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Crane Inspection II

No matter if you have the best crane or hoist available, and Protek sells only the best, it still needs maintenance. After installing a crane or hoist in your business, our support continues with trained maintenance and inspection teams.

Crane inspection and other maintenance actions keep your equipment in good working order to reduce production interruptions. That reduces the chances of losing customers in this economy to actions beyond your control, such as supply chain failures. More importantly, inspections and maintenance also help prevent equipment failures that can injure employees.

However, the reasons for an inspection and maintenance plan do not stop there. Scheduled inspections are required by federal and state agencies for the safety of your employees and anyone else who enters the workspace. Each of our inspectors are certified to perform these state requirements in Kentucky and Tennessee.

On the federal level, inspections are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA. It is OSHA Standard 1910.179 (Overhead and Gantry Cranes) that require Periodic and Frequent inspections.

The Periodic inspections are annual checks required for every crane in your business. Frequent inspections are monthly requirements determined by the type of crane and frequency of use, along with other factors. As an example, when our inspectors examine a single girder crane for a Periodic check, they inspect, among other tasks, the packed, pre-lubricated ball bearings for repacking or replacement and the swing arms to ensure they can fully extend or retract.

Regardless, if your crane was a Protek Crane Solutions purchase or not, we can help you develop a maintenance and inspection schedule designed specifically for your business. To get started, call our offices at 855-776-8354 or email your questions to info@proteksolutions.com. Our intake staff can further explain what we can do to keep your operation up and running.

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Wire Rope Hoist II

For many business and personal requirements, a wire rope hoist is a better option than a standard chain hoist or crane. At Protek, we have an exceptional inventory of hoists to support personal use and commercial operations. 

Our sales team members have access to R&M, Harrington, and Detroit products; three of the most trusted names in manufacturing when it comes to cranes and hoists. That allows us to help individuals with a range of one to three-ton hoists and commercial operations such as industrial appliance manufacturing and metal fabrication with larger hoists that include a weight load of up to 150 tons. 

Wire rope often makes for a better hoist due to its weave design. This weave of multiple wire strands allows for a smaller device that can carry more weight for a longer time than its chain counterpart. Regardless of which company you choose, each hoist we sell uses only high tensile steel wire made with premium-grade steel. 

In addition to its increased load capacity, a wire rope hoist can also be a safer option for your personnel and facilities. A steel strand that separates on a wire hoist does not result in an immediate threat. There are hundreds of other strands to carry the weight until the operator can safely lower the load to the ground. This prevents damage to the load and the floor. It also reduces the risk of injury to employees. 

Our installation team does more than simply arrive on-site, attach a hoist where you direct them, and leave. Protek specialists inspect the overhead girder or other support structure to ensure that, for example, the Detroit Model DR6M30 with a three-metric ton lift capability isn’t attached to a support beam that can only support two metric tons. Our team can also work with you to determine a maintenance plan that supports operations without breaking your budget. 

Whatever your personal or business need, Protek has an option to fit any requirement. Our sales team can help you with the details in terms of floor space and height requirements from an assembly line to a one-car garage. To get started, email us at info@protekcranesolutions.com or call our office at 1-855-776-8354. 

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Crane Repair Nashville

No matter how well-built a product is, repairs are needed at some point in the life of a crane, hoist, or another piece of machinery. As the Southeast’s fastest-growing overhead cranes and hoists distributor, Protek has the experience, equipment, and trained personnel needed to be your first choice for crane repair in Nashville.

 

The time to call us is, of course, at the first sign of a problem. For a crane, one of the initial indicators is often slowing the time it takes to lift or lower an item. This can indicate an aging motor requires maintenance or that a fresh application of oil or another lubricant is required for certain parts.

 

Another sign is when the operator of the crane notices a new sound that accompanies what is otherwise normal operation. This can be a high-pitched whine that indicates motor strain or a clicking sound that can indicate a worn-down gear that the chain is no longer fully engaging during operation. Our technicians can quickly and effectively deal with these and other early signs of a malfunction.

 

Even if you purchased your manual or electrical-powered crane at another location, our repair team can still help you get back to full speed with a malfunctioning hoist or crane. In addition to quick response repairs, team leaders can help you develop a maintenance plan.

 

While we respond immediately to emergency requests, taking a crane off-line for an hour to perform a maintenance check is far better than having an assembly line down for a day. The monthly, semi-annual, and annual checks in a maintenance plan can keep you ahead of equipment failures, which saves time and money and keeps customers happy. Each inspection we perform is also structured to make certain your operation meets all OSHA standards.

 

To schedule a service call or if you have any questions about what services Protek can provide for your company, contact our Crane Solutions sales team today at 855-776-8354 or email us at info@protekcranesolutions.com for a detailed response.

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Manual Chain Hoist II

Regarding a manual chain hoist, two of the most common questions we get at Protek are ‘What size do I need for my business?’ and ‘Can you help keep my assembly line (and my business) running smoothly?’. 

The first question always depends on the size of your business. An excellent choice for many businesses is the Harrington SHB050. It has a load capacity of 10,000 lbs which it can lift to 20 feet. The SHB50 is a hook-mounted hoist, which means while it cannot be attached to a trolley, it is easily moved between locations. If there is not a hook available, the hoist can be mounted to a girder with a manual beam clamp. 

Each hoist includes heat-treated, alloy steel hooks. The hook openings are 1 ¾ inch each. At full retraction, the distance between the hooks is a minimum of 24 ½ inches for plenty of overhead. The pull-to-lift load is rated at 92 lbs. Each hoist also meets ANSI/ASME B30.16 standards

Housing dimensions are as follows:

  • Length: 24 ½ inches
  • Width: 13 ½ inches
  • Depth: 6 inches  

The answer to the second question is, of course, yes. Support for our hoists and other products does not end at purchase or installation; it begins there. Every device comes with a manufacturer’s warranty and our technicians can help you design a maintenance plan that protects the operational capabilities of your hoist while also making sure we fit into your budget.

Even if you purchased a Manual Chain Hoist somewhere else, Protek will still build a maintenance plan to support your operational and financial requirements. Our technicians perform the same starting inspections on each hoist at your business as they do for every device we sell. 

To learn more about what we can do for you when it comes to sales, maintenance, or repair, contact the Protek Crane Solutions team today. You can reach our sales team at info@proteksolutions.com or call 855-776-8354.

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Lever Hoist

A lever hoist is also called a ratchet, come-a-long, or puller, depending on its direction. As an example, if used in a horizontal direction, one of these hoists can be used for stretching chain link fencing into a tight position before attaching it to end posts for a professional-looking security fence.

If used in a vertical direction, a lever hoist can lift everything from a refrigerator cabinet to a diesel truck engine in a safe manner for easy access to assemble or repair each item, depending on the hoist’s specifications. No matter what your requirement might be, Protek can help you choose the right model of lever hoist for your business.

A popular lever hoist available from Protek is the Harrington Model LX005. This model lifts a ½ Ton to five feet. Smaller hoists like this one are compact, easy to use, and just as easy to move from one location to another as your operation grows. Standard components for this and other Harrington hoists include:

  • An upper and lower block assembly.
  • Steel components (Friction discs, nut, and bolt assembly, pawl, and ratchet wheel).
  • A nickel-plated chain coating.

 Other features include:

  • Top and bottom hook openings of 1 inch for quick connections.
  • Chain length of 6 feet that provides a safe gap between the upper assembly and the top hook even when lifting at its full height.
  • Lever handle length of 7 1/8 inches for easy grip.
  • Electrostatic enamel finish for a professional appearance that resists dirt and oil, as well as scratches and gouging.
  • 62 lbs. Pull-to-lift rated load.
  • Meets all ANSI/ASME B30.21 requirements.
  • One Year Manufacturer’s Warranty.

The most significant feature of the LX005 is the Weston Style Load Brake. When raising an item or rewinding a wire rope to the drum, an operator turns the handle to the UP position. Each movement of the handle then compresses the ratchet wheel and friction discs between the nut and bolt assembly, ensuring all parts turn together, which prevents slippage. This compression also generates the clicking noise as the pawl makes contact with the sprockets of the ratchet wheel.  

For more information on how Protek can meet your needs, call our Hermitage, Tennessee headquarters today at 855-776-8354. If you need more detailed answers to your questions, you can also send any inquiries to info@protekcranesolutions.com.

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Electric Chain Hoist

Regardless, if your business has a large assembly line or is a smaller operation, Protek has an electric chain hoist perfect for your industrial needs. Each model we offer meets the strict manufacturing and safety standards and is designed for easy operation from the moment we install it.

Among our more popular hoist models are the Harrington electric hoists. Standard features include the following:

Its 60 Minute Duty Rated Motor can run continuously for a full hour with increased performance thanks to its industry standard, Class B insulation. It also has heat resistant cooling fins and thermal motor protection.

“The Guardian” Smart Brake is a maintenance free, electromagnetic brake system with a fail-safe mechanism that halts all movement when there is a power interruption. Simply put, if the motor has no current, the brake cannot release. The Guardian also has a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

The Harrington Friction Clutch prevents over winding and reduces damage to the hoist from normal operation. The Mechanical Load Brake is an optional but often purchased feature that works with the Friction Clutch. It acts as a secondary brake in case of motor failure and is available with the Harrington ER Models.

The 5 Pocket Load Sheave utilizes five deep-groove pockets to better support the load chain while in operation by reducing chain vibration. The vibration reduction also reduces chain wear and provides a straighter, vertical lift during operation.

Each Load Chain is a nickel-plated, Grade 80 chain, which resists corrosion and normal wear and tear (also known as fatigue) from daily operations.

The design of Harrington hoists allows them to be mounted to either Motorized and Geared (Push) Trolleys or a more basic Hook and Lug Suspension.

The Pendant Controls are ergonomically designed for operator comfort and come in both 4- and 2-button dual speed models with a red emergency stop button standard to both.

In addition to Harrington models, Protek also carries an extensive inventory of hoists manufactured by the CM, Coffing, and Yale companies. Call our customer service team today at 855-776-8354 to get started on which electric chain hoist is the best option for your operation. For detailed questions and a more thorough response, you can also reach us at 855-776-8354.

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Wire Rope Hoists

For industrial and heavy-duty applications, a wire rope hoist is better than a chain hoist. Protek offers a wide selection of wire rope hoists from the Detroit, Harrington, and R&M Hoist lines of products. The hoists we sell and service are designed for operations such as paper mills, fabrication, die handling, and other production lines with similar requirements for weight and extended operating hours where needed. Each machine is designed not just for performance, but for long-term reliability and safe employee operation as well.

Why is a wire rope hoist a better option? In a word, redundancy. Each one is woven with multiple strands of steel wire. That means the stress of a load’s weight is distributed over each strand and not concentrated in a single link as with a chain hoist. This is why a wire rope can handle heavier loads and suspend them for a longer time, which allows for more time to complete a new piece of equipment or repair/maintain an older item without needing to set it down to relieve stress on the hoist.

That redundancy also provides increased safety for employees and reduces inventory damage. If a strand breaks on a wire rope, the other strands can take up the weight until an item can be safely lowered to the ground or a work surface. If a break happens with a chain hoist, there can be immediate damage to not just the load, but a heavy item can also damage a floor or crush a worktable underneath it. Worse, the falling item can also severely injure an employee.

The mounting options we offer include a base (deck) mount or a lug suspension system. Both are very reliable with modern construction and the latest features to help ensure low maintenance costs and years of superb service. Features common to each hoist include the following:

Drop Forged Steel Hook: This high-strength hook is extremely tough and can still swivel a full 360 degrees even when carrying a maximum weight load.

High Tensile Steel Wire: Only premium-grade steel is used in the hoists we sell. Once woven together, a wire rope can carry up to three times the weight of a chain hoist.

There are dozens of other options available, depending on the needs of your business. To determine exactly what you need, call Protek Crane Solutions sales team today at 855-776-8354. They can help with not only sales but also set up a maintenance schedule to keep your new hoist running smoothly for years to come

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Crane Repair

At Protek, we offer a thorough crane repair and maintenance plan on every model we sell. Even if you did not purchase your crane (or hoist) from our company, Protek maintenance teams can still design a repair plan around each crane and hoist in your business.

Regardless if it is a manual or a powered device, our technicians can repair it. They start by talking with you and then perform a complete inspection to see what the problem is and determine if there is more than one reason for its failure.

Regular use of cranes (and any piece of equipment) means movement. That means items such as pre-lubricated ball bearings need repacking or replacing, depending on the type of crane you have in your shop and its warranty requirements. If a load brake slips once, more incidents are going to happen.

Our repair teams can quickly diagnose and fix these (and many other issues) before they become major problems that can shut down your operation or injure an employee. Preventing this is why inspection and maintenance are critical to keeping each crane up and running safely.

As your business grows, your equipment needs upgrades or replacement. Our staff can help you determine what you need to take on more customers or generate more products. This service is especially important if you are in an older building and may need to upgrade or install support structures as well as the cranes themselves. Our technicians and designers can help upgrade the following:

  • Electrical Controls
  • Physical Components (chains, swing arms)
  • Runway, Speed, and Weight Limits
  • Motion Control Options

Simply put, if your crane needs repair, we can get it back online to support your business. If it is in working order, Protek Crane Solutions can keep it humming with an effective maintenance plan that can extend its life and not break your budget until you are ready to upgrade to a new model. For more details on what our technicians can do for you, call our offices today at 855-776-8354.

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Manual Chain Hoist

Manual Chain Hoist

For a new start-up, an established business, or a car enthusiast with a big project, one of our manual chain hoists is an ideal answer to the question ‘How do I lift this by myself’?

The next question, of course, is ‘Which hoist is the right one for me’? That depends on what you’re lifting, but Protek has a solution for every requirement. A solid choice for most tasks is the Harrington CF Hand Chain Hoist. It can lift up to five tons without excessive stress and has the following features. 

The hoist’s shell is a tough, die-cast aluminum perfect for most environments. The internal works have fewer moving parts which reduces wear and tear and makes servicing it much simpler. 

The nickel-plated chain is a heat-treated, grade 1000, which resists both wear and corrosion. It also compliments the high-strength main shaft, pinions, and alloy hooks. Underneath all that are precision machined load gears, pre-lubricated ball bearings, and a Weston-style load brake which all function together for smooth and easy lifting and lowering. 

There are no hidden fees with Protek. Each of our hoists comes with a free test certificate, so your business starts out meeting ANSI B30.16, county and state rules, and all applicable OSHA requirements.

On the rare occasion when something does go wrong or if it is simply time to replace an alloy hook according to the maintenance plan, we have it covered. ProTek maintains a complete parts inventory to ensure that your operations are only slowed, and never stopped.

Even if you purchased your Harrington CF Hand Chain Hoist elsewhere, we can still build a maintenance plan to support your device and business. Our inspection team performs the same initial check at your location as they do for each hoist and crane sold from our inventory. 

To learn more about what we can do for you, contact the Protek Crane Solutions sales team today at 855-776-8354. 

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Crane Inspection

Our support does not end with purchase and installation. A Crane improperly maintained can result in harm to employees and damage to both product and structure. In this economy, when any supply interruption can mean a loss of customers and worse, production downtime is exceptionally costly. That’s why we offer a custom-designed inspection plan for every crane in your plant.

 

Having a ProTek crane inspection plan in place is more than just a cost-effective, good idea. OSHA and some state safety administrations have established crane inspection regulations that are required by law in certain industries and are the standard practice everywhere. Both Frequent (usually monthly) and Periodic (not to exceed twelve months) inspections are the OSHA 1910.179 requirements for overhead cranes. Our certified inspectors tailor each inspection plan to meet these requirements and keep your machinery functioning while also keeping the costs affordable for every operation. 

 

On a Frequent inspection, our people concentrate on safety and compliance. Every action they take is noted for review by business owners for both routine and safety checks by OSHA auditors.

 

For Periodic inspections, we examine cranes and other equipment for wear and tear from daily use. It is here they check each moving part for proper function. To ensure the best operation, our inspectors also examine the environmental conditions and power source. A severe environment (dust, chemicals, etc.) can more quickly degrade moving parts, so it may take additional steps to protect equipment in these situations.

 

Inspectors do not serve as certified electricians, but they make certain that outlets are properly installed and functioning as designed. If they do find a problem, our people inform managers and owners immediately to have needed repairs made.

 

In addition to these requirements, we also perform Gearbox and Sling and Rigging (S&R) inspections. Additional gearbox checks identify minor problems that can be easily repaired before they become a major cost issue. An S&R check provides an additional look that keeps production moving up and down as well as forward. 

No matter if you bought the crane from us or if you need a new inspection plan for existing equipment, contact Protek Crane Solutions today. To learn more about what our inspectors can do for you, call our offices today at 855-776-8354 or send your questions to info@proteksolutions.com.

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