Overhead Cranes: The Right Amount of Technology

Don’t get distracted by whistles and bells, warns Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies.   Many readers of this blog will no doubt play golf on a regular basis. Those golfers will all know someone at their club or course that has got way more clubs, equipment and apparel than their […]

How to Avoid Overhead Crane Failure

For companies requiring overhead lifting operations, taking steps to avoid crane failure is critical to ensuring the safety of workers and overall efficiency of operations. No matter the specific industry or type of job site, taking a number of simple precautions can greatly reduce the risk of overhead crane failure. Before operators use cranes, technicians should inspect […]

Knowing Your Open Winch and Built-Up Hoists

Understanding the difference between open winch and built-up hoists will help end users make informed buying decisions, says Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies. This blog will reference three types of hoist—packaged, open winch and built-up. Too often an open winch hoist is installed where a built-up hoist would be more […]

A Day in the Life of a Crane Operator

The world of cranes is vast and varied. There are a number of different types of cranes used within the construction industry, all with seemingly endless models, functions and capabilities. Not only are cranes an integral part of most construction projects lifting and hoisting material by the ton, they are also a complicated piece of […]

HOW TO DISPOSE OF DAMAGED RIGGING GEAR, WIRE ROPE, & SLINGS

With no clear industry-wide rules on retiring or destroying damaged or failed rigging hardware and slings, permanent disposal is typically left up to the owner or end-user. This can become problematic, as a damaged or failed piece of rigging equipment needs to be removed from service, quarantined, and be rendered useless so that it will […]

Overhead Crane Accident Action Stations

In the event of an overhead crane accident, a well-rehearsed procedure should be put into operation, says Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies. Before getting into what one should do in the important minutes, hours, days and weeks after a crane accident, let’s look briefly at the causes of such catastrophes, […]

Buying a Crane, Part 3: Negotiating the Contract

Putting a solid, relevant contract in place is key to successful and timely installation of an overhead crane, says Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies. This is the third installment of a three-part blog. Where the first article guided purchasing decision makers on putting together an overhead crane specification, and the […]

Buying a Crane, Part 2: Pondering Proposals

Once proposals have been gathered, it’s time to compare them and select the supplier of the right crane for the facility in question, says Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies. This is the second installment of a two-part blog. Where the first article guided purchasing decision makers on putting together an […]

Buying a Crane, Part 1: Preparing a Crane Specification

Getting the right overhead crane starts by putting together a comprehensive specification, says Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies. This is the first of a two-part blog. This article helps end users put together a specification that will steer them through the potential minefield that it can feel like when sourcing […]

Violations and Breakdowns: A Bifocal Approach

Meeting OSHA requirements is only a starting point, says Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies. This blog is primarily targeted at those who work in facilities that have overhead cranes, but the message can be applied to a multitude of industries and sectors regardless of the equipment they operate. Consider that […]