Inspection of Overhead Crane Structures

How can you make the best use of inspection time that is limited by an aggressive production schedule? Hard-worked cranes have to keep running, but these are the cranes that need the most attention. It is not practical to inspect everywhere, and if the surface is covered by debris, you cannot inspect anywhere. Fortunately, structures respond to loads in predictable ways, which helps identify general locations most likely to have damage.

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Gary Davis, P.E.

Gary Davis, P.E., is director of consulting services, Integrated Machinery Solutions (IMS), Fort Worth, Texas.