A Frames

What Are They?

As the name suggests, this crane has an ‘A’ shape when viewed from a side elevation. An A Frame Gantry, otherwise commonly known as a portable gantry crane, is used for lifting light to medium weight loads. Standard Safe Working Loads (SWL) include 125kg, 250kg, 500kg, 1000kg, 2000kg, 3200kg and 5000kg. Bespoke A frame gantries can also be designed and manufactured to suit applications outside of this scope.

The structure comprises of a horizontal runway beam and two supports, which are often mounted on wheels to mobilise the crane and allow for easy movement. Runway beams are available in standard sizes from 2m to 5m in length. Portable gantries are usually made from steel or aluminium.

Depending on what the crane is used for, you can opt for either a fixed or mobile gantry. The fixed A frame crane is great for loads which only need to be moved a short distance, and their lack of mobility brings increased ability to carry heavy loads. A mobile gantry, on the other hand, comes on wheels – allowing you to re-locate the crane at your preference. They can be provided with an assortment of castor combinations and levelling elements to suit the application. There are two versions of moveable A frames available – one is designed to be moved with a load, and the other is only to be moved when unloaded.

Depending on the application, an A frame gantry is usually supplied with one of the following lifting devices:

  • Manual chain block
  • Electric chain hoist
  • Pneumatic chain hoist
  • Bespoke lifting system


Advantages of a Portable Gantry

There are many advantages of A Frame Cranes when used in industrial and manufacturing environments, including:

  • This type of crane is a cost-effective solution as the permanent installation of various cranes will cost much more.
  • The portability of this crane makes it convenient for industries where lifting equipment is used in more than one location and makes it easily relocatable.
  • They can be customised to your preference, including different heights and lifting capabilities depending on the needs of your industry.


Could an A Frame Portable Gantry Be Right for You?

If you are looking for a crane to carry light to medium weights, which is portable and is a cost-effective solution for your business – an A Frame Gantry crane may be right for you. This type of crane can easily be adapted by us so that it suits your business and uses, including the ability to have the beam at different heights, different lifting capabilities and the option of lifting device and lifting accessories.

To find out more about how our Gantry Cranes can be customised for you, get in contact with our team today on 01246 860114.

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