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...

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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!

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?

Bridge Cranes Versus Gantry Cranes

Andrew T. Litecky10/ 1/18

What's the difference between bridge cranes and gantry cranes?  Read our blog post to learn the right equipment for your application.

What Crane Controls Can Do For You

Andrew T. Litecky8/ 1/18

Need to improve material handling safety and efficiency?  Learn more on how crane controls can boost your system's productivity and safety. For this case, synchronized lifting was required.

All About Overhead Crane Kits

Andrew T. Litecky2/ 1/18

Need an overhead crane on a budget? A crane kit can be a cost-saving solutions for customers willing to "DIY", but what's included in a kit? When do they work best? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about crane kits.

It Is Never Okay to Overload Your Bridge Crane

Andrew T. Litecky12/ 1/17

Is it ever okay to overload your bridge crane? Shupper-Brickle takes a closer look at the hazards of this dangerous proposition.    

Hazardous Location Bridge Crane for a Texas Gas Generating Facility

Andrew T. Litecky10/ 1/17

Application: Hazardous Location Bridge Crane for a Natural Gas Generating Facility in Texas. Shupper-Brickle uses creativity and ingenuity to meets specs for a hazardous location and outdoor use. 

Considerations When Upgrading a Patented Track System

Andrew T. Litecky8/ 1/17

Shupper-Brickle investigates the trade-offs in upgrading versus replacing a patented track system.

Bridge Cranes Engineered for Small Spaces by Shupper-Brickle

Andrew T. Litecky2/ 1/17

Can bridge cranes be engineered for small spaces? Shupper-Brickle custom engineers bridge cranes to spec -- even if the right size is a tight spot. In this post, we tackle an overhead material handling challenge in bridge crane engineering.

The Necessity of Load Testing

Andrew T. Litecky1/ 1/17

How important is it to load test an existing bridge crane? How often and when?We recently witnessed an example of the importance of this safety procedure, with a narrowly averted disaster. Learn more about when a load test is required.