A Holiday Message From the CEO

by Bryan Wood This time of year brings to mind those things that are most important to us: family, friends, and the relationships we build with others. Through the hustle and bustle of the season, it seems that we may never have a moment to enjoy those things that matter most. Still we make time to share the joy of the season with those… Read more »

Get a Grip on Patterned Glass

Lifting, moving and positioning patterned glass can be a challenge! Did you know that Wood's Powr- Grip has hand-held vacuum cups designed for handling textured or patterned glass? Ideal for handling shower doors and windows with patterned, textured, cast and irregular surfaces, these special vacuum cups meet the challenge by using a… Read more »

WPG Donates Lifter Use to Zoo Montana

by David Peters On March 12th, in the hour before sunrise, a small, diverse group gathered on a 2-acre plot of land on the outskirts of Billings, MT. Predawn yawns were stifled by the steam rising from coffee cups in subfreezing weather. A white pickup truck pulling a small flat-bed trailer jostled into the space and came to a sliding… Read more »

WPG Lifter Capacity Design Factors

by Gary Bond A lot of outrageous claims are made when it comes to vacuum lifting devices: If the pads are bigger, it's obviously better. And if the frame is heavier, it will obviously lift more. Various countries and regions throughout the world have different standards and regulations regarding the design, construction and use of… Read more »

How Wind Affects Vacuum Cup Performance

by Jessica Smith When using a below-the-hook vacuum lifter to maneuver a heavy load, it is absolutely essential that control of that load is maintained throughout the entire process. For this reason, wind is one of the most important factors to consider before using a lifter. If the wind is blowing too hard, lifting may not be an option… Read more »

How Elevation Affects Vacuum Cup Performance

by Jessica Smith Key Points High elevations can reduce lifting capacity. If your location exceeds 5000 feet [1524 m], check the Specifications page of your instructions manual for the maximum operating elevation. When lifting in high elevations, be extra careful to make sure the vacuum pads and load material's surfaces are clean. … Read more »

Wood's Powr-Grip Lands at O'Hare International Airport

by David Peters When he signed into law the O'Hare Modernization Act on August 6th, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich had a lot on his mind. Some 433 acres of land had to be acquired by the city of Chicago, and the St. Johannes Cemetery would have to be relocated. Perhaps furthest from his mind was the question of how the glass in… Read more »

Wood's Powr-Grip Solves the Problem of Handling Loads in Wet Conditions

For many Wood's Powr-Grip customers, working in the wet is unavoidable: Installations have to be done in every kind of weather, and stone working normally involves wet conditions. Powr-Grip makes hand cups and vacuum lifters specially designed to deal with these conditions. There are two main aspects of wet working conditions: The… Read more »

WPG was on the DIY Network!

by David Peters Have you ever wondered where your vacuum hand cups come from? Sure, you know they're a Wood's Powr-Grip product made in Laurel, Montana. But have you ever pondered what goes into their creation; the design; the magic? In November the nation witnessed the making of a hand held vacuum cup on one of DIY Network's (Do… Read more »

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