General Application Chart for Vacuum Lifters
A Brief List of Materials and Applications suited to the many styles of Vacuum Lifters available

As ANVER builds all types of vacuum lifters, we designed this chart to help you narrow down the many possibilities. This is only a starting point so feel free to contact your local dealer or ANVER for further information on a vacuum lifter suited to your specific application. We would be glad to explain the pros and cons of each system as it pertains to your needs.

Lifter Choice Considerations:

The Material and its Porosity
Surface Texture – Flex
Weight – Min. and Max.
Movements Needed
Power Available
For Loads
up to a
Maximum 
Normal
Capacity
of:
Non-Porous
Semi-Porous
Porous
Smooth
Surface
Semi-
Textured
Rough
Textured
Smooth
Surface
Semi-
Textured 
Rough
Textured
Smooth
Surface
Rough
Textured 
Flexible
Material
Metals,
Glass*
Sheet
Plate
Embossed
Metal
Plastic
Fiberglass
Ribbed,
Metal
Tread Plate
Finished Wood
Polished Stone
Embossed,
Textured 
Surfaces 
Composites
Ply Wood,
Saw-Cut Stone
Concrete
Particle 
Board
Foam
Rough,
Wood Flamed
Stone
Cardboard
Boxes
Bags
Cups Used > Standard Special Foam Standard Special Foam Special Special Special
Mechanical Self Powered Lifters
Horiz, Sheet/Plate (not glass*)
18,000 lb
8,165 kg
XXXX
Electric AC Powered Lifters 
All movements and most Loads
60,000 lb
27,216 kg
XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XX X X
Battery DC Powered Lifters 
Mostly for glass installation
+/-5,000 lb
 2268 kg
XXX X XX
Air Powered Lifters 
All movements and most Loads
+/-5,000 lb
 2268 kg
XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XX XX X
Ergo-Tube Lifting Systems
Horiz, Vertical, Tilting Loads
600 lb
 272 kg
X X X XX XX XX XXX XXX XXXX
VB High Flow Systems
Horiz, Vertical, Tilting, Side-Grip  
1000 lb
 454 kg
X X X XX XX XX XXX XXX XXX
VM Low Flow Systems
Horiz, Vertical, Tilting, Side-Grip
550 lb
 250 kg
XXX XXX X XX XX X

XXXX
XXX
XX
X

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Excellent – The primary choice of Lifter for the application.
Better –
Works for about all applications shown.
Good –
OK for most applications but other choices may have a performance or economical advantage.
Possible –
But not the best or most economical choice – sometimes what results in dual use Lifters.
Not Suitable –  will not work without modifications that are uneconomical.

1 Horizontal Lifting MotionHorizontal Lift
  Horizontal Lift
2 Vertical Lifting MotionVertical Lift
  Vertical Lift
3 Vertical Lifting Motion with RotationVertical Lift and Rotation
 

Vertical Lift and Rotation

 
4 Horizontal Lifting with 90° Tilting Motion90° Tilting - Usually Fully Powered
 

90° Tilting 
usually fully powered

 
5 Side-Grip Attaches to Sides of Loads
 

90° Tilting with Rotation
for versatile manipulation

 
6 90° Tilting Motion90° Gravity Tilt - Pivots on Edge, Used in the Stone Industry
 

90° Gravity Tilt 
pivots on edge,
used in the Stone industry

7 Side-Grip Attaches to Sides of Loads
 

Side-Grip (No Rotation)
attaches to sides of loads

8 Side Gripping and Lifting Motion with RotationSide-Grip and Rotate Can Replace Flippers, Many Styles
 

Side-Grip and 360° Rotation
can replace flippers, many styles

9 360° Tilting Motion (Flipping)360° Tilt (Flipper) - Rare, Usually Fully Powered
 

180° Flipping-Upending
fully powered with stops

 

Note:

This is a brief general chart with a limited amount of loads. It is designed as an overview only. Feel free to contact us for further information.

* Mechanical Lifters are not used on glass as it is normally stored and handled vertically.

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ANVER Vacuum Lifters comply fully with and meet the standards of US ANSI ASME Standard B30.20 for below-the-hook lifting devices, as well as complying with OSHA and most European requirements. Click here for more information on these safety standards.