We’re your one-stop shop. Would you make three different stops in the morning to get your sugar, milk and grounds for your morning coffee? Of course not—Why should your crane service be any different?
Hercules SLR offers crane certifications & LEEA-certified inspections, repairs, predictive & preventive maintenance (so you can pass those inspections!) and crane parts & accessories like wire rope slings, hoists & whatever else you need to lift.
If you work in construction, industrial project management or even a warehouse facility, you probably face your fair share of challenges—And cranes. And, probably your fair share of crane problems, too. Your overhead lifting device should not be one of these challenges.
Did you know Hercules SLR in New Brunswick offers crane rentals, equipment & accessories and services? We do!
When you spend a long day lifting, hoisting and pulling, your body probably has some aches & pains. Did you know your crane is no different? Just like a weightlifter must take care of their body, watch what they eat and even ensure the palms of their hands are prepared to lift, your crane needs a similar level of care.
Read on to discover what type of cranes Hercules SLR services, the equipment & product we service, sell & inspect and why looking after your crane benefits you in the long-run.
WHAT TYPES OF CRANES DOES HERCULES SLR SERVICE?
If you need overhead lifting device service or rentals, you’re in the right place. What kinds of cranes do we service? We service all crane classes, specifically:
Top Running Overhead Crane
Under Running Overhead Crane
Rail Road Cranes
Have a type of crane you need serviced, but we didn’t cover it here? Give us a call—We service anything.
HOW MUCH DOES CRANE INSPECTION COST?
We know, your top concern is probably price. “How much will this inspection, repair, preventive maintenance, etc. cost?” Unfortunately, this cost will likely vary depending on factors like what kind of service or part you need.
Specific costs will vary—Like we’ve covered in previous blogs, there are many different parts of a crane or types of service you might need, ranging from below-the-hook, repairs to the structural steel or inspections to the jib or other crane component.
Downtime: It can put a damper on productivity when a crane’s out of service, and the downtime associated an out-of-service crane with halting or pausing a project can be costly—Quickly, too.
Productivity: When inspections or tests are conducted by a competent/qualified person, they can identify issues and repairs can be scheduled during slower periods, so you don’t disrupt work and you know your crane is running reliably & smoothly during your business’ busy periods.
Peace-of-Mind: Know your equipment is running smoothly & ready-to-go, know if a repair or equipment replacement is cheaper and that your team is safe.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
We know, ‘preventive maintenance‘ might seem like a big waste of money for your organization. However, like mentioned above, preventive maintenance can actually reduce costs that eventually, can become even bigger repair costs.
Reduce physical labour for employees.
Meet project deadlines & stay on schedule.
Cut-down on repair costs, prevent future damage and eliminate unforeseen equipment failure.
Protect your investment.
And finally, (the one you probably know), because you have to—It’s the law.
CRANE INSPECTION: WHERE, WHEN & HOW OFTEN?
CRANE INSPECTION: WHERE, WHEN & HOW OFTEN?
There are many different types of cranes, and your workplace will (should) have a robust inspection program plan in place for each type. Inspection frequency depends on a number of things, like:
How often the crane is used & when it’s being used,
Which Service Class the crane belongs to,
What it’s used for and what type of inspection is being done.
According to the Canadian Standards Association, crane inspections should follow standards outlined by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization)—Specifically ISO 4309 and ISO 9927-1.
Find it difficult to track this for your business? We know, and we listened. Receive crane service from Hercules SLR and gain access to our free asset management service, CertTracker.
Secure online database: Keep your entire operational asset history in one, secure place.
Alerts: CertTracker will notify management of failed inspections, repairs and work order details—It also tells you when you’re overdue for inspections and repairs.
Easy access: CertTracker uses RFID chips while handheld computers capture inspections & maintenance operations, which eliminates the need to manually enter data. It captures equipment when in & out of service, location transfers and all data is sent to the online database so you know exactly where it is, whenever you input it. If that’s not enough, it also converts units of measure instantly for easy use onsite.
Customization: Track what you need to track. Have your team or service provider record daily inspections, scheduled maintenance, annual inspections or other important dates. Each inspection is time-stamped by the user so your audit record is always accurate & reliable. Find specific assets by I.D. number, location, owner, etc.—Whatever you prefer.
Available 24/7: CertTracker is online and always open.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Inspections check for a number of issues. It’s important to have your crane serviced regularly—It becomes time-consuming, costly & ineffective to both operate and service the crane the longer you avoid proper inspections.
IN NEW BRUNSWICK, WE ALSO OFFER:
Hercules SLR in New Brunswick also manufactures gin wheels, or pulleys wheels. Gin wheels are a convenient, low-cost & economical way to raise and lower a load.
Hercules SLR in Moncton & Saint John, New Brunswick fabricates custom gin wheels, load-rated for use in refineries.
WHY HERCULES SLR? WATCH.
NEED A QUOTE? HAVE A QUESTION? CALL US—WE KNOW THE (WIRE) ROPES.
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
CRANE SERVICE | PRODUCTS
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
Need a lift? What are you waiting for—Come see us in Sudbury!
FOR SERVICE, QUESTIONS & QUOTES
FOR QUESTIONS, QUOTES OR TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CRANE SERVICES AT OUR SUDBURY, ONTARIO BRANCH, CONTACT US AT:
Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies. We have a unique portfolio of businesses nationally, with locations coast-to-coast. Hercules Group of Companies provides extensive coverage of products and services that support a variety of sectors across Canada which includes the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, mining and marine industries.
We have the ability to provide any hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email email@example.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.
Underestimating the importance of equipment maintenance could be taking a toll on your bottom line. The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is too often the way some view equipment maintenance. Why pay for service on your equipment if there’s nothing wrong with it? Believe it or not, there are several reasons. All equipment is an investment — one that requires time and money to keep in optimal shape.
BENEFITS OF MAINTENANCE
Preventative equipment maintenance is key to extending equipment life and ultimately saving you time and money. While your perception may be that paying for preventative maintenance is unnecessary spending, the reality is that without it, you’re often left with more expensive repairs. At Hercules SLR we believe in the importance of preventative maintenance, here are just some of the reasons why:
KEEP EQUIPMENT RUNNING EFFICIENTLY
When equipment runs efficiently, work get done on schedule, keeping that optimal condition is key to maintaining that level of equipment efficiency. If maintenance is overlooked, efficiency suffers and ultimately, your bottom line suffers as a result.
SMALL PROBLEMS BECOME BIGGER PROBLEMS OVER TIME
We’ve all seen it; something isn’t working exactly the way it used to, but it isn’t affecting the job, so we continue, sometimes even adjusting how we use the piece of equipment to keep things moving. While it may seem like this is the most efficient way to get the job done in the short term, it could cause you major problems long-term.
THE BIGGER THE PROBLEM, THE MORE THE EXPENSE
While it may seem like it makes no sense to spend the time and money to have your equipment inspected or repaired when you’re able to work around it, the reality is that waiting, is going to cost you even more. Bigger, more complex repairs come with a bigger price tag. Think of more than parts? yes, a more complex problem will likely come with having to replace more and/or larger parts that are expensive, but it doesn’t end there.
Larger problems often translate to more downtime, the more downtime means you’re suddenly behind schedule and/or unable to take on a new project. Employees scheduled to use that equipment need paying, so now you are paying for work that cannot be done during the downtime.
Don’t wait for the bigger problem — invest in the small one.
REDUCE INJURIES AND FATALITIES
Within the construction industry, 17% of fatal construction accidents are due to contact with objects and equipment. If your equipment isn’t being serviced on a regular basis, there’s a chance it isn’t working properly. If it isn’t working properly, you’re increasing your chances of workplace injury or death because of equipment failure.
Regardless of how much safety training you or your employees have been through, they don’t have control over equipment failure. Of course, there will always be unexpected breakdowns, but you can minimize them through being proactive about your equipment maintenance.
Workplace injuries and fatalities are tragic and expensive. Company morale suffers, and so does your bottom line. One of the benefits of maintenance doubles as a proactive step in reducing the number of injuries or fatalities you have on site. You can’t put a price on your team’s safety in the field.
Service records and documentation answer many of these questions and put many of the concerns of the unknown to rest. At Hercules SLR all our customers have access to CertTracker®, our FREE online equipment management system.
CertTracker® delivers innovative solutions that streamline any inspection and maintenance process. Mobile computing, Radio Frequency (RFID) tagging and internet applications provide you with enhanced accuracy and operational efficiency. Not to mention eliminating most of the paperwork.
TRAIN OPERATORS AND TECHNICIANS
In conjunction with technology, there is no substitution for the human touch. It takes a trained operator to understand the problem and a trained technician to know how to fix it or to alert someone that it needs repairing. Educating your equipment operators and any technicians you have on staff is key to extending the life of your equipment, as they will be sure that small problems don’t turn in to big ones.
If training isn’t feasible, there needs to be a summary of best practices and an operation manual in place so you can ensure operators are using the equipment the way it was meant to be used. Always respect all weight limits and guidelines. An untrained equipment operator could unintentionally cause costly repairs, so make sure the best practices and expectations are outlined clearly and regularly.
SET AND STICK TO A MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Every piece of equipment is different. They all have their own intricacies and need a maintenance and repair schedule to match. Rather than waiting for parts to cause a problem, replace them when they are scheduled to be replaced.
How do you know when that is? The piece of equipment will have an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) maintenance recommendation. Commit to it. It may seem like by being proactive you’re attempting to fix something that isn’t broken, but trust us, neglecting to do this will result in expensive repairs.
CONDUCT REGULAR INSPECTIONS
No, inspections are not the same thing as maintenance schedules. equipment should be inspected every time it’s used. Trained operators should know what to look and listen for to ensure equipment is working properly. Checking for simple things, like signs of wear on equipment, can go a long way. The reality is equipment is often used with vibration, high temperatures and friction? all of which contribute to the wear and tear. Add age to the mix, and you have a recipe for deterioration.
This happens with all equipment, and the key to extending equipment life is to make sure you do something as simple as adding an operator visual inspection to your equipment use requirements. Noticing slight wear and tear may seem small, but these things can be identified through a visual inspection and fixed before they cause a larger problem.
HOW QUALIFIED ARE THE TECHNICIANS INSPECTING YOUR GEAR?
When it comes to inspections, testing, repairs and certification, you need to know that you and your equipment are in safe and experienced hands.
The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the globe as the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. They provide third party training and examination for technicians in the lifting equipment industry.
At Hercules our inspectors have undergone this internationally recognized training and some hold multiple diplomas.
OUR TECHNICIANS ARE:
Familiar with the most recent technology in the lifting industry
Skilled and confident in their inspection skills
Constantly learning and expanding their knowledge
LEEA Registered Technicians
For all your maintenance requirements, let our experts help. If you need to book your equipment in for service or have any concerns, questions or call us Toll Free on:1-877-461-4876.
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.