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)
There are many benefits to the H frame layout, some of which are summarised below.
In summary a X-Y 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.
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.
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There are many fixing options for the XY hoist systems as listed below.
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.