances the cost of purchasing a bridge crane can be taken from the costs you use for hiring other mobile cranes in the construction facility that uses a lot of heavy process equipment.

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