Glass lifting FAQs: Your guide to safer working

Tina Jones / 3rd May 2022 / Articles

Glass lifting is an important part of the installation process. Different methods can be used; however, their effectiveness differs. To help guide you in the right direction, we’ve answered frequently asked questions below.

Throughout the article, we will be linking some in-depth guides that can be used as a further resource to ensure glass lifting goes according to plan.

1. When would I use a mini crane to lift panes of glass

A mini crane is versatile, and you can use them for many glazing projects. It’s ideal for glass lifting when working on high-rise buildings, especially if there are many floors that require glass installation.

The main benefit of mini cranes compared to other options is their ability to gain access to confined spaces. They can be transported with ease to the location needed, whether that is the rooftop of a building, a specific floor or outside the building.

A good reason to use mini cranes over other methods is that they can speed up the glazing process and help reduce costs.

2. Why is using the right equipment to lift glass panes so important

The big factor here is safety. Keeping workers out of harm’s way should always be a priority. That’s why so many glaziers are swapping over from manual handling to using glazing robots. This is due to equipment such as mini cranes and mini pickers providing higher levels of safety during the glass installation process.

Another reason why using the best equipment is essential is to be cost-efficient. For example, using mini cranes or mini pickers requires less manpower. Therefore, the workforce can work on multiple projects at once. Say, for example, the glazing team consists of 4 members; they can be split into two teams rather than one project requiring all members.

Injuries from using the wrong equipment can be disastrous for meeting deadlines. As mentioned, worker safety is important not only for workers’ well-being but also for meeting schedules.

3. Which lifting device do I need for my glass load?

Glass loads can vary considerably in size and weight. Therefore, lifting equipment is designed to hold different capacities. Below we have listed the maximum capacity that Jekko cranes and mini pickers can provide:

Mini pickers

MPK06 – 600 Kg

MPK20 – 2000kg

MPK50 – 5000 Kg

Mini cranes

SPX328 – 2800 Kg (Imminent release)

SPX532 – 3200 Kg

SPX650 – 5000 Kg

SPX1280 – 8000 Kg

As you can see, there are many options to choose from. The best approach would be to identify the average glass load weights to determine which is ideal to use.

4. How many suction cups are requires, considering the glass dimensions?

Not all suction cups are the same; some are designed to hold more than others. Below is Jekko’s selection of glass manipulators along with how much weight they can hold without complication.

JVL450 – 450 Kg

JVL600 – 600 Kg

JVM800 – 800 Kg

As long as the glass dimensions fall under the maximum weight capacity for the options listed then they can be lifted and installed easily.

5. What about access for the glass lifting crane?

Mini cranes that are used for glazing projects are designed to be compact while still providing amazing reach. This design allows for them to be transported easily to the position needed. Many types of glass lifting cranes can be transported on elevators, by larger cranes, or wheeled.

Some versions like the Unic URW-094 Mini Crane can even fit through a standard door frame, making them the optimal choice for hard to get to places.


6. Is glass lifting safe?

Handling glass manually can involve the risk of personal injury, from small issues to serious problems. However, there are measures in place to educate workers, reducing the risk of these accidents occurring.

Mini pickers and mini cranes that are used for lifting and handling are much safer. Furthermore, there is government advice to help minimise the risk even further when using these devices.

7. How do I choose a glass lifting machine?

There are many factors to consider when picking the right glass lifting machine. Firstly, you will need to find a suitable model that can handle the projects you’ll be working on. For example, finding one that can lift and handle the weight of the glass panels.

In addition, the next decision would be to choose between a mini crane or a mini picker. Mini pickers are handy when working from inside a building due to their good mobility. In comparison, mini cranes are better at reaching higher areas from inside and outside the building or on the building’s rooftop.

Another key aspect to look out for is a hydraulic fly. Glass lifting machines with this feature helps ensure that the right position during the glass installation process is achieved.

To wrap things up

There’s a lot that can be done to keep workers safe when lifting glass, from using the right equipment to following government guidelines. By doing so, injuries can be reduced, glazing projects can be completed faster, and costs can be lowered.

Interested in finding out how one of these machines can help benefit your business? Contact us today to learn more.