Over the years, we have developed many longstanding relationships with the leaders in the Hoist industry.  The two most common types of hoist used are wire rope and chain.  Chain units are available in manual, pneumatic and electric variants where wire rope hoists are only available as pneumatic or electric.  Generally, chain hoists are lighter duty and more limited to special features than wire rope hoists, due to frame size limitations. Based on the details of the application and environment, both have certain advantages.  Major factors to consider when you are selecting a hoist for your facility are:

  • Average operating time per day
  • Load spectrum
  • Number of starts per hour 
  • Operating period 
  • Equipment life

When it comes to custom products, there are too many options too list.  Almost all of these features will not be incorporated on the standard units mill supply houses carry.  These features can be very beneficial to your company and its operations.  Contact Williamson & Wilmer so we can fit the correct hoist to your application.  

Electric chain hoists are an excellent tool for a variety of the applications in today’s market.  They are very beneficial for production and in low capacities (5 tons and smaller) come at a great value.  Higher capacities are not as ideal because of the size of most units and the reduced lift speed.  At greater than 5 tons, wire rope hoists are normally the better cost alternative.  

Wire rope hoists also come in a variety of configurations and capacities.  From 1 ton, in excess of 100 tons, the units can be tailored to your facility.  These hoists are used daily in production environments around the world.  The Engineers at Williamson & Wilmer can utilize their resources to find what has worked in similar situations before and what we can improve on for future designs.  Like electric chain hoists, wire rope hoists will have features that are specific to their design and could make a huge difference to your operation.

We have furnished hoists for many special applications over the years.  Some of these include:

  • Explosion Proof 
  • Hot Metal
  • Food Grade
  • Clean Room
  • Corrosive Environments

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