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AIMCO

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.

Please look at some examples of AIMCO’s Below the Hook Devices:

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 and 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 picked and placed. Look for pictures tagged with “Manipulation”

Non-Mechanical Grab

AIMCO’s Non-Powered Grab End Effectors are a great choice for material handling applications that involve straight picking and placing. If a common feature exists between all parts being handled (pockets, lifting eyes, or holes), a Non-Mechanical tool with forks, hooks, or probes, is simple and economical solution. As is the case with all Custom AIMCO End Effectors, the lifting device will be designed specifically for the task at hand. AIMCO has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of end effector tooling, from simple configurations to complex. AIMCO provides control packages that are designed for reliable product handling and can be supplied to manipulate loads in a variety of ways.

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 picked and 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 adjustments.

Caldwell

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.

Please look at some examples of Caldwell’s Below the Hook Devices:

Lifting Beams (Bail Style)

Caldwell Triangle Beams provide a low headroom solution when a short span is all you need to make the connections between the load and the crane. Caldwell Triangle Beams are available in standard capacities from 13 to 149 tons and comply with ASME standards.

Product Features: Low Headroom, Designed to ASME standards

Available Options: Custom Capacities, Extra Spreads, Full Capacity Center Lift, Points , Built-In Stand, Oblong with Top Shackle, Longer Spreads, Shorter Spreads, Various Rigging Options

Mill Duty Tong Grabs

Automatic Single Rim Coil Grabs are designed for use in the primary metals industry. The grab has two opposing jaws to grip one wall of the coil (single rim) when in the eye vertical position. Grabs are custom designed per application.

PRODUCT FEATURES: Auto-Latch mechanism for attach and release operation of tong. (Hoist line must be slack to engage and disengage Auto-Latch mechanism). All pivot points furnished with hardened steel bushings/pins and lubrication fittings. Handles a wide range of coil sizes and capacities.

PRODUCT OPTIONS: Replaceable facing on grip jaws for coil protection, Motorized grab, Parking or maintenance stands, High temperature environment capability

Posi-Turner

The core feature of the Posi-Turner® is the smooth and controlled rotation. The Posi-Turner® suspends and rotates objects 360 degrees with controlled rotation. The fixed bail design works well for products that symmetrically shaped.

PRODUCT FEATURES: Lift and Rotate objects without re-rigging, Stop or start rotation at any point, Eliminates tipping or dropping work pieces and the shock load to the crane associated with using two cranes to roll over a load, Complies with ASME standards

Motorized Swivel Grab

This screw type grab allows for handling of a wide range of ingots. Additional grip force is applied by the wedge action of the points when the load is lifted. This unit is designed to grip an ingot in the vertical position and lay it down to the horizontal position. Grabs are custom designed per application.

PRODUCT FEATURES: Acme screw drive for a wide range of ingot widths. Bronze drive nuts for long life and smooth operation. Wedge action applies grip force. Low headroom design. Heavy duty worm gear reducer. Designed for ease of maintenance. Heavy duty drive guards. AC power.

PRODUCT OPTIONS: Powered rotation with or without stops. Integral weighing system. Maximum open/minimum closed limit switches. Swivel rest arms for proper rollover clearance. Heavy duty function indicator lights. Wedge locks. DC power. Electrical reversing motor controls. High temperature environment capability.