Although not typically the first image to come to mind when considering the multitude of solutions for protecting the Earth and its environment, overhead cranes, monorails and hoists are indeed a green solution. These types of overhead handling equipment contribute to sustainability initiatives in three key ways:
- Elimination of emissions. Unlike floor-based material handling equipment used for load transport and placement—and are frequently powered by petroleum—cranes, monorails and hoists do not create emissions that contribute to air pollution. Additionally, they are not subject to regular emissions testing, nor does their operation require special ventilation within a facility.
- No leaks or contaminants. Operating with far fewer moving parts and components than ground-based material handling equipment, overhead lifting systems are significantly less likely to leak oils and other fluids that could cause ground contamination. Battery-powered load handling equipment also require replenishment of both water and acids, which can be harmful if spilled. Many floor-based vehicles run on batteries that can leak, are difficult to store, and can be a hassle to properly dispose of or recycle; improper battery management can also harm the environment. Further, cranes, monorails and hoists do not necessitate a facility to invest in contaminant detection, containment and mitigation equipment.
- Better space utilization. Because overhead lifting solutions enable greater lifting elevations for higher stacking heights, an operation can maximize the cubic volume of an existing facility. This enables the handling of more products without needing to expand the footprint of the facility or acquire additional square footage. Optimizing the size of the building with cranes, monorails and hoists dramatically reduces the energy required to heat, cool and illuminate a facility.
Looking for additional details on how overhead handling equipment can improve your operations? Download the free publication, “Expand Your Possibilities. Discover the Potential. Choose Overhead Lifting.” Published by MHI’s Overhead Alliance (which includes the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI), and the Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA)), the document explores 13 different ways these technologies enhance manufacturing and distribution operations across a broad range of industries.