Reduce downtime to maximise production flow and efficiency

Steel & Fabrication

Electric tugs enable steel manufacturers and fabricators to streamline processes, boost safety and maximise efficiency.  

MasterTug moving steel girders on rails

Material handling in steel manufacturing, it’s more than forklifts  

For steel manufacturers and fabricators alike, maximising operational efficiency is crucial.

Heavy, large steelwork can make material handling a challenge, with many manufacturers relying solely on lifting equipment such as overhead cranes and forklift trucks.

While perfectly suited to lifting components in the fabrication process, relying on lifting equipment to move loads through sites results in production bottlenecks and delays.  

Maximise production flow and drive operational efficiency 

Enabling a single operator to safely move loads of 70,000kg and beyond, electric tugs complement lifting equipment to deliver the flexible movement of wheeled loads, driving operational efficiency.

With no operator license required, loads can easily be moved as and when required, optimising production flow.

Robust designs guarantee the powerful, controlled movement of loads, delivering unrivalled visibility – perfect for indoor use and building-to-building movements.    

The benefits of electric tugs in steel and fabrication 

Compact but powerful electric tugs enable steel manufacturers to safely move loads such as heavy steelwork, rebar, plating, sheet metal and castings with complete confidence.

Working alongside lifting equipment, electric tugs help manufacturers create flexible production processes and maximise efficiency.    

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    Improve operational efficiency

    Enabling steel manufacturers to improve operational efficiency, throughput and production flow. 

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    Create flexible production processes

    Whether it’s moving loads off the production line or in building-to-building movements, electric tugs give manufacturers the flexibility needed.   

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    Reduce downtime 

    With no operator license required, a single operator can easily move loads as and when required – reducing downtime and production bottlenecks.  

Our range of steel & fabrication electric tugs

Trusted by the global steel and fabrication industry   

Leading steel and fabrication companies trust MasterMover’s compact electric tugs to move heavy loads, maximising production efficiency and workplace safety.  

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MasterMover are easy to work with and all products performed as advertised. Moved our heavy products with ease!

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What do electric tugs move in the steel and fabrication industry?

Used to move a wide variety of loads across the steel and fabrication industry, electric tugs improve efficiency and safety in the movement of loads such as:

  • Structural steelwork
  • Rebar
  • Pipework
  • Castings
  • Steel plating
  • Sheet metal
  • Machined sub-assemblies
  • Coils
Is an operator license or training required?   

No, unlike lifting equipment such as forklift trucks and cranes, an electric tug does not require a license to operate. A license-free operation reduces downtime and maximises operational efficiency, reducing wasted time waiting for a licensed driver.    

Minimal training is required to safely operate an electric tug and we offer training packages to suit every requirement.   

How are electric tugs powered?   

Electric tugs are battery powered, with interchangeable batteries or lithium options available, electric tugs can deliver 24/7 operation to keep your processes moving.

Offering zero emissions from the point of use, electric tugs are ideally suited for indoor use, replacing internal combustion engine (ICE) powered equipment such as forklifts or tow tractors.   

How do electric tugs connect?     

A range of coupling options are available across the range that maximise performance, security and safety.

Custom coupling solutions can also be designed for unique applications.     

We're here to help 

If you’re looking to improve safety, remove the risk of injury and unlock greater operational efficiency, we’re here to help. Speak to our team to discuss your application.