Crane Bridge Design

The CMAA Standard for Cranes: Becht Engineering recently completed the structural analysis for a single girder 5-ton crane bridge with an under-running hoist per CMAA-74 for nuclear waste handling operations.  CMAA is the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, and CMAA-74 is the Specification for Top Running and Under Running Single Girder Electric Traveling Cranes Utilizing […]

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1500-Ton Reactor Lift In Louisiana – Safe & Successful!

Valero Energy Corporation recently installed a new, state of the art, hydrocracker at their Meraux, LA Refinery. The reactor lift was filmed by Valero and published on You-Tube as a testament to their commitment to safety and quality. The lift and transportation team safely completed the transport from the ship to the refinery and the […]

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Why Cranes Fall Down

There are many reasons cranes fall down. One of the most common causes is ground support failure. Let’s take a closer look at ground failure and discuss what steps we can take to prevent this unnecessary misfortune.   Cranes are rated by stability and structural competence. By law, crane manufacturers have to designate the limiting […]

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Crane Inspection – The Next Level

The OSHA Crane Rule, effective in 2010, clearly defines the requirements for crane inspections. The rule defines the frequency and minimum requirements for compliance. Crane inspections are really nothing new. We have developed our methods and procedures through years of experience. The question is: Are We Doing Enough? In my earlier years in the trades […]

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Crane Backward Stability  

Backward stability for cranes has always been a serious consideration and often misunderstood or overlooked. The tendency is to carefully study the capacity charts to assure frontward stability when planning a lift. It is somewhat counter intuitive to worry about backward stability as all the lifting is being done over the front. In fact, there […]

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Ten Questions That Must Be Answered Before Attempting Any Lift

When attempting any lift, regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant, there is some basic information that must be known and confirmed before you begin. As an industry, we do a great job planning critical and super lifts. These major lifts are executed with precision and are successful if the plan is carefully followed. We […]

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A Lift Plan for Every Lift

Ten Questions That Must Be Answered Before Attempting Any Lift When attempting any lift, regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant, there is some basic information that must be known and confirmed before you begin. As an industry, we do a great job planning critical and super lifts.  These major lifts are executed with precision […]

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