Hovair® air film skates

Innovative and cost effective solution

Since its acquisition of Hovair Systems, Movetech UK has continued in-house design and manufacture of standard and bespoke air film movement solutions.

Hovair air film skates are robust, low profile, high capacity load-moving modules used in sets of four or more to enable large or heavy objects to be moved with ease.

Hovair air film skates are suitable for use in virtually any industry, they have no moving parts and are consequently very low maintenance.

Compressed air and a smooth operating surface are all that is required to enable air skates to virtually eliminate friction.

Unlike wheels, air skates provide omni-directional capabilities, meaning that a load can be moved in any direction without the need for complex turning manoeuvres.

Sizes and load capacity:

Available in a variety of sizes and capacities, a set of four air skates can carry anything from 2 to 60 tonnes working at a floor pressure of 1kg/cm2, and up to 240 tonnes working at higher floor pressures. Multiples of air skates can move thousands of tonnes.

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How air skates work...

The air skates are connected with a hose manifold and supplied with compressed air. With the air turned on, the flow to each air skate is regulated to accommodate the load and floor conditions, allowing the load to be lifted clear of the floor.

A thin film of air can then escape from the periphery of a moulded diaphragm, creating a very small gap between it and the floor. This virtually eliminates friction, enabling the load to be moved with relatively little effort; a force of less than 5 kg can accelerate a 1000 kg load on air skates.

Features and benefits:

  • Working load capacities of up to 100 tonnes and higher
  • Choice of skate modules – steel or aluminium
  • Move loads in restricted areas where forklifts/cranes cannot reach
  • Easy to set up with quick release couplings
  • Powered by a regular workshop air supply of 5 to 7 bar
  • Easy to use and cost effective
  • Low floor pressures
  • Modular capability giving ultimate versatility
  • Accurate and repeatable positioning with omni-directional capability
  • Low profile skate modules for ease of location underneath loads

Product Datasheet (PDF)

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Frequently asked questions?

How much do air skates cost?

It all depends on your application, so the price varies on many things. For more infomration on pricing, contact our sales team and they will be more than happy to help.

What is the maximum load weight?

A set of four air skates can carry anything from 2 to 60 tonnes working at a floor pressure of 1kg/cm2. Multiples of air skates can move thousands of tonnes.

Do you offer servicing & maintenance?

Yes we do. Reliability is key and critical to your business performance. So regular maintenance and servicing is necessary. Our sales team can schedule this for you.

Want to know more? Contact our sales and technical team today!