Get to Know the Lifting Device Safety Inspection Requirements

Quality is, of course, the number one factor in lifting equipment—the tough jobs you need done depend on the quality of your equipment. But it’s not everything.

Of utmost importance is the safety: equipment that is
designed with safety in mind, and, just as importantly, operating under safe conditions at all times.

The ASME B30.20 Standard—the Below-the-Hook Lifting Device Safety Standard—requires several types of inspections in order to maintain the safety, and it’s crucial that these inspections are performed. All devices are required to undergo the following inspections:

1) Every Lift Inspection
Each and every inspection must include a visual examination to be performed by the equipment operator, which includes looking for damage, verifying the condition and operation of controls, and verifying the condition and operation of indicators and meters when installed.

2) Frequent Inspection
A visual examination must frequently be performed by the operator or other designated persons, with records not required. Normal service devices should undergo this inspection weekly to monthly, and heavy service devices must undergo this inspection daily to weekly. Frequent inspections must include inspection of structural members for deformation, cracks, excessive wear of any part, and loose or missing guards, fasteners, covers, stops, or nameplates. Additionally, operational mechanisms should be checked.

3) Periodic Inspection
A periodic inspection must be performed and recorded, and include a visual inspection of loose bolts and fasteners, and cracked or worn gears, pulleys, sheaves, sprockets, bearings, chains, and belts. Also, excessive wear of friction pads, linkages, mechanical parts, and missing safety labels should be checked. A periodic inspection must be performed annually for normal service equipment, semiannually for heavy service equipment, and quarterly for severe service equipment.

Be sure all relevant personnel are familiar with these requirements and always put safety at the forefront of everything you do.

Hunter Lift: Bigger and Better in 2015

American manufacturing is continuing to come back in a major ways, with renewed interest and booming business. We’re very happy to say that at Hunter Lift, this is most definitely the case.

So what do you do when you have more and more business? You create more and more space, of course! We are currently in the final stages of a massive expansion due to a major increase in business, and we’re all very excited about it.

For one thing, the result of this expansion will be a significant increase in the size and scope of our equipment.

Bigger equipment means bigger facilities as well, so we’ve doubled our square footage in the process, expanding on our existing lot while improving our capabilities by a 50-ton capacity.

The end result of what’s projected to be a 12-week undertaking will be a multi-faceted enhancement of our business. Not only will we see increased sales as a result of this growth, but we will also increase our efficiency exponentially, which will mean reduced costs for our customers. In the end, the benefit will be more capacity, increased quality, and even more cost savings—a true win/win.

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Of course, some things will remain the same. You can expect the same commitment to service and support you’ve come to rely on from us. You can also expect the same level of safety: our lifting equipment is and always has been designed with extreme safety in mind.

No matter what product you purchase, we remind you to exercise safety when using it and through regular, thorough examinations and inspections. Be sure to schedule and perform detailed examinations of all equipment and safety-critical parts, and identify and report any problems.

That said, we’re thrilled about our bigger facilities and new equipment; this holiday season has been especially happy for us, as we all feel like kids playing with our new toys!

We look forward to bringing you the improvements that will come from this expansion, and eagerly await a very successful New Year.

What’s the Best Crane for a Caustic Environment?

We don’t need to tell you: for whatever the job, you need a crane built to last. Downtime is not an option, and neither is failure.

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Cranes are a big part of the job, and a big investment. Therefore, it’s critical to choose the right one. If the environment in which the crane is operating is corrosive or caustic, you need a crane that will stand up to this.

Will a standard crane do the job? Yes. Will it last? Not necessarily. The solution? A crane especially designed for a corrosive/caustic environment.

The reason a standard crane won’t last long—and will require constant maintenance—is its inherent design. Its standard steel parts and components simply can’t stand up to the caustic environment for very long. They will rust and eventually break down.

Additionally, the crane’s electrical motors and parts will quickly wear down after exposure to the caustic/corrosive environment. Even the crane’s lubrication will quickly need replacing—it will evaporate faster due to caustic vapors—while chemicals can condense on the crane.

So what can be done to prevent this? A crane that is specifically designed for this environment will take all of these factors into account, and will feature a number of design elements to counteract them. Some of the many design choices will include:

  • Stainless steel parts—including wire rope, trolleys, suspension cable, etc.—can replace standard steel
  • Zinc plating of parts can offer the same benefits of stainless steel
  • Motors can use stainless steel hardware, and can have protective coatings
  • Non-rusting polymer can replace steel hoist sheaves
  • Wheels can have sealed bearings to keep vapors out
  • Control systems can be housed in enclosures

These are just some of the many ways a crane designed for caustic environments will effectively stand up to the elements, and therefore last significantly longer. In the end, the custom design will prove to be the most cost effective choice, proving invaluable down the line

Hunter Lift: A History of Growth, Satisfaction, and Success

hunterlift-liftHunter Lift is now known as a premier manufacturer of the highest quality industrial lifters available. Our products and equipment are  counted on by clients in a range of industries throughout the country. Of course, we are proud of this quality and recognition—but we are equally proud of how far we’ve come in a short amount of time, and how much we’ve grown and evolved to meet each customer’s needs.

We began operations in 2003, initially operating out of a rented facility, where our goal was to increase our market awareness and sales volume, all while manufacturing exceptional equipment, of course. In the past ten years, our business has multiplied by a factor of six, and as we grew, we moved into a 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility.

We are still growing significantly, currently adding an additional 8,000-square-foot facility with a lifting capacity of 50 tons. With each expansion over the past ten years, we’ve been able to reduce the cost of our equipment and directly pass on the savings to our customers, while continuously maintaining and improving our high quality standards.

Staff-3-One of the reasons for this consistent growth and success is our focus on and commitment to customer satisfaction. Our ISO 9001:2008 certification—proof of the quality of our products—has helped us achieve a 99% positive feedback from our customers, which we take very seriously.

In addition to this commitment to service and satisfaction, it is the design of our equipment that truly sets us apart. Unlike some of our industry competitors, we strictly adhere to the design standards set forth by ASME BTH-1. We maintain members on the ASME 830.20 and ASME BTH-1 committees, so that we can remain constantly aware of code changes and so we can provide input on future code changes that would allow for even more efficient and safer designs for our customers.

Through this approach, coupled with our degreed, professional on-staff engineers who are truly the best in the business, we maintain the highest level of success in engineering capabilities. Our engineers custom design each piece of equipment to specifically meet our customers’ needs. Our equipment is robust, meeting the requirements of severe service applications, and ranges in capacity from 300 pounds to 300 tons, and weighs from 30 to 100,000 pounds.

In short, it’s designed to be versatile, to last, to meet all needs, and to be the best. We have grown and flourished because of this, and we have no plans to stop, ever.