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What is a Gantry Crane?

A gantry crane is a crane that is supported by uprights that run along a rail at ground level. Gantry cranes are ideal for situations in which you have no elevated runway or top rail to run your crane along. Gantry cranes are designed to move and offer more flexibility then permanent cranes. Gantry cranes provide an economical way to lift materials anywhere in a facility. The wheels enable you to move the gantry around your facility. This is a more cost-effective lifting solution for areas of infrequent lifts than a more expensive permanent structure. Industries that use gantry cranes include: automotive, power plants, mining, aerospace, shipping, petroleum and refuse handling. Gantry cranes come in all sizes, and some can move very heavy loads, particularly the extremely large examples used in shipyards or industrial installations. When considering purchasing a gantry crane make a list of the services you require of the crane. Consider the maximum loads, the average loads, and estimate the number of loads to be lifted each hour and each shift. Estimate the number of shifts per day and the number of days per week. Estimate the typical distance a load must travel and how fast. A detailed understanding of the service requirements is essential to ensure a long life of the unit you choose. Convenient for frequent height adjustments and able to maneuver product in tight spaces or uneven surfaces, a gantry crane eliminates the need for an overhead hoist or forklift … READ MORE

Choose the right Chemical Resistant Gloves

Ten Things to Know When Selecting Chemical Resistant Gloves: 1. Know the types of chemicals and chemical ingredients you are working with 2. Review the chemical's Safety Data Sheet to know what ingredients may be potentially harmful 3. Chemical resistant gloves are generally made of latex, nitrile, neoprene, and PVC; use a "chemical resistance chart" provided by some glove manufacturers to determine which glove will work best with which chemical ingredients 4. Consider the dexterity of the glove; this refers to how easy the glove is to work with 5. Look for gloves that are puncture and snag resistant; a snag can catch on an object and cause the glove to tear 6. Determine the needed length of the glove; long-sleeve gloves are designed to fit over the hand up to the elbow;  they are often recommended when working with chemicals 7. To select the right size glove; measure in inches around the palm of your hand. If you are right-handed, measure your right hand. If you are … READ MORE

Harrington Hoists, Inc. Releases Line of Ex Certified Spark Resistant Manual Hoists and Trolleys

 Nationwide Industrial Supply is a preferred distributor of Harrington Hoist, who is recognized as a leading manufacturer of electric and air powered chain hoists, electric wire rope hoists, lever hoists, manual hand chain hoists, push and geared trolleys, overhead cranes, crane accessories, below-the-hook and material handling equipment. Harrington Hoists, Inc. has introduced their new RCB Ex Certified Spark Resistant (for potentially explosive atmospheres that require features that reduce the risk of spark) hand chain hoists and RPT / RGT manual push and geared trolleys.  These products are manufactured with materials that will reduce risk of sparks produced by impact or friction in heavy-duty industrial applications. The hoists and trolleys are Ex certified to level Ex II 2G c IIB T4 and Ex II 2D c 135°C and are in compliance with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU. The line is offered in rated capacities of ½, 1, 2 and 3 Ton. Spark resistant features include: copper plated load … READ MORE

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Your warehouse can be a dangerous place. When it comes to protecting people on a daily basis, a yellow line painted on the floor does not stop accidents from happening. The whole plant or warehouse is a workplace, and even the most automated conveyor system needs safe access. The safety department, the training department and plant layout need to be involved. Separating and defining work areas and walkways as well as providing drop-off protection for interior loading and rail docks has long been … READ MORE

Klein Tools Tech Bags

 Klein Tools introduced new tech bags to the popular Trademan Pro Organizers line. These products are designed to hold laptops and other technical devices such as meters or smartphones. The Tradesman Pro Tech Backpack and Tradesman Pro Tech Bag are designed for professionals that need to carry a laptop or tablet to the jobsite. Both bags have a separate compartment to keep laptops protected from other tools. There is also storage for adapters and cables as well as an organizer pocket for … READ MORE

Steel Shelving

At Nationwide Industrial Supply, our Steel Shelving systems are designed for storage of small parts that might normally fall through standard wire shelves. A dual layer construction with double hemmed perimeter ensures maximum strength and durability for heavier equipment. Nationwide Industrial Supply offers a range of steel shelving units as part of their storage solutions. Shelving offers an alternative to conventional storage in bins, and there are many reasons that make shelving a more … READ MORE

Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents with Floor Mats

Floor mats are one of the most effective ways to prevent slip and fall accidents. However, if improperly selected or installed, the floor mat may actually contribute to a slip and fall accident. Crown Matting Technologies, one of the oldest and largest matting manufacturers in the U.S., suggests the following ways to prevent this from happening: Placement: Entry mats should be placed directly in front of building entries. If two or more mats are installed together, it is best that they … READ MORE

Proactive Maintenance Practice: Insulation

The mindset of “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” is a thing of the past. It is a mentality that even the best of us have been guilty of from time to time. While it may sound like a good idea, it can be damaging to a company in the long run. Staying the course down a single path can lead to a business owner getting blindsided by future problems. Just because something is working at the moment, doesn’t mean that future problems won’t arise. The new trend is to start protecting your investments and … READ MORE