Pump Up Your Productivity--Factors That Will Help You Select The Right Hoist For The Job

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If you own or manage a warehouse, you need to pay close attention to the material handling equipment that you purchase. Material handling equipment consists of the items that are used to store and move merchandise around your warehouse. This includes items like shelving, pallets, trolleys, hoists, forklifts, winches, and lifting accessories. Having the right equipment for your space can increase your productivity, cut back on injuries to your employees and even save you money on repairs to equipment. An electric hoist can be used with an overhead trolley system to move heavy items from one part of your warehouse to another. Unfortunately, many warehouse owners don't know all the factors they need to consider when shopping around for a hoist. While weight capacity and price are important, other factors come into play. Here are three factors that you need to consider when you are trying to select the right hoist for your warehouse job.

Maximum On Time Per Hour

One of the factors that you need to consider when selecting the right hoist to handle the material in your warehouse is the maximum on time per hour, also referred to as the intermittent duty rating. This means how many minutes the hoist will be used per hour. All hoists are rated with an H1 through H5 rating. An H1 rating is light use. It means that the hoist is designed to be used for no longer than eight minutes per hour. On the other end of the spectrum, you have an H5 rating. This is a heavy duty rating and means the hoist is designed to run continuously throughout the hour, or 60 out of 60 minutes. Carefully consider how frequently your hoist will be used and select a hoist with an appropriate rating. If you select a hoist that has a lower rating than you need, it won't be able to withstand the use time you subject it to and may need maintenance, repairs or replacement more frequently. Selecting a hoist with a higher rating than you need can cost you money, because these tend to be more expensive.

The Maximum Number of Starts Per Hour

Another factor to consider when selecting the right hoist for your job is how many times you intend to start and stop the hoist per hour. Once again, the hoist is rated with an H1 through H5 rating system, with H1 being the lightest and H5 being heavy duty. An H1 rated hoist has the ability to start up to 75 times per hour, whereas an H5 hoist has the capacity to start up to 600 times per hour. If you start and stop the hoist to load and unload it often, you will want a higher rating. If the hoist is used infrequently, or runs with few starts and stops, you can use a hoist with a lower starts per hour rating.

How Frequently the Hoist Will Be Subjected to the Maximum Weight Capacity

The last factor you need to consider when selecting the right hoist for the job is how frequently your hoist will be subjected to the maximum weight capacity. This is referred to as the state of loading rating and features a rating system of M1 through M6. An M1 rating means that you are subjecting your hoist to light loads under the weight capacity under 800 times per hour. An M6 rating is the highest and means that you are subjecting the hoist to its maximum rated load capacity up to 3200 times per hour.

Selecting the correct hoist for the job can help ensure your material handling trolley system is able to move items throughout your warehouse as it is designed to. When selecting a hoist, be sure to consider the maximum time per hour you will use the hoist, how many times it will start during an hour and how frequently it will be subjected to the maximum weight capacity. This will help you select the right hoist for your job. Contact a company like Tri State Surplus Co for more information.

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