According to Directive 2006/42/EC, a load handling device is a component or equipment that is not part of the hoist, that enable the load to be gripped and that is attached between the machine and the load or to the load itself, or that is intended to become an integral part of the load and that is marketed separately.
Load handling equipment include, but are not limited to, Cross bars, Sheet clamps, C-hooks, Grippers, Claws, Clamps, Load lifting magnets, and Vacuum lifters. Hand-held manipulators are also included in load handling devices.
Load handling equipments are often customized to meet the requirements for lifting specific loads. Special requirements arise when space is limited, when lightweight is essential, or when excessive deformation of the load handling device can lead to unacceptable stresses.
As a rule, proof of adequate load-bearing capacity is required for commissioning the load handling device. This can be done by testing or by calculation. The requirements for the load-bearing capacity assessment are usually derived from DIN EN 13155 or DIN EN 14238.
Your advantage through simulation
With the help of FEM simulation, even complex load handling devices can be checked for suitability and optimized, considering the interaction with the load. Time-consuming tests with double and triple loads or even further test runs can thus be omitted.
Documentation of the simulation results
Depending on the customer’s requirements, documentation of the calculation results is provided in the form of a verifiable calculation report in German and English or in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.
- DIN EN 13155: Cranes – Safety – Non-fixed load lifting attachments
- DIN EN 14238: Cranes – Hand-held manipulators
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