Glossary of Crane Terminology
Abnormal Operating Conditions:
Environmental conditions that are unfavorable, harmful or detrimental to or for the operation of a hoist, such as excessively high (over 100 F.) or low (below 0 F.) ambient temperatures, corrosive fumes, dust laden or moisture laden atmospheres, and hazardous locations.
Adjustable or Variable Voltage:
A method of control by which the motor supply voltage can be adjusted.
A crane which when activated operates through a preset cycle or cycles.
A supplemental hoisting unit, usually designed to handle lighter loads at a higher speed than the main hoist.
Auxiliary Girder (Outrigger):
A girder arranged parallel to the main girder for supporting the platform, motor base, operator's cab, control panels, etc., to reduce the torsional forces such load would otherwise impose on the main girder.
Bearing Life Expectancy:
The L-10 life of an anti-friction bearing is the minimum expected life, hours, of 90 percent of a group of bearings, which are operating at a given speed and loading. The average expected life of the bearings is approximately five times the L-10 life.
Brinell hardness number, measurement of material hardness.
The rectangular cross section of girders, trucks or other members enclosed on four sides.
A device, other than a motor, used for retarding or stopping motion by friction or power means.
The circuit conductors between the final overcurrent device protecting the circuit and the outlet(s).
That part of an overhead crane consisting of girders, trucks, end ties, walkway and drive mechanism which carries the trolley and travels in a direction parallel to the runway.
The electrical conductors located along the bridge structure of a crane to provide power to the trolley.
The rail supported by the bridge girders on which the trolley travels.
An energy absorbing device for reducing impact when a moving crane or trolley reaches the end of its permitted travel, or when two moving cranes or trolleys come into contact.
A crane controlled by an operator in a cab located on the bridge or trolley.
The slight upward vertical curve given to girders to compensate partially for deflection due to hook load and weight of the crane.
The maximum rated load (in tons) which a crane is designed to handle.
Minimum distance from the extremity of a crane to the nearest obstruction.
Contacting devices for collecting current from the runway or bridge conductors. The mainline collectors are mounted on the bridge to transmit current from the runway conductors, and the trolley collector are mounted on the trolley to transmit current from the bridge conductors.
An electro-magnetic device for opening and closing an electric power circuit.
A device for regulating in a predetermined way the power delivered to the motor or other equipment.
A method of control by which the motor is reversed to develop power to the opposite direction.
The top or bottom plate of a box girder.
The shaft extending across the bridge, used to transmit torque from the motor to bridge drive wheels.
An electrical or mechanical method for reducing the rate of acceleration of a travel motion.
The loads on a structure, which remain in a fixed position relative to the structure. On a crane bridge such loads include the girders, footwalk, cross shaft, drive units, panels, etc.
Displacement due to bending or twisting in a vertical or lateral plane, caused by the imposed live and dead loads.
A plate or partition between the opposite parts of a member serving a definite purpose in the structural design of the member.
The girder on which the bridge drive machinery is mounted.
An operator's compartment or platform on a pendant or radio controlled crane, having no permanently mounted electrical controls, in which an operator may ride while controlling the crane.
A method of control by which the hoist motor is so connected in the lowering direction, that when it is overhauled by the load, it acts as generator and forces current either through the resistors or back into the line.
A method on control by which the motor drives through an electrical induction load brake.
Efficiency of Gearing and Sheaves:
The percentage of force transmitted through these components that is not lost to friction.
Electric Overhead Traveling Crane:
An electrically operated machine for lifting, lowering and transporting loads, consisting of a movable bridge carrying a fixed or movable hoisting mechanism and traveling on an overhead runway structure.
Electrical Braking System:
A method of controlling crane motor speed when in an overhauling condition, without the use of friction braking.
Aconductor or group of conductors substantially enclosed to prevent accidental contact.
Ahousing to contain electrical components, usually specified by a NEMAclassification number.
The minimum horizontal distance, parallel to the runway, between the outermost extremities of the crane and
the centerline of the hook.
A structural member other than the end truck which connects the ends fo the girders to maintain the squareness of the bridge.
The unit consisting of the truck frame, wheels, bearings, axles, etc., which supports the bridge girders.
A provision designed to automatically stop or safely control any motion in which a malfunction occurs.
The wiring required after erection of the crane.
An axle which is fixed in the truck and on which the wheel revolves.
A crane which is pendant controlled by an operator on the floor or an independent platform.
The walkway with handrail and toeboards, attached to the bridge or trolley for access purposes.
A crane similar to an overhead crane except that the bridge for carrying the trolley or trolleys is rigidly supported on two or more legs running on fixed rails or other runway.
The principal horizontal beams of the crane bridge which supports the trolley and is supported by the end trucks.
An accidental conducting connection between the electrical circuit or equipment and the earth or some conducting body that serves in place of the earth.
A powered machinery unit that is used for lifting and lowering a load.
A brake that automatically prevents motion when power is off.
The minimum horizontal distance between the center of the runway rail and the hook.
A brake that provides retarding or stopping motion by hydraulic means.
A sheave used to equalize tension in opposite parts of a rope. Because of its slight movement, it is not termed a
Additional hook load assumed to result from the dynamic effect of the live load.
Industrial Duty Crane:
Service classification covered by CMAA Specification No. 70, 'Specifications for Electric Overhead
Motor winding insulation rating which indicates its ability to withstand heat and moisture.
Inverter(Variable Frequency Drive):
A method of control by which the fixed line voltage and frequency is changed to a three-phase system with infinitely variable voltage and frequency.
Kips per square inch, measurement of stress intensity.
A unit of force, equivalent to 1000 pounds.
The diagonal structural member joining the building column and roof truss.
Horizontal forces perpendicular to the axis of the member being considered.
Maximum safe vertical distance through which the hook, magnet, or bucket can move.
Single lifting and lowering motion (with or without load)
Buckets, magnets, grabs and other supplemental devices, the weight of which is to be considered part of the rated load, used for ease in handling certain types of loads.
A device designed to cut off the power automatically at or near the limit of travel for the crane motion.
A contactor to disconnect power from the supply lines.
A load which moves relative to the structure under consideration.
The assembly of hook, swivel, bearing, sheaves, pins and frame suspended by the hoisting ropes.
Load Carrying Part:
Any part of the crane in which the induced stress is influenced by the load on the hook.
One lift cycle with load plus one lift cycle without load.
Horizontal members attached to the web of the bridge girder to prevent web buckling.
A means of controlling direction and speed by using magnetic contactors and relays.
Main Line Contactor:
A magnetic contactor used in the incoming power circuit from the main line collectors.
Main Line Disconnect Switch:
A manual switch which breaks the power lines leading from the main line collectors.
Manual-Magnetic Disconnect Switch:
A power disconnecting means consisting of a magnetic contactor that can be operated by remote pushbutton and can be manually operated by a handle on the switch.
A manually operated device which serves to govern the operation of contactors and auxiliary devices of an electric control.
Identification of non-interchangeable parts for re-assembly after shipment.
Mechanical Load Brake:
An automatic type of friction brake used for controlling loads in the lowering direction. This unidirectional device requires torque from the motor to lower a load but does not impose additional load on the motor when lifting a load.
Mean Effective Load:
A load used in durability calculations accounting for both maximum and minimum loads.
Multiple Girder Crane:
A crane which has two or more girders for supporting the live load.
Non-coasting Mechanical Drive:
A drive with coasting characteristics such that it will stop the motion within a distance in feet equal to 10 percent of the rated speed in feet per minute when traveling at rated speed with rated load.
The operator's compartment from which movements of the crane are controlled. To be specified by the manufacturer as open, having only sides or a railing around the operator, or enclosed, complete with roof, windows, etc.
Any load greater than the rated load.
Overload Protection (Overcurrent):
A device operative on excessive current to cause and maintain the interruption or reduction of current flow to the equipment governed.
Pendant Pushbutton Station:
Means suspended from the crane operating the controllers from the floor or other level beneath the crane.
Pitch Diameter (Rope):
Distance through the center of a drum or sheave from center to center of a rope passed about the periphery.
Plain Reversing Control:
A reversing control which has identical characteristics for both directions of motor rotation.
A control function which accomplishes braking by reversing the motor line voltage polarity or phase sequence.
An assembly containing overload and undervoltage protection for all crane motions.
The maximum load which the crane is designed to handle safely as designated by the manufacturer.
A method of controlling speed in which electrical energy generated by the motor is fed back into the power
A function which tends to maintain constant motor speed for any load for a given speed setting of the controller.
Remote Operated Crane:
A crane controlled by an operator not in a pulpit or in the cab attached to the crane, by any method other than pendant or rope control.
Rating which classifies resistors according to percent of full load current on first point and duty cycle.
An axle which rotates with the wheel.
A sheave which rotates as the hook is raised or lowered.
The rails, beams, brackets and framework on which the crane operates.
The main conductors mounted on or parallel to the runway which supplies current to the crane.
The rail supported by the runway beams on which the bridge travels.
A grooved wheel or pulley used with a rope or chain to change direction and point of application of a pulling force.
Lateral forces on the bridge truck wheels caused by the bridge girders not running perpendicular to the runways. Some normal skewing occurs in all bridges.
The horizontal distance center-to-center of runway rails.
A method of switching electrical circuits without the use of contacts.
A type of control system with infinite speed control between minimum speed and full speed.
A type of control system with fixed speed points.
A device to limit travel of a trolley or crane bridge. This device normally is attached to a fixed structure and normally does not have energy absorbing ability.
Strength, Average Ultimate:
The average tensile force per unit of cross sections area required to rupture the material as determined by test.
Maximum lateral deviation from straightness of a structural member, measured at right angles to the Y-Yaxis.
Totally enclosed fan cooled.
Totally enclosed non-ventilated.
Torque, Full Load (Motor):
The torque produced by a motor operating at its rated horsepower and speed.
Torsional Box Girder:
Girder in which the trolley rail is located over one web.
Forces which can cause twisting of a member.
The unit carrying the hoisting mechanism which travels on the bridge rails.
The basic structure of the trolley on which are mounted the hoisting and traversing mechanisms.
Condition under which the load block or load suspended from the hook becomes jammed against the crane structure preventing further winding up of the hoist drum.
A device operative on the reduction or failure of voltage to cause and maintain the interruption of power in the main circuit.
A method of control by which the motor supply voltage and frequency can be adjusted.
The loss of voltage in an electric conductor between supply tap and load tap.
The vertical plate connecting the upper and lower flanges or cover plates of a girder.
Distance from center-to-center of outermost wheels.
The load without impact on any wheel with the trolley and lifted load (rated capacity) positioned on the bridge to drive maximum loading.