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Gorbel Workstation Cranes

Workstation cranes are ideal for work cells where there is one or more operators required to manually manipulate and handle loads up to 4,000 lbs. The cranes modular bolted connection design allows for easy future relocation or extension of systems.

Bridge - The bridge and hoist trolley are the only parts of the workstation crane in motion. It supports the lifting device and facilitates movement of the load along the X and Y axis. Bridges can be as long as 34' and are available in both steel and aluminum.

Runways - The bridges end trucks ride within the track of the crane's runways, which determine the overall coverage area of your work station crane. The track used for runways can be spliced together to span any distance

Column (Freestanding Only) - The columns are the "legs" of the workstation bridge crane, and are anchored to the floor while supporting the columns and runways. The distance between columns is determined by your cranes overall capacity and the selected track type.

Header (Freestanding Only) - The workstation crane systems header is made from back to back "C" channel, which allows for easy connections to the runways hanger support hardware.


Freestanding Gorbel workstation crane with 3 aluminum bridges.

A freestanding workstation crane can be installed beneath overhead obstacles and existing cranes and feature a pre-engineered modular design that can easily expand and relocate as your work areas expand.

Free Standing floor supported systems do not put stress on the building's overhead structure. Installation is usually more straight forward, and these cranes are also easier to relocate in the future. Free Standing systems require a reinforced concrete floor of at least 6 inches.

  • Capacities from 150 to 4000 lbs

  • Rectangular Coverage with up to 34’ bridge and any runway length

  • Standard support distances of 20, 25, and 30 feet.

  • Easy to move and position loads

  • Modular design for greater flexibility

  • Doesn't require existing support structure


Ceiling hung, motor driven Gorbel workstation crane

These systems are an excellent solution to keeping floor space clear. They are pre-engineered and modular designed for easy installation and relocation. Runway readily expands to connect to other bridge cranes or monorails.

With Ceiling Mounted Systems, supporting steel does not interfere with the handling operation. Ceiling Mounted Systems require a building with an adequate overhead structure to hang the crane.

  • Capacities from 150 to 4000 lbs

  • Rectangular Coverage with up to 34’ bridge and any runway length

  • Standard support distances of 6, 20, 25, and 30 feet.

Kristian installing a Gorbel Ceiling Hung Workstation Crane


Gorbel offers a few different material options for their Workstation Cranes.

Stainless steel Gorbel workstation crane used in a clean room environment at a facility in Alberta.

1. Free Standing and Ceiling Mounted steel bridge cranes (GLC series)

The most common choice. Sturdy, rigid and structurally sound.

Steel runway track is available in two options.

  • Plains Steel Track - Standard cold-rolled steel track offers a low-weight to high-strength ration. Maximum support distance: 6' Lifting capacity: 250-4000lbs

  • Trussed Steel Track - Permits longer spans when frequent support points are not available. Uses a plain steel track profile but is enhanced for longer spans with a built up truss design. Maximum support distance: 20' - 30' Lifting Capacity: 250-4000lbs

2. Free Standing and Ceiling Mounted aluminum bridge cranes (AL series)

Reduces dead weight and allows easier ergonomic movement. For demanding, rapid repetitive handling applications, ideal for facilities with structural limitations and challenging environments. Reducing the bridge dead weight by up to 40% of equivalent steel track systems

3. Free Standing and Ceiling Mounted stainless steel cranes (SS series)

Corrosion resistant, spark resistant and built to last, stainless steel options are perfect for clean room and explosion proof environments.


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