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Why choose light crane systems ? It is often the case in a number of work places that some form of crane system would be beneficial. Also it can often the case that smaller cranes like A-frame gantries or Jib cranes will not offer the functionality you require.  Yet a conventional overhead crane will be a little over the top for what you need as well as being much more costly. It maybe that your building simply isn’t designed to take a large overhead crane,  if this is your scenario then why not consider a revolutionary light crane system which can be mounted to the floor of ceiling.

Where are light cranes used?

Light crane systems are the ideal choice if you need a crane in production areas, smaller machine shops and other smaller working areas. Or any place where the more traditional overhead cranes are not practical or cost effective. Cranes Direct can offer a range of light cranes and monorail systems to help boost productivity and safety within your work station areas.

Choose from floor mounted or ceiling mounted option or a monorail floor mounted system.

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Customizable Light Cranes

Our light crane systems are very customizable and are available in a range of lifting capacities from 125kg up to 2000kg. There are a wide range of configuration options to choose from, due to the modular design of this crane system. The light crane systems are really quite flexible offering both straight and curved sections in various lengths to suit your operation. You can choose from a range of gantry and bridge profiles to enable longer spans and heavier lifts whilst remaining lightweight.  The gantry profiles can be plain or trussed light crane profilesand the bridge profiles can be plain, flat spine or trussed depending on your safe working load requirements. There are also further options of a turntable which will enable you to connect multiple systems together, and works well with a monorail light crane system.

Choose from a range of mounting systems available to suit most structures. There are also a vast range of additional components to further customize and enhance your system. Benefit from hoist trolley’s to end stops, festoon extensions to bridge buffers and many more.

Main Advantages

Tailor made to suit your needs our light crane systems can greatly improve efficiency in localized working areas. When lifting lighter loads up to 2000kg is a frequent occurrence within the same work space, a light crane can save much valuable time. This is time which would be wasted if you have to constantly wait for a main overhead crane to become free and reach your working area.

Because these light crane systems have been designed in a modular format it is possible to expand these cranes at any time. This gives you the option to start off small with minimal cost and over time you can add to the design perhaps to eventually span the whole working area.

If you can’t spare any floor space to have the standard floor mounted light crane system then you could go for a ceiling mounted light crane system, requiring no floor space at all.

The enclosed track system ensures high strength and low weight whilst preventing dirt and debris affecting the track.


How are they fixed?

These light crane systems can be suspended from existing building structures using a  suspension and/or bolting method, installation is usually straight forward; light crane systems make the ideal workstation crane. There are a wide range of supporting brackets to choose from in order to suit most building constructions and steel work.

Light cranes may incorporate rather special door swivelling sections which can be used to go from one room/bay to another which have large door divides. The track can be swivelled out of the way in order to close the door between the two areas, and then re-connected when the door is re-opened.

Considerations and Sizing when planning your light crane system.

When you are in the planning process, deciding exactly what you require from your crane there are a number of considerations to think about to help you get the most from your custom crane.  Lifting capacities, maximum heights, lengths and widths  must all be considered to ensure the crane will fit perfectly into your work space. Think carefully about the types, sizes and weights of the loads you will be lifting to help determine your sizes, a wrong decision here could prove a little costly. Site visits may be available to discuss your options and help to determine the best dimensions and components for your specific needs.


Height; Working out the minimum headroom is paramount if your crane is to fit. The light crane measuringmaximum possible overall height is 6.3 metres which gives a max. under bridge height of 6 metres. It is wise to keep the lifting height under the beam where the trolley sits to a minimum to keep the operational resistance as low as possible.

Bridge Length; Try to keep to the minimum span you need, you should remember that the range for travel will be affected by end stops and trolley sizes so these should be taken into consideration during the planning stage.  The maximum bridge length available is 10 metres (overall length = 10450mm).

Gantry Length; Floor mounted systems can be pretty much unlimited in the length of the gantry runway.

Rated Capacity; (The actual real load weight) These systems incorporate a 15% allowance in the shown rated capacity to allow for a trolley and hoist combination, eg. a 500kg bridge includes a 75kg trolley and hoist allowance.

Working Load; Try to select the crane system closest to the weights you need to lift, for example if the maximum load you are likely to lift is 210kg then choose a 250kg rated crane and not a 500kg one. This keeps the effort of moving the crane bridge to a minimum.

If our light crane system sounds like it could be just what you need then give our sales team a call or contact us using the contact us button or the rapid enquiry form, our team are always ready to help and offer help, advice and/or quotations to ensure you get the right product for your lifting operations.