Bridge cranes have wide usage in different industries for the purpose of lifting heavy objects up and over obstacles instead of moving those back and forth, thus saving a lot of time and also lessening the required man hours. Bridge cranes generally have parallel runways with a traveling link to span the gap between those. Compared to other cranes, these cranes occupy lesser space on ground. Bridge cranes are commonly used in manufacturing and servicing facilities owing to their enhanced efficiency for these operations, which reduces the critical downtime.
The major parts of bridge cranes are bridge, hoist, trolley, runway, end carriage and operator's cabin. These cranes usually have a load carrying capacity that ranges between 2 to 200 tons but through customization, their load carrying capacity can also be increased.
The Various Types of Bridge Cranes Are :
Top running bridge cranes
Bottom running bridge cranes
Rotary overhead cranes
Single girder cranes
Double girder cranes
As mentioned above, bridge cranes have wide applications in various industries. Some of these are given below:
Bridge cranes are used to handle metals in different forms and stages in metal refining facilities
These cranes are also used in paper mills during maintenance for the lifting of massive equipments, such as press rolls
Food and beverage making plants
Automotive parts manufacturing facilities
Also used in research organizations (one notable place where these cranes are used is the Kennedy space center)