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Benefits Of A Frequency Inverter On Crane Or Hoist

August 29, 2023

Cranes and hoists form a key part of material handling. Capable of safely lifting and repositioning heavy loads, cranes and hoists help to make your workplace operations safer and more efficient. 

Previously, cranes and hoists were operated via a fixed-speed motor and a gearbox. However, this created limitations on how the machinery could be moved and even contributed towards excessive wear of parts. 

So an upgrade which could have many benefits for your crane or hoists is to use a frequency inverter. 

As a leading supplier of material handling in the UK various Metreel products and accessories are compatible with frequency inverters.

Here is an overview of frequency inverters to tell you more. 

What Is A Frequency Inverter?

Frequency inverters are sometimes referred to as variable frequency drives (VFDs) or variable speed devices (VSDs).

What frequency inverters do is allow for the users of cranes or hoists to have more control over the speed and torque of electric motors powering their operations.

A ‘soft start’ or a ‘soft stop’ are used within lifting or travelling motions and can be created by using a frequency inverter. By varying the frequency better motor control can be achieved. 

Previous technology only allowed for limited movements, which resulted in jerky or unpredictable movements. All of which not only reduced safety but also increased the wear on the machinery itself. 

Metreel can supply your cranes, hoists and lifting equipment with frequency inverters or variable-speed devices to improve the safety and efficiency of your operations. 

Frequency Inverter Benefits

Any addition to your material handling equipment that can provide more user control is of benefit to your entire team. 

With frequency inverters specifically, it provides you with an electronic device which can be controlled in a number of ways. All of which allows for gradual and safe acceleration and deceleration, and ultimately smoother starts and stops. For handling delicate loads in particular, or when navigating tight spaces, such precision is invaluable. 

Another benefit of frequency inverters is the energy-saving properties they boast. As the motor speed is adjusted to match the load requirements (rather than a one-size-fits-all approach) power consumption can be reduced. 

Movement control is vast, and can include speed control, torque control, reversing and direction control, positioning control and overload protection.

Precise movements aren’t just safer and more energy-efficient, but also reduce the wear on your machinery components. Over the long term, this can reduce costs for your business whilst also improving its sustainability credentials. 

Metreel – Frequency Inverters For Cranes & Hoists UK

Want to find out more about cranes, hoists or frequency inverters?

If your business does any kind of material handling then Metreel has various solutions to improve workplace safety and efficiency. Some of the industries we serve include the construction, oil & gas, manufacturing and warehouse sectors. However, our material handling products have wide usage capabilities. 

Based in Derbyshire, we operate not just across the East Midlands but on a global scale. So, if you are in search of material handling or frequency inverter solutions you’re in the right place. 

You can also download our free brochure to discover more about our product specifications by visiting our product brochure page

Alternatively, if you’re ready to place an order or have any questions, please give us a call on 0115 932 7010 or email us at [email protected].