Lifting heavy items or materials in a warehouse or manufacturing settings doesn’t always have a single equipment solution. 

Forklifts, pallet jacks, and cranes are just a few of the lifting machines available to you. This article talks about electric chain hoists, what they are, what it can be used for, and which industries should explore adding one.

There is much information about heavy machinery out there, but it is most likely written in a very dry and technical way. We are going to try to explain this in a way that still has some technical components.

What is an Electric Chain Hoist?

A chain hoist is a machine that is used to lift things that may be too heavy, awkward, or fragile to lift by yourself. It contains a motor on the top that pulls the chain up, allowing you to lift a heavy load onto a much higher place.

Since it is entirely electrical, it can reduce the amount of effort needed on the part of the worker, resulting in more convenience and fewer injuries.

What is an electric chain hoist used for?

There are many things that you can use an Electric Chain Hoist for. For one, it is useful during construction, and electrical work, as it allows you to lift materials to the roof or a different floor with minimal time and effort. For instance, wire spools which can be awkward items to lift and maneuver are ideally suited for an electric chain hoist to list and reposition.

Many people use it for lifting items to be used in storage or even used in places like a personal office.

The best part about this is the fact that it can be installed in just a single day. That way, you do not have to worry that much about downtime. Once installed, you will be able to start using your chain hoist, increasing your efficiency and safety.

What are some of the benefits of using an electric chain hoist over a forklift?

According to Bill Howard, the owner of Materials Handling Systems:

“We have installed many of these systems in the wire manufacturing industry to help with loading spools and winders. A chain hoist replaces forklifts, which is good because using a forklift takes two people – one to drive and one to direct.”

A forklift also poses more danger due to operating at close-quarters, or because its movements aren’t as precise, the forklift can damage the item being lifted. Those sorts of problems aren’t an issue with an electric chain hoist.”

An electric chain hoist can help to save time and energy, as nobody has to worry about potentially carrying an item up a few flights of steps, or else using a forklift. Moreover, since it takes only one person to operate an electrical chain hoist, you can have the other workers focus on different aspects of the job.

What industries use electric chain hoists?

Electric chain hoists are mainly used in the electrical and construction industries. Lifting materials from one floor to another in a safe and fast way is essential when it comes to getting the work done right and on schedule.

An electric chain hoist has had several critical applications in the medical industry. It can be used to help lift patients so that they can be placed on a stretcher or change sheets if they are otherwise bedridden.  

Many people are using these chain hoists and love the benefit that it has had on their workflow and their safety ratings. 

If you have equipment or materials that you want to move carefully, please contact our offices at 860-523-4205 or fill out the contact form to discuss how it can be used in your business.