Below-the-hook devices fill the gap where engineering goes outside of the typical, cut-and-dry lifting and lowering.

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Below-the-hook lifting devices and end effectors are used to attach loads to overhead hoisting equipment. They are used to move any load that doesn’t have a lifting lug or a place to attach a single hoist hook to the load. They are commonly used in such applications as plate, steel, glass and drum handling, pipe lifting, stone cutting, and odd-shaped loads.

Which is right for you?

The difference between a below-the-hook lifter and an end effecter is that:

  • A below-the-hook lifter normally attaches to a crane or a hoist hook.
  • An end effecter is a lifting device that attaches directly to the arm of a manipulator or a manipulator control.

CraneWerks can help you with your below-the-hook lifting apparatus needs. We offer load-rated chain and nylon web rigging in many configurations to satisfy almost any need. We also carry a wide variety of spreader beams, roll lifters, coil lifters, sheet lifters, pallet lifters and other custom devices.

No crane job is complete until you’ve got a plan for the proper rigging attachments. Many times, this can be the hardest part of the project. CraneWerks can help by designing a custom lifter or end effecter to pick up your specific part, so you can focus on increasing efficiency & production.

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We work with your engineering and operations teams to create the device that is right for you.

Some of the considerations that go into designing customized below-the-hook lifting devices include:

  • How are you currently lifting?
  • What are you lifting?
  • What type of environment are you lifting in?
  • How frequently are you lifting?
  • Length and height requirements
  • Low headroom or obstruction considerations
  • Number of unique operations to be performed
  • What are your budget constraints?
  • What is your ideal timetable?

At CraneWerks we design to ASME BTH-1 standards and will meet the service life requirements based on estimated usage.

What we can do for you:

A major national manufacturer of diesel engines needed a below-the-hook lifting device to safely pick up a fully assembled, battery-powered engine and generator for mobile operation. That’s no mean feat, but CraneWerks was up to the task.

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Types of Below-the-Hook Devices

Spreader Beams:

They use two or more lifting points instead of one singular lifting point — the weight of the load is distributed evenly across the beam, which eliminates the stress on a single lifting point. Reduce the chances of load tipping, sliding, or bending. Can be designed in fixed dimensions or can be engineered to allow for incremental adjustment of the sling angle, and the length of the beam itself, for off-center load adjustments.

Coil Lifter / C-Hooks:

These devices enable the lifting of a coil through its inner diameter, in a vertical or horizontal orientation, with a motorized hook rotator attached to the bottom of a hoist for additional load control.

Vacuum Lifters:

Vacuum tube lifting systems use suction to grab the load, support, lift and lower the load without the use of a hoist, all by means of a single operator control.

Learn about a past project which utilized vacuum lifters:

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