Lifting Lugs Designed for Modular Equipment Skids

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Jun 03 2024

What Is A Lifting Lug?

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Lifting lugs are structural components that are typically welded onto a piece of equipment or machinery to facilitate lifting and handling. Equipment skid lifting lugs are designed to bear the load of the skidded equipment when it needs to be moved using cranes, hoists, or other machinery.

Lifting lugs are often made of thick steel plates or forgings to withstand the weight of the equipment they are intended to lift. The lug usually has a hole or an attachment point where a shackle, hook, or other lifting device can be connected securely. It’s important for equipment skid lifting lugs to be properly designed and installed to ensure safe lifting operations.

Key Purposes Of Container Lifting Lugs

When people talk about container lifting lugs, they typically mean lifting lugs for metal shipping containers, like the ones that are used to transport goods all across the globe, but a container, by definition, is an object that can be used to hold or transport something. An equipment skid is a specialized kind of container used in modular construction to transport modular mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and they are part of the completed system that will be installed into place.

Container lifting lugs are specialized lifting devices used specifically for handling shipping containers. Much like shipping containers, equipment skids also need lifting lugs so that they can be transported from the modular build site to the install site and be moved into place. Shipping Container and Equipment Skid Lifting Lugs are almost identical in the benefits that they provide, including:

  • Handling Versatility: Lifting lugs are versatile and can accommodate different types of lifting equipment, allowing containers to be handled using a variety of methods depending on the specific requirements of the operation. Lifting lugs provide secure attachment points for a variety of equipment, such as cranes, forklifts, or spreader bars.
  • Safety: Properly designed and installed lifting lugs are crucial for safe lifting operations. They are engineered to withstand the weight of fully loaded containers and the forces exerted during lifting without compromising the structural integrity of the container, ensuring the safety of personnel and cargo.
  • Efficiency: By providing reliable attachment points for lifting equipment, lifting lugs contribute to faster and more efficient loading, unloading, and transportation of shipping containers. This helps reduce downtime and increase productivity in logistics operations.
  • Protection of Cargo: Securely attached lifting lugs help prevent damage to the container and its contents during handling and transportation by ensuring stable lifting and minimizing the risk of accidents or mishaps.

How To Use Container Lifting Lugs

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The principals for the use of container lifting lugs and lifting lugs for modular equipment skids are very similar in practice. Below is a step by step breakdown of this simple process.

  1. Attach Lifting lugs are either fastened or welded to the corners of standard ISO shipping containers. Each container has four lifting lugs, one at each top corner.
  2. Connect: Lifting lugs have a hole or attachment point where a lifting hook, spreader bar, or other lifting device can be connected securely. These connections are typically made using shackles or hooks attached to the lifting equipment.
  3. Lift: When a container needs to be lifted or moved, the lifting equipment is connected to the lifting lugs at the corners of the container. The lifting equipment then applies the necessary force to raise the container off the ground.
  4. Transport: Once lifted, the container can be transported by crane, forklift, or other lifting machinery to its destination, such as a ship, truck, or storage area.
  5. Release: After reaching its destination, the container is lowered to the ground by the lifting equipment, and the connections to the lifting lugs are released.

Fasten-On VS Weld-On Lifting Lugs

Fasten-on and weld-on lifting lugs are both used for lifting heavy objects, but they differ in how they are attached to the object being lifted and the flexibility they offer in terms of installation and removal.

Lifting Lug TypesFasten-OnWeld-On
Attachment MethodLugs are attached to the object using bolts, screws, or other fasteners. They typically have pre-drilled holes or other attachment points designed for fastening hardware.Lugs are welded directly onto the surface of the object being lifted. They are usually welded by skilled welders to ensure a strong and secure attachment.
InstallationInstallation of these lugs is relatively straightforward and can be done without specialized welding equipment. They can be installed or removed as needed, making them more versatile in certain applications.Installation of weld-on lifting lugs requires welding equipment and expertise. Once welded, they become a permanent part of the object and cannot be easily removed without cutting or grinding, which may damage the object’s surface.
Strength & DurabilityThe strength of fasten-on lifting lugs depends on the quality of the fasteners and the material they are attached to. While they can provide sufficient strength for many lifting applications, they may not be as robust as weld-on lugs.Weld-on lifting lugs offer exceptional strength and durability because they are welded directly to the object’s surface. The weld provides a strong bond that can withstand heavy loads and harsh conditions.
Cost & MaintenanceThese lugs are often less expensive to purchase and install compared to weld-on lugs. They also allow for easier maintenance and replacement if needed.While the initial cost of weld-on lifting lugs may be higher due to the welding process and skilled labor required, they typically require less maintenance over time due to their permanent attachment and durability.
Application FlexibilityThese lugs are more versatile in terms of application because they can be installed on a wide range of surfaces without the need for welding equipment. They are suitable for temporary or reusable lifting scenarios.Weld-on lugs are ideal for permanent lifting points on heavy machinery, structures, or equipment where a high level of strength and reliability is required.

In summary, fasten-on lifting lugs offer flexibility and ease of installation/removal, while weld-on lifting lugs provide superior strength, durability, and permanence. The choice between the two depends on factors such as the application, load requirements, budget, and whether a permanent lifting point is desired.

Benefits of Sikla Modular Equipment Skid Systems

Compared to traditional container lifting lugs, Sikla modular equipment skid systems offer several benefits in industrial and commercial settings:

Modularity & Adjustability: Sikla systems are designed to be modular, allowing for flexible and customizable configurations to meet specific project requirements. This modularity enables easy adaptation to various layouts, structures, and equipment. The modular nature of Sikla systems allows for precise adjustment and alignment of equipment. This ensures proper fit and function, minimizing the risk of errors during installation and improving overall system performance.

Strength and Durability: Sikla products are known for their high-quality materials and construction, providing robust support for heavy equipment and loads. They are designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, corrosion, and wear over time, ensuring long-term reliability and safety.

Versatility & Easy Installation: These systems can accommodate a wide range of equipment and applications, including piping, HVAC systems, electrical installations, and more. They are versatile enough to be used in diverse industries such as manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and food processing. Sikla systems are engineered for quick and straightforward installation. Their modular components are prefabricated and designed for easy assembly, reducing labor costs and project timelines.

Space Optimization: Sikla systems are engineered to maximize space utilization and efficiency. By utilizing vertical and overhead space, they help optimize floor layouts and minimize footprint requirements, allowing for more efficient use of valuable real estate.

Compliance and Safety: Sikla systems are designed and manufactured to meet industry standards and regulations for safety and quality. Using these systems can help ensure compliance with building codes and safety requirements, reducing the risk of accidents and liability issues.

Cost-Effectiveness: While Sikla systems may have higher upfront costs compared to traditional methods, they offer long-term cost savings through reduced installation time, labor expenses, and maintenance requirements. Their durability and longevity also contribute to lower lifecycle costs.

Overall, Sikla modular equipment skid systems provide a comprehensive solution for equipment support and installation, offering flexibility, efficiency, durability, and safety benefits for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications.

About Modular Mechanical Supports

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