What is below the hook?
Below the hook solutions are practical and safe, both for materials that tend to flex and for loads where the weight has to be carefully distributed or suspended from several points.
When a load cannot be lifted safely with standard lifting equipment due to the size, shape or center of gravity of the load, a below lifting device is the perfect solution for handling these types of materials.
A below lifting device is used to attach the load to a hoist, which may contain hooks or attachment fittings. Below the hook lifting devices are connected to a crane or lifting hook and allow the load to be securely connected. They are mostly mechanical devices, but can be controlled electronically, pneumatically or hydraulically.
The most common reasons for using this type of device are:
– To increase worker efficiency
– To improve load securement
– To ensure worker safety
The time savings from improved efficiency not only covers, but exceeds the cost of such a device. They will also save you money by preventing accidents that would otherwise have occurred without such a device. In addition to preventing injury to your workers, below hook lifting devices also prevent damage to the load being transported.
The most common loads that require an engineered lifting device are:
- Pipes or Bars
- Sheets and Plates
- Concrete Slabs
- Bundles and Rolls
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Our best below the hook products
A lifting beam is one of the most useful solution if you know exactly which is the kind of load you want to handle. Airpes’ lifting beams can adapt themselves to every customer’s needs in terms of capacity, available accessories hoists, design, and safety standards.
Airpes offers many types of lifting beam designs, some of them are fixed beams, H beams, the moveable center of gravity beams, hydraulic-powered beams, spreader beams with a levelling system or motorized rotating beams.
Airpes spreader beams are the perfect solution if you need a lifting beam and you don’t have a low headroom that limits the vertical movement of the crane. A spreader beam is put in the same category of the classic lifting beams – in fact, it is very similar to a classic lifting beam- but the rigging and the slings are situated at the ends of the beam. This makes that some of the vertical bending forces that occur on a lifting beam are transformed into horizontal compression forces through the beam This design allows to “spread” the forces along the beam. That means that a spreader beam can lift more weight and a heavier load than a classic lifting beam even if both have the same size, same sling, and are built with the same amount of material.
Our C-hook it’s designed to meet every customer’s specific requirements for load configuration, weight, lifting area and headroom. It can be adapted to any existing crane of any industry. Airpes can adapt the hoist of your overhead crane, gantry crane, single girder crane or any lifting crane with an effective crane hook. We study your case personally to deliver you customized and high quality service.
Check out our vertical coil tongs, designed by our engineers to meet every customers’ requests on mechanical features, electronic components, and the highest safety standards. Lifting tongs is one of the most demanded lifting applications in our portfolio.
Our sheet lifter provides fast and smooth leg adjustment and allows for additional force to apply to the sides of the loads. It adapts to any crane or existing hook to handle any kind of material.
Airpes helps you loading sheets of any size. Our plate lifter is a heavy-duty handling system ready to lift your load and handle it safely and efficiently. It grabs a bundle of plates of any length in an easy way.
Airpes’ electronic limiters monitor and record data concerning the various lifting and weighing systems. They gather information from different elements of the elevation process.
We have very economic electronic limiters, as ALE-100, primarily designed to control the overload. Other are ALM-100N with overload control and other desired points. Our range of electronic limiters are complete with ALT-100, ALE-90, 100-ACN and ACN-90.
AUTEC designs radio industrial remote controls and systems for any overhead industrial cranes, lifting equipment, logistics, construction… Airpes is a specialist in installing and adapting industrial radio control systems from the renowned manufacturer AUTEC to any crane or lifting system.
Improve your productivity, speed of movement and control of your machinery installing a wireless control system to it. We can install an AUTEC remote control system to a new lifting equipment or adapt it to an existing overhead crane.
Below the hook device legislation
Like any other lifting equipment, these devices must comply with applicable OSHA and ASME standards.
- Section 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act establishes the General Duty clause, which states that in the absence of specific OSHA standards with respect to a hazard, each employer ”shall provide each of its employees with employment and a workplace free of recognized risks that are causing or causing death or serious physical harm to its employees.” This means that employers are responsible for protecting their employees from recognized serious hazards.
- ASME B30.20: Below-the-hook lifting devices. This standard addresses mechanical and structural lifting devices, magnetic, vacuum, as well as hooks for waste and material handling. It provides guidelines to be followed regarding the marking, construction, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance and operation of under-the-hook lifting devices.
The most important thing end users should do to ensure OSHA and ASME compliance is to check the identification label for correct information and legibility. The following information should appear below the hooklift device identification labels:
– Manufacturer’s name (manufacturer’s website address is acceptable)
– Unique serial number
– Weight of the lifter if over 45 kg
– Rated load
– Cold Current Amps (if applicable)
– Voltage rating (if applicable)
– ASME BTH-1 Design Category
– ASME BTH-1 Service Class
Find your below the hook lifting solution at Airpes
At Airpes we are specialists in below the hook equipment, and we offer you the best products and customized solutions so that you can carry out your work under hook with maximum safety, following all current regulations and optimizing the way of working.
We can help you to find your below the hook system. Contact us, and we will offer you our knowledge to assist you. Together we will find the best solution to your below the hook need.