Oftentimes existing equipment can still serve a purpose in a new application. At Simmers Crane Design & Services, our engineering and fabrication teams work together to perform tasks such as respanning existing cranes to fit new runways and rebuilding aged equipment that may contain obsolete components. Below is just one example we have of equipment we have rebuilt over the years.

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Hoist Rebuild

DC equipment is becoming increasingly more difficult to find replacement parts for. DC hoists are known for their rugged construction and reliability but when a hoist limit fails, you can see what can happen. This was the result of a “two block” where the lower block runs through the upper limit switch and the hoist motor will continue to run. This can result in serious damage to the equipment. The trolley frame had to be straightened, the gearbox was cracked and had to be repaired and all of the mounting feet on the trolley had to be milled flat so that everything would bolt up and be in alignment. We worked with our customer to make repairs to the hoist and get them back up and running as quickly as possible. The hoist pictured on the right is how it looked before it left our shop. Yes, it’s the same hoist. This is an example of the kind of rebuild or refurbishment that we put out of our facility.

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hoist rebuild after

Crane Respan

We are often requested by our customers to explore the option of respanning a customers existing crane or a purchased used crane. We begin the process by evaluating the crane in consideration by conducting a thorough inspection.  If the crane is of sufficient condition, we would then determine if it will perform in the customers application.  If the crane is sufficient we would the handle the entire project turnkey.  We would arrange take down, transportation, engineering, respan, modernization if required, installation, load test and commissioning.The benefits of respanning an existing crane can be both economical and expeditious.

Over 65 years of excellence in engineering, building, and maintaining overhead cranes and hoists.