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The Eurobloc VM Essentials is a wire rope hoist designed for use with crane kits providing the power, accuracy and speed of a wire rope hoist without the cost. Find out more here.


Both wire rope hoists wire rope hoists and chain hoists are robust lifting appliances that are widely used across numerous industry sectors in a variety of lifting applications. Wire rope hoists have higher lifting capacities and our range of Eurobloc VT electric wire rope hoists are able to lift up to 250 tonnes, compared with 10 tonnes from our electric chain hoists and 50 tonnes from our manual chain hoists. The greater lifting capacity is one of the factors that makes wire rope hoists a more expensive option compared with a chain hoist, but there are other things to consider when trying to decide whether a wire rope hoist or a chain hoist would be better suited to your operation.



In essence, true vertical lift is a hoists ability to lift the hook straight up and down, to pick up or put down a load in an exact position with no hook drift. It occurs when a hoist (lower block) moves in a true vertical path between the lower limit of travel, which happens when the rope(s) anchored at each end of the drum wind from the centre of the drum outward (inward when raising the hook); enabling the hook and load to be centred below the middle of the drum. This design prevents the hook from wandering from one end of the drum to the other in the highest and lowest hook positions.


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Electric wire rope hoists are essential tools for lots of industry sectors providing reliable and efficient lifting solutions. Whether it's in manufacturing, construction, or warehousing, these hoists offer a lifting solution which could include a true vertical lift and a lifting capacity significantly larger than other types of hoist unit. We can explore the applications, lifting techniques, capacity, and speed of electric wire rope hoists, highlighting the exceptional offerings from Hoist UK and our partnership with Verlinde.

Applications of Electric Wire Rope Hoists

Electric wire rope hoists find applications in a wide range of industries and lifting operations and scenarios. They are commonly used in manufacturing plants for heavy-duty lifting tasks, such as moving materials, machinery, or finished products.

These hoists are also employed in the construction industry for erecting structures, lifting heavy loads to high lifting heights, and facilitating precise positioning for more specialist lifting applications.

Additionally, they are essential in warehouses for efficient material handling, enabling smooth operations and optimising space utilisation especially when used as a double girder configuration unit.

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Lifting Technique and True Vertical Lift

Eurobloc VT Open Barrel Electric Wire Rope Hoist

One of the key advantages of electric wire rope hoists is their ability to provide a true vertical lift on certain models of hoist. Other models Hoist UK can supply have small amounts of lateral side shift of the hook in operation which gives a virtual true vertical lift on a standard model.

Our hoists support a safe lifting technique which ensures a consistent and controlled motion, minimising the risk of load swing or drift as a pendulum type movement of the load is not desirable. With precise vertical movement, these hoists offer enhanced safety, accuracy, and productivity.

Whether it's lifting heavy machinery onto elevated locations or hoisting delicate components for assembly, the true vertical lift capability available on our electric wire rope hoists ensures optimal positioning, avoids unnecessary strain and ensures the load remains in control of the operator at all times.

Lifting Capacity of Electric Wire Rope Hoists

Electric wire rope hoists are designed to handle a wide range of lifting capacities, catering to diverse requirements of the end user. They are available in various load ratings, from 80kg to 80,000kg (80 tonnes) in our standard range of VT wire rope hoist units.

Hoist UK, a leading provider of lifting equipment, offers a comprehensive range of electric wire hoists with lifting capacities tailored to different industries and applications.

Our collaboration with Verlinde Lifting Equipment, renowned for its innovative lifting solutions, ensures we can provide a high quality, value for money solution which is fit for purpose and give a good return on investment.

Speed and Efficiency

When it comes to lifting objects, electric wire rope hoists offer efficiency lifting solutions for the higher range of lifting capacities. These hoists can operate at different lifting speeds, allowing for quick and precise positioning of loads.

The lifting speed depends on the specific model, rated load and their individual requirements, enabling customisation to match the demands of each application, which could include very slow speeds managed by variable speed devices, commonly known as VSD’s. Hoist UK's electric wire rope hoists provide exceptional speed control, ensuring smooth and efficient lifting operations, ultimately leading to improved productivity and reduced downtime.

If further enhanced with variable speed devices, it can give certain industry sectors very slow precise movements with soft starting and stopping of the lifted loads for that extra level of security in the lifting operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a wire rope hoist work?

A wire rope hoist operates by using a electromechanical and motorised system to lift and lower heavy loads. The hoist consists of a drum that stores the wire rope which is wound around it.

When the electric motor is activated, it turns the drum, causing the wire rope to either unwind or wind up around the drum, depending on the lifting or lowering direction. The load is attached to a hook or lifting attachment that is attached to one end of the wire rope with the opposite end of the rope anchored to the drum.

Then the drum is rotated the hook moves in the up or down direction and the rope is stored in grooves machined in the drum. Different type of reeving of the rope allows for enhanced features such as true vertical lift to be achieved.

What is the difference between a chain hoist and a wire rope hoist?

The main difference between a chain hoist and a wire rope hoist lies in the lifting mechanism. Chain hoists utilises a chain as the lifting medium, while wire rope hoists employ a wire rope made of multiple strands of wire.

Wire rope hoists offer several advantages over chain hoists, including higher lifting capacities, smoother lifting motion, greater resistance to wear and corrosion and higher duty lifting, which means they can lift their rated load more regularly than lower duty chain hoists. Additionally, wire rope hoists are better suited for longer lifting distances and applications that require precise positioning.

What are the advantages of electric wire rope hoists?

Electric wire rope hoists offer numerous advantages that make them the preferred choice for many lifting applications. Some of the key advantages include:

a. High Lifting Capacity: Electric wire rope hoists are capable of lifting heavier loads compared to other types of hoists. They can handle loads ranging from 80kg to 80,000kg (80 tonnes) in our standard range of wire rope hoists from Verlinde, making them ideal for demanding industrial environments.

b. True Vertical Lift: Electric wire rope hoists can provide a true vertical lift, ensuring precise and controlled lifting motion of the lifted load. This feature minimises load swing and drift, enhancing safety and allowing for accurate positioning of the load.

c. Smooth and Efficient Operation: These hoists offer customisable lifting speeds with the addition of a variable speed device (VSD), enabling quick and precise load handling. The ability to control the speed enhances efficiency, productivity, and reduces the risk of damage to the load.

d. Durability and Reliability: Electric wire rope hoists are built to relevant European standards and specifications to withstand heavy-duty use and are designed for a long service life. The wire rope is resistant to wear and corrosion, ensuring reliable performance even in harsh environments.

e. Versatility: With their high lifting capacities and customisable features, electric rope hoists are suitable for a wide range of applications across various industries. They can be utilised in manufacturing, construction, warehouses, and many specialised industries sectors which could include hazardous environments such as ATEX zones.

What safety features are typically found in electric wire rope hoists?

Electric wire rope hoists are equipped with various safety features to ensure secure lifting operations. Common safety features include overload protection systems, emergency stop buttons, limit switches to prevent over-travel, and thermal protection to prevent motor overheating.

Some hoists also come with anti-sway systems or load sway reduction features to minimise load swing during lifting. Electric wire hoists from Hoist UK can be further enhanced and tailored to suit your specific working requirements when required, through consultation with our technical sales team.

Can electric wire rope hoists be used in outdoor environments?

Yes, electric wire rope hoists can be used in outdoor environments, provided they are designed and rated for outdoor use. Hoist UK can assist you and propose additional equipment that needs to be fitted for your particular working environment. Outdoor wire rope hoists are typically equipped with additional weatherproofing measures to protect the electrical components and wire rope from exposure to moisture, dust, and extreme temperatures.

Are electric wire rope hoists suitable for hazardous environments?

Yes, electric wire rope hoists can be engineered and certified for use in hazardous environments, such as those with flammable gases, vapours, or dust. These hoists are designed to meet specific safety standards and are equipped with explosion-proof features to minimise the risk of ignition and are normally rated to suit a specific ATEX zone. We can provide a range of hoists suitable for hazardous and non-hazardous working environments along with clean room and hygienic working areas.

Remember to consult with us on the specifications and guidelines for specific details and safety considerations regarding the use of electric wire rope hoists and other types of hoists for your lifting operation.