A vital cog in the automation of a workplace, the hoist is there to do the heavy lifting – to safely move heavy materials to other areas of the workplace, and efficiently.
Let’s talk hoists here, some of the most common, and then some advantages that come with including a hoist among your best on-site machinery.
Electric hoists are powered by machines that run the gears turning the lifting mechanism. Because these hoists use electricity, they’re prone to overheating. Electric hoists are graded, and it’s these stipulations that help determine how many lifts a given electric hoist can perform before possible burnout.
Manual hoists operate with a gear system that’s powered by the hoist operator. The gears are designed at ratio, so the operator need only turn them slightly, for maximum lifting power. Manual hoists are powered by electricity, so motor burnout isn’t a risk, but they’re obviously less of an option in automation.
Pneumatic hoists are motorised, too, but use the power of compressed air. These hoists don’t overheat – the air actually cools the motor as the hoist is in use – and they’re ideal for large-scale
lifting, being some of the most powerful hoists on the market.
Key Features Of Different Types Of Hoists
Different types of hoists offer different features, making them more or less suitable for different tasks. Here are some of the key features to look for when choosing a hoist:
- Lifting capacity: The lifting capacity of a hoist is its most important feature. Make sure to
choose a hoist that can handle the weight of your load.
- Lift height: The lift height determines how high the hoist can lift your load. If you need to lift
your load very high, you will need a hoist with a correspondingly high lift height.
- Speed: The speed at which a hoist lifts your load is also important. If you need to lift your
load quickly, you will need a correspondingly fast hoist.
- Manoeuvrability: The manoeuvrability of a hoist is also important. If you need to lift your
load in tight spaces or over obstacles, you will need a very manoeuvrable hoist.
- Safety features: The safety features of a hoist are vital. Make sure to choose a hoist that has
the safety features you need to protect your load and your workers.
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