OTH Pioneer Rigging reaches remote control hooks milestone in North America

23 May 2023

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Canada’s OTH Pioneer Rigging has reached the milestone of having 600 remote-controlled LudwigHooks at work just two years after introducing the hooks to North America.

The hooks have been implemented by 130 users across a variety of industries including steel erection, wood construction, and ports and terminals.

Available in two models, a LudwigHook has a working load limit of 4,400lbs, while the XL is rated for 11,600lbs. Designed by a logger in Germany, they were known for being compact, durable and versatile. Each hook weighs 6lbs and was built to withstand harsh outdoor environments without needing to be charged at the end of each working day.

The hooks can be used in a choker configuration with wire ropes or nylon slings, any kind of basket hitch, and with spreader bars or lifting frames. When using a basket configuration, the lifting capacity of the system doubles. Users can synchronise an unlimited number of hooks on the same remote, in any combination, to achieve scalable lifting capacity.

“On average, crews that have implemented LudwigHooks are eliminating 150 hours each year simply by cutting the time it takes to release the load. Based on customer feedback, this translates to $1,900 per week and users typically see a return on the investment in ten weeks,” said Oliver Gleize, president of OTH Pioneer Rigging.

“When I decided to bring the lifting solution to North America in 2021, my business partner and I went on a 10,000-mile tour across the country with a truck and trailer to demonstrate the benefits of using a quick-release hook. We had the opportunity to meet business owners and field personnel that were looking for a new and efficient way of doing everyday tasks and the response we got was incredible.

“As two entrepreneurs, we are very proud to have our hooks being used on jobsites across North America,” added Gleize. “We started from nothing just two years ago, but now our goal is to have 10,000 hooks in use by 2030!”

OTH Pioneer Rigging provides 24-hour shipping on spare parts to any job site within the US and Canada.

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