Battery-powered Tugs for the Glass Sector 

In the manufacturing industry, moving large pieces of glass can be a challenging task. Glass is heavy and fragile, making it difficult to handle and transport without causing damage. However, with the advent of battery-powered tugs, this task has become much easier and safer.

Tractive Power’s electric tugs are designed to allow operators safe and efficient movement of large and heavy loads. This can include large pieces of glass. Our innovative tugs are perfect for manoeuvring awkward products, whether this is on-site or within a manufacturing warehouse. 

Building design is changing, improving and becoming more innovative. Therefore, changing the way glass is used in construction and building design. With glass panels and pains becoming larger, and double glazing becoming commonplace, the glass industry must consider the way in which glass is moved and transported. 

Due to the considered designs of our battery-powered tugs and trucks, moving glass pains are controlled. Ensuring that fragile loads are handled with care, but moved in an efficient manner. 


Reasons tugs can benefit the glass industry 


Improved Safety:

Moving large pieces of glass by hand can be dangerous, both for employees and the glass. Simple mistakes can result in serious injury or broken glass. This can mean employees are absent from work, and high costs to the business. Battery-powered tugs provide a safe and secure way to move heavy loads without putting workers at risk.

Increased Efficiency:

Battery-powered tugs are designed to move heavy loads quickly and efficiently. They can be operated by a single person, reducing the need for multiple workers to move a single piece of glass. This not only saves time but also reduces labour costs.

Precise Movement:

Moving large pieces of glass requires precision and accuracy. Battery-powered tugs are equipped with precision controls that allow for smooth and precise movement, even in tight spaces. This helps to ensure that the glass is moved safely and accurately without any damage.

Reduced Damage:

Glass is fragile and can easily break if mishandled. Battery-powered tugs provide a smooth and stable way to move the glass. Reducing the risk of damage during transport. This not only saves money on replacement costs but also ensures that the glass is delivered to the customer in pristine condition.


Battery-powered tugs are versatile and can be used in a variety of settings. They can be used indoors or outdoors and on various surfaces, including concrete, tile, and carpet. This makes them an ideal solution for moving large pieces of glass in manufacturing settings.


Our tugs are suitable for moving a range of products including: 


  • Glass pains 
  • Windows 
  • Glass panels 
  • A-frames for extended glass panels 


Movement in busy glass-making environments 


Moving large pieces of glass is made easy with battery-powered tugs. Especially in crowded or congested and busy warehouses and glass manufacturing facilities. Our tugs reduce the need for dangerously moving heavy and fragile items. 

In many instances, large pains of glass may be moved using manual machines, or manpower alone. But alternatives which are electric, take away the physical strain of lifting and manoeuvring heavy objects. As these single-operator tugs offer excellent precision and control. Plus, excellent visibility and efficiency. 

The easy-to-use nature of our tractive tugs means navigating awkward manoeuvres and corners is simple. By adjusting the speed of the battery-powered tug, it becomes possible to achieve a gradual load uptake. This removes the chance of sudden movements. Our tugs mean a loan operator can effortlessly move trolleys and tugs, without coming into contact with the glass. 

Even over long distances, and navigating entry slopes, the risk of damage to the glass panels is significantly reduced. 


Using battery-powered tugs to improve the health and safety of employees 


Workplaces injuries within the manufacturing sector are common, but they shouldn’t be. Employers and businesses should implement measures to mitigate risk and the chance of injury. 

Major concerns that surround health and safety in the glass industry are:

  • Back and shoulder injuries from manually moving heavy loads 
  • The need to replace employers or find sick cover when employers are absent due to physical injury 


Benefits of using tugs to move large glass panels:


  • Reduce the risk to the health and safety of employees 
  • Improve the safe movement of glass panels in busy warehouses and manufacturing environments 
  • Enable the safe movement of large glass panels on construction sites
  • Reduce the expenditure on large machinery like forklifts 
  • Battery-powered tugs are smaller in size, and require less floor space for storage, therefore, making better use of factory or construction site space 
  • Control and manoeuvrability of heavy loads 
  • Single-operator tugs mean fewer employees are required to move glass panels in contrast to manual lifting methods 


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Battery-powered tugs are an excellent choice for moving large pieces of glass in the manufacturing industry. They provide a safe and efficient way to move heavy loads, reducing the risk of injury and damage to the glass. They are also versatile and can be used in various settings, making them a valuable tool for any manufacturing facility.

Please get in touch with our team of experts at Tractive Power. Call us at 01538 360372, or fill out a contact form on our website and we’ll get back to you.