Vacuum sheet lifters: advantages and recommendations for use

Vacuum sheet lifters: advantages and recommendations for use - Crosby Airpes

Vacuum sheet lifters allow you to use vacuum systems to handle any flat material with a smooth surface. In Crosby Airpes, we have broad experience in the design of lifting beams adjusted to the exact needs of each client. Manufacturing a lifting beam with vacuum cups is one of the options with which our team of engineers works.

Advantages and recommendations of the vacuum sheet lifters

At Crosby Airpes, we have extensive experience designing, manufacturing, and commissioning lifting systems for cranes and overhead cranes.

There is no universal lifting system that works for every single situation. Still, each system (vacuum, magnetization, clamps, etc.) is better for a specific operation and type of material and worse for another.

Vacuum sheet lifters are just one more of our lifting and handling systems, and there are many types according to their use or design: pneumatic vacuum lifters, overhead vacuum systems, steel sheet lifters, material handling vacuum lifters, etc.

Industrial vacuum cups of a vacuum sheet lifter – Crosby Airpes

Industrial vacuum cups of a vacuum sheet lifter

Advantages of vacuum sheet lifters

A vacuum sheet lifter offers several interesting advantages over other lifting systems. Let’s take a look.

Easy to install

Installing and starting a vacuum sheet lifter is faster than other, more complex systems requiring specialized machinery.


Very economical replacements and spare parts

We build a vacuum sheet lifter system. We design it using parts, components, and materials that are easy to find. These parts can be quickly and easily replaced if they deteriorate or during maintenance.


Simpler servicings than other, more complex systems

Maintaining a vacuum sheet lifter system is quick and easy. The mechanics and maintenance team from your company can take care of it. They should follow the instructions and steps outlined in the Crosby Airpes manuals and technical factsheets.


You can lift any material

Steel, plastic, glass, wood, etc. No matter what type of material is involved, you can lift them with the same system without making radical changes in the installation as long as the load meets the standards of weight, porosity, and maximum measurements established during the design phase.


Disadvantages of vacuum lifters

A vacuum sheet lifter system will not be helpful in some cases. We do not recommend using vacuum sheet lifters in the following two situations. It is better to use one of our lifting systems instead.

You can’t lift heavy weights

Although the load offers flat, non-porous surfaces where a vacuum cup can stick firmly, sometimes, these pieces weigh several tons. Using magnetized systems for metals, lifting tongs, scissor lifting tongs, and sheet lifters is better.


Vacuum lifters do not allow to elevate of porous materials

If the material’s surface is not smooth, the vacuum pad cannot create the needed suction to lift the material. We will look for a system that can lift the load and adapts to your company’s installation and crane.

Case study: actual operation of a Vacuum Sheet Lifter

Case study: actual operation of a Vacuum Sheet Lifter - Crosby Airpes

  • We installed a vacuum sheet lifter for a company in the UK.
  • This vacuum sheet lifter moves steel sheets.
  • You can read the technical information by visiting: the vacuum sheet lifter for a UK company.