Types of coil handling devices


When choosing a handling device to move heavy coils there are some key aspects to consider:

  • The width and weight of the coils.
  • The characteristics of the storage space.
  • The type of handling: lifting or moving on a horizontal plane.

Airpes has a solution for every type of situation, and below we explain which coil handling device will work best in each case.

Moving coils on an horizontal surface

When moving the coils through the storage space, one option is to move them on transfer carts.

Transfer carts have many advantages for handling any kind of coil: they cause low noise levels and are really safe, easy to operate and to maintain.

There are two types of transfer carts with which you can move all types of coils, such as metal coils, paper coils, etc.

  • Steerable transfer carts: this type of transfer cart can move freely.
  • Transfer cart on a rail: they can move on a single direction.

Both of them can have a JIB to lift the materials without the need of overhead cranes.

For handling coils, the most common option is a battery powered transfer cart with four-wheel drive, but, in Airpes, we can adapt the design to almost any use like for special ATEX applications. Transfer carts can also be designed considering de inclination degree of the floor in the case that the warehouse has ramps.

We can also adjust the operation parameters, components and options of the vehicle to your custom needs under request. Look at this on demand solution: a transfer cart for 60 tones coils.

Coil lifting devices

The use of one type or another of lifting device for the coils will be largely determined by the manoeuvrability offered by the storage space and by the width of the coils. There are two basic types of coil handling devices for lifting them: C-Hook-style lifters and two-arm coil grabs.


C-Hooks-style lifters for coils

A C-Hook lifter is really easy to manoeuvre and needs less maintenance since there are no moving parts.

For comfortable control, it is necessary that the aisles in the warehouse where it is used are as wide as the lift arm, plus a few inches of clearance. It must also be ensured that there is enough space for the C-Hook to move in all necessary directions without being obstructed.

Airpes’ C-Hook-style lifters are a safe, efficient and quick way of handling coils. They are designed to meet every customer’s specific requirements for load configuration, weight, lifting area and headroom. Also, you can transform your C-Hook in a scale with our weighing systems.

Find out more about our C-Hooks for lifting metal coils.

“C” Hook, Handling Equipment | Lifting Equipment Airpes


Two-arm coil grab: coil lifting tongs

A coil lifting tong is one of the most efficient ways to handle coils of different sizes thanks to its adaptable arms. They are perfect to increase the number of coils you can store in a designated floor space. Only a little more space is needed on each side of the coil than the width of each arm of the grab. You don’t need wide aísles between coils.

Their designs are scalable in lifting capacity. The only limit is the lifting capacity of the crane where the tong is going to be installed. Another factor to consider is the headroom in the case of the grab having to work in indoor spaces.

Another advantage of the lifting tongs is that being a relatively simple mechanism they require few maintenance and can work in environments with dust, humidity and/or high temperatures without problem.

Our vertical coil tongs are designed by our engineers to meet every customers’ requests on mechanical features, electronic components, and the highest safety standards.

Don’t miss out what’s behind a lifting tong design.

Airpes has more than eighteen years of experience building different types of coil handling devices. With our solutions, there won’t be wire coil or steel coil you can’t move.