Patent Number: 6,966,739

Title: Clamp for coil handler device

Abstract: A clamp is configured for use with a coil handler device for grasping, lifting and transporting a coil of material, the material coiled in such a manner as to have an outer periphery and an inner periphery. The handler device includes a frame and a lifting assembly. The clamp includes a body, and first and second clamping surfaces for engaging and securing the coil along a radial line at the inner and outer peripheries of the coil. A first clamp leg is elongated in a direction along the radial line. A second clamp leg is fixedly connected to the first clamp leg, transverse to the first clamp leg at a first end. The second clamp leg has a second end operably connected to the lifting assembly for raising and lowering the coil secured by the clamping element. First and second clamp arms are positioned along the first clamp leg for securing the coil at the inner and outer peripheries. The first clamp arm is spaced from the second clamp leg and the second clamp arm is intermediate the first clamp arm and the second clamp leg. The first clamp arm is fixed relative to the body and the second clamp arm is movable relative to the body. A coil handling device having the clamp is also disclosed.

Inventors: Figiel; Janusz (Mundelein, IL), Nocom; Alejandro L. (Lake Zurich, IL)

Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

International Classification: B66C 1/42 (20060101); B66C 1/48 (20060101); B60B 029/00 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018