If you’ve landed here, you’re more than likely having trouble with one or more of your overhead cranes or hoists. At F&G Cranes, we will eagerly work with you to restore your equipment to function or offer suggestions so that you can get back to work as soon as possible. Our top-notch service department desires to develop a professional and committed relationship with our customers. To earn this trust, we have to be on top of our game in providing the most elite level of service in the industry. Though we work on many types of cranes, one specific service we offer is bridge crane repair.
Because our employees are knowledgeable in all that they do, you can trust that they will be able to repair, replace, adjust, or even offer some suggestions at no cost to get your equipment back to working condition. After we determine the problem, we are able to make temporary fixes so that your machine is functional and safe. Then, once the parts are available, we will make a long-term fix to lower the risk of further breakdown.
You’ll be relieved to know that our professionals have extensive training and experience in repairing bridge cranes. A few of the more common issues that surface with bridge cranes include electrical malfunctions, wire rope replacement, mechanical malfunctions, and malfunctions due to incorrect operator use. We will elaborate on these issues below.
One obvious symptom of an electrical malfunction is a loss of power and function. Located across the bridge structure of a crane are the bridge conductors. These give power and control capacity for all of the bridge, hoist, and trolley functions. When one of these conductors malfunctions, the crane will be unable to perform its duties as expected.
Sometimes, your crane may just need a simple wire rope replacement. The wires in the cranes are made of flexible Improved Plow Steel (IPS) which is top-of-the-line in durability and extensibility, or bending ability/flexibility. These wires are typically found in wire rope hoists and last for several years if taken care of properly. We find that wire rope issues are normally instigated by operator error. The hoists are designed to raise and lower in a straight line. The wire cable wraps in one layer around the drum, therefore, if the operator moves the wire three degrees or more out of that vertical window, the cable will come off of the drum. If the operator continues to use the hoist, the wire rope will be damaged.
Mechanical malfunctions of a crane usually occur with improper alignment of crane wheels, bearings, or gears. When this occurs, you will experience a crane jam, in which the mechanisms malfunction and the contents will probably become stuck. Crane problems related to incorrect operator use are self-explanatory, but this reinforces the importance of proper training for all operators. A lack of adequate training can lead to hefty costs in crane repair and a high risk of danger.
We know that when your machines aren’t working correctly, you lose money due to a lack in production and everyone is at a higher risk of hazard. As you soon as you notify us of any troubles, we will respond and make a plan of action as quickly as possible. Don’t hesitate to take action as soon as you suspect a problem.