A crane is an invaluable tool when it comes to completing any major construction project. Smooth operation and steady load control are essential for the safe operation of a crane on the job site.

Replacing the standard contactor controls in your crane with a hoist inverter can be a simple and effective way to make your crane more efficient. Hoist inverters have the ability to reduce mechanical wear and improve safety, extending the life of your crane well into the future.

1. Hoist inverters provide sway control.

When lifting heavy loads into the air, sway is a serious concern. It becomes easier to control sway when you have access to a hoist inverter. These specialized inverters can be programmed with specific sway control parameters.

By eliminating the need to carefully monitor sway, a hoist inverter can help crane operators focus on finding the safest path of travel for heavy loads they are lifting on each construction project.

2. Hoist inverters detect brake slips.

The holding brake on your crane's hoist plays a critical role in the overall safety of the machine. Should the holding brake fail, a heavy load could come crashing down unexpectedly. Cranes that have access to a hoist inverter have the added security of brake slip detection.

When the hoist inverter detects a sudden decrease in the torque of the hoist brake, a current is immediately sent to the brake to help hold the load. The hoist inverter will sound an alarm letting the crane operator know the hoist brake has failed. This gives the operator time to safely lower the load and make repairs to the hoist brake.

3. Hoist inverters help to prevent overloads.

One of the most significant dangers that any crane operator faces is the overloading of the crane they are using. Each crane is designed to lift a maximum amount of weight. Exceeding this weight limit could lead to catastrophic failure.

By making the choice to install a hoist inverter on your crane, you can give your crane operator access to overload detection. The hoist inverter carefully measures the weight of each load and compares it to the programmed maximum weight limits for the crane. If the load's weight exceeds the maximum, the hoist inverter will not allow the crane to complete the lift.

A hoist inverter can improve the safety and efficiency of your crane. Consider the benefits of adding a hoist inverter to your crane in the future.