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Magnetek is a leader in providing solutions for the crane and hoist industry. Learn more about innovations to help our customers maximize the performance of their overhead material handling system.

Featured White Paper: Benefits of Upgrading Existing Cranes

Three options exist for overhead crane equipment improvement - buy a new crane, refurbish a used crane, or upgrade the present crane. 

In this article, we explore the reasons for upgrading your existing overhead crane and demonstrate how today's technology provides a cost-effective means to make your crane more efficient, productive, and safer.

Benefits of Upgrading Existing Cranes - Download PDF


Arc Flash Avoidance and its Application to Overhead Traveling Cranes

In this article we examine the updated standards focusing on "Arc Flash" and the need to protect people from these hazards as they apply to Magnetek Material Handling Control products.

Arc Flash Avoidance and its Application to Overhead Traveling Cranes - Download PDF



Sway Control Technology and its Application for Overhead Traveling Cranes

In this article we examine the problems of controlling load sway as well as the various methods that can be employed to control sway.

Sway Control Technology and its Application for Overhead Traveling Cranes - Download PDF



AC Variable Frequency Drive with Static Stepless Simulation Software Outperforms Traditional Static Stepless Crane Control

In this article we explore how the Variable Frequency Drive with crane specific software has revolutionized AC Crane Control and made AC Static Stepless Control virtually obsolete, in particular for cab operated cranes with foot brakes.

AC Variable Frequency Drive with Static Stepless Simulation Software Outperforms Traditional Static Stepless Crane Control - Download PDF



Mechanical Brakes and Modern Digital Controls Improve Safety, Reliability and Performance

Overhead cranes and heavy moveable structures such as bridges, navigation locks and dam gates use a variety of electric controls and braking means to stop and hold loads, control deceleration, and provide accurate positioning.

This article discusses the evolution of modern spring-set industrial brakes in conjunction with modern digital controls, and how these work together to improve safety and extend equipment life, leading toward reliable and efficient operation.

Mechanical Brakes and Modern Digital Controls Improve Safety, Reliability, and Performance - Download PDF



Digital DC Drives vs. Direct Current Constant Potential Controls and Other Series Wound DC Motor Contols

The purpose of this paper is to compare Digital DC Drives (DDC) with Direct Current Constant Potential Controls (DCCP) and other series wound DC motor controls. The use of Digital DC Drives in crane and hoist applications can improve performance, safety and reliability of the crane, while minimizing downtime, maintenance expenses and energy costs. In addition, safety can be improved through failsafe torque proving and load control software ensuring the operator has complete control of the load at all times.

Digital DC Drives vs. Direct Current Constant Potential Controls and Other Series Wound DC Motor Controls - Download PDF


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