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AS 9100 Aerospace

12 | Lifting & Spreader Beams

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Lifting & Spreader Beams

Lifting beams and spreader bars are below the hook equipment that facilitates safe lifting by spreading the attachment points and allowing for better sling angles. Even though both are used for lifting, lifting beams and spreader bars are quite different in concept and design.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has developed standards that apply specifically to devices like spreaders and beams. ASME B30.20 provides detailed information on the classifications, marking, construction, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, and operation of below the hook lifting devices. ASME BTH-1 provides detailed information on the design criteria of below the hook lifting devices.

ASME B30.9 provides detailed information on the fabrication, markings, usage, inspection, and maintenance of lifting slings. These standards serve as a guide to government authorities, manufacturers, purchasers and users of lifting devices.

Lifting beams most often have a single lifting eye at the top with two or more attachment points at the bottom of the beam. This configuration requires the beam to be much stronger and heavier than a spreader. Spreaders most often have two attachment points on top and two at the bottom, which allows the spreader to be lighter weight and still lift a substantial amount of weight in comparison to a comparable beam.

Spreader bars are ideal where headroom is not limited. They add stability to the lift and are available with wire rope, chain and high performance fiber slings for top rigging. As the weight is applied to the bottom of the spreader, the top rigging counter balances the pull allowing for using lighter weight devices.

Adjustable lifting beams have multiple or adjusting lifting points. This facilitates the ability to handle both wide and unbalanced loads. Generally these beams are used in tight or low headroom situations.

Coordinated Wire Rope and Coordinated Equipment carry both type lifting devices in multiple lengths and capacities in new, used and surplus condition. Many of these items are also available for short and long term rent.

Model 16 - Adjustable Spreader/Lifting Beam

Product Features

  • Has adjustable lifting points
  • Can handle both wide and unbalanced loads
  • Low headroom capability
  • Shackles included.
  • Converts to spreader beam with addition of top rigging.
  • Optional swivel hooks available.
  • Optional chain top rigging available.
  • Complies with ASME standards.

Product Options:

  • Option S - Pair of swivel hooks
  • Option C - Chain top rigging
  • Cross beams (one or two) Specify spread(s), contact Caldwell Applications.

Specifications

Spread (in.) Bolt Type Anchor Shackle (tons)
Model Number Rated Capacity (tons) Max. Min. Bail Adjustment (in.) HR Headroom (in.) Top Bottom Weight (lbs.)
13-1/4-4 1/4 48 12 16 7.1 1 1/2 1 1/2 37
16-1/2-6 1/2 72 36 24 9.94 1 1/2 1 1/2 76
16-1-6 1 72 36 24 9.94 1 1/2 1 1/2 76
16-2-6 2 72 36 24 12.6 3 1/4 2 128
16-4-8 4 96 48 32 16.6 4 3/4 4 3/4 270
16-5-10 5 120 60 40 20.2 6 1/2 4 3/4 445
16-7-12 7 144 72 48 23.8 8 1/2 6 1/2 755

Operation

Model 17 - Adjustable Lifting Beam

Product Features

  • Bail adjusts horizontally for lifting unbalanced loads.
  • Provides clearance in low headroom applications.
  • Spread adjusts in 6" increments along lifting beam.
  • Shackles included.
  • Optional swivel hooks available.
  • Complies with ASME standards.

Product Options

  • Option S - Pair of swivel hooks

Specifications

Spread (in.) Bail Adjustment Bail Dimensions (in.)
Model Number Rated Capacity (tons) Max. Min. Range (in.) D (in.) HR Headroom (in.) Shackle Size (tons) A B C T Weight (lbs.)
17-1 1/4-6 1-1/4 72 36 24 3 14.7 2 1 1/2 3 5 5/8 150
17-2-6 2 72 36 24 3 14.7 2 1 1/2 3 5 5/8 155
17-4-8 4 96 54 36 6 19.8 3 1/4 2 4 7 3/4 285
17-5-10 5 120 60 36 6 22.4 4 3/4 2 4 7 1 475

Operation

Model 18 - Fixed Twin Basket Sling Lifting Beam

Product Features

  • Designed to be used with slings in a basket hitch.
  • Provides greatest clearance in low headroom applications.
  • Two sets of bent bar hooks are standard on units with a spread of 6' and greater.
  • Spread 2 is 1/2 of spread 1.
  • Hooks are designed to handle up to a 2" sling eye width
  • Complies with ASME standards.

Specifications

Spread (feet)
Capacity (tons) Model Number
HR Headroom (in.)
Weight (lbs.)
3* 4* 6 8 10 12 Other Dimensions (in.)
1/2 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
18-1/2-3
8-1/2
40
18-1/2-4
8-1/2
48
18-1/2-6
8-1/2
78
18-1/2-8
8-1/2
95
18-1/2-10
8-1/2
113
18-1/2-12
9-1/2
171
A=7/8 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=2
1 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
18-1-3
8-1/2
40
18-1-4
8-1/4
48
18-1-6
9-1/2
93
18-1-8
10-1/2
136
18-1-10
10-1/2
175
18-1-12
11-1/2
239
A=7/8 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=2
2 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
18-2-3
9-1/2
52
18-2-4
10-1/2
75
18-2-6
10-1/2
139
18-2-8
11-1/2
169
18-2-10
12-1/2
246
18-2-12
13-1/2
326
A=7/8 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=2
5 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
18-5-3
13-1/2
104
18-5-4
14-1/2
135
18-5-6
15-1/2
211
18-5-8
16-1/2
310
18-5-10
17-1/2
423
18-5-12
19-1/2
618
A=2 B=4 C=7 T=1-1/4 O=2
7 1/2 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
18-7 1/2-3
12
125
18-7 1/2-4
14
185
18-7 1/2-6
15
315
18-7 1/2-8
17
475
A=2 B=4 C=7 T=1 1/4 O=2

* 3' and 4' beams are provided with one set of bent bar hooks.

Operation

Model 20 - Low Headroom Multiple Spread Lifting Beam

Ideal where headroom is limited

Product Features:

  • Beams over 4' have 3 spreads.
  • 3' & 4' beams have 2 spreads.
  • Swivel hooks with hook latches standard.
  • Wide range of sizes and capacities available.
  • Complies with ASME standards.

Standard Feature:
Three spreads to adjust to the load

  • Outside spread
  • Middle spread (outside less 1')
  • Inside spread (outside less 2')

Recommend Faspins (Option B) if frequent hook position changes (spread) are required.

Specifications

Outside Spread (feet)
Capacity (tons) Model Number
HR Headroom (in.)
Weight (lbs.)
3 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 24 30 Other Dimensions (in.)
1/2 Model Number
Hr Headroom
Weight
20-1/2-3
12-3/4
40
20-1/2-4
12-3/4
50
20-1/2-6
12-3/4
65
20-1/2-8
12-3/4
95
20-1/2-10
13-3/4
140
20-1/2-12
13-3/4
160
20-1/2-14
14-3/4
230
20-1/2-16
15-3/4
305
20-1/2-18
16-3/4
400
20-1/2-20
16-3/4
450
20-1/2-24
20-1/4
830
20-1/2-30
22-1/4
1340
A=7/8 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=7/8
1 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-1-3
12-3/4
40
20-1-4
12-3/4
50
20-1-6
13-3/4
85
20-1-8
13-3/4
115
20-1-10
14-3/4
165
20-1-12
15-3/4
230
20-1-14
16-3/4
320
20-1-16
18-1/2
415
20-1-18
20-1/4
605
20-1-20
20-1/4
675
20-1-24
22-1/4
1095
A=7/8 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=7/8
2 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-2-3
13-3/4
50
20-2-4
13-3/4
65
20-2-6
14-3/4
100
20-2-8
16-1/2
165
20-2-10
17-1/2
230
20-2-12
18-1/4
315
20-2-14
20-1/4
480
20-2-16
20-1/4
540
20-2-18
24-3/4
800
20-2-20
24-3/4
900
20-2-24
27-3/4
1730
A=7/8 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=7/8
3 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-3-3
15-1/4
70
20-3/4
15-1/4
80
20-3-6
16-/4
140
20-3-8
17-1/
200
20-3-10
18-1/4
275
20-3-12
22-1/2
415
20-3-14
24-1/2
650
20-3-16
24-1/2
730
20-3-18
27-1/2
1295
20-3-20
27-1/2
1450
20-3-2
27-1/2
1765
A=1-1/4 B=3 C=5 T=1 O=1
5 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-5-3
19-1/2
115
20-5-4
20-1/2
145
20-5-6
21-1/2
205
20-5-8
25-1/2
325
20-5-10
25-1/2
390
20-5-12
27-1/2
580
20-5-1
27-1/2
690
20-5-16
30-1/4
1210
20-5-18
30-1/4
1340
20-5-20
30-1/4
1505
20-5-24
33-1/4
2275
A=2 B=4 C=7 T=1-1/4 O=1-15/16
7-1/2 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-71/2-3
22-1/2
135
20-7 1/2-4
23-/2
170
20-7 1/2-6
25-1/2
265
20-7 1/2-8
27-1/4
415
20-7 /2-10
27-1/4
500
20-7 1/2-12
30-1/4
910
20-7 1/2-14
30-1/4
1070
20-7 1/2-16
30-1/4
1210
20-7 1/2-18
33
1665
A=2 B=4 C=7 T=1-1/4 O=1-1/2
10 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-10-3
23-1/4
150
20-10-4
25-1/4
205
20-10-6
27-1/4
335
20-10-8
27-1/4
420
20-10-10
30-1/4
775
20-10-12
30-1/4
910
20-10-14
30-1/4
1075
20-10-16
33
1500
20-10-18
33
1670
A=2 B=4 C=7 T=1-1/4 O=1-9/16
15 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-15-3
28-1/2
215
20-15-4
30-1/2
295
20-15-6
30-1/2
375
20-15-8
33-1/2
685
20-15-10
33-1/2
820
20-15-12
40-1/4
1180
20-15-14
40-1/4
1385
A=2-1/2 B=5 C=9 T=1-1/2 O=2-1/16
20 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-20-3
38-3/4
370
20-20-4
38-3/4
435
20-20-6
38-3/4
575
20-20-8
38-3/4
710
20-20-10
41-1/2
1070
20-20-12
41-1/2
1235
A=2-1/2 B=5 C=9 T=1-1/2 O=2-1/4
25 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-25-4
41-3/8
470
20-25-4
41-3/8
590
20-25-8
44-3/8
925
20-22-10
44-3/8
1100
20-25-12
44-3/8
1650
A=3 B=6 C=12 T=1-3/4 O=2-1/4
30 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-30-4
45-1/2
525
20-30-6
45-1/2
660
20-30-8
48-1/4
1010
A=3-1/2 B=7 C=16 T=2 O=2-1/4
40 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
20-40-4
44-3/4
600
20-40-6
47-3/4
930
A=3-1/2 B=7 C=16 T=2-1/2 O=3

Other sizes available, consult factory.

Model 20H - Low Headroom Multiple Spread Lifting Beam

Product features:

  • 'I' beam construction.
  • Three spreads to adjust to the load
    • Outside spread
    • Middle spread (outside less 1')
    • Inside spread (outside less 2')
  • Swivel hooks with hook latches standard.
  • Wide range of sizes and capacities available.
  • Complies with ASME standards.

Specifications

Outside Spread (feet)
Capacity (tons) Model Number
HR Headroom (in.)
Weight (lbs.)
8 10 12 14 16 18 20 24 30 Other Dimensions (in.)
1 Model Number
HR Headroom
20H-1-30
27.52
A=7/8 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=7/8
2 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom
1500
20H-2-30
27.5
A=7/8 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=7/8
3 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom
1600
20H-3-30
29.5
A=1-1/4 B=3 C=5 T=3/4 O=1
5 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom
1900
20H-5-30
31.75
A=2 B=4 C=7 T=1-1/4 O=1-15/16
7-1/2 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom

20H-7 1/2-20
34.75

20H-7 1/2-24
34.75
2310
20H-7 1/2-30
35
A=2 B=4 T=1-1/4 O=1-1/2
10 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom
1325
20H-10-20
35.75
1890
20H-10-24
36
2790
20H-10-30
37.75
C=7 A=2-/2 B=4 T=1-1/4 O=1-9/16
15 Weight
Model Numberbr />HR Headroom

20H-15-16
41.5

20H-15-18
41.75
1465
20H-15-20
42
2075
20H-15-24
43.5
3150
20H-15-30
49.25
C=7 A=2-1/2 B=5 T=1-1/2 O=2-1/16
20 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom

20H-20-14
45.75
1361
20H-20-16
46
1610
20H-20-18
46.25
1915
20H-20-20
48
2690
20H-20-24
48.5
4255
20H-20-30
49.25
C=9 A=2-1/2 B=5 T=-1/2 O=2-1/4
25 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom
1210
20H-25-14
54.75
1510
20H-25-16
55
1885
20H-25-18
56.75
2225
20H-25-20
59.75
3155
20H-25-24
60
5040
20H-25-30
60.75
C=9 A=3 B=6 T=1-3/4 O=2-1/4
30 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom

20H-30-10
54.5

20H-30-12
56.5
1540
20H-30-14
56.5
1900
20H-30-16
56.75
2230
20H-30-18
62.25
2725
20H-30-20
62.5
3685
20H-30-24
63
5530
20H-30-30
68.75
C=12 A=3-1/2 B=7 T=2 O=2-1/4
40 Weight
Model Number
HR Headroom

20H-40-8
65.75
1150
20H-40-10
66.25
1395
20H-40-12
66.25
1695
20H-40-14
66.25
2050
20H-40-16
68.75
2380
20H-40-18
69.25
2850
20H-40-20
72
4040
20H-40-24
75.25
5725
20H-40-30
78.5
C=16 A=3-1/2 B=7 T=2-1/2 O=3

Other sizes available, consult factory.

Model 30-Fixed Spreader Beams

Product Features:

  • Ideal where headroom is not limited.
  • Adds stability to lift.
  • Available with standard chain or wire rope rigging.
  • Available with Adjust-A-Leg® rigging for off center load adjustment (minimum lifting capacity will be approximately 10-15% of beam rating).
  • Wide range of additional sizes and capacities available.
  • Complies with ASME standards.
Spread (feet)
Capacity (tons) Model Number
HR Headroom (in.)
Weight (lbs.)
4 6 8 10 12 16 20 24 Other Dimensions (in.)
2 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
30-2-4
34
45
30-2-6
46
60
30-2-8
58
82
30-2-10
70
95
30-2-12
82
115
30-2-16
106
225
30-2-20
32
408
30-2-24
156
445
A=1/2 B=2-1/2 C=5 F=4-1/4 O=31/32
5 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
30-5-4
37
62
30-5-6
49
78
30-5-8
61
100
30-5-10
73
117
20-5-12
83
168
30-5-16
110
305
30-5-20
134
435
30-5-24
158
661
A=1 B=3-1/2 C=7 F=6 O=1-1/16
10 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
30-10-4
41
100
30-10-6
53
122
30-10-8
64
156
30-10-10-
77
180
30-10-12
86
240
30-10-16
113
380
30-10-20
138
532
30-10-24
163
915
A=1-1/4 B=4-3/8 C=8-3/4 F=8-1/8 O=1-1/2
15 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
30-15-4
43
126
30-15-6
55
155
30-15-8
65
185
30-15-10
80
242
30-15-12
92
270
30-15-16
116
420
30-15-20
140
665
30-15-24
167
953
A=1-1/2 B=5-1/4 C=10-1/2 F=9-1/4 O=1-3/4
20 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
30-20-4
46
170
30-20-6
58
200
30-20-8
69
233
30-20-10
82
315
30-20-12
94
350
30-20-16
118
540
30-20-20
140
775
30-20-24
170
1341
A=1-3/4 B=6 C=12 F=9-3/4 O=2
30 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
30-30-6
60
285
30-30-8
70
402
30-30-10
83
440
30-30-12
95
530
30-30-16
120
888
30-30-20
145
1390
A=1-3/4 B=6 C=12 F=9-3/4 O=2
40 Model Number
HR Headroom
Weight
30-40-6
65
563
30-40-8
77
695
30-40-10
89
781
30-40-12
102
1058
30-40-16
127
1364
A=2 B=7 C=14 F=13 O=2-3/4

NOTE: Weight = Beam and hooks only - (no top rigging)

Top Rigging Options

Option C

Chain top rigging from beam to crane hook.

Option W

Wire rope top rigging from beam to crane hook.

Option A

Adjust-A-Leg® sling top rigging for off-center load adjustment (not included in QUICKSHIP Program).

Model 32 - Adjustable Spreader Beams

Product Features:

  • Ideal where headroom is not limited.
  • Adds stability to lift.
  • Telescopic spread standard.
  • Available with standard chain or wire rop rigging.
  • Available with Adjust-A-Leg® rigging for off center load adjustment (minimum lifting capacity will be approximately 10-15% of beam rating).
  • Wide range of additional sizes and capacities available.
  • Complies with ASME standards.
Capacity (tons) Model Number Spread (ft.) Min./Max. HR Headroom Min./Max. w/chain (in.) Weight Beam & Hooks (lbs.) A Oblong Dia. (in.) B Oblong Width (in.) C Oblong Height (in.) F - Hook To Beam Bottom (in.) O - Hook Opening w/latch (in.) Chain Rigging Weight (lbs.)
2 32-2-4/6 4/6 48/57 70 1/2 2.36 3.94 5.5 0.97 9
2 32-2-6/10 6/10 72/88 85 1/2 2.36 3.94 5.5 0.97 13
2 32-2-8/14 8/14 96/113 175 1/2 2.36 3.94 5.5 0.97 17
2 32-2-12/20 12/20 132/166 245 1/2 2.36 3.94 5.5 0.97 23
5 32-5-4/6 4/6 55/64 105 1 3.94 7.09 8.4 4.41 34
5 32-5-6/10 6/10 79/95 160 1 3.94 7.09 8.4 1.41 47
5 32-5-8-14 8/14 102/126 205 1 3.94 7.09 8.4 1.41 61
5 32-5-12/20 12/20 138/172 670 1 3.94 7.09 8.4 1.41 82
10 32-10-4/6 4/6 60/69 95 1-1/4 5.51 10.63 10.6 1.78 49
10 32-10-6/10 6/10 74/111 175 1-1/4 5.51 10.63 10.6 1.78 69
10 32-10-8/14 8/14 108/132 460 1-1/4 5.51 10.63 10.6 1.78 88
10 32-10-12/20 12/20 144/163 680 1-1/4 5.51 10.63 10.6 1.78 118
15 32-15-4/6 4/6 64/72 165 1-1/2 5.25 10.5 13.6 2.22 78
15 32-15-6/10 6/10 87/104 365 1-1/2 5.25 10.5 13.6 2.22 111
15 32-15-8/14 8/14 111/135 478 1-1/2 5.25 10.5 13.6 2.22 145
15 32-15-12/20 12/20 147/180 700 1-1/2 5.25 10.5 13.6 2.22 194

Top Rigging Options

Optiong C

Chain top rigging from beam to crane hook.

Option W

Wire rope top rigging from beam to crane hook.

Option A

Adjust-A-Leg® sling top rigging for off-center load adjustment (not included in QUICKSHIP Program).