According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, the invention relates to a “transport device for an object, in particular for a pressing tool with a large weight, with a plurality of cable elements, which comprise a securing element, to which the object to be transported can be releasably fastened.”

An abstract of the invention, released by the Patent Office, said: “According to the invention, a spreader device is provided, which is configured with a spreader weight, which is fastened to a chain hoist, which is movable in vertical direction by a drive unit, and with struts articulated to the spreader weight, wherein on the side opposite to the spreader weight each strut is fixedly connected to a cable element having the securing element on the free end.”

The inventor was issued US Patent Number 7,159,912 on January 9.

The patent has been assigned to GM Global Technology Operations Inc., Detroit, US.