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Glass Lifter Suction, Its Ergonomics, And Maintenance

Glass is a commonly used material in construction and other industries. This material is known to be fragile and sharp, and very slippery, especially when wet. Due to these characteristics of Glass and the dangers of handling it, it is recommended that lifting, moving, or hoisting of Glass should be done using a glass lifter suction.

When using your lifters, to get the best results from them, you should understand how to handle them properly, their maintenance, their dos and don't and general precautions to take when using glass lifter suction. Glass lifter suctions a convenient way of moving and lifting Glass without accidents or slips. It is also the right tool for safe handling of Glass, frame installation, glass panel installation, finishing jobs, loading and unloading materials, and general tasks, making it the perfect way to incorporate ergonomics in material handling.

The glass suction lifter makes use of the suction principle. The lifter creates vacuum esteem itself and the surface with which it is to be lifted.

The use of glass lifter suctions when handling glass not only makes glass handling easier, it is also a good ergonomic tool.

Ergonomics in glass handling focuses majorly on ways in which to prevent work-related injuries and not the treatment as the whole concept of ergonomics is more of prevention is better than cure.

It also looks at ways to reduce or eliminate discomfort and fatigue experienced due to musculoskeletal injuries gotten from workplaces.

The use of machinery and machines helps reduce and almost completely eradicate musculoskeletal injuries if and when properly used.


The GRABO glass lifter suction is a portable handheld vacuum lifter. It is portable, easy to carry, and easy to use, with each design or product stating its carrying capacity.

However, one must always use the proper carrying technique. Glass can't support its weight. Always carry it upright on edge like you would carry drywall or plywood. If the Glass is heavy, use a suction cup for your lower hand; use your upper hand without a cup as a guiding hand to maintain balance. Always wear gloves with rubber-coated palms. If the path from the truck to the window is smooth, use a glass dolly.

Working with Glass is a fragile business, and you have to be mindful of extreme weather conditions such as rainfall and excessive heat.

Exposing your lifters to extreme temperatures can be damaging to its shelf life. 

When using the lifter during the rain, you should take note of a few precautions;

Leaving the lifters under the rain or submerging them in water can damage internal parts and electrical circuits. Therefore you should avoid using them when it is raining. Suction pads and lifters should always be dry. If they are accidentally left In the rain, then wipe them dry; this is very important during cold weather such as winter where trapped water may freeze and expand, which may be damaging to the internal parts of the lifter, damaging vacuum seals leading to faulty machines. Making sure that there is no dirt or debris on the lifter as this can be problematic if the debris gets stuck in the machine during the vacuum process. Windy weather, especially at elevated heights, can spell trouble with glass suction lifters. This can turn an easy installation into a quick drive to the emergency room.

It is best to use a wind measuring device such as an anemometer to measure wind speed when working in elevated heights such as high-rise buildings and skyscrapers.

An impressive feature of the GRABO lifters is that it comes with a protective bag for carrying the lifter, which houses the lifter protecting it and expanding its shelf life.

Here are a few tips to extending your glass lifter suction shelf life: 

  • Do not leave your lifter out under excessive sunlight or temperatures.

  • Always pack your lifter in the bag after use. This applies to handheld portable glass suction lifters such as the GRABO H and GRABO NEMO.

  • Do not expose your lifter to temperatures below freezing.

  • Do not leave your lifter under the rain or submerge it in water.

  • For stationary lifters, use pad covers to cover vacuum pads when they are not in use.

  • Always inspect your glass lifter from time to time to check for defects to avoid accidents.

  • Avoid using the device during windy weathers

  • You should also note that every glass lifting suction comes with its carry capacity. For example, the Nemo GRABO can lift as much as 375lbs!

  • When the suction lifter is used to carry Glass above its carry capacity, this may lead to slips and damage to Glass and accidents.

  • Ensure to read the manual, which comes along with the lifter, as every lifter has its varying capacity.

  • Adhering to most of these tips can help avoid slips and accidents, poor performance, and defective lifters and increase the shelf life of your glass lifter suction device. 

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