Safety at the Loading Dock—a ProGMA Blog

As the latest in a series of educational videos goes live, representatives of the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA), a product group within trade association Material Handling Industry (MHI), discuss safety at the loading dock.             Much fanfare greeted the launch of ProGMA’s latest video on protective guarding for the […]

Holding Sway

The automotive sector is driving uptake of the latest overhead crane anti-sway technology—and others should follow, says Khalid Sorensen, chief technology officer at PaR Systems and Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies.         Watch someone at the strings of a marionette puppet; he or she is a picture […]

Part 1 of 5 Part Inspection Blog Series

This article is Part 1 of a 5-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. Today, we’ll discuss the effect of twisting and bending.                 Consider that chain is evaluated by applying loads in a pure tensile […]

Give us a Brake

Industry should look closer at crane brakes, says Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies, and Joel Cox, president at Pintsch Bubenzer USA. This blog doesn’t set out to dumb down or simplify electric overhead traveling (EOT) crane brakes; there are inherent complexities to the subject matter. However, we do suggest that […]

Crane Load Testing

In a special edition of the blog, Tad Dunville, director of corporate development at Ace World Companies, and Jim Jota, marketing manager at Water Weights, talk about load testing. Both are also representatives of the Crane Certification Association of America. We can all get stuck in our own wheelhouses in sectors like the crane industry, […]

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 […]