Spanish lifting gear company Elebia has launched the 50 tonne capacity NEO50 automatic hook.
The hook which includes a remote engage and release system operated via remote control, can be used on lifting points up to 130mm in diameter and has a safety factor of 4:1, and once the hook is locked, it is impossible to drop a suspended load.
The NEO50 is powered by rechargeable battery, with three hour’s charging providing enough power for 5,000 cycles or 250 hours in standby mode. A four colour LED indicates battery status and the hook has two operating modes designed to help increase battery performance. It is also equipped with a load cell fully integrated into the lifting hook.
Chief executive Oscar Fillol said: “There are still many lifting operations in all industries where hooks without a safety latch are used. The NEO50 simplifies this procedure and avoids the need of any human intervention in securing a hook to the load. The geometry also avoids tip loading.”
“A laser pointer serves as a guide to perfectly place and set the NEO50 lifting hook in the correct position when approaching the lifting point. This is particularly useful in lifting operations where distance can cause the sense of depth to be misjudged.”
“By means of the eMAX remote control, the hook can be configured so that when the battery charge falls below a preset threshold, the hook can only be opened. Thus even when the battery is almost completely discharged, you will always be able to open the lifting hook and release the load. The hook will remain closed even if the battery expires during use. A three hour charge will then return it to full capacity.”