Lift any load with a Crane

An Overview of the

various Types of



Cranes Explained
Lucy Bartlett

A crane, which is equipped with a derrick or tower, is used to
lower and lift materials with the use of pulleys and cable.

Heavy equipment manufacturers and the construction industry use
cranes in various activities connected with their process.
Cranes used in the construction industry are mostly temporary
structures either mounted on a vehicle which is built for the
specific purpose of carrying the crane, or fixed to the ground.

Cranes may be controlled by various methods such as radio
control, infrared control or a built in control station using a
push button pendant or by an operator sitting in the cab of the

A standardized hand signal is used between the person operating
the controls and the workers in the ground. Bigger installations
use radio communication for this purpose. Loads can be
positioned with great precision using such signals by
experienced crew of the crane. Crane vessels or ships often
carry the largest revolving cranes. For more info visit

It is a surprise to note from the carved stone relief in
Hateriiís tomb of 1st century Rome, which depicts a monument
being built with a sort of crane, that cranes were used in
medieval shipyards and ports in Poland.

The various types of cranes in common use are railroad cranes,
mobile cranes, telescopic cranes, tower cranes, truck-mounted
cranes, rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes, loader cranes,
floating cranes, gantry cranes and aerial cranes.

A crane mounted on a railroad car or on a flatcar is known as
railroad crane. Mobile cranes are the most basic and common
type of crane, which as the name implies, can be carried easily
to any place.

Tower cranes are fixed to the ground. These are mostly used in
buildings for the best combination of lifting capacity and
height. A telescopic crane is capable of lifting lower capacity
but can reach greater heights.

To provide greater mobility, a crane will be mounted on a
carrier truck and is known as a truck-mounted crane. Whereas
the rough terrain cranes, which are mounted on four rubber
tires, are capable of pick and carry operations in rough
terrain. Crawler cranes are mounted on a set of tracks with an
undercarriage and have better stability and mobility.

A suspended crane or overhead crane is used mostly inside
factories and they are capable of carrying very heavy loads. In
automated and computer controlled warehouses, a stacker crane
with a forklift is used.

During bridge or port construction, floating cranes are used.
To load or offload awkward or heavy machinery floating cranes
are ideal. They are also used in offshore work. Aerial cranes,
which are extended from helicopters, are used to lift large

The design of cranes is based on two major considerations.
First is to lift specified mass, the second is its stability,
and it should not topple over while performing lifting

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