Industrial lifting operations involve the use of wire rope hoists which are designed to lift objects that may weigh more than 80 tonnes. The selection of the right wire rope hoist depends on a number of factors, including the number of lifts that you expect your hoist to handle at a given point of time, the weight that your hoist will lift on a daily basis, the type of objects that you will be dealing with, and your future requirements.
You should check if you need to facilitate additional lifts that may exceed your usual workload. In such cases, you may want to buy a wire rope hoist or a crane that has the capacity to lift higher loads. Secondly, if you have plans to make important changes to your product line in the next few years, you may want to choose a wire rope hoist that will meet your future needs as well. With this, you will prevent further expenses which you might otherwise have incurred at a later stage while replacing your existing hoist with a new one. You will need a basic wire rope if you need to lift solid steel pipes. On the other hand, you will need a hoist with advanced controls if you need to lift materials related to the nuclear or aerospace industries.
Wire rope hoists come equipped with motors that are controlled by variable frequency drives (VFDs). Such drives allow for slow, controlled movements, which, in turn, facilitate the lifting of delicate items. Additionally, the VFDs that are required to facilitate trolley movements accelerate or decelerate the load-travelling speed which, in turn, promotes safe object relocation. Look for wire rope hoists that come with shock load prevention features. This feature prevents shock loading which may damage the wire ropes if a lift is initiated abruptly with a heavy load that has started getting detached from a mount.
Wire rope hoists facilitate most applications. However, chain hoists may be a better option for you if your operations are executed in rough or hazardous environments. Additionally, chain hoists have enclosed bodies which protect them from damages that may be induced by contact with caustic chemicals or environmental elements.