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Bridge Cranes Overhead Bridge Cranes can be divided into
Crane Kits two groups:
Jib Cranes 1. Top Running Bridge Cranes, and
Gantry Cranes
2. Under Running Bridge Cranes (sometimes called under
Work Station Cranes hung).
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brief look and then give us a call, and we can help lead you through the maze to the best cost
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A Bridge Crane system consists of three major components.
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1. the Bridge Crane, which traverses across the runway
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3. the runway, which is tied to the building structure.
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Top Running Bridge Crane with Underhung Hoist

Underhung Bridge Crane with Underhung Hoist

Top Running Bridge Crane with Top Running Trolley Hoist


Top Running vs. Under Running

Top Running vs. Under Running is primarily determined by two factors:

1. Capacity - Although under running can be up to 25 ton capacity, the practical limit is more
like 15 tons and the economic sweet spot is 1 to 7.5 ton range.
2. Support Structure - Under running can be suspended directly from the overhead steel (for
lighter cranes). Top running cranes will require a bracket off the building support steel (up
to 10 tons capacity) or independent columns for heavier capacities.

The top running configuration is best used in cases where the end user has issues with headroom.
The most space efficient configuration is the double girder, top running crane system. When
headroom is not an issue a top or under running configuration can be used with either the double
or single girder bridge crane.

The above figure shows the three primary methods of supporting a top running crane.
The above figure shows a typical support column point.

The above figure shows a typical runway cross section without the crane rail or fasteners.
Intermittent welds should not be used in runways subject to fatigue. The picture shows a channel cap
on a wide flange section, this is a typical form of a continuous girder.

Bridge Crane Word of the Week

CMAA
The portion of a collector which makes contact by sliding on the conductor bar. (ANSI MH 27.1-1981)

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