ANSI ECMA 35-2018, Electrification Systems for Electric Overhead Traveling Cranes

This standard provides minimum requirements and guidelines for alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electrification systems for electric overhead, monorail, and gantry traveling cranes. Electrification systems include conductor bars, festoon systems, cable chains, spring driven reels, and motor driven reels.

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ANSI ECMA15: 2010 Spec for Cable-less (Wireless) Control

The specifications and information contained in this standard apply to cable-less controls for electric overhead traveling cranes. Cable-less controls are also referred to as wireless or remote controls. The specifications in this standard are general in nature. Other and more detailed specifications may be agreed upon between the purchaser and the manufacturer to suit each specific installation.

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Speaking as One Voice To:

  • Crane Manufacturers of America (CMAA)
  • Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI)
  • Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA)
  • Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) Product Section

Industry Information

  • Participate in MHI directed market research study, which will focus on the worldwide market for controls and components.
  • Benefit from other industry research projects led by MHI that are relevant to the industrial controls and components industry.
  • Deal with Industry issues.
  • Access to the Industry expertise that exists within the MHI group.
  • Participate in statistical and marketing programs.

Standards Development

  • Participate in the development of Industry Standards.

Education & Professional Development

  • Inclusion in the multimedia guidelines program and ECMA web page and MHI web site.
  • Gain access to MHI library of published resources. Members of ECMA can contact MHI staff directly to ask questions about the studies or materials.
  • Participate in Professional Development Seminars that are available at the semi-annual meetings.
  • Participate in educational seminars at the semi-annual meetings. The ECMA group collectively selects topics of interest and MHI helps to set up educational meetings.
  • Access Educational leaders through CIC-MHE member institutions which lead to industry trained graduates.

Networking and Planning

  • Meet with Industry leaders and peers at semi-annual meetings.
  • Participate in round table discussions, which is a great opportunity to discuss shared problems and challenges. These discussions often lead into educational seminars for future meetings.
  • Participate with compatible material handling companies that often lead to joint installation programs.
  • Representation on the Leadership Team of MHI as members of ECMA.

Samantha Sanders, Ohio University

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. has awarded the Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship to Samantha Sanders at Ohio University. Samantha is a rising senior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She attended the MODEX Show in 2016 where she made her decision to concentrate on the supply chain industry and all the industry has to offer. Last spring she had an internship at GE Aviation in Lynn, Massachusetts where she worked in the parts department and experienced the importance of on-time delivery. After graduation, she plans to return to school to work on her Master’s Degree in the field of supply chain management and/or simulation.

After adding more than 30,000 jobs in January alone, the construction industry shows no signs of slowing down. With more workers comes more responsibility for safety. Falls from heights are still the leading cause of death in the private construction industry and lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited violation by OSHA. That is why each year; the construction industry dedicates a week of safety events to stopping fatal falls. Jobsites across the country and internationally pause work so that employers and workers can talk about fall prevention and commit to on-the-job safety.

The combined effort from OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and CPWR–The Center for Construction Research and Training is known as the National Safety Stand-Down. Last year marked the fourth annual Stand-Down with nearly 150 free public events reaching more than 1 million workers. By continuing to reach workers and employers, OSHA aims to raise awareness and decrease the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities and injuries. Participation is not limited to the construction industry, and no business is too small to participate. In previous years, many non-construction employers held Stand-Downs.

Each year OSHA partners with employers, trade associations and institutes, unions, worker interest organizations, safety managers, construction material suppliers, and other government agencies to encourage participation throughout many industries. As the economy continues to grow and the full construction seas on begins, we hope the Stand-Down will remind employers and workers that fall prevention is an important part of every workplace safety plan. Employers and workers are encouraged to pause in their workday to talk about fall prevention and dedicate themselves yet again to the safety of this nation’s most valuable resource: workers. For more information on the Stand-Down, visit

If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on how we can improve future initiatives like this, please send your email to . Also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety and #LiftSafe (this is a special CHM Alliance hashtag).

If you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, see OSHA's Events page to submit the event details and to contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator.

ECMA Managing Executive

Ashley Skidmore



Ben Hiebenthal

Vice Chairman
Joseph McAdams
Vahle Inc.

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