Air Beams|Lift Decks|Moving Handling Equipment

By: Hovair Systems  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Air Bearings

Air Beams

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.

Beam 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

Lift-deck 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 destination.

The lifting capabilities of these units would be ideal for companies that have their own customized pallets or other similar load platforms, 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 its destination.

Our 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.

Keywords: Air Bearings

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