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Alum-a-Lift is proud to announce our newest offering!  Alum-a-Lift custom lifting equipment is now available in Full Stainless Steel Construction for use in sanitary washdown and hazardous environments.  Click to learn more!

Alum-a-Lift has years of experience providing material handling solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industries. Clamping lifts raise and rotate drums and carboys full of powders, liquids, and capsules; roll handling lifts paper and plastic packaging, labeling, and bagging; custom lifts and custom end-effectors handle your filters, vessels, vials, mixers, boxes, and anything else too heavy for the unaided human.

Pharmaceutical lifts are compliant with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) outlined by the US FDA. Stainless steel lifts and end-effectors are offered for any system meant to come in direct contact with drugs or other sanitary materials. Alum-a-Lifts are suitable for your cleaning practices, with stainless steel lifts configured for caustic cleaners. IP-65 lifts are available as well. Even our most basic battery powered lift is suitable for Class 10,000 (ISO 7)

Alum-a-Lifts can be configured to be used in environments containing ignitable concentrations of either dust or gas explosive environment and meet the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC. Explosion proof lifts can be configured with either an EE or an EX rating.

Handling devices carrying an EX rating are pneumatically-operated and Intrinsically-Safe lifts. EX lifts are compatible with ATEX Category 2 and can be used in the following hazardous areas:

US NEC 500/IEC Class 1 Div 1 and Class 2 Div 1

US NEC 505 / IEC Zone 1 (Gases / Vapors) and Zone 21 (Dusts)

Lifts carrying an EE rating feature sealed electrical systems and components. EE units are compatible with ATEX Category 3 and can be used in the following hazardous areas:

US NEC 500/IEC Class 1 Div 2 and Class 2 Div 2

US NEC 505 / IEC Zone 2 (Gases / Vapors) and Zone 22 (Dusts)

Alum-a-Lift is an expert in clean room requirements and compatible cleanroom lifts. With over 25 years’ experience, we can offer cleanroom compliant versions of any of our lifts, set up with your application in mind, with systems as clean as FED STD Class 10 (ISO 4.) Even the most basic pharmaceutical lifts use a clean, electric, ball screw drive suitable for Class 10,000 (ISO 7.)

Alum-a-Lift tailors systems for your specific process. Drum dumping lifts and drum handlers may differ not only for a 20, 30, or 55 gallon drum, but also for lifting and dumping drums of the same size in fiber, metal, and plastic. A lift that raises drums up to a mezzanine may utilize a telescoping mast section, while the lift that dumps the same drums into a hopper may be equipped with powered wrists to allow forward dumping or a trunion to allow side dumping. An Alum-a-Lift is optimized for the equipment it will interact with and the environment is will operate in. Confined spaces, narrow aisles, overhead obstacles, and other challenges are identified and addressed as a standard practice. If clearance for forward protruding legs is unavailable, counterbalanced lifts are available.

Alum-a-lifts are versatile and eliminate the need for forklifts. Typical pharmaceutical lifts and biotech lifts are compact, lightweight and mobile. Factors such as push / pull forces are analyzed when designing the lifting device with the goal of minimizing overall system weight for ease of use. When push / pull forces do exceed industry standards, clean electric powered drive lifts are available.

Alum-a-lifts designs also address real-world off-center loading conditions which are the largest contributor to failure in a light-weight lift system. Single mast systems cannot withstand side loading and will ultimately fail. Utilizing dual mast construction in standard lifts or linear rail construction to withstand heavier side loads or dynamic side loads, a rigid drive system is incorporated resulting in a much more reliable lifting device. Every lift and end-effecter under-go rigorous factory testing simulating actual use and extensive QC inspections are performed prior to shipment. Customers are welcome to visit and perform factory acceptance testing.

Pharmaceutical lifts and Biotech lifts manufactured by Alum-a-lift are in daily use worldwide in over 20 countries. Lifts can be constructed that are CE compliant or to other required standards. Factory trained representatives are available to assist you in gathering the necessary information so a lift and end-effector can be configured for your unique lifting requirement and to provide local support and operator training.


Please contact Alum-a-Lift by phone or submit an application on-line to discuss your application or for more information.