LiftBuddy specialise in the supply of lifting aids for the construction industry. Their flagship product was born out of the need to safely lift, transport and install fire doors. The company recognised a gap in the market where existing devices were unable to accommodate different door thickness or the load of larger fire doors.
The aim of this project was to create a lifting handle that was robust and would allow safe repeatable use. For this reason, the design could not incorporate moving parts that would be subjected to failure over time. This was particularly challenging as the device needed to function with a broad range of doors.
“ITERATE were very thorough in their approach to designing and testing LiftBuddy, which was important for a safety critical product like this.” Paul Stockham, Director at LiftBuddy
The final product was based on a three-handle design. The door is placed in between the outer and inner handles; manually levering the device upwards firmly grips the door, enabling it to be safely lifted. A positional difference between each of the outer grips allows the handle to accommodate different door thickness without the need for adjustment.
The powder coated mild steel construction incorporates hardwearing thermoplastic rubber handles capable of absorbing shock and abrasive use. Extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and physical product testing was carried out to ensure LiftBuddy was able to accommodate maximum lifting forces. If you would like to purchase the LiftBuddy handle, please click here.