Cranes are complex pieces of machinery, that are designed primarily for lifting and lowering loads, which sees them being used in a huge number of industries around the world, including construction, manufacturing, engineering, mining, oil & gas, automotive and aerospace. However, you will also find that they have a great deal of other uses too. Below we have listed some of the many crane uses and applications, and tips on how to get the most out of your crane.

Crane uses and applications in lifting and lowering tasks

As mentioned, lifting and lowering tasks are the primary use for cranes. From small mobile floor cranes to the tall tower cranes that we see dominate our skylines, cranes both large and small are designed to lift and lower loads. Cranes provide the essential support framework for the heavy lifting task, while cranes accessories are used in conjunction with the crane to complete the actual lifting and lowering itself. This means that cranes can be utilised in multiple ways for different forms of lifting.

Crane uses and applications in Manufacturing

Cranes are used in millions of manufacturing plants around the world, helping to assemble products and objects along the production line. For example, you will see cranes being used to help assemble cars by lifting the heavy components. These same benefits that cranes provide to the automotive industry and are also great for the aerospace industry too.

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Cranes are widely used for lifting and lowering in manufacturing plants


Crane uses and applications in Mining and oil & gas

Cranes help us to reach some of the greatest depths of the earth, and recover essential fossil fuels.

Crane uses and applications in Helping with storage

The lifting and lowering ability of cranes means that they are the perfect tool for storing items, most commonly used in warehouses. Some warehouses are huge in height, and only a crane is able to lift and lower the items required.

Crane uses and applications in Shipping yards and docks

Cranes are utilised heavily throughout the shipping and marine industry for several reasons. They can lift yachts from one place to another, can move containers onto container ships, and are also used to move items around a dockyard.

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You won’t see a shipping yard with containers without some large overhead cranes!

Keeping space free on the worksite

As well as being great at lifting heavy loads and moving them along a fixed position, overhead cranes have another huge benefit too. The fact that they are installed overhead, and conduct all their operations here, means that they keep the space below completely free.

This setup allows you to make more use of the space that you own and conduct operations more efficiently.

Keeping the strain off of your workers!

One of the biggest benefits of using cranes is that it keeps a lot of the strain and pressure of heavy lifting off of your workers. It’s easier than you might think to do damage to your back, and a crane, no matter how small, takes a great deal of the intensity away from your employees.

Workshop cranes

The small mobile floor cranes that we mentioned earlier, typically the smallest of the crane family, is also often referred to as a “workshop crane”. This is because its small and portable nature means that it can easily be used in workshops.

One of the most common uses for a mobile floor crane is to lift engines out of vehicles, hence the reason these cranes are also often called “engine cranes”.

Rescue equipment

Cranes are the go-to pieces of equipment when it comes to rescuing both people and animals. For example, you will often see cranes people used to help whales that have become stranded on a beach.

A form of crane and hoist system is also used by sea rescue teams for hoisting stranded civilians out of the water.

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Sea rescue teams use a lifting and lowering system


What’s the best way to make use of all the different applications?

There are a number of factors you must consider when using your crane for different applications:


As we have mentioned above, cranes are compatible with many different accessories. Choosing a different one will allow you to perform a new function.

Servicing and maintenance

Using and applying your crane to different situations will cause natural wear and tear to its quality over the months and years. Make sure that you keep regularly inspecting, servicing and maintaining it for all your different applications.

Moving your crane safely

If you plan to use your crane in different areas, it’s crucial that you both move and install it correctly. If it’s a detachable crane, it would be best to disassemble, making it much more portable.

Keep your crane in good working order

To keep your crane in good working order, it’s important that not only do you regularly service it as we mentioned, but that you also store it correctly and never lift over its safe working load limit.

Looking to get the most out of your crane?

As you can see from the article above, there is an almost limitless possibility to the number of things that you can do with cranes. They have hundreds of applications useful to dozens of industries around the world.

If you’re looking for information or advice on getting the most out of your crane, we’d love to discuss it further. You can either give us a call on 01384 76961 or get in contact with us here.



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