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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.


What is an electric hoist and why should I buy from Hoist UK Ltd?

A simple definition of an electric hoist, powered hoist, or chain hoist and wire rope hoist as they are more commonly known is; “a piece of material handling equipment used for raising, lowering and sometimes transporting loads, materials or products usually within an industrial environment”.

The term electric hoist in itself can be broken down into several different categories, as a powered hoist can come in the form of an electric chain hoist, an electric wire rope hoist or an electric winch, and each of those categories will have its own subsections, and here we hope to discuss the range of powered hoists and winches available through Hoist UK Ltd.

Safety First!

Before we go into the types of electric hoists we offer we should first discuss why you would choose a powered hoist in the first place. As our company motto “Safety Above All” suggests, the single most important reason for using a powered hoist over a manual hoist is in fact safety. The use of electric hoists and winches has been proven to lower the risk of manual handling operations or repetitive operations causing harm to the human form within the work environment. Using the correct powered hoist or winch even for light loads can often speed up a process and reduce the labour element making a company much more efficient and profitable whilst also making the work environment safer for employees.

Prior to using a powered hoist, we should also consider how and where the electric hoist or winch is mounted, and if this point is suitable for the load and indeed the operation in general. Any lifting device should be attached to a suitable solid load-bearing structure, the installer or operator should know and fully understand the limitations of the structure and ensure it is suitable for the load. The electric hoist can also be suspended from a mobile gantry, a jib crane, a suitable runway beam or a light crane system, you can also find details of these items on our website.

Eurochain VR Electric Chain Hoist with Low Headroom Push Travel trolley

Often, we come across powered hoists and winches that have been attached or suspended to the portal frame of a building, which is not necessarily wrong but more often than not it has been done without any real consideration of the physical limitations within the design of the building or thought as to what the additional forces imposed by the load will have on the building. Hoist UK offers a full structural / design study and installation service alongside the supply of our powered hoists and winches.

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VM1 Wire rope hoist

Applications & Environment

Consideration should be given to the environment in which a powered hoist or powered equipment, in general, is to be used, often the environment will actually dictate the selection of an electric hoist as it is not only the electric hoist's safe working load, speed or height of lift that needs to be considered. When specifying or purchasing any of our lifting or material handling solutions you should take into consideration where and how it is to be used. Electric hoists can be used in moist and humid conditions, harsh and often freezing environments, explosive atmospheres, within food preparation and pharmaceutical production areas or even within a cleanroom environment over many different industries.

It is important to look at both the operation and environment and take into account safety factors or operational specific requirements such as IP rating, condensation heaters, food-grade oils and lubricants, specialist ATEX rated electric hoists, and when looking at a lifting operation also take into account things like duty factor of the lifting equipment and the electrical power supply you have available. The selection of the correct and most suitable electric hoist or winch is far more difficult than people believe and making the wrong selection can be a very costly affair, with downtime or even restructuring and replacement of a wrongly specified or chosen powered hoist or lifting system.

VM Wire Rope Hoist double girder configuration

Custom Solutions

Hoist UK offers a full technical and design package and are happy to discuss your lifting application thoroughly to make sure that both we and you understand the problem thoroughly and that we offer the correct solution. Unfortunately, often, our clients think we ask too many questions, and they say things like “we only want an electric hoist!” “Why are you asking so many questions”, “Other companies have just given us a price?”, the reason is that as you have read above the selection process has far more to consider in order to provide a technically correct solution and an electric hoist that is fit for purpose.

As we have touched upon earlier, powered hoists fall into different categories and Hoist UK are happy to discuss and offer the following solutions for electric hoists.

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Wire rope hoist

These are electrically powered hoists that utilise a steel wire rope as the lifting medium. Electric wire rope hoists are more commonly used in heavy-duty and fast lifting applications. They are more capable of lifting and supporting loads for a prolonged period. However, the wire ropes may not be as durable as load chains in some instances and are also more expensive than electric chain hoists, which may be a factor in your decision making.

Electric chain hoist

These are electrically powered hoists that use chains as the lifting medium. Often used in a general industry for lighter loads 125kg – 5,000kg in a typical application and are considered to be more economical and are physically smaller which may also be a consideration.

Electric Belt Hoists

These are electrically powered hoists that utilise a flat Dyneema belt as the lifting medium. The Dynema belt offers good dimensional stability and excellent ability to maintain its strength after immersion in water, has an excellent ability to withstand attack by acids and solvents and is lubrication-free making it an ideal solution for food and pharmaceutical industries.

Our full range of electric hoists and winches can be found on our website, and our sales and technical teams are more than happy to discuss your application and lifting requirements no matter how large or small your enquiry or how technical it may be.

Please feel free to email or call to discuss all your electric hoist requirements.

Remember: “Safety Above All”