Aluminium Gantry Cranes for HVAC Applications
An Aluminium gantry crane is the lightest of the crane selection that we stock, but they have a huge range of other benefits that makes them desirable by a host of industries around the world. Once such industry is the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) industry, and we have explained below why an aluminium gantry crane is beneficial for HVAC applications here.
What is HVAC?
The HVAC industry is anything that involves creating indoor environmental comfort, whether it’s in a building, a vehicle, or something else entirely. It involves technology such as air conditioning units or thermal insulation.
HVAC is a subset of the engineering industry, but is a marketplace in its own right. As with many of the other industries that use cranes, it has the need for the movement of heavy parts and objects, as well as the lifting and lowering of people.
The nature of the industry, one that is working with the environment, means that there are environmental factors at play at all times. These environmental factors, such as heat or moisture, will affect any objects in the area. This is why aluminium gantry cranes are a perfect fit for HVAC applications, and we have explained more on this below.
Aluminium vs steel
Aluminium is an extremely useful metal, and offers different benefits to that of steel. While the majority of cranes are made from steel, given the fact that it has a stronger lifting capability than aluminium, it is weaker in other areas.
Aluminium is a much better thermal conductor than steel. When working with thermal insulation and heating units, there is going to be a higher level of heat than you would normally find on a worksite. Aluminium will be able to handle this much better than any steel equipment, which actually has a higher melting point, but simply isn’t as good a conductor.
There’s great use for aluminium gantry cranes in the HVAC industry
The temperatures being worked at aren’t likely to be melting temperatures, but they will still affect steel in a much more negative way than aluminium.
Higher resistance to corrosion and rust
With colder temperatures, there is also likely to be a higher level of moisture in the air too. And with ventilation, there is likely to be more oxygen in the work space. Aluminium has a greater degree of oxidation and corrosion resistance than steel does, making it the perfect choice for any of these environments.
Lifting of loads
While aluminium does have a lower lifting capacity than steel as we touched on above, air conditioning units and heating units can all be lifted sufficiently by an aluminium gantry crane. Of course, the weight of these units will vary greatly but commercial units are generally in the 200Kg range, and our aluminium gantry cranes can handle up to 2000Kg of weight.
Work in the HVAC industry and in need of a crane?
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