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Lifting Columns Information

Lifting ColumnsLifting columns, also known as telescopic lifting devices, consist of linear actuators fitted with guides to provide stable vertical movement. A motor unit concealed within the column controls the devices. Lifting columns integrate linear drive and guidance systems to deliver enhanced mechanical stability in partial and fully extended positions.


The columns offer flexible height adjustment and are ideal for conditions requiring stability and motorized movement. Another function is the ability to combine multiple lifting components to allow synchronized operation. A superior bending moment, additional torsional rigidity, high-precision linear guide controls, virtually inaudible operation, and enhanced height adjustment capabilities are some of the key features representing modern lifting columns.


The high-strength aluminum structure supports great load capacity without bending, making the devices ideal for heavy-duty applications. Lighter metals and compounds provide easier transport and movement. Due to increased mobility of many lifting columns, costs for relocation and concerns for worker injury are significantly reduced. 


Types of Lifting Columns


Lifting columns come in a range of sizes and shapes. Standard designs include:


  • Rectangular
  • Round
  • Square
  • Standard turned
  • Upside-down turned
  • Two-part legs
  • Three-part legs
  • Multilift (for lifting items requiring more than one column)
  • TelescopicLifting Columns




Features of lifting columns include:


  • Integrated limit switch option
  • Synchronized drive control
  • Continuous height adjustment
  • Manual operation capability
  • Multiple assembly slots
  • Additional attachment slots (for reinforcements, screening, etc.)
  • Plug and work functionality
  • Lateral fixing slots
  • Sidewall fixing slots (for adding panels, cable channels, etc.)
  • Anodized aluminum housing design
  • Telescopic design
  • Programmable stroke range
  • Security stop
  • Flexible housing
  • Hall sensors
  • Built-in motors
  • Push or pull load capacity


SelectionLifting Columns


Industrial strength lift columns are suitable for applications that handle heavy loads. Safety compliance standards vary and should meet guidelines followed by the organization and mandated by local and federal governments. In the United States, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is a government institution established to protect the safety rights of employees. 


Additional metrics to consider when selecting lifting columns include height/stroke and length ratios, installation dimensions, compressive force, maximum lift height, and voltage requirements. Synchronization of multiple columns in a parallel system is achievable through the integration of a control box. Device visibility is also important.




  • Medical
  • Ergonomic
  • Industrial
  • Office furniture
  • Treatment chairs
  • Workstations
  • Kitchens
  • Display stands
  • Mobile carts
  • Counters
  • PC terminals
  • Working platforms
  • Fitness equipment
  • Wheelchairs
  • Dental chairs
  • Make-up chairs
  • X-ray machines
  • Operating tables
  • Bed and patient lifts
  • Factory automation




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