What makes our crane service so special in Sudbury, Ontario? We do it all.
Our team of crane technicians in Sudbury, Ontario grew from two to five within months, and business is boomin’—They’re a small team, with big goals.
Cranes are simple-enough machines, yet require specific, detailed and reliable service. There are approximately seven different kinds of cranes commonly-found on worksites—These include tower cranes, overhead cranes, boom cranes, rough-terrain cranes and telescopic cranes.
At Hercules SLR in Sudbury, Ontario we service and provide equipment and service for all these, and more. Read on to learn details about our crane service in Sudbury, Ontario.
With any of the above services, have access to our asset management service, CertTracker.
CertTracker lets you:
Easily store and track upcoming inspections and important maintenance dates
Store your equipment documentation in one, easy spot (which makes inspection a breeze)
View assets, documents and their status quickly and easily
Quickly & easily mark gear as failed and order new equipment
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Learn more about our current picks for durable, long-lasting and reliable crane equipment from some of our favourite bands.
Need crane service, and something to sweeten the deal? You’ll receive 1 extra Air Miles® Bonus Miles for every $10.00 spent on the following crane equipment:
CM HURRICANE 360° CHAIN HOISTS
Columbus McKinnon’s Hurricane 360° Chain Hoist is unlike any other chain hoist on the market. It features a one-of-a-kind hand chain cover, and is flexible and versatile enough to use for tough, awkward applications.
What else do we love about CM’s Hurricane 360° Chain Hoist?
Hook-mounted hand chain hoist has Weston-style braking system that provides positive load control and reliable performance
Hook-mounted hand chain hoist has standard load-limiter provides simple, automatic overload protection that helps prevent injuries
Available as army-type, integrated trolley hoist with standard lifts up to 30′
Allows you to position and lift from nearly any angle
Receive bonus Air Miles® Rewards Miles when you purchase any of these CM chain hoists from our Sudbury, Ontario branch:
1/2 ton capacity, 10′ lift
1/2 ton capacity, 12′ lift
1/2 ton capacity, 15′ lift
1/2 ton capacity, 20′ lift
1 ton capacity, 10′ lift
1 ton capacity, 12′ lift
1 ton capacity, 15′ lift
1 ton capacity, 20′ lift
2 ton capacity, 20′ lift
Air Miles® Bonus Miles are also available with any purchase of the following LoadLoc chain lifts:
LOADLOC CHAIN LIFT:
1/2 ton chain hoist, 10′ lift with load limiter
1/2 ton chain hoist, 20′ lift with load limiter
1 ton chain hoist, 10′ lift
1 ton chain hoist, 10′ lift with load limiter
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Cranes have been used since the first century – in that time, they were powered by humans or animals to lift heavy loads. Cranes have adapted and come a long way since – they now use an assortment of crane equipment and hardware to lift, lower and even sometimes move horizontally.
Read on to learn more about the modern variety of crane equipment available and Hercules SLR’s tips for using it.
CRANE EQUIPMENT:an overview
For rigging with cranes, different types of lifting equipment (also known as tackle) are used. These include:
Wire Rope Slings
CRANE EQUIPMENT: wire rope slings
Pay special attention to wire rope slings as they are susceptible to servere wear, abrasion, impact loading, crushing, kinking and overloading – small changes in the slings’ angle affect the safe working load of the sling. Care should be taken around rough edges and wire rope slings – even an edge you might not consider ‘sharp’ can make considerable damage to your wire rope sling, making it unsafe and ineffective. Use sleeves, wear pads or corner protectors to protect your wire rope sling from damage.
Be sure to not drop a load or run a load over the sling – this will crush the sling. Also, don’t stop and start suddenly while you lift and lower with a wire rope sling, as this increases the slings’ stresses and increases possible failures.
WIRE ROPE SLING SPLICES
WIRE ROPE SLING IDENTIFICATION
There are three ways to identify wire rope slings: the SWL, I.D. number and certificate number.
Hard-stamped on ferrule
A tag which has a wire running through the tag and eye of the sling
Large metal washer where the wire of the sling is passed through when you make the eye of a sling
Round slings’ are versatile – they’re strong, yet delicate to the load to lift. They’re light, flexible in many directions and malleable which is especially helpful when lifting an awkward or delicate load.
CRANE EQUIPMENT: synthetic round slings
Round slings’ are not easily damaged by sunlight, humidity, grease, dirt or seawater. Round slings’ are identified by the colour of the label, and also have the SWL on it.
CRANE EQUIPMENT: web slings
Web slings are suited for particularly those that can be easily damaged. They’re easy to damage if you use them improperly – your web sling shouldn’t touch a sharp edge, heat or chemicals that will cause damage.
CRANE EQUIPMENT: hardware
For crane lifting, two different shackles are typically used – bow and d-shackles. When using synthetic slings with a crane, two types of shackles are available, wide sling shackle and a round sling shackle. Web sling shackles are wider and bow out in the middle, and round sling shackles are narrow and sometimes have small valleys in the shackle bow, which supports the synthetic strands better.
These prevent the sling from bunching and pinching, which can be an issue with bow or d-shackles – it also reduces the SWL capacity of the sling.
To use shackles for crane lifting safely, follow these tips:
Don’t replace the shackle pin with a bolt – only the proper fitted pin should be used. Bolts aren’t meant to take the bend that a pin can handle.
Pins must be straight and all-screw pins must be completely seated
Cotter pins should be used with all round pin shackles
Shackles worn at the crown or pin by over 10% of original diameter should be removed from service and destroyed.
Don’t pull your shackle at an angle with a sling or hoist rope – this reduces the shackle’s capacity by 50%. Spacers can be used to centralize the load on the pins with spacers.
Don’t use screw pin shackles if the load can roll under load and unscrew
A sheave block is a single, or multi-sheave block which opens on one side – this opening allows a rope to be pulled over the sheave and eliminates the need to be threaded through the block. When crane lifting with wire rope, sheave blocks can be purchased with configurations for hook, shackle, eye and swivel fittings.
Sheave blocks are normally used when it’s necessary to change the direction of pull on the line. When this happens, the stress on the sheave block is significantly greater than the angle between the lead and load lines.
When the lines are parallel, 1000lbs on the lead line results in double the weight on the block—2000lbs on block, hook and whatever the connection points are attached to. As the angle between lines increases, the stress on the block and hook is reduced.
Many different hooks are available for lifting and rigging operations – check with manufacturer instructions and warnings before using in a crane application.
When using hooks to lift with a crane, follow these tips:
Ensure hoisting hooks are fitted with safety latches (except grab and sorting hooks)
Inspect hooks often, looking for wear in the hook’s saddle – check for cracks, corrosion and if the hook’s body is twisted.
Inspect the shackle’s throat opening – if the hook’s been overloaded or is weak, the throat will open. If this is the case, remove from service and destroy so no one else attempts to use it.
Inspect for cracks in the hook’s saddle and neck
Be sure the hook is stamped with its SWL
Note that the SWL applies when the load is in the saddle of the hook, as this reduces the SWL.
Turnbuckles are sometimes called rigging screws and can be supplied with eye end, jaw end, stub end fittings and/or a combination of these.
Use turnbuckles fabricated from alloy steel with weldless construction.
If turnbuckles have end fittings, ensure hooks are fit with safety latches.
CHAIN HOISTS / CHAIN BLOCKS
Chain hoists are often used with cranes to move larger equipment and machinery. Chain hoists vary in size and length, and require little effort to execute a lift.
Chain hoists are durable, but can be damaged easily. To prevent damage, check:
The hoist’s body is free of cracks or broken castings
The hook isn’t deformed and is fit with a safety latch
Anchor pins are in place correctly, and are the right type
Chain is in good working condition
SWL is clearly marked on the chain hoist block
A lever hoist is similar to a chain hoist, but operates slightly different with a lever to lift and lower the load – it can also be used to pull loads.
When lifting with a crane and eye bolts, ensure eye and ring bolts are made of alloy steel and have shoulders or collars.
Do not load eye bolts at an angle – angular loading reduces the weight of the load they can safely support.
A tirfor is a mechanical device, equipped with a level handle to operate. They’re used to pull and add tension, and can also be used to lift if they have blocks.
Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.
We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.