Motorised reel handling attachment

10 December 2020

THE FULLY powered 6 inch (152mm) Vertical Spindle Attachment was designed in response to a customer requirement in the pharmaceutical industry to handle very narrow reels with a large core diameter, in a confined space with no manual handling.

The Vertical Spindle attachment has been designed to suit the lifting and rotation of reels of film and foil which have a core diameter of 152mm (6”). 

This lifting solution encompasses a fully powered 6” vertical spindle lifting and rotating attachment. This attachment is fully motorised and provides powered drives for both the reel gripping and release as well as the reel rotation to and from the vertical to horizontal orientations. These drives are operated via a hand-held ‘pendant’ control which provides precise and easy operation

The lifter has been designed with a narrow frame to easily access small spaces and improve maneuverability in narrow production lines. The frame legs have been narrowed from the standard width of 500mm to 440mm creating a smaller footprint.

The lower lift height capacity for Vertical Spindle had been increased to 176mm enabling the attachment to grip and lift smaller diameter reels, this enables the lifter to achieve sufficient engagement to handle the very short reels. 

The reels are securely gripped by the core. This mechanism is fitted with a torque limiter so that the clamping rollers do not over or under tighten onto the reel. This feature enables the operator to lift and transport reels with complete confidence. 

The attachments enhanced design features include a greater load capacity, improved strength and durability which provides an easy and safe operation. It is entirely suitable for the food industry and other hygienic applications. 

All Packline attachments are fully interchangeable and can be easily fitted or removed from any model of ‘Compac’ lifting machine that is fitted with the quick release system.


Lower lift height – 176mm (6.9 inches)

Reel dimensions – 350mm (13.7”) diameter x 500mm (19.6”).

Lift Capacity - 160-200kgs (352-440lbs).

Frame leg dimensions - 440mm (17.3”) outside leg (standard 500mm / 19.6”).