5 Advantages of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices

If you’re looking for efficiency and a safe process for crane usage, a below-the-hook lifting device is the way to go.

Traditional rigging using slings and other hardware can be a time-consuming process. A below-the-hook device takes those slings, hooks, and rigging additions and makes them effective.

By definition, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) describes the below-the-hook as a device that attaches loads to a hoist. The device’s purpose is to pick and move specific loads based on their size, shape, or center of gravity.

This tool attaches to a crane or lifting device and secures a load in a way that it can be moved from place to place. So what’s the advantage of having one of these devices?


1. Avoid Accidents

As you raise a load into the air, sometimes it doesn’t look right.

The below-the-hook lifting device can secure your load in ways other attachments can’t. Even with a secure load, rigging failure can occur. Below-the-hook devices consider sufficient load control.

Those off-balanced loads with an unpredictable center of gravity are ideal for this type of equipment. The device is used to re-balance the load and ensure safety first.


2. Variety of Attachments

The below-the-hook lifting device includes plenty of attachments for various loads.

Coil hooks, gripping lifters, mechanical lifters, beams, pallet lifters, magnet lifts, the list goes on. Variety is of the utmost importance when it comes to moving your load.

Adding these attachments to the crane’s hoist will handle the positioning of the material being moved.


3. Below-the-Hook Custom Build

If those attachments aren’t enough, custom below-the-hook devices are very common. The reasoning behind developing a custom bth lifting device is its the ability to move cumbersome or difficult to manage loads.

This device can be developed from scratch and engineered to meet a specific lifting need.

These custom builds are added to traditional configurations for common lifting scenarios. Moving pipes/bars, coils, pallets, and other real-world applications are used by manufacturers across the world.


4. Thinking Ahead: ASME B30.20

With the development of the B30 edition, the ASME decided to focus on the below-the-hook lifting device. ASME B30.20 goes into the provisions of the device.

One of the best parts of the ASME B30.20 is its adaptation and development of the below-the-hook device. The provisions span across marking, construction, installation, operation, testing, and maintenance.

It also provides some clarity regarding clamps used for positioning/anchoring. This is yet another addition to the safety standard across the bth lifting device’s history.


5. Requirements

Before using a below-the-hook lifting device, operators are responsible for conducting pre-use inspections. Another check in the box of overall safety.

Additionally, equipment custodians are used to making sure the equipment is marked and fabricated to its specifications. A multi-check process ensures safety.

There are various requirements for each type of device and load being moved in the below-the-hook bracket.

Enser Designed and Operated

Whether it’s a below-the-hook device or another manufacturing option, Enser Corporation has the solution.

Founded in 1947 in Philadelphia, Pa, Enser started with humble beginnings. First opened as a tool design company, our company has grown to three divisions: Engineering, Manufacturing, and Staffing.

With over 70 years of experience in the industry, our project management and engineering solutions pave the way. We can support your programs behind a company designed with the customer first.

Our history defines us. We can make the right steps to define yours.

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