Prevent Fatigue Failure and Protect Personnel with Konecranes Crane Hook Assessments

Springfield, OH – Konecranes Critical Components Assessments help to identify otherwise undetected defects that could lead to catastrophic failure. 

Konecranes' Critical Components Assessments for overhead crane hooks utilize Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), proprietary technologies, and proven techniques to detect component issues which a typical compliance and maintenance inspection might miss. These include deficiencies which cannot be seen with the naked eye and those that occur within components that are not normally disassembled for inspection.

The crane hook is one of the essential elements of safe overhead crane operation, and yet it is not always disassembled in a typical inspection. Hook failure can occur as a result of any number of factors, including overloading, mechanical abuse of the hook, and cumulative fatigue. In the case of fatigue failure, the crane operator may not even have any prior warning.

It is therefore important to ensure that each aspect of the crane hook is functioning appropriately. This is why, in addition to the visual inspection and measurements normally performed during a hook inspection, a Konecranes assessment includes various proven non-destructive testing techniques such as dye penetrant, magnetic particle and magnetic rubber. These techniques reveal otherwise undetectable signs of fatigue and stress that could eventually lead to failure.

Most importantly, with Critical Components Assessment from Konecranes, the bottom block is also completely disassembled and the critical components are examined along with the hook shank, where most fatigue failures originate. Whatever the findings of the crane hook inspection, Konecranes can help provide the required repairs, replacement parts, and training to enhance safe operation of your equipment.

Further information:


Scott Gilbey, Director of Marketing and Communication, Region Americas or 937-215-4104

About Konecranes, Inc.

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses' serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes.

In 2012, Group sales totalled EUR 2.170 million. The Group has 12,100 employees at 626 locations in 48 countries. Konecranes is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (symbol: KCR1V).

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