Published by overheadlifting.org
August 10, 2020
When an operation decides that moving items overhead via a monorail or underhung crane is the optimal solution for load handling, owners must then consider which type of track will be the best investment. Two choices are patented track and structural steel. Both materials are rigid and formed in the shape of a capital letter I (an I-beam), with the lower flange providing the surface upon which load-bearing trolleys travel. While these characteristics might make both track types appear similar to the casual observer, there are actually significant differences between the two — in terms of durability and system design flexibility — that can contribute to patented track helping to lower the total cost of system ownership in many applications over the life of the system.