Modular Spreader Beams
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Design engineered using 3D Design & FEA Analysis; manufactured to ISO9001, BSEN and DNV quality standards; and available for Same Day Collection or Next Day Delivery. It’s why Modulift is the global market leader below-the-hook.
Powerful Performers: MOD® Spreader Beams in Action
Modulift’s iconic yellow beams are used across the Construction, Oil & Gas, Breakbulk and Wind sectors to solve lifting problems worldwide. Here are just some of the projects we have worked on. View all Case Studies.
Assembling a Modulift Spreader Beam
Each MOD® Spreader Beam includes your selected struts, two end units, two drop links, and nuts and bolts are supplied as standard. Slings and shackles can be also be purchased at an extra cost. Additional interchangeable struts can be bolted between the end units to either lengthen or shorten, making the beam re-usable at different spans.
Available in different sizes, from the MOD® 6 to the MOD® 1100/2000, all Modulift Spreader Beams are DNV Type Approved up to 600t capacity. Watch the video to see how a Modulift Spreader Beam should be assembled safely.
Why are MOD® Spreader Beams Globally Recognised?
Investing in a Modulift Spreader Beam will continue to pay off for years. You can use your beam again and again, changing the span to suit any project.
With decades of experience under their belts, our in-house team of technical engineers design innovative, high-spec products that help ensure safe lifting around the world.
Our longest strut is only 6m – small enough for the back of a truck! Many of our Spreader Beam components can be handled by one person. Our QJ2 even comes in a handy carrying case complete with shackles.
We can supply storage systems for improved inventory control, organised components, quick retrieval, and mobilisation. These include logistics cradles and stillages.
Strut sizes can be mixed and matched to suit different spans.
We manufacture both standard and custom spreader beams. Need a nonstandard beam? No matter how unconventional the project, our engineers can custom design the ideal beam to suit it.
Our spreader beams are uniquely flexible. From 2 point to 12 point lifts and everything in between, there’s practically no limit to what you can use our beams for. Watch our demonstration video to see how.
Our spreader beams are specially designed to provide you with a lightweight solution so your cranes can work at maximum capacity, reducing the weight of the lifting gear below the hook.
Spreader Beam FAQs
A spreader beam is a type of beam used to distribute (or ‘spread’) the load of a heavy item being lifted by a crane. A spreader beam puts a compressive stress on the beam as opposed to a bending stress. It is designed to keep the slings below the beam at a 90 degree angle to avoid the load being damaged. The weight of the load being lifted is equally distributed between the two bottom slings when the centre of gravity is central.
Spreader beams and lifting beams are both used to lift heavy loads, but the two are used in very different applications.
The main difference between a spreader beam and a lifting beam is the force being applied to the beam: a lifting beam puts a bending stress on the beam, whereas a spreader beam puts a compression stress on the beam. Conditions of the lift will determine which beam is more suitable, such as the available headroom during the lift, the weight and span of the load and the stability of what’s being lifted.
The purpose of a spreader beam is to distribute the weight of heavy loads. Spreader beams are intended to improve stability, positioning, and safety during heavy lifting. The beam prevents swaying and allows for more accurate load placement, all while reducing the risks associated with lifting heavy or awkward objects.
The modular spreader beam design allows for multiple lengths to be configured for a variety of lifts. Mix and match end units with struts when long spans and lightweight lifts are required.
The modularity of Modulift’s Spreader Beam system enables one beam to a perform a variety of lifts by utilising the different strut configurations and end units.
The system is portable and easy to transport. Our longest strut s only 6m/20′ – short enough for the back of a truck! Many of our Spreader Beam components can be handled by one person. Our QJ2 even comes in a handy carrying case complete with shackles.
Our Spreader Beams are specially designed to provide you with a lightweight solution so your cranes can work at maximum capacity without the weight of heavy lifting gear.
There is no hard or fast answer to this, as the capacity of a spreader beam depends on the specific beams’ length, width and specification. At Modulift, our beams span a wide spectrum of capacities – from a modest 2t to an impressive 3000t.
In rigging terminology, a ‘spreader beam’ refers to a device or component used to separate or spread apart two or more lifting points or attachment points on a load. Its commonly used in lifting operations to create a stable and balanced lifting configuration, especially when dealing with large or bulky loads that need to be lifted safely.