Innovative design opening up a world of possibilities

Utilising our electric multi-rope winch systems our experienced design team can create the ideal raising and lowering solution that meets your specific requirements.

Applications include:

  • Flying Tables
  • Artwork
  • Signage
  • Glazing
  • Lighting Truss
  • Yoga Floors
  • Multifunctional Rooms

Penny Engineering’ team of designers, project managers and installers are able to guide you through each phase of the project from concept to completion. We also offer inspection and maintenance of the winch system to ensure its ongoing safety and compliance with legislation.

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  • In certain circumstances, the system can be designed so that no winch parts are visible when in the upper raised position.
  • One person can easily and quickly lower the load for cleaning and maintenance without the need for ladders or scaffolding.
  • Our systems help employers fulfil their duty of care to employees
  • Our systems comply with best practice guidelines by eliminating the need to work from height and ensuring that the suspended load has two means of support
  • All winch systems are tested and certificated to Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) statutory regulations
  • Planned maintenance packages ensure continuation of these compulsory annual checks.
  • Manually or electrically operated winches
  • Bespoke design service
  • Control can be either wall-mounted push buttons, a flying lead style plugin remote or a full radio remote system.
  • Integration with home automation systems eg: Crestron & Lutron
  • Lift capacities from 1 – 2000+kg (1 – 4400+lbs)
  • Power can be supplied to a moving load

Why choose a custom winch?

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Tailored to your needs – Solve your specific problems and remove blocks with a custom winch, made based on your needs.

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Simplify maintenance – Custom winch systems help to save time and effort when maintaining heavy or delicate loads.

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Prevent damage – A winch carefully controls the raising and lowering of your load to keep it safe from damage.

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Protect staff – 1 in 3 injuries at work are due to manual handling. Custom winches ensure the operator are protected from injury when lifting heavy loads.

Sectors we work with

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Lifting systems you can rely on

We have been designing and building bespoke lighting hoist and winch equipment for many years. Our bespoke solutions are manufactured to meet the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and all our products are CE marked.

We also help you to meet the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) that apply to any winching or lifting system that involves a change in level.

International Partners

Penny Engineering supply lifting equipment to over 25 countries around the world. Interested in finding out more?

Servicing and maintenance

With a custom winch comes unique features that not all service engineers will be able to understand. Our UK-wide network of approved service engineers has a unique understanding of the systems used, allowing them to complete a thorough service and offer expert advice.

Regular maintenance is the only way to guarantee your lifting equipment remains compliant and safe to use over time while also extending the lifespan of the winch.

Why choose Penny Engineering?

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Bespoke Design

Our winch systems are expertly designed by our Design Engineers, to perfectly fit the space available and to raise and lower the load safely.

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Manufactured in the UK

Penny Engineering’ winch systems are built in our purpose-built facility in North Derbyshire. This allows us to have the most stringent quality controls and ensure the systems are as safe as possible.

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Service and Maintenance

Our team of Service Engineers are based throughout the UK. They are available service and maintain the systems to ensure they remain safe and compliant with legal obligations.

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Custom winches FAQs

What are the types of winches?


Electric systems use mains electricity to move the hoist. This means your chandelier winch is controlled with the push of a button.

Manual systems are used by manually rotating a hand crank or winch handle. The handle can either be permanently attached to the body of the hoist or removable for a tamper-proof option.

What is used to suspend the lighting?


We always use tested and certified wire rope for suspension on both our bespoke and off the shelf self-contained winches.

The diameter of the rope used is dependent on the weight of the lighting structure.

What are the main component parts of a winch?


Our bespoke winch systems use several component parts to function, depending on their configuration:

Hoist Assembly – The hoist assembly consists of a drum for the rope to feed onto and an electric motor/gearbox that rotates the drum.

Pulleys – Pulleys are used to direct the rope between the Hoist Assembly and the Contact Suspension Unit.

Contact Suspension Units – When light is in its raised and operating position the Contact Suspension Unit connects the electrical circuits and engages a mechanical lock, relieving the winch, pulleys and wire rope from tension.

Cable Reels – The cable reel pays out the electrical flex to the light fitting as it is lowered to ground level and then automatically retracts the flex when raising the fitting back up to the high level.

Hoist Control Enclosure – The hoist motor uses 3 phase power to run so we use an inverter to convert the domestic 230v power supply feeding the system to 3 phase power that the hoist motor can utilise. The inverter is housed in the Hoist Controller Enclosure and all system control circuits feedback to this enclosure.

Does the winch have to be installed directly above the fitting?


No, not at all.

With our bespoke systems, the winch can be located remotely to the main lowering point. We then use a series of pulleys to direct the hoist rope from the hoist location back to the main lowering point.

What lead time can I expect when ordering one of your lighting systems?


Bespoke winches take approximately 6 weeks from design approval.

What information do you require from me in order to specify a custom winch?


Load – The weight of the chandelier or luminaire plus any accessories must be taken into account.

Lowering Distance – What is the distance from the ceiling to ground level?

The shape and design of the luminaire determines whether single or multiple suspension wires are required.

Control and operation – Control can be carried out via a plug-in handheld Remote-Control Unit, wireless radio remote control or hard-wired buttons on a control panel.

Lead time – How quickly do you need your lighting lift? We have a range of ‘off the shelf’ self- contained electric lighting hoists that are easy to install and on short lead times.


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Leeds Town Hall – Chandelier Winch Systems Speed Up Efficiency and Improve Safety

“The aftercare services that Penny Engineering offer is excellent, they’re only a phone call away to give you peace of mind. I am very satisfied with the service Penny supplied with these winches; I have no hesitation recommending them to anyone else thinking of using them.”
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