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  • Jun 14, 2024

MTC Solutions Rigging Devices—How to Pick the Right Ones?

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MTC Solutions offers a variety of innovative rigging systems designed for efficient and safe rigging of mass timber elements. Installed with our high-performance, code-compliant ASSY self-tapping wood screws, these anchors meet, among others, OSHA, AMSE, and IHSA safety standards in the United States and Canada for hoisting and rigging products, incorporating proper factors of safety. These rigging solutions have been instrumental in the success of several prominent mass timber landmarks across North America.

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MTC Solutions rigging systems comply with OH&S-15, RSST-S2.1 and IHSA regulations in Canada and OSHA regulations in the US 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.

Commonly Rigged Structural Wood Elements

The most common structural wood elements that require hoisting on construction sites are:

  • Light-frame panels, such as structural insulated panels (SIPs), prefabricated I-joist floors, and prefabricated stud walls
  • Mass timber (CLT and MPP) wall, floor, and roof panels
  • Glulam beams and columns
  • Logs

To meet different rigging needs, MTC Solutions distributes five distinct anchoring systems:

  • The Mini Yoke: best for light-duty rigging up to 480 lb. [ 2.14 kN ] and designed with a unique pattern for sitting on flange sections, preventing OSB delamination.
  • The Transport Anchor: ideal for medium-duty rigging up to 1,200 lb. [ 5.34 kN ] and installed with just one screw.
  • The Yoke 1T: suitable for medium-duty rigging up to 2,200 lb. [ 9.79 kN ]
  • The Yoke 5T: designed for heavy-duty rigging up to 4,970 lb. [ 22.11 kN ]
  • The Yoke XL: optimal for heavy-duty rigging up to 10,990 lb. [ 48.89 kN ] and tilting wall panels and designed with a versatile screw pattern (4, 8, or 12) for installation.

MTC rigging devices lineup

Figure 1. Recommended use scenarios for MTC Solutions rigging systems

These anchors are installed onto wood members with a selected range of ASSY self-tapping screws, chosen to ensure that no predrilling would be required for installation in any wood species, including Southern Yellow Pine (SYP). These high-performance, code-compliant fasteners significantly enhance on-site efficiency.

How to Select the Right Rigging Solution for Your Needs?

Once you have determined the total factored load to be lifted, it is time to choose the appropriate rigging device. It is also important to select the right number of anchors to be used to lift structural elements, which depends on multiple factors, including, but not limited to, their type, weight, and dimensions, as well as the type of crane used.

For example, two anchors are commonly used to tilt up CLT wall panels, while lifting floor or roof panels generally requires four anchors. In scenarios involving more than two anchors, accurately determining the load on each anchor can become challenging due to the uncertainties associated with the symmetry of load distribution, which impacts the number of anchors in effect. To calculate the load capacity of an anchor assembly (a hitch) and ensure on-site safety, please refer to your licensed rigging professional.

To simplify the selection process, the section below presents an overview of frequently encountered structural wood members with their recommended rigging solutions and maximum single-anchor capacities. Feel free to reach out to our Technical Support Team if you have any questions.

Disclaimer: All values presented in the table below are the maximum factored capacity per anchor used while rigging and do not indicate the maximum weight of structural wood members that can be lifted.

MTC rigging device applications chart

  • Light-Frame Panels: Rigged with a properly designed assembly that includes 4 anchors
icons light-frame

For lifting prefabricated I-joist floor panels, weighing up to 1,920 lb., and SIP roof panels, up to 360 lb., the Mini Yoke is an ideal choice, combining lightweight design with a speedy attachment achieved with shorter screws. For prefabricated stud walls up to 3,160 lb., the Yoke 1T would be the recommended solution.

  • Mass Timber Floor and Roof Panels: Rigged with a properly designed assembly that includes 4 anchors
icons floor and roof panels

For rigging mass timber floor and roof panels, including CLT and MPP, several options are available to accommodate a wide variety of factored weights, providing flexibility based on your project needs:

  • For panels weighing up to 4,800 lb., use the Transport Anchor.
  • For panels weighing up to 8,800 lb., use the Yoke 1T.
  • For panels weighing up to 19,880 lb., use the Yoke 5T.
  • For heavier panels up to 43,600 lb., use the Yoke XL.
  • Mass Timber Wall Panels: Rigged with a properly designed assembly that includes 2 anchors
icons wall panels

The Yoke XL is a solution specifically designed and tested for tilting mass timber walls, providing a safe and reliable option for up to a factored weight of 8,280 lb., when installed on the edge side of MPP or CLT panels.

  • Glulam Beams: Rigged with a properly designed assembly that includes 2 anchors
icon glulam beams

As it is the case for floor and roof panels, determining the right material for lifting glulam beams also depends on multiple factors. Please refer to our Rigging Design Guide for details.

  • For glulam beams weighing up to 21,980 lb., use the Yoke XL.
  • For glulam beams weighing up to 4,400 lb., use the Yoke 1T.
  • For glulam beams weighing up to 1,600 lb., use the Transport Anchor.

Mass Timber wall panels and glulam beams, based on weight and dimension variations, can be tilted up and lifted with more than 2 anchors. The maximum weights supported in such scenarios would be different from the values presented above.

How to Work with Us?

At MTC Solutions, we provide top-notch technical support to help you choose the right tools for your projects, and here is how it works.

  1. Provide Project Details: you share with us the type (e.g., beams or columns), weight, thickness, quantity, and wood species of the structural elements, along with the size and shape of the wood members if possible. Data provided in MS Excel will be faster to process!
  2. Receive Recommendations: Based on your details, we’ll suggest suitable rigging device options and the necessary installation screws.
  3. Get a Quote: If you are satisfied with our recommendation, we then provide you with a quote for the selected hardware.
  4. Seek Approval from your licensed rigging engineer for the chosen devices. Note that MTC Solutions does not offer engineering services; we only provide suggestions.
  5. Shipping, Receiving, and Installation 😊


Interested in learning how to install these products safely? Check out our YouTube channel playlist on rigging, covering all details you need to know!

And if you have any questions about our rigging systems or need help with rigging planning, contact our Technical Support Team 😉

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