‘Monorails’ Category

Transfer Cranes Installation for Large Manufacturer

Transfer Cranes Installation for Large Manufacturer

Crane-Tec was selected by an international engine manufacturer to design, engineer, fabricate and install a 22.5 ton transfer crane system.

With our team approach, we were able to work alongside the customer to address the special challenges of this project.  The result?  A system that meets the stringent requirements of this particular industry.

Special Considerations:

  1. Very large capacity for transfer crane
  2. Independent runway and monorail structure
  3. Large runway spans and loads
  4. Low head room lift requirements required a low headroom hoist


Our Team Approach:

  • Crane-Tec’s team consisted of our design engineer, structural engineer and project manager.  Together, we worked with the general contractor’s team and the structural engineer for this project.
  • The Crane-Tec team designed a 22.5 ton, top running, double girder crane with a single transfer beam and eighteen, 15-ton interlocking transfer monorail beams.
  • Our structural engineers designed the freestanding runway and monorail system.

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The transfer crane and monorail system was installed, weight tested and adjusted to the customers stringent requirements.

Check out the video below to see the end-result for this project.





Precision Needed For Railroad Engines

Crane-Tec was called upon to do a project for a Railroad Engine Maintenance Facility.  Our team of experts were asked to engineer, build and install a free-standing, 20-ton crane system in an existing facility.  This new setup would be used to service railroad engines.


Special Considerations:

  1. The customer’s application required precise movement and positioning
  2. Adding a freestanding runway system into an older, existing building.



Working with the customer and general contractor requirements, Crane-Tec engineers designed a freestanding, 20-ton crane system.  We recommended variable speed control for the bridge, trolley and hoist.  We also added a true vertical lift hoist.

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Crane-Tec engineered, built, installed, and tested the complete 20-ton top running double girder, heavy duty, radio remote controlled crane and free standing runway system.

Below is a video with images for this recent project.  Enjoy!

Integrating Safety With An Overhead Crane System

Integrating Safety With An Overhead Crane System

When a large aviation client asked Crane-Tec to build an overhead crane system, the safety of their employees was paramount to the design.

34 percent of injuries and many work-related deaths are the result of a fall from height.

We understood that taking a preventative stance to protecting employees from injury or death, and to remain compliant with OSHA standards, was an important element to this job, so we sought out an industry leader to help with the design.


Crane-tec turned to Rigid Lifelines, a company at the forefront of fall prevention safety, to help incorporate a Rigid Track fall prevention system into the overhead crane design.

We engineered the safety equipment right into the monorail system that we designed and then built all of the structural steel and the system to support everything.


  • The installed overhead crane system consisted of a 20 metric ton crane with 15 ton monorail spurs. Fall protection rail was installed on each of the 18 monorail spurs and the bridge crane
  • Each 58 foot long monorail spur had its own fall protection rail designed to support two people
  • On each system there were two, self locking trolleys with retractable lanyards

The purpose of having the fall protection secured into the structural support of the crane and monorail systems is to protect the personnel when they’re working on the large engines.

Read more about workplace safety and rigid track systems.

Check back with us next month.

Next month we’ll highlight this entire project and showcase the cranes and hoists provided by our partners at EMH.  Stay tuned!