It's always a good idea to have extra hoists on hand, particularly as backups for production-integral hoists. Both the maintenance and plant managers' worst nightmare is a production line hoist going down during peak operation without a replacement or viable means of repairing it readily available. Most plant's down-time is MUCH more expensive than the cost of a backup hoist. Keep a good inventory of all hoist equipment in your facility, and store backups with identical specifications for hoists your process is dependent on. Contact us, and we'll be happy to help build spec sheets for you.
Another good practice is to keep a small stock of recommended replacement parts for important hoists in your facility. Typical recommended replacement parts lists may include the following for your standard electric chain hoist:
- Load chain
- Load hooks
- Safety latches
- Brake discs
Most hoist parts/users manuals will include a list of hoist-specific recommended spare parts -- take the CM Lodestar for example (recommended spare parts on pg. 138). Check out our Literature page for hoist brochures and manuals -- if you can't find what you're looking for here, contact us, and we'll be happy to track it down for you. As a last resort, if literature is not available for your hoist, call/email Hoist Experts, and we'll be happy to build custom hoist-specific recommended spare parts lists for you. Thanks, and we'll talk to you soon!