How to Set-up Standard Electric Powered Vacuum Lifters
Set-up Requires Bringing Electrical Power to the Lifter and then Reviewing Some Common Points

Electricity Requirements

Typical North American Electricity Requirements:
To be Festooned (wire loops hung from trolleys on the overhead crane) to the Lifter. Have power brought to the hoist and then down to the lifter using a retractable cable or coil cord. As you are festooning to the hoist anyway, it is just a matter of bringing additional power down to the lifter. It is best to keep the hoist and lifter pendant controls separate as they come from the factory.

VPF-57-AIR_190x129Powered Vacuum Generators

Our full line of powered vacuum generators come with a variety of electrical specifications.  All important electrical information is located on the vacuum generators individual web page.

Transformers should be Remote Mounted

**Other Voltages / Phases Available: Generators can be supplied in the following voltages by adding a transformer: 208V, 220V, 230V, 380V, 440V, 460V, 480V, 575V (consult factory for more information). All generator motors with a voltage of 120V or less use fuses or circuit breakers for protection. Motors and other devices that use more than 200V are fused and/or use thermal overload with a contactor.
Transformers should be Remote Mounted: Increasingly many local regulations require you not to have 3 phase power running below the hook. This is usually the case with smaller units which are intended to be used by an operator. The transformer should thus be wall or remotely mounted for safety. We sell the proper transformers for our lifters which ship separately in a box and need to be installed by a qualified electrician. It is usually best to contract this to a local crane installer or electrician familiar with your state’s local code requirements.

Note: All ANVER electrical components, controls and wiring follow international standards: UL, CSA, NFPA, NEC. It is the user’s responsibility to comply to all additional local electrical codes as they pertain to the installation.
Important: The ASME B30.20 Regulations which are the American Standard ASME website States this about “(i) Power Disconnects.
(1) Hoisting Equipment using an externally powered vacuum lifter shall have a separate vacuum lifter circuit switch of the enclosed type with provision for locking, flagging, or tagging in the open (off) position. The vacuum lifter disconnect switch shall be connected on the line side (power supply side) of the hoisting equipment disconnect switch. (2) Disconnects are not required on externally powered vacuum lifters operating a 120 VAC single phase power source.” 

To estimate voltage drop by wire size, material, voltage, phase, distance and amp draw, we recommend this calculator.

 These are the main items to keep in mind for the Vacuum Lifter:

Capacity and
Number of Cups
  • Go through the proper lifting procedures shown in your manual or the latest ANSI guidelines with your operators and you are done. The lifters come fully assembled and tested. It is that simple!
  • Make sure you have selected a Vacuum Lifter with adequate capacity to lift your heaviest load, and enough vacuum cups to support your longest, widest and thinnest load. Click here for the chart for how we calculate this.

= Working Capacity
  • Make sure your lifting hoist and crane have adequate capacity. Remember you need to deduct the Vacuum Lifter weight from the hoist and crane to get your overall capacity.

Headroom for
Lifter and Load
  • Check you have adequate headroom in your application for the Lifter and the Load.
 Spare Seals

And lastly:

  • Have you ordered key spare parts such as vacuum cups or seals? 
    While they do last, this will probably be the first item needing service.