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Customer Questions the Orientation of Ceiling Mounted Rail System Runway

Crane Systems | By Anthony Alessi | Mar 15, 2019


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Below is a frequently asked question we receive on ceiling mounted rail systems:

“What is the benefit of hanging a ceiling mounted rail system with the runway running parallel versus perpendicular with the steel?”

When an application gives you the choice to hang the runway rail underneath (parallel) to the header steel, that is likely the best option. This allows you to place a hanger in any location under the steel. When you are able to control how many hangers can be used, you can do two things:

1. Strengthen the rated load of the runway rail by adding more hangers. This strength may help when you require more than one bridge to ride on the runway.

2. Reduce the runway profile height. If the span between hangers is significant, it may require a taller and heavier profile.

Want to learn more? View our recent safety webinar!

Safety Webinar: Choosing the Best Crane for Your Application - Workstation, Overhead Jib Cranes

This webinar covers the benefits and limitations of workstation, standard overhead and jib cranes. We also discuss the best applications for each and how they can help you lift and position materials as safely and effectively as possible.

Anthony Alessi

Tony Alessi is a Unified Industries Product Manager at Columbus McKinnon Corporation. Tony has 10 years product/marketing experience at Unified Industries and over 18 years marketing and business development experience in agency, manufacturing and distribution settings working in the automotive industry.

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