Modulift has launched a combination lifting and spreader beam with a clamp system that enables users to lift from multiple points, top and bottom. The adjustable lifting/spreader beam, or MOD CLS, is an off-the-shelf, below-the-hook solution that can be shipped immediately.
The MOD CLS beam is being introduced as one size with up to 9.5 tons (8.5 tonnes) of capacity, depending on configuration, but it is offered with four clamps as standard to adjust the lifting points. This enables flexibility between a single top lifting point (lifting beam) or double top lifting points (spreader beam). The clamps are pre-assembled on the beam together with markers to show alignment and the center of the lift. Clamps on the upper/top side of the beam have a larger rating and size than the two clamps fitted to the bottom/underside of the beam.
The MOD CLS also can be adapted to suit with up to an additional four clamps on the bottom side of the beam, providing users with additional lifting points. If more points are needed, the system can be designed as an H-Frame with infinite lifting points.
Ian Locke, senior design engineer at Modular, noted that product’s reversible lug plate grips onto the spreader when a load is applied. For additional safety, he said, there are two tightening screws and bolts at both ends of each clamp, allowing the user to apply a small pre-load to the clamp in order to keep it locked into position before the main load is applied.
The MOD CLS will be manufactured to a minimum stock level to facilitate next day availability. Modulift reports that plans are already moving forward to offer another model with a higher working load limit (WLL).