Case Study – Two-tiered Workstation Crane for roll handling at furniture manufacturer in BC

Located in the lower mainland in Delta, BC, a North American designer, manufacturer, and drop shipper of ready-to-assemble home furniture came to Acculift looking for a two-tiered lifting system.


Our customer needed a solution to lift multiple rolls into a paper laminating machine. With a double-stacked packaging machine integrated into a mezzanine, they needed a lifting solution that could access both the top rolls as well as the rolls on the bottom half of the machine under the mezzanine. Keeping in mind that process changes affect workflows, they also needed a flexible upgradeable solution that could be repositioned in the future.


Acculift custom-designed a 1000 lb. workstation crane high enough to clear the machine and get enough lift to pull the empty rolls out and install new rolls. A custom spreader bar with specialized hooks to cradle the roll shaft for ease of replacement was designed and tested by Acculift to safely meet their roll handling needs.

Elements included in this solution were:

Gorbel Workstation Crane

– 1000 lb. capacity,
– 28′ overall runway length + stack section,
– 20′ overall length aluminium bridge,
– 14′ 10″ max bottom hook height,
– 18′ 6-11/16″ overall height (including grout beneath base plates),
– Electrical festooning with twist lock plug set for hoist connection,
– Enclosed Track Rail System provides superior ease of movement and precise load positioning,
– 10-year warranty on Bridge Crane.

ER2 Series Electric Chain Hoist

– 1/2 tonne capacity,
– dual speed lift – 28/7 FPM,
– 15′ lift,
– DC electric brake with a 10-year warranty,
– Pendant control with emergency stop,
– 575V/3ph/60Hz/1.7A,
– Chain Container,
– 3-year warranty on chain hoist.

Custom Designed Adjustable Width Roll Lifting Beam

– Capacity : 1000 lbs.,
– Mandrel diameter: 3 inch,
– Roll diameter : 24 inch,
– Max hook spread: 72 inch.


They were able to reduce labour requirements for this process in their facility with this lifting solution. Installed on time and within budget, the client was able to easily handle the large rolls in this two-tiered system in a safe and efficient manner. Operators feel confident with the system capabilities and have easily mastered the system for maximum efficiency.