Lifting & Spreader Beams
What is a Spreader Beam?
Lifting beams and spreaders reduce the required headroom when lifting, providing you with multiple points where an object can be lifted, offer a means of handling and balancing out loads (adjustable), providing a vertical lift which can be controlled with an inward pull, and can have special attachments added if required.
As long as the beam is stable you should not have any issues when its lifting your items. It's important that you make sure the weight is equally distributed and invest in special attachments if required to make the lifting safer and more efficient for you.
When considering calculations for lifting an item, it's important to make sure you know the beam weight. It's important that you add this to the weight of the load when assessing the total load imposed on the crank hook. In addition, you can purchase lifting accessories that can help with lifting items with trickier shapes to lift. Some of these lifting accessories include, shackles, wire rope slings, chain slings, web slings, and plate clamps.
Spreader Beams Vs. Lifting Beams- What's the difference?
Lifting beams come in a range of shapes and sizes and again it's important that you get the right lifting beam for the objects you need to lift.
- Lifting beams: are a simple I-beam which typically has a single lifting eye welded or bolted to the top of the beam and lower lifting eyes on the either underside of the beam are used to connect the load.
- Lifting spreader: is a normally a pipe or box-section style beam that is suspended by a top 2-legged sling which connects the beam to the overhead crane, connected to both legs of the sling is the spreader beam which then suspends two shackles which are used to connect to the load via more slings.
It's important that you pick the ones that suit your needs best.