Softly, softly with new lifting cushions


Awkward site conditions – including soft ground, confined trenches, crash recovery areas and uneven earthworks – can create hazards for conventional lifting technologies.

Often there is insufficient room overhead to employ suitable cranes, even if they can be brought overland to a remote site.

Sometimes also there is insufficient stability underfoot to employ lifters that produce high point loads both on the ground and on the object being lifted.

One solution to the problems can be seamless inflatable lifting cushions from Pronal, an innovative elastomer manufacturer whose products are distributed in Australia by Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd.

The Pronal range of CLT lifting cushions from Air Springs Supply can delicately raise loads ranging from heavy vehicles, pipelines and plant through to beams, bridge components, building components, machinery and resource development structures.

Pronal products have been proven worldwide in projects as diverse as lifting locomotives and heavy vehicles through to submersible types used, for example, to raise artefacts from the ocean liner Titanic, sunk nearly four kilometres deep in the Atlantic.

The range of lift cushions, featured on the Pronal website: range from ultra-thin bags (just 20mm thick deflated) that can lift weights of more than 65 tonnes each, to powerful spreading cushions that can exert hundreds of tonnes of force to part plant and machinery components for servicing, or to extract quarried material. Complementary low-pressure CPB Maxi-Lift cushions can be used on land and under water, offering greater strokes of up to 700mm (or 1400mm where a pair are employed).

Air Springs Industrial Products Manager Mr James Maslin says the Pronal bags combine the advantages of high durability and power with gentle, precisely controlled lifting that can spread the load over broader surfaces of the object being lifted, rather than focusing the power on point loads.

They can be used in confined spaces underneath inaccessible loads ranging from engines and plant, through to foundations of bridges, buildings, machinery, pipeline structures and resource development rigs requiring lifting for inspection and repair.

Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd
Ph: 02 9807 4077

Related news & editorials

  1. 16.03.2018
    by      In
    In the 1960s, as much as a quarter of Australia’s workforce was employed in the manufacturing sector, and the industry fuelled 25% of the nation’s economy, according to the Productivity Commission. Half a century on, the closure of Toyota, Ford and then General Motors in October 2017 seemed to... Read More
  2. 24.01.2018
    by      In
    According to Southern Cross CEO, Mark Ferguson, if Australian industry really wants to get serious about saving energy then it needs to take a close look at ‘two-stage’, air compressor technology. As energy costs continue to outstrip other business input expenses it is critical, more than ever... Read More
  3. Martin Chappell
    by      In
    With Australia’s manufacturing industry strengthening, leaders and heads of IT are weighing up which new technologies they should implement to gain a competitive edge. Martin Chappell from Motorola Solutions explains how a simpler and more focused use of data can be the best approach.
    Australia’s... Read More
  4. Sahara Force India F1
    by      In
    The pace of Formula One (F1) development is rivalled only by the speeds achieved on the racetrack. Each time the Sahara Force India F1 Team brings its car to a circuit, it represents the team’s top engineering; every time the team leaves, the car is just a baseline. Between races it must be... Read More