Moving and Handling Equipment: Powered by air bearings, air beams are a great way of moving heavy loads that require a low profile
device to engage them. Standard aluminum, lightweight air beams have a
profile height of just 2 inches allowing them to fit right under loads
that would not normally accept such a device.
length varies from 4ft to 12 ft, and widths from 1 ft to 4ft - depending
on your needs and the type of load to be moved. Certain heavy load
movements can be carried out with air beams of differing lengths.
Used in sets of two or more air beams, each beam has a lifting capacity
of up to 60,000 pounds (30 tons). Air beams are generally used where
load length varies while width remains the same.
Pictured here is a pair of air beams which are freestanding, thus
allowing different parts of a load to be supported as necessary. Notice
the individual valves for fine tuning of all bearings individually. This
is helpful if you have a load that is heavier in different places and
therefore needs greater support in those areas.
Lift-Deck Beam Sets
beam sets are similar to air beams except that they have a lift-deck
incorporated into the top of the beams. This arrangement allows the
beams sets to be used in the normal way but floating their loads across
the floor surface. However, by having a lift-deck incorporated into the
structure, you can engage a heavy load and lift it clear of its base
before moving it away.
Lift Deck Beams Sets are able to move under a load
(similar to a pallet truck) that is set on a low-profile pallet, then
lift the pallet off the floor using the air lifter facility in the upper
beam decks. Once the pallet is lifted off the floor, the main air
bearings can be activated to allow you to float the load off to its
The lifting capabilities of these units would be
ideal for companies that have their own customized pallets or other
as we can usually customize these units for use with most types of load
platforms and heavy load movements.
Shown here (top) is typical lift-deck set of two beams. However, beam
sets are not limited to just two beams, and can also be spaced
differently depending on load size and weight.
The lower right image shows an individual beam showing the exposed air lifters and the upper deck
cover that are used to lift the pallet away from the floor prior to
moving. When these lifter are energized with compressed air, they
expand and lift the upper deck to engage the load. Once the load is
engaged by the upper lift-deck, the air bearings in the base of the air
beams set are then energized causing the complete load to lift
sufficiently away from the floor surface to enable it to be floated to
support team is always ready to answer questions on moving and handling
equipment such as air beams and how they can
take care of moving heavy loads for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us for fast, friendly, and
no obligation info to suit your needs and specs. Or call us on our toll-free
number - (800) 237-4518.