What is a lifting tool?
A lifting tool, lifting equipment or gripper is a tool that aids in lifting products or material in industries and warehouses. Instead of lifting and positioning manually, and thereby straining the neck and back, the operator can use the lifting equipment to grab the product and lift it without effort.
Lifting equipment can look very different, depending on what it lifts and how it lifts. Lifts All offers lifting tools that lift objects of all sizes, from large to small, as well as both lightweight and heavy objects. Among the things that we often help companies lift are, boxes, rolls, sheets of glass or metal, gas tubes and car components. We supply our lifting solutions to a wide range of industries, from the beverage industry to the automotive industry.
What equipment is used for lifting?
To lift loads weightlessly you need three units to form a complete lifting system: a suspension system, a balancer (Bal-Trol) and a lifting tool. The suspension system can either consist of an overhead traverse system or a crane. The Bal-Trol is a pneumatic hoist that makes the load weightless and that raises and lowers it. The gripper is connected to the Bal-Trol with an air hose and a wire rope. The lifting equipment can either be mechanical, vacuum driven or both. The mechanical gripper grips the load by clamping or using a hook, and the vacuum gripper grips the load by using a suction cup. With a correctly set up lifting system, you can lift with ease and access larger parts of your working area at the same time.
Benefits of using our lifting equipment
•Lifting equipment makes lifting easy.
• It reduces wear and tear injuries by taking the weight off the user.
• It is ergonomic and improves the working environment.
• It is safe to use.
• Everyone can use it, no matter their physical strength, age or height, making work easier to delegate between colleagues.
• It can hold the load steadily even while in midair, hence it reduces the risk of causing injury to people or goods.
• It is energy efficient. Our lifting tools run on compressed air (6-7 bar) instead of electricity.
• It is without ignition sources, making it safe even in explosive environments.
• It is almost completely silent, while electric hoists or telphers often are loud.
Different examples of lifting aids
There are as many examples of lifting aids as there are products to lift. Therefore, one of our areas of expertise is customizing lifting equipment according to our customer´s needs. Lifting tools can be utilized in on almost every part of the whole supply chain. For example, the car industry uses our lifting aids to lift and mount heavy and bulky objects such as car windows, batteries and seats. The beverage industry utilizes lifting tools to lift barrels and containers, and to package bottles and cans into boxes. Distribution centers often use the Speedy Picker, a lifting tool for forklifts. The Speedy Picker picks up and transports packages across the warehouse, before they are loaded into trucks and sent to their final destiantion.
Besides customized grippers, we offer a wide range of standard lifting tools that can lift, tilt and rotate your products. Our standard lifting equipment consists of vacuum lifters, mechanical lifters, mobile order pickers, jib cranes and traverse systems. Let us know what it is you need to lift, and how you lift it, and we will guide you to the best lifting solution for your needs.
Ergonomic material handling in production lines
Most manufacturing industries can benefit from using lifting equipment in their production lines. Minimizing heavy manual lifting not only improves your working environment, it reduces sick leave and thereby, saves time and money. Instead of back-breaking manual handling, you can use our lifting equipment to work more ergonomically and efficiently. Many industries use traditional lifting tables that require you to manually lift the products on and off. With our grippers and overhead rail systems you can carry your product between working stations with minimal physical effort. The lifting equipment is easy to maneuver, and quick operation simplifies the positioning of the goods.
There are many stations in a work line that can benefit from using lifting equipment. Increase the workflow by using our pallet grippers, instead of dragging heavy pallet jacks. Lift raw materials or boxes, buckets and drums. Mount rolls into machines using an expandable gripper. Positioning the roll is easy because the gripper can move horizontally and vertically. A simple push of a button is used for raising or lowering the load.
The area where most manual handling takes place is at the end of the production line. A seemingly endless supply of goods is transported in and out of factories and manufacturing facilities. Our vacuum lifting equipment easily lifts boxes from conveyors to carts, and helps pack products into boxes. When the goods are packed, you can use a lifting tool to palletize boxes, rolls, drums, and other products more efficiently, while protecting your employees. Lifting equipment helps you pack, stack and load effortlessly – from the beginning to the end of the production line.
Lifting equipment for warehouses
The Speedy Picker is great for when you need lifting equipment at multiple locations in your warehouse or distribution center. It is a crane arm and a lifting tool mounted onto the forks of the forklift truck. Just grab the lifting tool and use it to carry eg boxes from shelf to pallet. When you have finished loading the truck, you can transport the boxes to any part of your workplace. Wherever you go, the Speedy Picker comes along. With Speedy Picker Add-On you can mount the equipment on any forklift truck, and easily demount it when you no longer need it.
Dynamic lifting equipment with traverse systems or cranes
The right suspension system will provide both stability and flexibility to your workplace. The suspension system that suits your lifting equipment best depends on the layout and structure of your workplace. For example, do you need to lift materials high up or just low, in a smaller or a larger one?
For more dynamic carrying within a restricted area, we recommend connecting your lifting equipment to a FlexiCrane. This is a flexible jib crane that can be mounted on the ceiling, floor or a pillar. If you have many different stations around the workplace, we recommend the FlexiCrane Mobile, it’s a jib crane mounted onto a mobile plat form that can easily be moved around your working area with a pallet jack or forklift. Rigging has never been easier!
Whatever the size of your working area, we recommend our overhead traverse systems, which are constructed of aluminum, making them both light weight and sturdy. Our overhead cranes have the capacity to bear up to 635 kilos and enable you to access your lifting equipment from most parts of your facilities. Our systems are customized to fit the workspace perfectly.
No matter what goods you need to handle or how you handle it, you can lift with ease by using our bespoke lifting solutions. Contact us today and find out what we can do to improve your material handling.