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What is A Jib Crane?

A jib crane is a type of overhead lifting device that’s often used in a smaller work cell area for repetitive and unique lifting tasks.

The jib crane has a horizontal member (known as jib or boom) that supports a moveable hoist fixed to a wall or to a floor-mounted pillar. The jib may swing through an arc, giving additional lateral movement but can also be fixed.  These cranes are extremely versatile and can also be paired with overhead bridge cranes to maximize production.


Installing a jib crane, or a series of jib cranes, can increase production and improve workplace safety by reducing workplace injuries. Jib cranes are perfectly designed to handle high-volume lifts and provide an ergonomic means of moving material within a work area or in conjunction with an existing overhead crane system.

Jib Cranes are extensively used in fitting & fabrication workstations, building maintenance, plant room maintenance, marine loading and maintenance, machine centre loading and maintenance to name a few applications.


1. Reach/Boom– the horizontal beam that the trolley travels back and forth on.

2. Mast/Pillar the vertical beam used to support the boom on freestanding and mast systems

3. Hoist – the movable hoist is used to lift, position, and lower a load.

4. Trolley– the trolley carries the hoist, wires, wire rope, and chains as well as the hook on the boom. The movement of the trolley can either be manual, mechanized or pneumatic.

5. Electrification/Pneumatic Powerprotectiveelectric collector rings or pneumatic air lines can be added to the top or bottom of the mast to provide rotation assistance and allow for continuous 360° boom rotation.

6. Control Buttons – Motorized or air-powered jib systems use a push-button control system. The button controllers help to control the rotation of the boom and the motion of the trolley. This controller also controls the lifting and lowering movements of the hoist. The hoist and the trolleys also have multi-speed control buttons.

7. Hook Height This refers to how high or low the lift can go. The lower the overhead obstruction means the higher the hook can go.

8. The Rotation Stop This is the element of the crane that limits its motion before it can collide with objects that are nearby.



This is the most popular type of jib crane. It can be installed anywhere, including both indoors and outdoors, due to the fact that it is portable. Freestanding Jib Cranes are directly fixed on the floor without any support to keep it upright.

To maintain its stability, these cranes are fixed to a square foundation base. Advantage of this type of crane is it doesn’t need a support wall or structure and provides optimal range of span and control.  They can be divided further into categories depending on the way they are mounted and installed. The most common are base-plate mounted, foundation and sleeve-insert mounted free standing cranes.

Standard Configuration:
Lifting Capacity: 250kg~10t
Span: 6m~9m
Lifting Height: 6m~9m

Wall Mounted Jib Cranes

Wall mounted jib cranes are the most cost-effective way of providing hoist coverage for individual use in bays. The wall jib crane has been designed to be mounted on a wall or column. Wall-mounted Jib Crane are fixed to a wall or post, with 180° rotation  & span of up to 8m.

Standard Configuration:
Lifting Capacity: 250kg~2t
Span: 6m~8m
Lifting Height: 6m~9m


This is a type of freestanding jib that is mounted on a slab. This crane is used indoors, and it does not require any unique foundation. It, therefore, can be installed anywhere within your facility and be easily relocated if needed.. A foundationless jib can accommodate up to 4m, 500kg worth of weight and 360-degree rotation. They are easy to install, cost-efficient, and very portable.

Standard Configuration:
Lifting Capacity: 250kg~2t
Span: 6m~8m
Lifting Height: 6m~9m

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