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Santa Fe Springs Warehouse and Training Center Serve West Coast Market

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 20:01

Whether you’re located in the eastern United States or the northwest region of Canada, Columbus McKinnon is nearby. With warehouses located in Atlanta, Georgia; Tonawanda, New York; Edmonton, Alberta and Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; we are strategically located to meet the needs of customers across North America.

Further improving our ability to serve our customers, we recently opened a new warehouse and training center in Santa Fe Springs, California, to ensure product availability and local training for the west coast market.

“With its close proximity to Long Beach Port in California, Santa Fe Springs is strategically located to serve our customers in the entire West Coast market,” said Randy Lewis, General Manager – Warehouse Operations. “With 30,000 square feet, the new warehouse facility has twice the space as our previous location in Santa Fe Springs. That means we can stock more product and in greater volumes.”

The larger facility has not only allowed us to increase standard stock levels of a broader product selection, but also provides a more efficient layout. And, because incoming and outgoing containers can be unloaded more proficiently and inspected thoroughly, our customers receive their product sooner and with fewer errors.

As part of the new warehouse we also opened a training center to meet the growing need and request for CMCO entertainment training classes on the west coast. The space is designed to accommodate larger classes, provide ample room to display product and allow students to get hands-on training with our hoists and rigging equipment. The Santa Fe Springs location also acts as our west coast sales office which means we can service our regional customers better.

Together, our new Santa Fe Springs training center and warehouse will help us better meet the needs of our Channel Partners and end users on the West Coast, ensuring they get the products and training they need when they need it.

Columbus McKinnon now Better Equipped to Support Customers in Asia

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

Columbus McKinnon China officially opened its new facility in Hangzhou, China, on August 21, 2014. Many of our valued customers and distributors witnessed the event, alongside nearly 200 CMCO Asia Associates.

Columbus McKinnon invested $6.4 million in the new facility. This investment will enable a 40% increase in capacity and give us the ability to manufacture additional western-designed products in China such as Global King wire rope hoists for the Asia-Pacific region.

Besides capacity improvements, Columbus McKinnon established the first regional Endurance Test Center in the new Hangzhou facility. This facility enables us to shorten the time to market for products designed in Asia.

At the facility’s grand opening event, Tim Tevens explained that “For 140 years, Columbus McKinnon Corporation has focused on continually exploring ways to grow and strengthen our company. We have made investments around the world to broaden our reach into markets that require safe and productive lifting of heavy loads. From continent to continent, we have established a meaningful presence and competed to be the best in those markets. Along the way, we have also developed capable products to help our customers work safely and productively.”

For CMCO China, the opening of this new facility is a significant milestone and marks a new era for the region. The bigger, more modern facility improves our production processes, boosts CMCO’s corporate presence in the region and allows us to better service our customers throughout the Asia Pacific market.

Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

As we look back at 2014 and begin planning for 2015, it’s interesting to see which of our blog topics were the most valuable and interesting to our readers last year.  With all of our blog posts, we look to provide you with valuable information to help keep you safe and make your job easier. We aim to address your hottest questions, share interesting and unique application stories and offer how-to videos and tips that you can use day to day.

We received a lot of comments and views on our stories and we are thrilled with your response!

So without further delay, here is the list of our top 10 most-read Columbus McKinnon safety blog posts for 2014:

1. Forging vs. Casting: Which is better?
2. OSHA Update: Facts about the New Sling Regulations
3. Should a Warning Device be Continuously on When the Bridge Crane is Traveling?
4. The Low-Down on Chain Tie Downs
5. Grounding of Overhead Crane Systems
6. The True Meaning of the Name Lodestar
7. What is the Working Load Limit of a 2 Legged Chain Sling?
8. D8 Hoists Suspending Loads in Entertainment
9. The 3 Most Asked Questions from our CM-ET Motor Hoist Schools
10. Why use RFID in Material Handling?

While we’re at it, we thought we would share our most viewed Safety Webinar in 2014 with over 25,000 views. You can check it out here:

This is just one of the many safety webinars that we presented last year. If you are interested in receiving notifications for future safety webinars, you can subscribe here.

We want to take this time to thank you for reading our blog and sharing its messages across your various social media channels. Whether you’re a distributor or end-user, we are grateful for all of your interest in our products and services. Our entire team at Columbus McKinnon would like to wish you a great start to the New Year! We look forward to connecting with you in 2015.

Safety Takes Center Stage at Columbus McKinnon with Second Annual Safety Calendar Contest

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:00


Throughout Columbus McKinnon’s 140 year history, safety has always been an important part of the way we do business. Not only is the safety of our Associates important, but the safety of our customers is also a primary focus in the development of our products, services and training programs.

In the spirit of our focus on safety, we kicked off our second annual Safety Calendar Contest last year. We asked the children and grandchildren of our Associates around the world to submit drawings on the theme of “Safety at Work, Home or Play.” The children truly took this contest to heart and we received nearly 100 entries from 14 of our locations in 10 countries around the world. The entries we received were quite creative!

We asked an artist from Buffalo, N.Y., C. Mari Pack, to choose 15 winners and 16 runners-up that would be featured in the 2015 calendar. Judging was based on originality, artistic merit and expression of the safety theme.

In addition to creating great artwork, it is encouraging to see the safety messages our children are expressing. As the future workforce, it is important to instill a safety-conscious work ethic in children at a young age.

It’s our goal at Columbus McKinnon to help our customers lift, position and secure items in a safe and productive way. Throughout 2015 and into the coming years, we will continue to focus on safety and help our customers meet this goal. Happy New Year to all of you. Stay tuned for more great articles on material handling product safety, training courses and other helpful topics to keep you working safe all year long.

Do Chain Slings Need to Be Load Tested After a Repair Has Been Performed?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 02:00

Xavier, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor, asks the following question:
“I am doing some research on the guidelines and laws concerning repairs made to chain slings. I found some very conflicting information from OSHA and ASME. To summarize, ASME states that chain slings do not need to be load tested after a repair has been performed. OSHA says that new and repaired chain slings must be load tested before being returned to service. I was hoping to get your opinion and maybe Columbus McKinnon’s official stance on this issue.“

Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager, answers:
Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern. This is a great question. If the chain is a welded assembly (only certain companies are authorized to do this) and a welded link was repaired, then the sling needs to be load tested. If the sling is made up of mechanical components and those components have been individually load tested by the manufacturer, no load test needs to be done.

For example, I have a single-leg sling and I replace the top oblong link. The oblong link is connected with a mechanical coupler, such as a Hammerlok, and has been tested by the manufacturer. Under these conditions, I do not have to load test the sling, but I would recommend inspecting the sling, link by link, to be sure all components are safe to use per ASME B30.9 and OSHA 1910.184.

For additional information, check out our Chain Sling Inspection Safety Webinar or our new Rigging Catalog.

Free Safety Webinars to Resume in January 2015

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:00

Each month, the Columbus McKinnon training team hosts a free online safety webinar. We will not be holding a webinar in December, but to keep you focused on safety during this holiday break, we had a little fun making a video featuring five important tips to get you through the season safely.

We hope to see you in January, when our monthly safety webinars return with
Hoist Chain Lubrication: Why is it so Important?Register now.

Need a stocking stuffer idea?
Order the complete set of Safety Webinars!
We’ve compiled all of our 2014 recorded webinars on one convenient USB thumb drive. As an added bonus, we have also included all of our 2013 Safety Webinars.

Order by Christmas and we’ll include a free CM Rigging Guide!

We would like to thank all of our past safety webinar attendees for their time and interest, with a special call out to our Safety All-Stars for 2014:

  • Standard Crane, the company who attended the most CMCO Safety Webinars
  • Patrick Cox of Westech Rigging Supply, the individual who attended the most CMCO Safety Webinars

Thanks for all of the great feedback we have received on our safety webinars this year. Stay tuned for more engaging content to help you work safer in 2015!

Chester Hoist Develops Hand Chain Hoist for Demanding Customer Application

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:00

Chester Hoist, a Columbus McKinnon brand, specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality, custom-made hoists for unique and challenging applications. So, when our customer came to us with a special need for a hand chain hoist to raise and move large rolls, Chester Hoist was put to the task.

The customer had a long list of specific requirements that the hoist needed to meet. Requirements included:

  • 4-point pickup hand chain hoist with an incorporated hand geared trolley to run inside of 5” channels
  • Hook spacing that had to be 12” perpendicular to the runway and spaced to accommodate the 12” diameter roll parallel to the runway
  • 42” hand wheel extensions on the trolley and hoist mechanism
  • The ability to time all four hooks to raise simultaneously
  • Chain containers
  • 13” maximum headroom

To meet these requirements, our Chester Hoist engineering team started with a standard 4-plate low head and severely modified the unit. The real challenge the team faced was coming up with suitable hook spacing and to run the hooks in opposite directions with a single hoist mechanism.

The trolley and hoist hand wheels were mounted on a separate support trolley located 30.5” outside the hoist trolley channels.

Special gearing and sheave arrangements were added to the modified low-headroom hoist. Because of low operating height, the customer also required special guards over the gearing. The Chester team fabricated special shields to fit between the outboard and inboard side plates to guard the gearing arrangement.

To achieve the 13” headroom within the compact design, a special roller chain trolley drive was incorporated into the unit.

When the custom engineering was complete, the team provided the customer with a hoist that met all of their requirements and could be used to raise and move large rolls for their application.

Chester Hoist specializes in developing specially engineered products for unique applications ranging from low headroom manual hoists for military applications to spark-resistant hoist and trolley combinations for use on offshore oil platforms. Let us know how we can help you with your application!

 

Columbus McKinnon Associates Touching Lives One Charity at a Time

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 02:00

Thanksgiving is here and we have a lot to be thankful for. One of the best ways to show gratitude is to give back to our community by helping those less fortunate.

At Columbus McKinnon, volunteering and working with our local charities is very important to us. We know that many of you feel the same way and invest your time and resources in community service. We want to honor the charities that you support.

For the next six weeks, we would like you to share a photo with us of a community service event you did with your company or your family along with a link to the charity. Please send your photos to cmcolive@cmworks.com or you can post them on our Facebook page. We will create an album there and would love to have your event and charity included!

To kick things off, I would like to share three recent community outreach events within Columbus McKinnon and the charities we supported:

Ok, now its your turn. There are so many great causes out there deserving of our time and investment. Share your story! We can’t wait to hear about the difference you are making in your communities!

A Chain Sling Question from the Mining Industry

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:00

Here is a question from Adam, a mobile crane operator working in the mining industry, who regards proper rigging equipment and practices as a major safety priority:

“We have a 1-inch GR80 chain sling, 30 feet in length that is around ten years old and in good condition, although there is inner link wear throughout the sling at its bearing points. The narrowest measurement in link diameter at any point was .945″, which is well away from removal criteria. No components in the sling show any evidence of a stretch condition, and the sling has not been subjected to overload to the best of our knowledge, though I cannot guarantee that.

“The reach of the sling is approximately four inches longer than its tag indicates. According to my calculations, this stretch is due to the contact wear in each link. The chain moves freely and there is no binding or restriction of movement. Is this legitimate? If so, does the tag need to be replaced or modified to indicate its current length? Our inspections have always been completed by a company assigned employee.”

Response from Peter Cooke, training manager:

Thank you for reaching out to us. For your reference, I have included a section on alloy rigging chain inspection from our Columbus McKinnon rigging catalog here. Be sure to do a link-by-link inspection and follow the rejection criteria from OSHA 1910.184 and ASME B30.9. Be sure there are no stretched links. Reference the “Allowable Chain Wear Allowance tables” from the manufacturer and ASME B30.9.

Not knowing your exact configuration, I will use a standard DOS 1-inch grade 80 x 30’ reach sling as an example. If we just isolated the chain (taking out the master link, coupling links and hooks) you have approximately 106 links of chain. If you determined the minimum thickness to be 0.945” at the bearing points, that is approx. 0.055” of wear from the nominal dimension. 1” grade 80 chain has a pitch length of approx. 3.07” (dimension from the top inner link radius to the lower inner link radius) Let’s assume that wear occurred at both ends of the chain link. The pitch length would increase by 0.11”. Over the entire chain length you could see an increase in reach of approx. 11.66” (0.11” x 106 = 11.66”)

As long as there are no stretched links or deformation this would be acceptable. There is no rejection criteria for reach other than stretch. Wear is not stretch.

There is also no statement in 1910.184 and ASME B30.9 to replace the tag in this event with the correct reach.

A good practice would be to retag the sling with the current reach. The new tag would be considered a repair so your company’s name or initials would have to be on the tag. A load test would not be required. Lastly, lubricating the chain is an excellent way to minimize wear.

Going to LDI? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 20:00

The 27th annual Live Design International (LDI) Show kicks off next week. This year, show organizers are expecting more than 8,000 attendees – representing 72 countries – who work in theater, concert halls, outdoor production venues, houses of worship, theme parks and a variety of other live entertainment venues. They are coming to LDI to see the latest and greatest products in action, get a refresher on industry knowledge, and visit with old friends. LDI expects more than 300 exhibitors providing live demos and many discussion opportunities about lighting, sound, projection and special effects equipment.

You can find CM Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) at Booth #2075. Make sure you check out our new booth design featuring a dedicated training center, speaker array application, motors and rigging products, including:

Plus, check out a circa 1950s CM Lodestar. It’s pretty cool! Our sales, product management and training teams will also be available to address your questions about any of our products.

While You’re Visiting, Get Trained
On Friday & Saturday, attend one of our training demonstrations on the CM Lodestar or the top myths about entertainment motors. Times: 11:00am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm.

Or if you have interest in something bigger, you still have time to register for our Road Hoist Technician Certification Class next week.

We will have a strong representation of associates at our booth this year, including members of our North American Entertainment Technology team, CM-ET Training team, Sales and Customer Service.

Please don’t be a stranger. Tell us what you enjoyed most about LDI this year by posting your comments and photos on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We would love to hear from you!

Ask Questions, Share Stories, Get Engaged on Social Media

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:00

We decided to shift gears this week and show you a little of what we’ve been up to on social media lately. We have many exciting conversations and interactions happening there every day with our Channel Partners, end users and material handling professionals around the world. All of you reach out to us for different reasons. Here are just a few examples:

  • Some of you have a question you want answered. We received a tweet from a distributor in Mexico who requested special paperwork for border clearance. We got it to him within hours. This was one happy distributor!
  • Others have a cool picture from an exciting concert or event they attended, so we started a collection on Facebook. We love seeing photos from your kid’s sports game or stage performance or while on vacation. If you are lucky enough to get an application story that you can share, we could feature it right here on our blog. Just send it my way!
  • Some of you need expert advice on specific topics. We have addressed many of your questions here. Below are are few of our most popular posts:

Missing Chain Sling ID Tags and who is to Blame
What is the Working Load Limit of a 2 Legged Chain Sling?
The 3 Most Asked Questions from our CM-ET Motor Hoist Schools
Does your Overhead Crane meet OSHA regulations?
Can Lever Tools be Used to Adjust Slings?

  • We also enjoy your tradeshow engagement on Twitter & Facebook and sharing in your fun. Check out these cool beanies from USITT!


Please feel free to reach out to us 24/7 on our social media channels. We are here to promote safety on the job and help you get the answers you need for any of your material handling questions. The first person to engage with us on each of our social media channels below and tell us your favorite CM product and why will receive a CMCO shirt!

(This means 6 winners in total.) We look forward to connecting with you!

Facebook
Twitter (Industrial Products)
Twitter (Entertainment)
LinkedIn
YouTube
Instagram
Google+

Columbus McKinnon Expands Training Offering to Include NCCCO Certification Program

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 19:00

Columbus McKinnon has expanded its comprehensive offering of product and safety training to include NCCCO written and practical certification exams for Overhead Crane Operator Training. The first class will be held November 11-13 at our training center in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Columbus McKinnon’s Overhead Crane Operator Training class is comprised of classroom and hands-on training designed to educate students on OSHA, CMAA, ANSI/ASME B30, and ANSI/ASME P30 regulations as they apply to hoist and crane operators. The class also covers basic rigging safety, proper lifting practices and pre-operational inspection requirements. Now, students can choose to continue their education with NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) certification. Earning this certification requires students to take a written exam as well as a practical, hands-on examination. To sign up for the course, visit the CMCO Training website.

Continuing education is very important for crane and hoist operators. By offering NCCCO Overhead Crane Operator Certification, we can help ensure students understand how to properly operate a crane and verify through nationally recognized testing that the student is competent in the course material.

As part of the accreditation process, Columbus McKinnon’s test course materials and test site area at the company’s Niagara Training Center were audited and approved by an NCCCO representative. CMCO instructors also successfully completed written and practical exams administered by the commission.

In addition to Overhead Crane Operator Training, Columbus McKinnon offers a comprehensive range of programs and seminars conducted at venues across North America to promote the safe and proper use of rigging and overhead lifting equipment. Courses include topics such as: hoist maintenance, crane and hoist inspection, Crane Institute of America Certification (CIC) for basic and advanced rigging, rigging gear inspection, and load securement.

For a full list of Columbus McKinnon’s training programs, visit our training website.

Columbus McKinnon fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

A Day in the Life of CMCO University

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 23:00

Working for Columbus McKinnon for the last fifteen years, I have had the privilege of working with a lot of great people and products. Wanting to get a bit more hands-on experience with CMCO hoists and rigging products, I recently completed our CMCO University course at our Niagara Training Center and am more motivated than ever about who we are as a company and what we do.

CMCO University is a training that we offer to educate our Channel Partners and Distributors on the fundamentals of our hoist and rigging products. Being on the marketing end of things, I am the messenger of our product and safety messages, so it was nice to have some hands-on time to explore the products that I speak about on a daily basis across our social media channels.

The class was packed with great information presented by various experts on our team. I truly enjoy listening to our product managers and trainers who are so passionate about what they do.

Corporate Trainer, Henry Brozyna, teaching students about rigging.

There were three highlights to my week at CMCO University:

  • Getting to meet our Channel Partners and learn about their daily challenges. I heard many great stories about applications in the field and how our products are used on a daily basis along with excellent application-specific questions.
  • Being inspired by our Product Managers and Trainers, particularly Henry Brozyna. I felt like I received a class in Rigging 101. His passion and enthusiasm for what he teaches really came through. I was impressed (and humbled) to learn how extensive the options are for everything “rigging” and the considerations that need to be made before making a product decision.
  • What stood out most to me was the hands-on product experience, particularly with the 360 degree rotation of our CM Hurricane 360° hand chain hoist. I have seen the video demonstrating its competitive advantages at least 100 times, but using it in person in this drifting application made me a real advocate of its benefits. (Click here to see it in action!) I think that our participants will agree – nothing beats hands-on experiences when it comes to learning.


If you want to learn more about Using Hand-Chain Operated Hoists (Chainfalls) at an Angle, plan to join our upcoming safety webinar this Friday. I will be hosting our live event and it would be great to meet you there!

Aside from all of the learning that took place, we still had time to see the sights of Buffalo and the Niagara region and get to know our fellow classmates better. CMCO University was a great experience for me and the other attendees and I encourage you and your teams to attend as well. It is a great investment that will pay significant dividends for your business and your own development as a material handling professional.

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