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By H-Lift | 20 August 2023 | 0 Comments

Duty Cycle of Electric Hoist

The "duty cycle" in the context of an electric hoist refers to the ratio of operating time to the total time of a lifting operation cycle. It indicates the amount of time the hoist can be in active use before requiring a rest period to prevent overheating and maintain its performance and longevity.

Electric hoists, like other machinery, generate heat during operation due to friction, electrical resistance, and other factors. Excessive heat can cause components to wear out more quickly, reduce efficiency, and potentially lead to equipment failure. Duty cycle specifications help users understand the hoist's capacity for continuous use without the risk of overheating.

Duty cycles are often expressed as a percentage and are categorized into different classes based on the duty cycle ratio. Common duty cycle classes include:

  • Standard Duty (S3): Hoists with a standard duty cycle are designed for intermittent use. They typically have a duty cycle of 25% (15 minutes on, 45 minutes off). This means they can be operated for up to 15 minutes and then need 45 minutes of rest to cool down.
  • Heavy Duty (S4): Hoists with a heavy-duty cycle are designed for frequent use. They often have a duty cycle of 40% (24 minutes on, 36 minutes off) or similar variations.
  • Continuous Duty (S5): Hoists with a continuous duty cycle are designed for non-stop operation. They are built to handle continuous use and have higher thermal capacities to manage heat generation.

Selecting the appropriate duty cycle for an electric hoist depends on the intended usage. For instance, in light-duty applications where the hoist is used infrequently, a standard duty cycle might be sufficient. In contrast, heavy-duty applications requiring frequent lifting would demand a hoist with a heavier duty cycle.

It's important to adhere to the manufacturer's recommendations for duty cycle and usage to ensure the hoist's safety, reliability, and longevity. Exceeding the hoist's specified duty cycle could lead to overheating, premature wear, and potential safety hazards.

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