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How to use the GRABO vacuum lifter for metal panels

They are exterior wall and roof panels with a steel covering and an insulating foam core. They are known for their superior thermal properties, design flexibility and fast installation time, and aesthetically pleasing looks. They are also a great choice for energy-efficient and cost-effective building structures, stadiums, arenas, airports, and more. They usually have lower embodied carbon than other building materials. They are best described as cladding systems and are commonly used in building projects.


In this industry, quite a lot of lifting, installation, and fitting goes on regularly, and there is only little a man’s strength can do. So, machines and robots are employed to lift some of these materials. For example, an insulated metal panel can weigh over 150 kg, and depending on its thickness and area of use; its dimensions can vary. Imagine one man has to lift and install all roofing panels by himself; he will be exhausted quickly. What other way to make installation easier than employing a piece of equipment to make lifting easier?



WHAT DOES GRABO OFFER OVER OTHER VACUUM LIFTERS


A vacuum lifter is a device used to carry objects of large weights. It does this by inducing and sustaining a vacuum between the rubber seal and the object’s surface, and when the pressure is enough, you can lift it. It is either manually operated, which is the case for most, or automatically operated. GRABO is the world’s first electric, portable vacuum lifter for insulated metal panels. An insulated metal panel is one in the wide range of objects (porous and non-porous) that the GRABO can lift. Other examples are glass, smooth and rough tiles, gyp rock, plywood, timber, concrete, kitchen countertops, diamond pattern steel, etc.


GRABO is a brilliant innovation, and it is steadily becoming the face of lifting. The vacuum lifter is created to help users maximize their time and energy, therefore, increasing their productivity greatly. The work environment is safer for workers and less casualty prone.


WHAT’S IN THE BOX? 


The handheld vacuum lifter is made up of a mechanical pressure gauge and a vacuum pump, a 4-in1 socket charger, a lithium-ion replaceable battery, and a removable rubber seal. It also comes in three variants; Nemo GRABO, GRABO Pro-Lifter 20, and GRABO-H, all of which can be used to lift insulated metal panels depending on their weights. The Nemo GRABO wields a maximum weight lifting capacity of 375Lbs(170 kg) for perpendicular hold and 265Lbs (120 kg) for parallel hold; the GRABO Pro-lifter 20 can automatically calculate the weight of the object and has the same carrying capacity as the Nemo GRABO and finally the GRABO H is used for smaller weights and menial jobs.



Nemo GRABO and GRABO Pro-Lifter 20 are ideal for industrial and commercial work, while GRABO H is for simple lifting and ideal for hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts. Also, GRABO Pro-lifter has a stop function and remarkable digital display, which indicates calculated weights and pressure in different S.I units. Nemo GRABO and GRABO Pro-Lifter come with extra batteries and rubber seals.


WHY IS GRABO IDEAL FOR LIFTING INSULATED METAL PANELS


Depending on its thickness and dimensions, insulated metal panels have varying weights of which the GRABO can lift. With each specification of the device, GRABO is the best choice for this material, and below are some reasons why;


GRABO IS EASY TO USE


The suction lifter is made with PA6, a lightweight plastic material, therefore, making each GRABO very portable to handle. It has a sophisticated design and handles that allow for absolute comfort when in use. All you have to do is mount the device on the desired surface, press the green button to activate the vacuum pump. After the pump sound stops, you can go ahead to lift the object. It is advised you keep the pump running if air leaks through the rubber or dirt on the surface. When you have moved the object to your desired position, press the red button. This makes the device release its grip on the surface, and you can move on to the next one.


IT ALLOWS FOR NEATER INSTALLATION OF THE INSULATED METAL PANELS


Many of these panels come with their sealants, factory-applied, or done on the field within their built-in systems. These sealants are to make installation easy, but if the panels are not handled well when lifted, they will become more challenging than they ought to be. Using your hands to lift these panels is a good option but using the GRABO is the best option. The vacuum lifter helps to fit the panels seamlessly, and the work is made easier and neater. 


IT CAN BE USED WITH A LIFTING ATTACHMENT


Sometimes, there are cases where the insulated panels have to be installed at certain heights that the workers alone cannot reach. In such a case, GRABO can be used with an accompanying device, one of which is the Erguo S1 lifting attachment. It is attached to the vacuum lifter by screwing it to the four lifting lugs by each side of the GRABO. This can be attached to a lifting truck that carries the attachments and the worker(s) to the desired height. The panels are installed, and you are good to go.


TWO UNITS OF GRABO CAN BE USED AT THE SAME TIME


Another interesting feature about the vacuum cup lifter is that two can be used at the same time. For example, say you are to lift an insulated metal panel that was too large, so much that you alone cannot carry it, you can get another GRABO device and put both at opposite sides of the panel. With the help of a colleague, you can successfully lift the panel to its desired position.  Another scenario is if you want to lift a plank of wood that was heavier or with a weight close to the threshold of the Nemo GRABO, you can include another to generate enough pressure to the rubber seal needed to lift the plank.


 


GRABO is the gamechanger, and everyone should have one.

How to use the GRABO vacuum lifter for metal panels