Aluminum Overhead Crane Systems

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Schmalz aluminum overhead crane systems offer impressive low friction operation. A favorable weight-load ratio ensures that even heavy work pieces are handled effortlessly. The equal distribution of loads on all the supporting rollers prevents the transport trolleys from tilting. The modular design allows the crane system to be attached to any steel structure or other superstructure.


  • Modular crane system permitting the flexible and cost efficient configuration of individual crane solutions
  • Suitable for use in almost any internal production, assembly, or logistics process for the manual or automatic handling of all types of loads
  • Particularly suited to large work spaces
  • Maximum load of up to 1,200 kg

Product Highlights

  • Optimally adjustable to the nominal lift capacity of the tube lifter or lifting device
  • Outstanding low-friction operation and low moving mass
  • High-quality wear-resistant components
  • Modern design with anodized surfaces
  • Speeds up working processes and enables high-precision positioning
  • Supports ergonomic operation while reducing strain on workers

Modular System

(1) Transport trolley

  • Connection of crane bridge and hoist
  • Electrical traction drive as an option

(2) Aluminum crane bridge

(3) Chain hoist

(4) Energy supply

  • Trailing cable or conductor line

(5) Aluminum crane runway

  • Lightweight and robust
  • Weights from 3 kg/m

(6) Modular ceiling suspension system

  • Optimum connection to existing building structures

Innovative Basic Components

Lightweight and Robust Aluminum Section

  • Weight optimized extruded section with hollow chamber geometry (weight from 3 kg/m)
  • Inner web for reinforced vertical support
  • Material: Aluminum natural anodized (EN AW 60 63 T66)
  • Five section sizes for loads weighing up to 1,200 kg
  • Section lengths up to 8,000 mm can be extended as needed using rail connectors
  • Dovetail for retroactive mounting of variable end stops
  • Lateral grooves for connecting accessories

End plate

  • Attractive closing off of sections
  • Protection from dirt

Reinforcement section

  • Increases range and suspension distance by up to 50% while maintaining the same maximum load
  • Increases the maximum load for installed crane systems

Rail connector

  • Positive and non positive connection of sections for crane runways or bridges larger than 8,000 mm
  • Full load capacity at the interface

Transport Trolley with Optimal Running Performance

  • Stable aluminum pressure cast construction for loads weighing up to 1,000 kg
  • Only one transport trolley required to connect the crane bridge and hoist; thus less parts
  • Double transport trolley for loads weighing up to 1,200 kg
  • Optimal running performance thanks to large rollers made from high performance plastic
  • Upward and downward forces absorbed by only six rollers
  • Optimized for low ceiling heights thanks to its compact size
  • Eccentric pressure rollers to compensate vertical forces in telescopic booms

Electrical Traction Drive

  • Drive loads weighing up to 800 kg in overhead crane systems
  • Suitable for all section sizes
  • Quick movement and precise positioning thanks to two continuously adjustable driving speeds
  • Low noise and vibration levels due to Soft Start and Soft Stop
  • Adjustable travel path by means of a hub switch
  • Very good grip thanks to a large surface drive wheel (no slip through)
  • Optimal connection to Schmalz chain hoists thanks to current feed through

Crane bridge suspension element

  • Maximum load 2,000 kg
  • Swivel mounted as standard
  • Easy replacement of the joint
  • 90° design for standard crane bridge; 0° design for telescopic rails

Fixed end stops

  • Prevents transport trolleys from falling out
  • Positive locking for maximum safety
  • Tool free mounting

Variable end stops

  • Easy adjustment of the crane bridge and hoist travel path
  • Demarcation of several working areas and the cable storage device
  • Can be mounted at a later stage

Antishock end stops

  • Gentle stopping of transport trolleys if end stops have to be reached e.g. for dynamic applications and telescopic jibs

Further Components for Individual Requirements

Distance connectors

  • Stiffener for mounting rigid load and lifting axes
  • Available for all section sizes

Service station

  • Easy replacement of transport trolleys, particularly for long crane systems and for crane systems with several crane bridges
  • Available for all section sizes
  • Fully resilient depending on the section size

Low headroom module

  • Raises crane bridge to the level of the crane runway
  • Reduces the overall height of crane systems for low ceiling heights or transit roads

Spring return for telescopic jib incl. damping

  • Returns telescopic jibs after reaching into difficult to access areas
  • Optimal work flow thanks to the independent return of the jib

Safety cables

  • Further secures crane bridges, crane runways and hoists by means of steel cables

Electrical Traction Drive

  • Drive loads weighing up to 800 kg in overhead crane systems
  • Suitable for all section sizes
  • Quick movement and precise positioning thanks to two continuously adjustable driving speeds
  • Low noise and vibration levels due to Soft Start and Soft Stop
  • Adjustable travel path by means of a hub switch
  • Very good grip thanks to a large surface drive wheel (no slip through)
  • Optimal connection to Schmalz chain hoists thanks to current feed through

Technical Data

  • Maximum dimensions: approx. 8 x 30 m
  • Maximum load: approx. 1200kg (depending on crane girder's own weight)
  • Weight of smallest crane profile: only 3,0 kg/m
Type Height [mm] Weight [kg/m] Max. lift capacity [kg] Area moment of inertia [cm4] lz Area moment of inertia [cm4] ly Moment of resistance [kg] wz Moment of resistance [kg] wy
SRA-100 100 3.0 125 89 114 25 20
SRA-105 105 4.8 250 246 264 48 52
SRA-140 140 6.5 500 377 652 92 75
SRA-180 180 8.2 800 447 1,279 141 89
SRA-220 220 9.9 1,200 529 2,266 204 106
SRA-80-V* 80 4.0 - 143 177 - -

*Reinforcement section suitable for SRA-140, SRA-180 and SRA-220

High Load Capacity for Sections

The load diagram can be used for reference when selecting the section size while taking a specific maximum load and the suspension distances into account. The suspension distances stated are based on a deflection of 1:300, the common value for calculating crane systems. Smaller deflection values such as 1:400 may be required for certain applications.

Example: With a maximum load of 200 kg and a predetermined suspension distance of 5,000 mm the profile SRA-140 is used. The maximum deflection is then 17 mm (5,000 mm / 300).

Transport Trolley

Type Height [mm] Length [mm] Width [mm] Weight [kg] Max. lift capacity [kg]
Max. lift capacity [kg]
Transport trolley
125 240 55 1.4 1,000 1,000
Double transport trolley
150 500 75 6.5 1,200 1,200

*Subject to technical changes without notice


Type Max. drive load [kg] Speed [m/min] Weight [kg] Max. power [kW] Duty cycle [%]
Hoist drive (1) 800 0 - 40 19 0,25 60
Crane bridge drive (2) 800 0 - 40 34 0,5 60
Complete drive (3) 800 0 - 40 53 0,75 60

Modular Ceiling Suspension System

The modular ceiling suspension system offers a wide range of options for connecting crane systems to existing building structures. An additional superstructure does not need to be used.

  • Standard widths 50 – 150 mm, 150 – 250 mm and 250 – 310 mm
  • Max. lift capacity 2,000 kg

Standard Suspension for I-Beams and T-Beams

Suspended, height-adjustable

  • Most common suspension
  • Compensation of height differences in the ceiling structure by up to 30 mm

Rigid, height-adjustable

  • Absorption of upward forces for telescopes, lifting axes or manipulators

Rigid short 0°

  • Reduction of the overall height for low ceiling heights

Rigid short 90°

  • 90° rotated design to reduce the overall height for low ceiling heights

Suspensions for Concrete Ceilings, Wooden Girders and Laminated Beams

Anchor plates for concrete ceilings

  • Special high-performance anchors with approval for dynamic loading
  • Required concrete quality C20/C25, concrete thickness min. 200 mm

Clasp for wooden girders and laminated beams

  • Safe mounting on wooden girders and laminated beams

Expansion Options

Extension by up to 2,000 mm

  • Extension of the suspension to max. 2,000 mm for high ceilings
  • Diagonal brace required for stabilization

Diagonal suspension

  • Connection for ceiling structures with inclines greater than 8°
  • Diagonal brace required for stabilization

Safe and Functional Energy Supply

Conductor Line

  • Wireless energy supply for electrical devices supplied in the crane such as the chain hoist or vacuum lifting device
  • Profit from usable ceiling height as there are no cable storage devices or cable loops to cause interference
  • Ideal for crane systems with several bridges
  • Low surplus loading of the crane system thanks to lightweight plastic rails
  • Easy mounting thanks to adapted suspensions and spring loaded connectors for copper contacts

Crane system with conductor line to supply a chain hoist

Building set

Technical information

Length 5 standard lengths of 500 mm to 4,000 mm (can be expanded as needed)
Number of poles 4-pole
Max. rated currents 40 A for 100 % duty cycle; 52 A for 60 % duty cycle
Ambient temperatures -30 °C to +60 °C
Flammability Difficult to ignite (DIN 4102-1 class B1)
Protection rating IP 23
Certification UL certified

Trailing Cable

  • Most common form of energy supply via cable trolleys in the aluminum section
  • Suitable for power cables (flat cables) and hoses (vacuum and compressed air)
  • Easy mounting thanks to pre-assembled cable trolley

Vacuum Lifting Devices

Vacuum lifting devices from Schmalz make it possible to make manual processes ergonomic. Our crane systems are the perfect addition to our vacuum lifting devices. Load capacities of the crane systems are based on the vacuum lifting devices.

Schmalz divides its product portfolio of vacuum lifting devices into vacuum tube lifters of the type Jumbo and vacuum lifting devices of the type VacuMaster. Schmalz can provide you with a complete workplace solution consisting of a crane system and a vacuum lifting device.