Choosing the Correct Hoist for the Job

Andrew T. Litecky5/28/24

Welcome to the Hoist Guy’s Blog, where our resident hoist guy, Andrew T. Litecky offers key considerations for buying the right hoist for the job.  When purchasing a hoist, the buyer should pay special attention to these factors: frequency of use the speed of the lift the degree of control required...

Buyer’s Guide for Purchasing Explosion Proof Hoists, Trolleys and Bridge Cranes

Andrew T. Litecky3/29/24

Welcome to the Hoist Guy’s Blog, where our resident hoist guy, Andrew T. Litecky, shares his buying tips for purchasing explosion proof hoists, trolley and bridge cranes. Does your specification call for an electric-powered explosion proof hoist, trolley or overhead crane? Understanding some key points about hazardous locations, explosion proof...

Pros and Cons of customized Floor level controls for your overhead lifting system

Andrew T. Litecky1/29/24

Welcome to the Hoist Guy’s Blog, where our resident hoist guy, Andrew T. Litecky, shares his experience customizing overhead lifting systems and discusses the pros and cons of locating bridge crane controls at the floor level. Crane Control Location Options When purchasing a new bridge crane overhead lifting system for...

Building a Customized Clean Room System: How to Select the Right Components for a Critical Lifting Application

Andrew T. Litecky11/16/23

Welcome to the Hoist Guy’s Blog! Where our resident Hoist Guy, Andrew T. Litecky, shares his experience in the overhead material handling industry to discuss the different components in a recent pharmaceutical clean room lifting application. A Specialty Lifting System for a Clean Room Application A clean environment already requires...

Common Applications for Gantry Cranes

Andrew T. Litecky9/12/23

Welcome to the Hoist Guy’s Blog! Where our resident Hoist Guy, Andrew T. Litecky, shares his experience in the overhead material handling industry to discuss gantry cranes and their common applications. What is a Gantry Crane? A gantry crane is a type of overhead crane that is supported by freestanding...

Equipment Refurbishment: Cleveland Tramrail Tractor Drive Rehabilitation

Andrew T. Litecky4/28/23

Read our case study on the refurbishment of Cleveland Tramrail tractor drives after use in extreme weather conditions.

Motorized Jib Crane Sales & Service FAQ's

Andrew T. Litecky2/28/23

Learn the What, Why, and How Much of buying a motorized jib crane, as well as solutions for adding motorization to a manual jib and the pros and cons of adding a VFD.

Customized Bridge Crane for Bedford, NY Department of Public Works Maintenance Garage

Andrew T. Litecky12/ 1/22

In this case study, we solve a municipal garage's overhead lifting challenge, from the initial engineering study to turn-key installation.

Top 5 Hoist Safety Upgrades

Andrew T. Litecky4/ 1/22

What are the Top 5 improvements to your hoists and overhead cranes that make a big safety impact? Read this post for simple solutions that extend the life of your equipment and keep operators happy!

The Top 10 Signs You Need to Modernize Your Bridge Crane

Andrew T. Litecky2/ 1/22

When do you need to modernize your bridge crane? Read this post and our Top 10 Signs you Need to Modernize List to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your overhead traveling crane.

Can you remove hoist-mounted controls and remotely mount the same controls?

Andrew T. Litecky12/21/21

Can you remove hoist-mounted controls and remotely mount the same controls? Yes, but keep these key points in mind. Read this Hoist Guy's Blog post to learn more!

Considerations When Upgrading Hoist Capacity on a Crane Beam

Andrew T. Litecky11/ 1/21

What are the main questions to ask when upgrading the capacity of a hoist on a crane beam? Read this case study to learn how we met the challenge.

Top 5 Reasons to Call Us for a Hoist (instead of a catalog warehouse)

Andrew T. Litecky9/ 1/21

Welcome to The Hoist Guy's Blog, where our resident Hoist Guy Andrew T. Litecky shares another of his #HoistGuyLists! When you need an industrial hoist, why not just call the nearest catalog warehouse chain? Read on for why you should call Shupper-Brickle Equipment for a real industrial hoist!

How are overhead cranes powered?

Andrew T. Litecky7/ 1/21

Electric overhead cranes, also known as bridge cranes, are typically powered by  conductor bar, festooning or a cable reel, and  there are pros and cons of each type of electrification. In certain situations, overhead cranes are powered manually by push or hand geared options or with air power.

The Best Hoists for Power Plants to Lift SCR Blocks

Andrew T. Litecky5/ 3/21

Compliance with the Clean Air Act includes cleaning the emissions of fossil fuel power plants using SCR (selective catalytic reduction) blocks to remove the NOx from emissions.  Using the correct hoist to lift the blocks is paramount to their quick installation and change out.

Hoist Overload Devices vs. Thermal Overload Protection - What's the difference?

Andrew T. Litecky3/ 1/21

What is the difference between hoist overload devices and hoist thermal overload protection? Read the Hoist Guy's blog post to learn more.