What is a lifting tool?
A lifting tool, lifting equipment or gripper is a machine that lifts products or materials in industries and warehouses. Instead of lifting and positioning manually, and incurring physical strain to the neck and back, an operator can use the lifting equipment to grab the product and lift it without effort.
Lifting equipment can be unique, depending on what, and how, it lifts. Lifts All offers lifting tools for loads of all sizes – large to small, lightweight and heavy. Among the products that we often help companies lift are boxes and containers, rolls and reels, sheets of glass or metal, gas tubes and mechanical components. We supply lifting solutions to a wide range of industries, from the beverage industry to the automotive industry.
What compromises a lifting solution?
To lift loads weightlessly, you need three units to form a complete lifting system: a suspension system, a hoist (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 feel weightless and that raises and lowers it. A gripper is connected to the Bal-Trol with an air hose and a wire rope to help grip and maneuver the load. The lifting equipment can either be mechanical or vacuum based, or both. The mechanical gripper grips the load by clamping or using a hook, and the vacuum gripper grips by using suction power via suction cups. With a correctly composed lifting system, you will be able to lift with ease and at the same time access a wider part of your working area.
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 when in mid–air, hence reducing the risk of injury to people and products.
• It is energy efficient. Our lifting tools run on compressed air (6-7 bar) instead of electricity.
• It is very quiet, while electric hoists or telphers are often noisy.
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 for our customer. Lifting tools can be utilized in almost every part of the entire 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 attached to forklifts. The Speedy Picker picks up and transports packages across the warehouse for loading into trucks before they get sent to their final destination.
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 grippers, mechanical grippers, 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 but 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 it. With our grippers and overhead rail systems you can carry your product between working stations with minimal physical effort. The equipment is easy to maneuver, and positioning of the goods is quick and precis.
There are many stations in a work line that can benefit from lifting equipment. Instead of dragging heavy pallet jacks, increase the workflow by using our pallet grippers. Lift materials or boxes, buckets and drums with vacuum or mechanical grippers. Mount rolls into machines using an expandable gripper, where positioning is easy because the gripper moves with you, and where a simple push of a button raises or lowers the load to optimum heights.
Most manual handling takes place at the end of the production line, where a seemingly endless supply of goods needs to be transported in and out of factories and facilities. Our vacuum lifting equipment helps with packing products into boxes, and with lifting boxes from, for example, conveyors belts to carts. 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 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, do you have high ceilings, are you lifting in a smaller or a larger area?
For more dynamic movements within a restricted area, we recommend pairing your lifting equipment to a FlexiCrane – a flexible jib crane that can be mounted onto the ceiling, floor or to a pillar.
If you have several stations around the workplace that need a lifting tool, we recommend the FlexiCrane Mobile. This is a jib crane mounted onto a mobile platform 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 crane systems, which are constructed of aluminum, so they are both lightweight and sturdy. Our overhead traverse systems have the capacity to bear up to 635 kg. Installing an overhead crane system provides you with easy access to your lifting equipment from most parts of your facilities. Our systems are customized to fit your workspace perfectly.
No matter what products you need to carry or how you need to handle them, you can lift with ease with our bespoke lifting solutions. Contact us today and find out what we can do to improve your material handling.