MTC Solutions Yoke Rigging Systems

MTC Solutions Yoke systems are innovative devices, developed to accelerate the rigging time of mass timber elements while maintaining on-site safety. These lab-tested systems use high-quality code-approved ASSY self-tapping wood screws. The Yoke anchor systems comply with OSHA and ISHA regulations on safety standards for hoisting/rigging products and feature proper factors of safety for system capacities. They have been used in many prominent mass timber projects across North America including the world’s first tall mass timber hybrid building, the Brock Commons Tall Wood Building.

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The Yoke Anchoring System

MTC Solutions supplies four different Yoke systems engineered and tested for several scales of rigging needs.  Mini Yoke, Yoke 1T, Yoke 5T and Yoke XL are suitable for light, medium and heavy rigging duty of timber elements respectively. To attach the Yoke to the timber element, easy-to-install ASSY self-tapping screws are used with various diameters and lengths which depends on the lifted element’s weight and thickness. The screws allow for fast and efficient rigging on-site as well as improved site workflow.


The Mini Yoke features smaller screw sizes and a unique screw pattern designed for placement on flange sections of wooden I-joist panels. From testing, it was observed that the smaller screws reduce the risk of delaminating the OSB panels from the wooden flange in prefabricated I-joist floor elements. 

The Yoke XL is a versatile anchoring system capable of using 4, 8 or 12 screw patterns for lifting various panel weights. This can greatly assist on projects where a large variety of wood elements are lifted. In addition, the narrow width of the Yoke XL anchor allows for tilting and lifting of wall panels on the panel’s narrow edge without the risk of splitting.

What Can They Lift? 

The list of heavy timber elements that MTC Solutions Yoke systems can lift includes but is not limited to: 

  • Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) floor/roof and wall panels
  • Glulam beams
  • Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) floor/roof panels
  • Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) floor/roof panels
  • Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT) floor/roof panels
  • Prefabricated light frame I-joist floor elements. 
  • Prefabricated light frame walls

Additionally, the Yoke systems are currently in testing for lifting Mass Plywood Panel (MPP) floor/roof panels. GLT, NLT and DLT panels, like CLT panels are prefabricated mass timber structural panels and are built with stacked dimensional lumber pieces in one direction using glue, nails, or dowels. Given the single ply orientation of GLT, NLT and DLT panels, it is recommended to rig these panels using the Yoke XL with 12 fasteners. Additionally, the Yoke XL should be placed at an angle to the ply orientation, with the appropriate self-tapping screw length to ensure an optimized wood engagement during panel lifting.
MTC Solutions Yoke Rigging Systems - Mass Timber Elements - V2

For a fast and efficient workflow on-site, it is recommended to use four sets of rigging hardware to create an optimal circular workflow and to reduce on-site delays. Though self-tapping screws may not be reused after rigging, MTC Solutions Yoke anchors may be used to lift timber elements over multiple different construction projects. In combination with a well-designed truckload material sequencing, MTC Solutions Yoke anchoring systems can assist in reducing the total project rigging cost.

Design Example

To assist with rigging projects, the MTC Solutions Rigging Design Guide provides complete information on the Yoke systems and details how they may be used with simple design tables. 

Let us assume a designer is working on a rigging plan to lift a series of 3500 lbs SPF CLT roof panels with a 4-1/8” (105mm) thickness. The rigging is planned in an open space with a mobile crane. We can assume proper load spreading and a sling angle of 60° degrees to the panel. 

1) The first step before rigging any timber element is to determine the total factored load that must be lifted. Proper safety factors must be used, including Kos and Kv that account respectively for the rigging situation (in open or tight space) and the dynamic acceleration of the elements being lifted. Note that the design values in the Canada and USA Rigging Design Guide reflect the proper safety factors in accordance with the respective design codes, therefore the proper design guide corresponding to the jurisdiction of the rigging project must be used. 

2) The second step consists of selecting the model and quantity of Yoke needed. For rigging horizontally oriented CLT panels, it is recommended to use a 4-point lifting design to ensure proper panel stability during the lift. To find the capacity required for each individual anchor we can simply divide the total factored weight by four.

MTC Solutions Yoke Rigging Systems - Design Example

*All notes to the designer and all requirements from the Rigging Design Guide must be checked and met.

3) The final step consists of selecting the appropriate type and quantity of fasteners to use with the Yoke anchor selected to lift the panel. The goal is to ensure sufficient wood engagement by the threads of the screws. In our case, working with a 4-1/8” [105mm]3-ply panel, a screw length of 4”[100mm]is suggested. Note that the relative density[specific gravity]of the mass timber element lifted must be taken into consideration as it will affect the anchor connection capacity.

Based on the Yoke 5T anchor selection tables from the Rigging Design Guide, using 4 pieces of Yoke 5T with 4pcs ASSY Kombi 1/4” x 4” screws per Yoke will work for this rigging example.

As seen in the design example, MTC Solutions Yoke anchors configurations and selection process combined with a fast and simple installation using self-tapping screws, offers one of the most efficient rigging systems on the market.


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