In the lifting industry, few items are more important than beam clamps. These essential pieces of equipment are used in lifting and rigging, clamping onto a structural steel beam so that loads can be lifted, managed and moved safely. They can be used with various cranes and other lifting equipment to make lifting safer and more efficient. In turn, this also makes lifting processes simpler, more straightforward, safer, and more efficient; the benefits are far reaching and should not be underestimated by people operating in the lifting industry.
So what exactly is a beam clamp, and how does it work in a little more detail? A beam clamp might also be known as a girder clamp so don’t get confused between the two. They are used to attach a hoist to a runway, lifting beam or similar, so that the hoist can then be used to lift loads. They can be highly customisable and the right beam clamp needs to be used for the right environment. Sometimes this will involve treating the beam in a certain way, and it will certainly involve picking the correct capacity and specifications for the task in hand. The beam clamp used will always need to be fully compatible with the lifting equipment.
How can beam clamps be used? Are they really necessary?
Beam clamps are a necessary means of attaching a lifting point to a beam/girder of a crane or other lifting device. They are very important for safety on site during any lifting procedures. Failure to use the correct lifting equipment can result in damage of the equipment, damage to the load, as well a serious injury.
One of the great aspects of a beam clamp is that it is usually lightweight and easy to transport, so it can be used by mobile teams who are travelling to different sites. It also makes it easier to have the correct beam clamp to hand – because it isn’t difficult to transport them, multiple clamps can be taken from place to place.
How do beam clamps work? Some important factors to consider.
All beam clamps will have different operating mechanisms and will be suited to their own particular purposes. Some operate with a scissor action, while others have bolt fixings or screw locks. However the beam clamp works, it is very important that it is safely fixed onto the beam; a shackle can help with this. It may even be included when buying beam clamps, depending on the intended purpose of the lifting equipment.
As with any kind of lifting equipment, it is absolutely essential that any beam clamps used are of the right specification, which also include the weight capacity. 15,000kg capacity tends to be the upper limit, but check what you need as it may be possible to select a beam clamp with a 6,000kg capacity, or possibly even 3,000kg if it will not be needed for heavy duty industrial lifting. Check all specifications and compatibility in full before you go ahead with your purchase.