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Since 1954, The Caldwell Group has been manufacturing high quality, long-lasting lifting equipment that will safely increase productivity and reduce operating costs. UNIVAC® Vacuum Lifters are designed for efficient, one-person operation in lifts of semi-porous and non-porous material. Unlike magnets or edge grabs, vacuum units will not mark or scratch material surfaces or edges.

Nominal Surface Area Applications

UNIVAC® designs vacuum lifters for nominal applications. These vacuum lifters include Single Pad - Standard Duty, which can be used for lightweight material with a small square-shaped surface, and Single Pad - Heavy Duty, which is made to be used when the surface area is at a minimum. Please note that Single Pad - Heavy Duty can be used for large or small capacities.

Narrow Applications

UNIVAC® also designs vacuum lifters that can be used for more narrow applications. We supply Standard Duty and Heavy Duty Twin Pad Load Beams, which are used for lifting smaller rectangular-shaped material. Caldwell also offers UNIVAC®’s Standard Duty and Heavy Duty variants of the Load Beam with Four Inline Pads, which is best suited for lifting long, narrow materials.

Wide Applications

Caldwell offers a variety of UNIVAC® equipment designed for wide lifting applications. For example, Twin Crossarms with Four Pads allows for extra stability while reducing the amount of deflection for thinner materials. We supply Triple Crossarms with Six Pads for lifting long, wide, and moderately weighted material as well as provide increased support of thin material. Lastly, our Quad Crossarms with Eight Pads are designed for lifting longer, wider, and heavier material (while increasing support of thin material). All crossarms come in standard and heavy-duty variations.

Vacuum Upenders

Caldwell provides standard and heavy-duty UNIVAC® 90° Tilt Upender/Downenders for lifting and 90° rotation. This rotation can be used for assembly areas, vertical storage, inspection, and glass handling applications.

Mechanical Vacuum Lifter

The patented, revolutionary design of our vacuum generator requires no electrical or air line connections, just hang it on your hook and go! This is an economical solution for a wide range of applications where bringing power to the lifter is not practical or feasible—even the warning system requires no power. This virtually maintenance-free design conforms to ASME standards.

Specialty Applications

For specialty applications, Caldwell recommends UNIVAC® Side Grab Manipulator Vacuum Lifters, which are designed to be manipulated up to 180° for production, inspection, and assembly applications. We also supply UNIVAC® Variable Size Sheet Vacuum Lifters, which are designed to handle the wide range of steel plates typical in a shearing operation.

Uniclamp™ Hold Down Clamps

The UNICLAMPS has proven to be invaluable in transportation industry applications. These easy to position clamps are ideally suited for sheet and light plate fabrication. Lightweight UNICLAMPSis used to secure “skin” materials to ribbed structures at aircraft, aerospace, bus, trailer, and truck manufacturing facilities. UNICLAMPS feature capacities from 1,200 lbs to 10,000 lbs.

quality & engineering

UNIVAC® Vacuum Lifters adhere to the highest quality standards in the industry and all units conform to ASME standards. All UNIVAC® Vacuum Lifters are designed to a structural safety factor of 3:1 and a vacuum pad safety factor of 2:1.

Benefits your Company will Receive with UNIVAC® Vacuum Lifters:

  • Increased productivity, reducing cost
  • Versatile handling of most materials
  • One person operation
  • Improved storage space
  • Eliminated material damaged
  • A low maintenance lifter
  • Precision handling made easier
  • Durable for long-lasting service

All Caldwell Lifters Have:

  • Identification nameplate
  • Rated capacities
  • Product Safety Labels

Caldwell Upholds to Industry Standards

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has developed standards that apply specifically to the devices Caldwell® designs. ASME B30.20 provides detailed information on the classifications, marking, construction, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, and operation of below the hook lifting devices. ASME BTH-1 provides detailed information on the design criteria of below the hook lifting devices. ASME B30.9 provides detailed information on the fabrication, markings, usage, inspection, and maintenance of lifting slings. These standards serve as a guide to government authorities, manufacturers, purchasers and users of lifting devices.

Caldwell® Service

We offer solutions that will increase the productivity and effectiveness of your lifter while ensuring the safety, reliability, and compliance of your equipment. Our services include training, maintenance, and inspection. Caldwell’s Standard Quality Assurance program follows specific design criteria as required by ASME.


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