An overhead crane needs regular maintenance just like any other automobile or any piece of equipment. You need to take special steps to prolong its life. In fact, buying an overhead crane can be an investment in itself and you need measures to protect it. We have enlisted some common overhead crane problems that you can face and need to guard against.

WIRE ROPE DAMAGE

  • There are a number of common wire rope problems including damage or degradation to wire rope. The wire rops damage can be caused due to reduction of rope diameter below nominal, broken or worn outside wires, corroded or broken wires at end connections, etc.
  1. To prevent any damage to the wire rope, you should make sure to get it inspected before every shift. In case any evidence of damage is observed, the wire rope should be properly disposed of to prevent further usage. You also need to make sure that the wire rope is properly lubricated as proprr lubrication of the wire rope has many benefits like reduced friction, corrosion protection and lubrication in the core, inside wires, and outside surface, etc.

CRANE SKEW AND ALIGNMENT ISSUES

Being out of alignment and skewing of an overhead train as it travels down the runway could mean threat it can create significant stress and damages the entire crane system. Such stresses caused in the system csn result in accidents, crane failure or derailment, equipment downtime and productivity loss and costly repairs and replacement of parts too.

The signs which indicate crane skewing are loud scraping sounds, broken or cracked wheel flanges, abnormal wear on the wheels, wheel bearings, and rails, extra power required to move the crane through certain areas of the runway, among other.

The best way to prevent overhead crane skew and alignment issues is to have your crane regularly inspected by a reputable third-party service provider. A crane service provider can survey your crane rails and runway systems to identify and correct any issues before they become bigger problems.

  • EXCESSIVE WEAR

If there’s any component of overhead cranes that can require frequent maintenance, replacement, or adjustment, it is the end truck wheels. The wheels will naturally wear down due to normal use of the crane and will need to be replaced over time. Wheels tend to wear out faster on a crane that was installed using an existing rail system as opposed to a new installation. The railway should be properly aligned and inspected.

Your overhead crane runway system should be designed, tested, and regularly inspected by a reputable overhead crane manufacturer in order to avoid premature wear. Any signs of premature wear will indicate the possibility of a larger problem that should be addressed and corrected before the problem compounds itself.

BENT OR DAMAGED HOOKS

To hold a load in a particular and precise direction while lifting, the overhead crane uses a hook. When the weight isn’t supported as intended by the hook, it compromises the internal integrity of the hook and can increase the chance of it bending, stretching, or cracking. The load can also slip off of the hook if it stretches out the throat opening. Regular inspection of hooks should also be done at the beginning of each shift to check for any damage.

Originally posted 2019-02-24 19:11:07.