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Flexible Designs

Clamp lifts various sizes lift height

Alum-a-Lift’s flexible constructions ensure that each custom lift is a perfect match for its intended use.  Because the available family of lifting frames is fully scalable, a lift assist device’s specification begins with its payload and end-effector.

When configuring an ergonomic lifting device, an Alum-a-Lift factory representative or project engineer will begin by understanding your material handling requirements. The size and shape of the object to be handled is considered, including any necessary manipulations, rotations, translations, reaches, or other process considerations. An appropriate end-effector is chosen from our library of more than 1200 known lift assist solutions. If an existing end-effector is not a perfect fit, adjustments are readily available, usually without the need for substantial engineering efforts.

Having selected the perfect end-effector, the combined weight and geometry of the tooling and payload are considered when choosing a lift chassis from one of six lift families. Next, the lift’s height and footprint are optimized, considering requirements such as the presence of narrow aisles, doorways and overhead obstructions, pallets, process equipment, raised tile flooring, and any number of other factors.

In addition to the lift’s end-effector, capacity, and geometry, additional features are available. Overload sensing safety devices, height-sensing traveling limit switches, quick exchange battery systems, steerable powered drive wheels, high capacity linear bearings, strobe lights, and endless other additional features can enhance safety, ergonomics, back injury prevention,  compliance, and user friendliness.

Specialized Requirements

Powered drive lift with four fork fixture platform

An Alum-a-Lift can readily be adapted for an industry, process, or location’s specialized material handling lift requirements.

Alum-a-Lift is an expert in clean room requirements and compatible lifting systems. With over 25 years’ experience, any ergo lift assist can be configured in a clean room compliant version. Alum-a-Lifts can be used in up to FED STD Class 10 (ISO 4.) Even the most basic lifts use a clean, electric, ball screw drive suitable for Class 10,000 (ISO 7.)

Alum-a-Lift is compliant with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) outlined by the US FDA. Stainless steel tooling 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 rigorous cleaning practices, with constructions available for caustic cleaners and hose-down wash-down (up to IP65.)

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’s custom ergonomic lifting devices 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. Custom lifting devices can be configured with either an EE or an EX rating.

Ergonomic lifts carrying an EX rating are pneumatically-operated and Intrinsically-Safe. EX units 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 familiar with region-specific and international safety codes and electrical directives. Ergonomic lifting equipment can be offered with standardized “conformity kits” including the necessary documentation and modifications for local standards.

Accessories and Systems

tugs Carts

An Alum-a-Lift is more than just a lifting device. Taking a whole-application approach, supporting accessories are often offered or included to enhance a process’ workflow or material handling requirement.

Storage racks and carts can be constructed to stage material, reduce travel time, and increase storage density. Because these are designed in collaboration with a corresponding lifting devices, compatibility is ensured.

Adaptors, docking devices, and other tooling accessories are offered to enhance the function of your existing equipment. These can simplify process steps and alleviate safety concerns and minimize manual material handling.

Self-propelled tugs can be used to transport existing or Alum-a-Lift-manufactured carts and racks between locations in a facility. These benefit from the vast library of end-effector solutions, and share all of the safety, flexibility, and usability benefits inherent in Alum-a-Lift’s ergonomic equipment.

Engineering Projects

Alum-a-Lift’s experienced engineering department is available to solve any material handling problem. In cases where the requirements are unique or a novel solution is required, and engineering project may be offered.

Alum-a-Lift engineers can visit your application to gather information and define scope, requirements, and constraints. Feasibility studies may be conducted in anticipation of the generation of a lifting concept and proposal.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Third Party Certifications, Factory Acceptance Testing, Installation, Training, and Debugging are all available services that may be within the scope of an Engineering Project.

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


Looking for your lifting application?  Alum-a-Lift ergonomic material handling equipment is built-to-order and customized for its specific task!  Please visit our Industry Gallery for sample photos and inspiration.

Tailored Solutions

  • Flexible Designs
  • Specialized Requirements
  • Accessories and Systems
  • Engineering Projects