Four models in the Vacuworx RC line of vacuum lifting machines can lift smooth-surface materials no more porous than concrete weighing 22,000 lbs. to 44,000 lbs. Interchangeable vacuum pads form a seal against the material's surface, attaching with a suction force of about 28.94 Hg to pipe, concrete slabs, steel, rock and more for remarkable improvements in material-handling productivity.
In addition to pipes of various diameters coated with tape, tar, FBE, coal and concrete, by pulling a couple of pins and swapping to different vacuum pads, the RC line can handle steel piling, steel plates, concrete slabs, polished stone, cast iron, glass, marble, landscape rocks and other materials.
Vacuworx machines, which can grip up to 120-ft (36 m) triple pipe joints that weigh nearly as much as the maximum rating of the lifter, also hold the shape of limber pipes and long joints of very flexible plastic pipe.
A single-cylinder diesel engine powers the rotary vane pumps on each attachment. The RC10, RC12, RC16 and RC20 adapt to multiple carriers, including excavators, cranes, wheel loaders and track loaders.
Electronic ignition, remote operating control and a vacuum reservoir beam that doubles as a spreader bar allow contractors to safely maneuver materials with fewer workers, reducing exposure to accidents. Control and alarm systems ensure that if the vacuum falls below a safe working level, audio and visual warnings are activated, and no further lifts are allowed until the vacuum level is built up to reach sufficient working levels.
A vacuum storage reservoir allows materials to be held for 15 minutes or more under no power.