Two vacuum lifters to the USA

Lifting solution to demould, lift, turn, store, and tranship precast concrete wall panels in the USA. Which means the design needed to meet both the European and the American standards and regulations (EN & ASME). The wall panels can have door openings and/or window frames that must be considered in the design.

The solutions consisted of two vacuum lifters. Both able to lift 27 metric tons (60,000Lbs), but both for its own purpose. One vacuum lifter demoulds and lifts the wall elements in combination with an overhead crane. Due to the unique features of vacuum lifting the wall panels can be demoulded with limited internal strength. Demoulding is possible after only 8 to 10 hours of hardening time. The other vacuum lifter operates in combination with a gantry crane for storage and transhipment.

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  • USA
  • 2015
  • 27 tons
  • 90 degrees (1 of the 2 vacuum lifters)


  • Precast concrete wall panels
  • Weight: Up to 60,000 LBS (27 tons)
  • Length: Up to 45 ft (13,860 mm)
  • Width: Up to 10 ft (3,048 mm)
  • Thickness: Up to 15 inch (380mm)

More about the lifting solution

  • Number of lifters: 2
  • Power supply: Diesel
  • Length: 12,400 mm
  • Width: 3,200 mm
  • Dead weight: ca. 5,000 kg (vacuum lifter)
  • Dead weight: ca. 12,000 kg (vacuum turner)
  • Additional information: Designed according to American standard