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Below The Hook | AIMCO Manufacturing | Caldwell | Bushman


Below the Hook devices are one of the most important components in a material handling system. After providing a suspension and lifting device, have below the hook tooling is the last piece of the puzzle for a world class solution. JRG Industries proudly represents:

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 Below the Hook | AIMCO Manufacturing


AIMCO Manufacturing is a preferred integrator for Gorbel, utilizing their lifts with their below the hook tooling. AIMCO also can integrate with air balancers and hoists- electric and pneumatic. JRG Indstrustires has worked with their tooling, and integrated with custom systems to provide customers with their best material handling solution.


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Mechanical Grab

This style of tooling incorporates pneumatic power to clamp and or encapsulate a part for safe handling. AIMCO's Mechanical Grab End Effector is the most versatile tooling style, utilizing custom jaws and grip pads to handle an array of parts with various surfaces. The Mechanical Grab series is a design intensive class that comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes; they can be difficult to properly spec’ in, however, AIMCO’s extensive experience in designing and manufacturing will yield tools that work, regardless of complexity. AIMCO provides control packages that are designed for reliable product handling and can be supplied to manipulate loads in a variety of ways. Loads can be tilted, rotated, inverted, or simply picked & placed.

Vacuum Grab

AIMCO produces vacuum lifters for a number of different industrial markets including (not limited to) glass handling, sheet metal, plate handling, cabinets, body panels, counter tops, and furniture. AIMCO’s Vacuum Grab End Effectors utilize venturi vacuum systems powered by plant compressed air.  Venturi systems are ideal for applications where the surface of the product is non-porous. This method of vacuum generation is a safe and reliable means of product handling that places very little demand on plant air consumption.  Low CFM consumption yields low costs of operation. AIMCO provides control packages that are designed for reliable product handling and can be supplied to manipulate loads in a variety of ways.  Loads can be tilted, rotated, inverted, or simply picked & placed.  Look for pictures tagged with “Manipulation”

Magnet Grab

Great for fast product engagement and quick release. This series of end tooling makes picking of jumbled parts easy and efficient. Magnetic part holding is a good solution for carbon steel product with various part features such as scattered holes and/or complex surfacing. AIMCO provides control packages that are designed for reliable product handling and can be supplied to manipulate loads in a variety of ways.  Loads can be tilted, rotated, inverted, or simply picked & placed.  Look for pictures tagged with “Manipulation” . The design and proper power of the magnet utilized for product handling is heavily dependent on the surface area in contact and the thickness of the carbon steel material. Magnets can be mounted on spreader beams with single-axis & Cartesian coordinate adjustability.




 Below the Hook | Caldwell Lifting Solutions


Founded in 1954, Caldwell is the leading manufacturer of below the hook lifting solutions.  We provide you and your customers the best, most effective material handling solutions available.  Our dedicated team of employee-owners take the time to fully understand your application.  This understanding allows us to apply our experience and provide the best, most effective material handling solution available.


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 Below the Hook | Bushman


If you can make it, we can move it. Bushman has a proud history of product leadership in the design and manufacture of rugged, built-to-order material handling equipment. A powerful convergence of engineering and ingenuity at Bushman produces superior solutions and innovative products. We call it “enginuity”. We build custom-designed below the hook lifting equipment for both mill duty and industrial applications. Capacities range from one half ton to over 50 tons. Our floor-based material handling equipment accurately positions heavy loads through multiple axes for unique applications. We move industry in all the right directions for increased productivity and extended performance. Our custom designed material handling solutions are renowned for minimizing maintenance requirements and downtime.

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Billet Tongs | Ingot Tongs | Ingot Lifters

Bushman Equipment, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of tongs for lifting and moving a wide range of industrial loads. We design each tong for the size, shape, weight and special conditions in your particular application. Supporting tongs are for single-size objects that have support clearance underneath, such as boxes, crates, bins and containers. The lifting feet of the tong support the load and maintain it on a horizontal lifting plane.

Gripping tongs are for materials such as ingots, rolls, tubes, pipes and other round or cylindrical objects. The tong extends beyond and below the center of the load to provide additional support. The diameter of the load may vary by approximately 25%, but the variation in length is generally unlimited.

Pressure tongs grip the vertical sides of slabs, bales, boxes, billets and other flat or round objects. Pads on pressure tongs provide surface friction or penetration of the load to maintain a safe hold during handling. Pads can be provided with rubber, belting, pins, hardened points, serrated bits and other materials.

Spreader Beam | Lifting Beam

Spreader beams and lifting beams are below-the-hook lifting devices that lift loads with single or multiple attachment points. They act as a crosspiece for spacing the hooks or chains that hold loads such as bundles, rolls, cylinders, and machinery. Bushman Equipment, Inc. has great experience designing and building heavy duty material handling equipment such as lifting beams and spreader beams for use in primary steel mills, steel service centers, pulp and paper mills, power plants and in difficult environments with varied crane layouts

Bushman® spreader and lifting beams are designed for safety, durability and simple operation. All Bushman Equipment, Inc. lifting devices are designed and manufactured in accordance with the latest revision of ASME Spec. B30.20 and BTH-1: Design of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices. A wide variety of spreader beam models are available in many different design configurations. Bushman's most popular and basic spreader beam, the Model 439 has fixed position swivel hooks mounted at the ends of the lifting beam. This type of lifting equipment has a single pick-up point and safety latches on each hook.

Rotating Axis Grabs

Rotating axis grabs grip the ends of the load to change its orientation by rotating it about its horizontal axis. This lifting device can be operated manually or may be powered by an electric or air motor. The motorized rotating axis grab has increased the efficiency of an assembly process at a Falk Corporation plant in Milwaukee, WI. Falk is a manufacturer of industrial-mechanical power transmission components. Falk needed equipment to lift and rotate machined gear housings to give assemblers access to the top and bottom of the housing. This design allows the customer to position the gear cases properly, thereby eliminating product damage and improving the assembly process. The grab grips the outside of the gear case and rotates it 90° horizontally. A self-locking acme screw shaft, actuated by a motor, provides the gripping strength. In addition, a set of specially designed sliding incline planes automatically increases the gripping force based on the weight of the load. A reducer with an adjustable torque limiter protects the motor. An acme screw assembly, which accommodates a variety of gear cases with different centers of gravity, adjusts the bail. Two self-locking worm gear reducers, driven by electric motors, enable the rotation process.

Drum Tilter

Bushman Equipment, Inc. manufactures drum tilters and drum handling equipment that holds drums securely during pick up, movement, and discharge operations. Each ergonomically designed lifter permits precise rotation, from the vertical to the horizontal plane and beyond, for controlled pouring and dumping. All Bushman Equipment, Inc.'s drum handling units meet or exceed the requirements of the latest revisions of ASME Specifications B30.20 and BTH-1, Design of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices. Each unit has a 3 to 1 safety factor, based on the yield strength of the material. This protects the operator, drum and its contents. The self-locking worm drive speed reducer holds the drum in position without roll-back.

In addition to the standard features described below, most Bushman Equipment, Inc. drum tilters can be modified for a variety of different drum sizes and types including those frequently used for hazardous materials.