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Ergonomics & Lifting

With over 40 years in the material handling industry, Adaptec offers a variety of lifting systems, including cranes, hoists, vacuum lifting, custom end tooling, and more.

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Cranes & Lifting Systems

Adaptec specializes in sales, installation, repairs, service, and training for operating overhead cranes and lifting systems. Industrial cranes are heavy-duty, mechanical pieces of equipment that can be used to lift, lower, and move heavy objects horizontally or vertically. Cranes are available in various types and configurations to suit different tasks and environments.

The operation of an industrial crane system requires a skilled operator who follows strict safety procedures to prevent accidents and ensure the safe handling of heavy loads. Crane systems can incorporate advanced features such as computerized controls and safety systems to enhance efficiency and safety during operation.

Workstation & Overhead Bridge Cranes

Workstation and overhead bridge cranes are typically used in factories or warehouses, running on tracks or beams mounted to the ceiling. Overhead cranes can lift and move heavy loads throughout a workspace and are intended to serve a localized area within a factory or warehouse.

Adaptec provides Gorbel free-standing or ceiling-mounted bridge cranes. Covering a rectangular area, these cranes can be operated manually or powered. Workstation cranes can be modular and expandable, designed for lighter loads compared to I-beam or box girder cranes.

Jib Cranes

Jib cranes are a fixed vertical mast with a horizontal jib arm.  The jib arm is the main component to lift and move heavy objects within a specific radius. They are commonly used in smaller workspaces or on assembly lines and are available as electric, pneumatic, or manual. Jib cranes are versatile, coming in many different styles, including I-beam, articulating, or enclosed track.

Suitable for various applications, jib cranes come in varying configurations:

  • Wall Mounted
  • Floor Mounted
  • Articulating

Gantry Cranes

A gantry crane system can support loads of two tons or more, including a 100+ ton capacity crane. These cranes are categorized into several types based on their configuration and application:

  • Single Girder Gantry – has one girder (bridge) supporting the hoist and trolley. Suitable for lighter loads and smaller workspaces.
  • Double Girder Gantry – has two girders (bridges), which provide increased lifting capacity and stability and handle heavier loads in industrial applications.
  • Container Gantry – designed for efficiently loading and unloading shipping containers at ports and container terminals.
  • Adjustable or Mobile Gantry – portable and can be moved and set up at different locations. Suitable for job sites where a permanent crane installation is not feasible.


Gorbel Gantry Cranes

A proud partner of Gorbel, Adaptec offers fixed and adjustable height steel and aluminum gantry cranes, providing an economical way to lift materials anywhere in your facility.

Aluminum Gantry

Steel Gantry



Crane hoists are lifting components that are responsible for raising and lowering loads. They are a crucial part of the crane system, playing a significant role in various material handling applications such as manufacturing, logistics, and more. Adaptec partners with leading hoist manufacturers to ensure a quality product is integrated into your crane system. 

Key components of a hoist include the hoisting mechanism, motor (electric, hydraulic, pneumatic), drum or chain wheel, wire ropes or chains, hook or lifting attachment, braking system, and control system.

Hoists can be categorized based on their mode of operation:

  • Electric hoist – most common type of hoist that is powered by electricity. Widely used in various applications and known for their ease of operation and precise control.
  • Hydraulic hoist – uses hydraulic power to lift and lower loads. They are often preferred in applications where electric power may not be available or when smoother lifting operation is required.
  • Pneumatic hoist – powered by compressed air and suitable for hazardous environments where electricity and hydraulics may not be safe.

How to Select the Right Hoist

The selection of a crane hoist depends on factors such as the required lifting capacity, the type of load to be lifted, the working environment, and the application’s specific needs. Proper maintenance and inspection of the hoist are essential to ensure safe and efficient operation.

Operator working with hoist to pick up countertop

Custom End Tooling

Adaptec provides custom end tooling – commonly referred to as below-the-hook devices or end effectors – designed for your specific application requirements. Custom end tooling refers to the specialized attachments or devices that are fitted at the end of the hoist’s lifting mechanism. End tooling meets specific material handling requirements and enables the hoist to perform various tasks efficiently and safely.

Common End Tooling Types

Vacuum Lifting Systems

Vacuum tube lifters improve ergonomics by reducing back strain and fatigue in laborers, increasing productivity, and decreasing injuries and accidents. . Using vacuum suction, these lifters are versatile and efficient lifting solutions designed to handle smooth, non-porous loads and have airtight surfaces such as boxes, sacks, glass sheets, metal plates, and other flat objects.

3D CAD model of Gorbel Pivot Pro Vacuum Lift

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