Inspecting and Maintaining Your Hoist to Keep From Costly Downtime

Posted on July 25, 2018 in Gantry Cranes

Inspecting and Maintaining Your Hoist to Keep From Costly Downtime

Your aluminum gantry is only as good as your hoist. And like any other machine, if not maintained or repaired, you can be looking at a breakdown at the worst possible moment. When your business is reliant on being able to move materials, that can mean a loss of money every single minute that you are down.

Time is Money

When it comes down to business, time is money. The time you lose with an out of commission piece of equipment is money out of your pocket. Not only is is an expensive loss of productivity, but malfunctioning equipment is a potential safety hazard.

Maintenance and Timely Repairs

Like any other piece of equipment, maintenance and timely repairs of your hoist is important to operation. Instead of waiting for a costly breakdown, taking proactive steps to ensure that your hoist is ready for the job requires a little advance planning.

Buy the Right Hoist

Having the right hoist for your aluminum gantry crane can be one of the most important things you consider in upfront machine purchases. We offer a variety of quality hoists to choose from for your application.


For any mechanical equipment that you rely on for your business, it’s important to have a plan for preventative maintenance. This is especially the case when your equipment is handling heavy objects. Not only does production stop but you are looking at possible emergency servicing and safety issues to contend with.

The best course of action is catching a problem before it happens. Conducting a regular check-list and walk-through will help locate potential issues and allow proactive measures to be taken. Conducting a routine, pre-planned inspection and proactive maintenance can ensure that your hoist is always ready for the job and in complete compliance at all times.

Have an Emergency Plan

As they say, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. All the preventative maintenance on earth will never fully protect you from the occasional emergency. You will want to designate responsible members of your team for emergency duties who are able to look at your hoist and troubleshoot. You will always want a couple of individuals who are able to make a quick call when it comes to a breakdown. These individuals should be entrusted with regular inspections to verify compliance and proper working order.

Make sure you have spare parts on hand and keep a spare wire rope assembly and other components in order to make quick repairs. Always make sure you have ready access to your hoist distributor in order to convey any issues and get needed service information.

Have a Backup on Hand

This can be one of the most important purchases you can make. Emergencies happen. But if you have a backup hoist on hand, you can be up and running with minimal downtime.

Have questions regarding hoists and aluminum gantry cranes? Call EC&MW to learn more.

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