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Gantry Cranes: An
Increasingly Popular Alternative
to Overhead Bridge Cranes
Long popular in Europe, gantry cranes
have become a widely accepted alternative
to overhead bridge cranes. This type of crane is similar to the bridge crane except that it runs on a runway at the floor level. The bridge is supported by a pair of rigid steel legs which are carried by a pair of end trucks along the floor level runway.
- often costs less than a bridge crane
- built to heavy duty Class D specifications,
which meet the demands of high duty
cycles and multiple shift operation,
as well as providing decades of reliable
service for all applications
in spans to 150 feet and capacities
to 150 tons
- can be used either indoors or
NAI Specialized Gantry Cranes:
A combination of the bridge crane and gantry crane. One leg rides on the floor, while the other side’s end truck rides on a runway beam.
Unique Trackless Gantry
Unlike most gantries, which run on ASCE rails or an inverted angle iron,
North American Industries offers gantry cranes that are specially designed to allow one leg to ride directly on a smooth concrete floor. Thus, the cost and travel barriers normally associated with gantry tracks are eliminated. For applications where a smooth, clean floor is not possible, or in high capacities, our
gantry cranes can ride on a leveled, 1/2" high steel plate. This floor-mounted plate provides an alternative to a 4" high rail track and still permits unobstructed access to the cranes’ work area by forklifts, work carts and personnel.
A Gantry Crane May Save You Money
Because gantry cranes ride on the ground rather than on
overhead runways, they don't require a runway structure.
Nor do they usually require concrete
foundations. Their installation
is fast and simple. Depending on the environment and application, gantry
cranes can sometimes provide the same
material handling capabilities as
a comparable bridge crane system,
but with a significant cost savings.
However, not all Gantry Cranes cost
less than their bridge crane counterparts.
A gantry crane is a more cost-effective
- You are currently in a leased
facility and do not want
to make a major investment
in a bridge crane
- You may be planning
to move the
crane in the
near future and want to take
- You require a crane
moves loads between
the interior and
exterior of your
- You need long
structures of over 150 feet
where the runway steel
costs are very high.