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OTH Pioneer Rigging Leads North America Sales and Service for Remote-Controlled Crane Hooks

April 17, 2023  By OTH Pioneer Rigging

OTH Pioneer Rigging has partnered with Ludwig System GmbH & Co. KG, creator of the remote-controlled lifting system, LudwigHook, to bring the solution to North America. The LudwigHook lifting device is an alternative to traditional lifting hooks. It is proven in steel erection and building supply delivery applications as a way to speed up the rigging process and reduce risk to workers by keeping them from manually unhooking rigging.

The LudwigHook system was introduced to the European construction market in 2012 and originally designed to meet CE Certification standards.

“In order to bring the remote-controlled lifting solution to North America, we worked with the creator to implement the necessary safety features to comply with federal safety regulations,” said Oliver Gleize, Product Manager for OTH Pioneer Rigging, adding that the hooks are OSHA, ASME, UL/CSA, and FCC/IC compliant, and there are more than 500 units are already in use in North America.

OTH Pioneer Rigging has permanent customer service for North American users and provides 24-hour shipping on spare parts to any job site within the U.S. and Canada. OTH Pioneer Rigging also offers annual inspections and allows new users a one-week trial free of charge.


Radio remote control with a range of 200 feet is used to trigger the opening mechanism. The opening mechanism of the hook switches off when lifting over 55 lbs., ensuring that the load cannot be dropped during a lift. When the load is set down, the opening mechanism switches on allowing the user to release the hook.

Available in two models, one individual LudwigHook has a working load limit of 4,400 lbs., and one XL hook is rated for 11,600 lbs. However, users can synchronize an unlimited number of hooks on the same remote, in any combination, to achieve scalable lifting capacity. Both models can be used with vertical, basket, or choker setups and any kind of attachment (wire rope, nylon rope, chains, eye bolts, etc).

For high cycle rigging tasks, like steel erection, wood framing, and loading and unloading containers at ports, this below-the-hook device can save crews up to four hours per day simply by cutting the amount of time it takes to release loads.

The purposefully designed, streamlined shape of the hook is designed for work in harsh environments, features long-lasting battery life, and is capable of making more than 100 lifts per day for a full week before recharging is required. The hook remains locked if the battery is fully discharged.

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