A Frame Gantry & Lifting Gantry Systems
Here at Lifting Gear Direct, we pride ourselves on being one of the UK’s leading suppliers of A frame gantries and industrial lifting gantry equipment – our wide range of lifting gantries can be used in a variety of industrial and commercial environments, providing a reliable and customisable solution for your lifting requirements.
Lifting gantries designed with safety in mind
Our lifting gantry products are designed with safety in mind, manufactured to BS2853/BS2573 and fully tested to ensure a CE marked status. We also allow the inclusion of optional extras include isolator switch and festoon systems, giving you extra peace of mind that lifting using our gantries remains safe in all situations. We offer a truly bespoke service, giving you complete control over your order and ensuring you get the equipment you really need.
Why Choose an A-Frame Gantry over a Fixed Gantry /crane
A fixed gantry crane is a type of overhead crane. With a fixed gantry crane, the supports holding the crane up are fixed in location. They cannot move, and therefore the crane cannot move. For this reason, everything that the crane is going to lift must be brought to the crane.
If you need to lift heavy loads, often in different work areas, or do not wish to permanently change your working area with a fixed overhead crane then an A-frame could be what you need. They provide a non-permanent, cost effective and efficient means to lifting heavy loads. Our A-frames come complete with heavy duty castors, 2 of which are braked as standard; this provides easy manoeuvring and positioning wherever you may require it.
Our A-frames consist of a horizontal beam supported by two “A” shaped end frames /legs. The beam can be fitted with many appliances such as; electric hoists, beam clamps, trolleys, etc. All of which we can supply.
A-frames are used by positioning the frame above the load to be lifted; the load is then attached to the desired lifting appliance fitted to the horizontal beam. However; you should never move an A-frame gantry while it is under load, nor should loads be swung.
The lifting of heavy loads does not necessitate the installation of expensive equipment nor permanently altering your work space; one of our A-frame mobile gantry systems will do the job efficiently and economically.
The portable design allows it to be moved from one location to another easily and quickly.
No permanent installation is required, making them ideal if you rent your space.
Lifting gantry – Safety Information
When you acquire a new A-Frame gantry / lifting gantry, you will always be given a copy of instructions for their safe use, installation, maintenance and inspection procedures, however we are aware that they can easily get lost or misplaced and so we will highlight the basic but most important information here for your convenience.
From the outset, it is important to note that lifting gantries are not intended to be moved whilst under load; they are only portable to allow them to be moved to where the loads needs lifting, and so it can be placed directly over the object.
Whilst planning a lift, it is important to take into account the properties of your A-frame gantry; for example, the height and length, the lifting capacity, bracing type, beam clamp or trolley to be used and the type of brake – wheel brake or parking jacks.
Due to the fact that a-frame gantries can be self erected, and therefore easily dismantled for transporting elsewhere, or putting into storage, it is imperative to check all bolts are secure prior to each use, you must always use identical replacement bolts, nuts and washers if required; and always follow the manufacturer’s assembly instructions, as gantries can vary between them.
- · Before each lift, inspect the gantry for any defects, such as, cracked joints, loose or missing bolts, structural distortions, faulty brakes and missing runway end stops.
- · Position the gantry directly over the load to be lifted, adhering to the centre of gravity principals.
- · Always apply parking jacks if fitted.
- · Ensure the ground is level, for good stability, parking jacks can help if slightly un-even. Un-level ground may cause the gantry to become unstable and tip over.
- · Carry out a test lift to make sure the load is stable, make any adjustments necessary before completing the lift.
- · Avoid swinging loads, this will off-set the centre of gravity and could make the whole thing become un-stable.
- · Never allow persons to pass under a loaded gantry
- · Place ladders against or climb on a mobile gantry.
As well as carrying out your own checks prior to each use, all lifting gantries are subjected to a yearly (or sooner) inspection by a qualified person to ensure all safety standards are met and it is safe to use; this service can be carried out by one of our own skilled engineers at Lifting Gear Direct.
We manufacture our a-frames here on site and can tailor them to suit your needs, we can supply lightweight workshop models up to heavy duty cranes.
Get in touch today
Take a look at our range and/or call our team on 01384 76961 to discuss any particularly specific requirements. Or you can use the contact us page.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU SHOULD NEVER MOVE A GANTRY WHILST UNDER LOAD