Optimalisation pipe yard

This customer in India is in the process of automating their pipe yard. Goals: increasing efficiency and safety.

Often mobile cranes with slings are used at a pipe yard. The downside of this lifting method is, the pipe attachment and detachment are done manually. Instead, this customer has chosen gantry cranes in combination with Aerolift vacuum lifting devices.

Vacuum lifting devices integrated into gantry cranes

To save weight, lifting height, and costs, the wire pulleys of the gantry crane are integrated onto the vacuum lifter’s mainframe. Enabling the possibility to attach the vacuum lifter directly to the crane wires. Approximately saving 1 ton lifting weight and 1,500 mm lifting height.

Lifting beam option

The vacuum lifter’s mainframe is provided with three hooks. Enabling the option to use it as a standard lifting beam when the suction pad(s) are not attached.

Vacuum pipe lifter Aerolift

Benefits vacuum pipe lifter

In this situation safety was one of the key reasons to decide on a vacuum lifting solution. The second reason is efficiency. Attachment and detachment are safely done from inside the crane cabin. No one needs the be near the load in any part of the handling process. Which means no risk to life and limb. Increasing safety tremendously! And then there are the other advantages vacuum has to offer. Think of increased handling speed and no damage due to lifting hooks on pipe bevel.

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  • India
  • 2019 / 2021
  • 20 tons


  • Steel pipes; bare / coated / seamless / ERW / spiral / L SAW
  • Length: 8.000 – 18.000 mm
  • Diameter: 8” – 56”
  • Wall thickness: 6,0 – 20,0 mm
  • Weight: max. 10.000 kg by vacuum and 20.000 kg with beam

More about the lifting solution

  • Frame length appr: 7.000 mm
  • Frame width appr.: 1.500 mm
  • Frame height appr.: 1.500 mm
  • Dead weight device appr.: ca. 3.000 kg, incl. suction pads
  • Safe release system on suspension point to disable releasing during transport.