Safe lifting with lifting loops
The recently launched Looper E9 substantially improves the safety of precast hollow-core-slab lifting. The Looper, which is one of a kind on the market, has been designed to make a hole in the unhardened hollow-core slab, install a lifting loop in the hole, and compact the concrete around the loop.
Operations are controlled from the control platform by the operator, who also feeds the lifting loops into the machine. The loops are installed automatically.
“The installed loops are making our work easier, faster, and, most importantly, safer on-site,” says precast mechanic Terho Jäntti from KVK-Tek Oy.
Jäntti has 40 years of experience working in the field. He is hoping to see more lifting loops on construction sites, replacing lifting clambs that required manual work in double-checking the fastenings and security strings. Moreover, the Nordic climate can be challenging during the wintertime.
“It is safer to mount the lifting device in strong loops than to use lifting clambs, especially in the winter months when icy, slippery slabs are challenging to handle,” Jäntti says.