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To safely operate a crane without dropping the load or damaging the machine, it is essential to know the crane load capacity. Crane operators must recalculate this amount each time they use this piece of equipment, as it can vary depending on the position of the hoist and the lift range among other factors.
Crane operators who are not familiar with load calculations should consult a professional before relying on their calculation as a lifting guide. Numerous factors affect a crane’s ability to hold weight, which is why the smallest mistake in a calculation can lead to costly crane repairs and serious injuries.
Before beginning your calculation, it is important to understand the specific equipment that is going to be used. Crane operators should note the type of crane, whether the crane will be mobile or stagnant while carrying the load, and whether a lattice jib will be used during operation. These factors will help determine the machine’s ability to hold weight and remain stable during operation.
To get a precise crane load calculation, you will need to know the geometry of the machine. Elements, which should be measured include the boom, hoist and the ground, which form a triangle. Measuring the dimensions of this triangle will allow you to achieve an accurate crane load calculation.
You may need to find the Crane Capacity index for the load chart. To calculate the crane capacity index, use this formula: (Average (radius x max (lifting height x capacity))) / 100. Let’s take a look at how these variables can affect your specific project.
Depending on the specific type of crane you are using, this piece of equipment may come with a convenient load chart, which will allow you to estimate the crane load capacity without extensive calculations. Crane operators should check if the machine comes with a guide, and refer back to it before each job.
The load chart shows the crane dimensions, as well as the data for the outriggers, transport weight, and steering dimensions. This information is important if you’re working in a tight space since the lifting capacity depends on the use of the outriggers. Also, the transport weight affects which trailer to use, how to load the crane onto the trailer, the transportation route, and the type of permit to get for the job. When looking at the load chart, the first number along the top axis is the gross vehicle weight. The other columns indicate the weight load for each axle.
The legend on the chart shows the specific lift the crane needs to do. To graph out the lift, the feet on the left axis represent the radius (or distance) from the center pin to the center of the load. Remember to always measure the maximum capacity by the shortest lift, which is usually over the rear of the crane with the outriggers fully extended.
A range diagram typically includes lift charts to illustrate how much boom length is necessary to lift loads at any distance or height. The lift angle refers to the maximum lift when using a luffing or fixed jib. The term “crane in motion” refers to the pick and carry of the crane. The load chart illustrates the total weight picked up at a 360-degree angle while stationary. The total weight can support both the rolling load at a zero-degree angle and the total weight while moving.
Understanding your equipment is the key to a safe and successful construction job.