Crane Systems

At Advanced, we understand that every crane application is unique.  We listen to fully understand your project requirements and provide custom tailored solutions guaranteed to perform.  By combining years of experience with the most trusted names in the industry, we offer single source convenience for virtually any crane project.  From light ergonomic lifting to high capacity crane systems, we have the know-how to get the job done right the first time.

Advanced crane systems are designed, engineered and fabricated in the USA to the highest quality standards ensuring best-in-class performance and reliability.  Our range of crane solutions, along with our design and engineering capabilities, ensures that you will always receive the best solution for your application.

In addition to our product offering, we partner with the following leading manufacturers:

  • Gorbel
  • Spanco
  • Metreel
  • Harrington
  • Columbus Mckinnon
  • Demag
  • Kwik-Crane
  • Abell-Howe
  • Thern
  • Reid
  • and more…

Our extensive range of crane products enables us to provide solutions for most any industry, including aerospace, automotive, construction, wastewater treatment, marine, electronics, HVAC, glass manufacturing, food and beverage, and more.

Learn about the different types of cranes we offer:

Bridge Cranes 

Bridge cranes consist of a bridge section that traverses over a pair of perpendicular sections called runways.  Available in many sizes and configurations, bridge cranes lifting capability anywhere within their area of coverage.  Lifting is provided through the use of a hoist that is suspended from the bridge and controlled by an operator via pendant or radio. 

Bridge cranes are available in several different styles such as:

Top Running Bridge Cranes 

Top running bridge cranes are the workhorse of industrial lifting and range in capacity from of 3 to 200 tons.  Ideal in a wide range of applications, these systems provide a high degree of reliability with a low headroom dimension.

Under Hung Bridge Cranes

Under hung bridge cranes are a common choice for lifting ranging in capacity from 1 to 10 tons.  As the name implies, under hung bridge cranes are suspended underneath their runways rather than on the top.  These systems are typically motorized in all three axis and are a great solution for light to medium duty service.

Freestanding Bridge Cranes 

While many bridge crane systems benefit from an existing runway structure, freestanding bridge cranes are a viable alternative when an existing support structure is unavailable.  These systems have the versatility to fit a variety of floor layouts by adjusting the spans of the vertical columns that support crane.

Enclosed Track Crane Systems 

Enclosed track cranes commonly referred to as “workstation cranes” are crane solutions that fall into a 2 ton and under capacity designation.  These systems incorporate an enclosed track design by which their rolling components run internally.  Cranes of this type are often manually in the X and Y dimension and rely on a powered hoist for their lifting operation.  The enclosed track design provides a simple yet effective lifting solution that is also cost effective.  Other benefits of this design are centered around it’s low maintenance requirement as well as the ability to self-center a load during a lift.

These systems are available in the following configurations:

Freestanding Workstation Bridge Cranes 

Freestanding Workstation Cranes are quite versatile and can be found in many different industries, including aerospace, glass manufacturing, construction, wastewater treatment, general industry and more.  Freestanding workstation cranes provide a cost-effective solution and can usually mount directly to a shop floor without the need for structural foundations.

Ceiling Mounted Workstation Bridge Cranes 

Ceiling mounted workstation cranes utilize the existing ceiling structure in a facility freeing up valuable floor space by omitting the vertical supports.  Often used in automotive assembly and other production settings, ceiling mounted workstation cranes can prove a great choice when adequate structure is available.

Enclosed Track Monorails 

For production that requires goods and materials to be moved along a fixed path, monorails are a great solution.  They can be configured to be freestanding or ceiling-mounted and offer considerable versatility the in right application.

Jib Cranes

Jib cranes are a versatile choice for lifting when bridge cranes are not a viable option.  They rely on a horizontal member called a boom that pivots along a center axis.  Offered in many sizes and configurations, jibs range in capacity from 250 lb to 15-ton and have the ability to provide up to 360 degrees of coverage.  Available in both manual and motorized rotation, jib cranes can provide a considerable coverage with minimal impact to valuable floor space.

Jibs are available in a wide range of styles including:

Freestanding Jib Cranes

Available in a wide range of spans and capacities, freestanding jib are floor mounted via a base plate using structural anchors.  While light capacity units may require nothing more than a  reinforced shop floor, higher capacity variants typically require a separate foundation.

Wall-Mount Jib Cranes

Wall mount jibs are virtually identical to their freestanding counterparts but rely on an existing structure for support.  This type of jib is especially advantageous in applications where floor space is unavailable.

Mast-Style Jib Cranes

Utilizing both the floor and ceiling structure, mast style jibs resist their overturning moment by relying on both.  This design proves cost-effective alternative as it eliminates the need for a separate foundation.

Workstation Jib Cranes

Workstation jibs utilize an enclosed track rail for their boom design and are well suited for light capacity repetitive lifting.  This type of jib is ideal in applications such as lifting components in and out of CNC milling centers.

Wall-Traveling Jib Cranes

This design incorporates a jib mounted to vertical carriage that runs on tracks mounted to the wall.  It provides a linear path of coverage while eliminating the need for a floor or ceiling connection. Wall traveling jibs are a viable solution when long travel distances are required and open wall space is available.

Gantry Cranes

Commonly referred to as “A-frames”, gantry cranes are versatile material handling solutions that can be tailored to fit a broad range of applications.

Gantry cranes fall into several classifications:

Portable  Gantry Cranes 

Available in steel or aluminum, portable gantry cranes from Advanced offer the portability needed in many lifting applications.  Aluminum gantries provide lightweight versatility and can be easily assembled and disassembled in the field.  With capacities ranging from 1/2 ton to 3 ton and spans up to 20 feet, portable aluminum gantries are used in a wide variety of applications including construction and HVAC industries.  Portable gantries constructed of steel provide a cost savings over aluminum when weight is less of a concern.

Motorized Gantries 

Motorized gantries are most often used in production settings to provide lifting throughout various stages of the manufacturing process.  Lower in cost than comparably sized bridge cranes, production gantries can be specified with capacities ranging from 1/2 ton to 25 tons.  In addition to cost savings, gantry cranes have low headroom dimension and do not require footings since they do not have fixed vertical supports.  To maintain linear motion, motorized gantry cranes typically run on guide angle or two-sided v-groove track.  In certain applications, they can also be specified for trackless use allowing free-roaming capability where flexibility is required.

Single Leg Gantries

Single leg gantries are a hybrid between a traditional gantry and a bridge crane.  They utilize a single vertical support running on the floor on one side whereas the opposite side connects to a directly to a raised runway.  This design proves beneficial in situations where one side of the cranes requires open access and there is structure to support it.

Articulating Arms

Articulating arms encompass a wide range of styles and are often used when more traditional cranes are less than ideal.  When specified correctly, articulating arms can provide user-friendly, ergonomic lifting with several distinct advantages over other crane types.  Most arm designs can be floor or ceiling mounted with some offering the added versatility of a carriage that works in conjunction with a bridge crane.

See below to learn about different arm types:

Horizontal Arms

Horizontal style arms typically consist of a main 360 degree pivot with one or more intermediate sections.  These secondary pivots are the main characteristic that differentiate arms from jibs and  allow them to maneuver product around obstructions within a work cell.   Most designs offer internally routed electric or pneumatic power supply for the hoist or balancer to provide lifting.  Horizontal style arms great choice in congested spaces or when maximum clearance is required.

Parallel Arms

Parallel arms utilize one or more parallel sections connected to shared pivots for their span, that with help from a pneumatic cylinder, As the angle of the arm sections change, they provide lifting and lowering.  They can be floor, ceiling or carriage mounted and more often than not, have a 360 main to provide a circular area of coverage.

Torque Arms

Torque arms, sometimes referred to as torque tubes, consist of a telescopic vertical structure integrated with a hoist or other means to provide lift.  This design allows for true vertical lifting while at the same time preventing unwanted movement associated with cables or chains.  Torque arms are ideal in applications such as tool balancing or lifting material that requires precise motion along the z-axis.

Mast Style Arms

Mast style arms function much like torque arms but are generally much larger and better suited to handle off-center loads such as attaching a custom end effector.  These arms are most often suspended from a bridge via a carriage that allows for 360 degree rotation.  Lift is typically provided via a hoist or balancer.

Davit Cranes

Davit cranes can be specified in either portable or permanent configurations.  Unlike a jib cranes which rely on hoists to provide lifting, davit cranes lift by means of a winch.  This design allows for longer lifting distances making davit cranes an excellent choice for rooftop applications, HVAC work and water treatment facilities.  Special attention is recommended when specifying davits as they offer limited height and span as compared to jib cranes.

Specialty Cranes

Faced with a particular lifting challenge in your industry and can’t find the right solution?  At Advanced, we offer specialty cranes to meet the needs of your most demanding applications.

Food Grade 

Our crane systems are available in a wide range of designs and can be specified for wash down FDA compliant food grade paint and lubrication for food processing and similar applications.

Marine

We understand marine crane solutions which is why we supply systems that are capable of  withstanding the harshest environments.  Available features in include marine duty epoxy finishes as well as stainless steel construction.

Clean Room

Our clean room offering if extensive.  In industries such as chip manufacturing, medical, pharmaceutical etc.  You can rely on Advanced to provide solutions that meet stringent clean room  requirements

Explosion Proof

We provide complete crane, hoist and various other lifting solutions to meet explosion proof specifications.

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