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Industrial Custom Lift Manufacturer in the United States

Givens Lifting Systems Inc, Perrysburg, OH 419-724-9001

Hooks & Tongs

Below The Hook Lift Assists (For Cranes)


Givens Engineering Inc can custom manufacture below the hook lift assists for virtually any shape and capacity. All lift assists are designed and manufactured in accordance with ASME B30.20. 

We also design complex, active lifting devices including pneumatic grippers, magnetic lifters & vacuum lifters for hoists, robots or manipulators. Our ‘active’ end effectors can incorporate a number of complex movements or accommodate many different part models. Please see the End Effector / Lift Assist Tooling section for more information.  

Example Applications

The following examples are just a handful of lift assists that we have supplied to our satisfied customers:

Scissor Tong

Large custom scissor tong by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada.
Large Scissor Tong

For large castings. Mechanical tongs can be made in any size as long as the operator can open them. Beyond that size, a powered means of opening the jaws, such as air, is necessary, or latching tongs, described below, can be used.

Custom adjustable scissor tong by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada.
Adjustable Scissor Tong

For water pump assemblies. These tongs feature adjustable jaws to accommodate a large variation in part size.

Custom scissor tong by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada
Scissor Tong

For Castings. Tongs are a low-cost means of gripping an object using the weight of the load to keep the jaws closed. They require that the operator manually open and close the jaws

Custom cylinder scissor tongs by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada.
Cylinder Scissor Tong

Scissor tongs for Ø18″ cylinders. A mechanical safety latch has been added.

Mechanical Lift Assists

Hooks and Tongs - Transmission Lift by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada.
Transmission Lift

Accommodates 2 different models of automatic transmissions. The version shown there has a capacity of 240 lbs. A manual, locking latch retains the part.

Load leveling spreader beam and frame lifters by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada.
Load Leveling Spreader Beam

Electric motors drive the lifting shackle via worm gears and reducers. Changing the position of the shackle changes the angle of the lift. Hung from this device are 2 latching frame lifters (shown top left).

Bridge crane end truck with optional tractor drive, manufactured by Givens Engineering Inc. in Canada
Latching Frame Lifter

Truck frame lifter with passive mechanical latch. The latches are kept locked by the weight of the load. There are 2 latches that are operated by a single handle. Capacity is 6000 lbs.

Custom mechanical latching tool by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada.
Mechanical Latching Tool

For heavy truck frames. While raising and lowering these tongs, the jaws open and close semi-automatically. The operator, with a remote handle, trips the latch from open state to closed state, and vise versa.

Bridge crane end truck with optional tractor drive, manufactured by Givens Engineering Inc. in Canada.
Mechanical Grabs

For unusual shapes (truck spindle shown). Grabs are custom-designed to fit whatever load is being lifted, with latches to hold the part firmly.

Coil Hook

Custom 2000lbs coil hook by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada.
Coil hook

For capacities up to 100,000 lb. The example shown has a capacity of 20,000 lbs and accommodates a maximum coil diameter of Ø50″. This coil hook also features an oversized counterweight.

Custom 600lbs coil hook by Givens Engineering Inc. manufactured in Canada.
Coil hook

For capacities up to 100,000 lb (Example shown is 6000 lb). Balanced by a counterweight when the coil hook is under load and while unloaded.


Every lifting device must meet these stringent requirements:

  • At least a 4:1 designed safety factor
  • Meeting or exceeding ANSI specifications
  • All welders are individually CWB certified
  • Documentation is provided for dye-penetrant testing of critical welds and other stress points.
  • Load testing to double the rated capacity, with documentation 
  • Assembly drawing stamped by a Professional Engineer
  • Rated load conspicuously labeled

In every order, each unit comes with full electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic documentation.

Other Applications

  • Spreader Beams
  • Barrel Handlers
  • Custom Hooks
  • Slings
  • Forklift Attachments
  • Magnetic Lifters
  • Load Leveling Devices
  • Pallet Lifters
  • Vacuum Lifts
  • Sheet Metal Lifters
  • Coil Hooks

Have any questions about our hooks and tongs?