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How to Lift Heavy Glass The ‘Smart’ Way

In the construction and glazing industries, handling heavy glass is a task that combines the need for precision, safety, and efficiency, all at the same time. Traditional methods often involve manual labour that is not only time-consuming and expensive but also poses a significant risk to both workers and the glass itself. This is where the innovative vacuum lifting solutions from Smartlift come into play, revolutionising the way heavy glass is handled and installed.

The SL 1009 glazing robot from Smartlift lifting a large pane of glass into position.

Continue reading to learn more about how you can lift heavy glass the ‘smart’ way with the help of Smartlift glazing robots and how they are raising the game of glazing companies and contractors right across the UK.

The Challenge of Lifting Heavy Glass

Before we explore the solutions on offer from Smartlift, let’s talk about the challenges. Heavy glass panels are becoming increasingly common in modern architecture as they are able to offer aesthetic beauty and structural functionality all in one go. However, their weight and fragility make them challenging to manoeuvre and install, especially in tight spaces or at height.

Traditional manual handling methods are not only inefficient but also increase the risk of injury to workers and those in the surrounding area. In addition, manual handling is more likely to result in damage or breakage of glass, which is not only a health and safety issue, but can also pose significant financial costs on the installer.

Enter Smartlift Glazing Robots

Smartlift glazing robots are at the forefront of addressing the challenge of heavy glass lifting. These advanced machines are designed specifically for the safe, efficient, and precise installation of heavy glass panels, but what makes Smartlift the ‘smart’ way to lift such items? Let’s break it down:

1. Safety First

One of the primary benefits of using Smartlift technology is the enhanced safety they provide. By taking the strain away from manual handling, these robots significantly reduce the risk of injuries associated with the lifting of heavy nonporous objects. The secure grip and steady movement a Smartlift will provide can minimise the risk of damaging glass, ensuring that it reaches its destination in perfect condition.

2. Precision & Control

Smartlift glazing robots offer unparalleled precision and control, allowing operators to manoeuvre large panes of glass with ease. Equipped with sophisticated suction technology, these robots can securely hold onto the glass, eliminating the risk of slips or falls. The precision control ensures that the glass can be placed exactly where it needs to be, even in the most challenging situations.

A Smartlift glazing robot lifting heavy glass.
Smartlift glazing robots can lift and position large panes of glass with millimetre precision.

3. Efficiency and Productivity

Smartlift is not just about safety and precision, the brand also offers unparalleled efficiency, helping you get the job done faster than ever before. With the ability to quickly and easily move heavy panes of glass, Smartlift robots can significantly reduce the time and labour required for installations. This increase in productivity can lead to faster project completion times and the ability to take on more work, boosting the bottom line of your business.

4. Versatility

The Smartlift range includes a wide range of models, each designed to meet specific needs. Whether you’re working in tight indoor spaces or need the power to handle larger outdoor projects, there’s a Smartlift model that’s right for the job.

It’s also not just about glazing! Smartlift equipment is able to lift most nonporous materials including insulated panels, granite, marble and sheet metal. This versatility ensures that many businesses (not just glazing companies) can find the perfect solution for their unique lifting requirements.

Why Choose for Your Smartlift Needs?

As the sole UK and Ireland dealer/distributor for Smartlift products, Central Platform Services Ltd ( has established itself as a trusted name in the glass lifting industry. When you invest in Smartlift products from us, you’re not just investing in a piece of equipment, you’re gaining a partner dedicated to providing an exceptional level of service and after-sales support.

Our expertise in the field ensures that customers receive the best advice, training, and after-sales service, making the investment in Smartlift technology even more valuable. We even offer a wide range of additional services such as our LOLER testing service to help keep your equipment safe and compliant.


The world of glass installation is evolving, and Smartlift glazing robots are leading the way. With their precision, safety, efficiency, and versatility, these machines represent the ‘smart’ way to lift heavy glass. And with Central Platform Services’ commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, there’s never been a better time to explore what Smartlift can do for your business.

If you are interested in learning more about what a Smartlift can offer your business, why note get in touch with our experts by sending an email to We can even arrange on-site demonstrations so that you can see first hand how a Smartlift glazing robot could revolutionise the way you work.

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