A jib crane is a crane where the horizontal jib that supports a move-able hoist. It is an economical yet efficient solution for handling material within a work area or from one work area to another. Jib cranes are also used to supplement large overhead cranes as auxiliary lifting devices. The right jib crane for your operation will increase workflow production by improving material handling efficiency. The selection of a jib crane depends majorly on your operation type, facility structure, cost of the unit and installation. The installation needs should be chosen based on your facility. So let’s find out how to choose the perfect jib crane for your facility.
The first consideration is the maximum weight of the loads that need to be lifted. The lifting capacity of the crane is generally higher than its weight. When choosing a crane, you should ensure that the maximum weight of the application is not more than the rated capacity/design weight. The amount of deflection has a direct impact on the performance of the crane. Check with your manufacturer whether they’re using design criteria that allow the minimum amount of deflection. This will make sure that the performance of the crane is not affected.
You need to consider two factors when it comes to the height of the crane – the overall height and the height under the boom. The total height is the height from base to the highest point. The height under boom is the distance from the floor to the underside of the boom. You need to choose the size of the hoist and the amount of lifting distance when deciding on the height you need.
- Boom Rotation
You must decide the kind of boom based on the level of rotation you need. While freestanding and mast-type jib cranes provide 360-degree rotation, wall-mounted jibs offer 200-degree rotation. Articulating jibs, on the other hand, provide 360-degree rotation on the inner and outer arm (freestanding and ceiling-mounted) and 360-degree rotation on the outer arm and 200-degree rotation on the inner arm (wall-mounted).
- Power Requirement
You should consider the amount of power needed for the jib crane. Check the power required for rotation, trolley, hoist, and also how it will be supplied. Furthermore, you can choose between the electric-powered and the air-powered options.
There are various mounting options available for jib cranes – overhead, trolley, pedestal, wall mount, or mobile/portable base. Based on your individual requirements, you must choose the best mounting option that can be easily installed and maintained. Freestanding jib cranes need reinforced concrete foundations. These are well suited for outdoor use and can be fully weatherised. The ones with a mobile/portable base provide you the flexibility of moving them all over the facility. Wall-mounted cranes save the valuable floor space.
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