7 Essential tips for crane productivity
Just as we ourselves need to incorporate various things into our routine to stay productive, your crane can be productive or unproductive too! If you want to operate at peak performance and optimum efficiency, then there are several tips and tricks for helping this process. Below we have laid out seven of the most essential tips for increasing and maintaining your crane productivity.
#1 Storing your crane properly
One of the best ways to maintain the productivity of you crane and prolong its service life is by storing it correctly. The biggest consideration is ensuring that your crane is stored somewhere away from corrosive elements or moisture, as these can cause degradation or rust over time.
It’s important to store your crane correctly, away from elements such as moisture
If it is a portable crane, such as with our mobile lifting gantries and a-frame gantries, then these are detachable and can be stored away without taking up too much space,. But be sure to store these smaller parts safely where they can’t have larger pieces stacked on top.
#2 Inspecting your crane thoroughly
It is important to carry out regular and thorough inspections on your crane to maximise productivity. We recommend doing inspections every 6 months, with a maximum of 12 months between inspections. However, a pre-use check before each lifting operation won’t do any harm!
With these inspections it’s important to ensure that the crane is well-oiled, all of the parts are working smoothly, and that you get any services or repairs that are needed done quickly. Should you need assistance with this, we can help.
#3 Using the right crane accessories for the job
We have a large range of crane accessories on offer here at Cranes Direct, all with different features and benefits. Using the accessory that is most compatible with your crane and also the best for the lifting operation that you want to complete will result in a higher level of productivity.
Think about whether you want a manually or electrically operated crane accessory and how much weight you’ll need to be lifting with it.
#4 Using the right crane for the job
As well as needing to think about using the right crane accessories for the job, it’s also important to consider the right crane for the job too! You’ll want to think about whether you want it fixed or portable, the lifting capabilities, and how large an area you need it to operate within, among other things.
#5 Using your crane in the right environment
Just as it is important to store your crane properly as we highlighted in point #1, it’s also important to think about the environment that you operate your crane in too. It will be subject to the same corrosive elements and moisture outside as it will in storage!
Cranes manufactured from aluminium, such as our aluminium gantry cranes, have a higher resistance to things such as rust. However, you’ll also want to consider the surface that you are operating your crane on when thinking about crane productivity. For example, cranes with wheels attached on the bottom will have a much harder time operating on a loose surface.
#6 Following correct guidelines and regulations
There are multiple guidelines and regulations in place that relate to operate cranes safely and storing them properly; two factors which are the largest contributor to maximising your crane productivity. You can speak to us if you’re looking for advice or tips, or follow government regulations such as the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
#7 Taking all necessary precautions
You’ll also need to ensure that you take all necessary precautions with your crane, both before, during and after a lifting operation.
Before a lifting operation, follow some of the tips above by using the right accessory, checking the surface that you are operating on, clearing the area around and carrying out a pre-use inspection of your equipment. You’ll also want to ensure an experienced or qualified person has carried out proper planning beforehand.
Make sure you take all necessary precautions beforehand, such as by having the correct safety gear
During the operation you’ll want to make sure that you operate the crane with patience, and not lift more than its safe working load. Make sure you have an experienced or qualified person present too. After your lifting operation is complete, ensure that you store your crane safely and in an environment that won’t cause it any damage. If you follow all of these steps before, during and after each lifting operation, you’ll help to ensure that your crane is working at its highest level of productivity.
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