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    What is an H frame ceiling track hoist?

    3rd January 2018

    H frame ceiling track hoist – all you need to know

    An H frame ceiling track hoist (sometimes called an X-Y ceiling track hoist) is a track hoist system for moving disabled persons that offers complete coverage of the area, enabling fast transfers from one location to another.

    It consist of two fixed parallel rails with a secondary traverse rail mounted to them, and a hoist mounted to the traverse rail. The traverse rail moves along the length of the parallel rails, enabling the hoist to cover the complete area underneath them.

    It is known as a ‘H’ frame, as in plan view the system forms an ‘H’. It is also called an XY hoist system, as the hoist moves on the X axis and the Y axis. It is also known as a ‘room covering’ system, although this is less common, as the may not always cover the whole room.

    Watch the video below to see an XY hoist system in action (Courtesy of V.Guldmann A/S)

    Benefits of this type of layout

    There are many benefits to the H frame layout, some of which are summarised below.

    • TIME – The H frame ceiling track hoist layout enables users to move directly between wheelchair/bed/showerchair by taking the most direct route, saving time.
    • SAFETY – As an H frame hoist is quicker, the patient is less time in the hoist, reducing the risk.
    • COMFORT – The patient is in the hoist for a shorter amount of time, reducing the discomfort of being hoisted.
    • COVERAGE – If there is a mobile patient, who has a fall within the room, the hoist is always available to assist in lifting them up.

    In summary a H frame hoist system will decrease the time your carers spend hoisting – thereby reducing your costs, the risks to them and the patient will be minimised, reducing the risk of an accident. Patients being hoisted will be happier and more comfortable making for a much more pleasurable hoisting experience.

    Design options

    H frame hoists can be designed in may ways to meet varying needs. The parallel rails can be as long as required – providing there is sufficient structural fixings along the length of the track. The traverse rail can be up to 8 metres long, and can be hung underneath the parallel rails, or set in between them.

    The H frame hoist can also link to other systems via a combi lock gate locking system. This enable the hoist to traverse into another room, where it can connect to a straight track, or even another H frame ceiling track hoist system.

    DOWNLOAD LAYOUT DRAWING Generic H frame ceiling track hoist layout РBasic layout

    Please contact us for bespoke drawings for your project.

    Fixing options

    There are many fixing options for the H frame hoist systems as listed below.

    • CEILING FIX – Probably the most common, ceiling fixings can be mounted to steel, timber or concrete. Each fixing has to be strong enough to take the SWL of the hoist, plus a 50% safety margin.
    • END WALL FIX – H frame hoists can be mounted at each end of the parallel rails to either solid walls of=r stud walls strengthened with pattresses. If the track is being mounted this way, the maximum length of the parallel rail is 8 metres.
    • SIDE WALL FIX using our new innovative wall rail system, the primary parallel rails can be mounted to the side walls of the room. Not only does this look incredibly neat, but it can also be fitted to a single skin plasterboard wall.

    In summary the H frame ceiling track hoist is the ideal ceiling hoist solution where access to multiple points in a room is required – fast safe and simple to operate, it has many benefits over the traditional straight track, or turntable.


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