By: Melissa Nichols On: October 01, 2020 In: Blog Comments: 0

Glazed canopies are becoming increasingly popular as they offer shelter and make entrances to offices and retail spaces look slick, modern and inviting.

Whether you need to install a canopy or replace cracked, smashed or damaged glass, GGR has a range of quick and safe canopy glazing equipment available for hire and sale nationwide.

GGR’s glazing robots, glass lifters, hoists, and mini cranes can help install, remove and replace canopy glass, whether you need to lift from above or perform an overhead lift when working underneath the canopy.

Here’s our top five canopy glazing picks…

UNIC mini crane and GL-UMC600 replacing glass canopy1. UNIC mini cranes

Smaller UNIC mini cranes are compact enough to install glass from underneath a canopy whilst the larger models have the extended reach to fit units from above if possible.

This UNIC URW-095 mini spider crane was fitted with a GL-UMC600 robotic glass manipulator attachment to replace a piece of canopy glass at The Peninsula office building. Unable to lift the glass from its smashed top leaf, the mini crane and robotic head removed and replaced the unit from underneath. GGR’s technical team modified this GL-UMC600 with an angled fixing bracket which meant it could tilt back further, allowing it to complete this overhead glazing task.


2. Glassmax Giraffe

The 320kg capacity Glassmax Giraffe lifting hoist is a quick and simple solution for overhead glazing and canopy installation work. Fitted with a glass vacuum lifter attachment, this machine is able to hydraulically tilt loads by 90° and lift to a 5.4 metre maximum height.

Two Glassmax Giraffe hoists working in tandem

Two Glassmax Giraffe hoists were used in tandem on this glass canopy repair job outside a London office. Positioned underneath the 4 metre high canopy, the pair of machines simultaneously lifted out a damaged 6.2 metre wide panel weighing 558kg and replaced it with a brand new one.

Quick to set up and easy to manoeuvre around tight spaces, the Glassmax Giraffe also swiftly completed this canopy glazing work on the platform of Wakefield Kirkgate train station.

Hydraulica lifter installing canopy glass3. Glass vacuum lifters

GGR’s glass vacuum lifters can be used as below the hook attachments with mobile cranes or tower cranes for installing glass units onto canopies from above. This Hydraulica 1200-B glass sucker was hired to handle oversized canopy units on this reglazing project at Manchester’s tallest skyscraper, Beetham Tower, better known as the Manchester Hilton hotel.

4. GML800+ Glass Manipulator

The 500kg capacity GML800+ features an integrated vacuum lifter to easily manipulate glass and non-porous materials into place. Here the GML800+ was hired from GGR Group to replace this cracked glazing at a well known horse racing course in the South of the UK.

The GML 800+ benefits from a 90° powered tilt function, 15° slew left and right and 360° continuous powered rotation for ultimate precision when installing canopy glazing.

5. Cobra 550 Glazing Robot

For this project the Cobra 550 had to pick, carry, lift and manipulate this canopy glass into place at a restaurant in Nottingham. With a 550kg capacity, the Cobra was easily able to pick the 200kg piece of glass from the glass trolley on site and carry to its prime installation position.

The Cobra 550 can lift materials from floor level up to four metres in a fully parallel operation and its hydraulic movement with 180 tilt made installation of the canopy glass easy, quick and precise.


If you are looking for advice on right piece of lifting equipment for your next canopy glazing project contact our team of experts today.

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