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.

Do you need a manual, electric or air-powered hoist? FAQ's

Andrew T. Litecky1/ 1/21

Welcome to The Hoist Guy's Blog, where our resident Hoist Guy Andrew T. Litecky shares his knowledge and experience of many years in the overhead material handling industry. What type of hoist is best for your uses from manual, electric or air-powered? When is a wire rope hoist best for the job? Here are some...

The Top Five Rules of Overhead Material Handling for Architects, Engineers & Planners

Andrew T. Litecky12/ 1/20

An overhead crane system is often one small piece of an A&E project, but don't underestimate it's ability to throw the job off schedule. Read our Top 5 Rules of hoists & cranes for Architects & Engineers for ensuring this part of the job runs smoothly.

The Hoist Guy's Top 5 Rules of Hoisting

Andrew T. Litecky10/ 1/20

What are the Top 5 Rules of Hoisting? Read this list for the top things to know about purchasing and maintaining a hoist.

Why Your Bridge Crane Needs a Trolley Travel Limit Switch

Andrew T. Litecky8/ 1/20

To ensure your bridge crane operates safely, you need a trolley travel limit switch. Read this post to learn how cost-savings and shop safety are maximized with this critical device!

Repair Your Yale KAL Motor with our New KAL Replacement Motor and Adapter Kit

Andrew T. Litecky6/ 1/20

Does your Yale Hoists model KAL need a new motor? To meet customer requests to repair obsolete Yale KAL air hoists, Shupper-Brickle developed the KAL Motor & Adapter kit.

Quick Shipping Hoists, Cranes & Engineered Lifting Systems

Andrew T. Litecky4/ 1/20

When you need quick delivery of a hoist, many manufacturers have new equipment in stock. But what if you need something more than a stock hoist? Read this case study of a customer who required both quick shipping and quick thinking.

Fixed Ladders Require Inspections per OSHA

Andrew T. Litecky2/ 1/20

We were recently called in to inspect the fixed ladders in a manufacturing facility. The owner had been conducting the inspections in-house for several years, and they wanted to know if their work was sufficient to comply with OSHA. Unfortunately, of the 1,000+ ladders in the facility, our technicians found over 600 that did NOT meet the requirements. Had the fixed ladders been subject to a surprise OSHA inspection, they would have incurred significant fines. Or worse, the unsafe conditions could have resulted in a workplace accident.

CASE STUDY - Repair or Replace your Bridge Crane

Andrew T. Litecky1/ 1/20

An East Coast motor service shop was experiencing chronic problems with a production bridge crane. Shupper-Brickle Equipment was called in to assess the situation and offer potential solutions. Should the bridge crane be repaired or replaced?

Protect Your Outdoor Hoist with a Hoist Shelter

Andrew T. Litecky12/ 1/19

If you store your hoist outside, you are battling mother nature! A Hoist Shelter is a practical option for outdoor storage. Read more about how to save money and keep your outdoor hoist protected. 

Top Hoist Purchasing Mistakes to Avoid

Andrew T. Litecky10/ 1/19

When it comes to buying a hoist, cutting corner to save a few bucks can come back to haunt you. Avoid these "penny wise, pound foolish" mistakes to get the best equipment for your money.

Top 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Jib Crane

Andrew T. Litecky8/ 1/19

What is a jib crane? Read our list of the Top 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Jib Crane.

Lifting Solutions for a Stone Industry Customer

Andrew T. Litecky6/ 1/19

Read our case study of lifting challenges and solutions in the granite, marble & stone industry. We help our customers find the right equipment for their operation and budget.

Hazardous Location Specs Can Never Be Optional

Andrew T. Litecky4/ 1/19

Do you need a hoist for a hazardous location? The NEC lists exact conditions, and the specs are never optional.