Overview of products

Overview of products and services

What can EMCÉ supply?

The diversity of winch and capstan types is impressive. EMCÉ does not claim any winch for any purpose can be supplied, but for most applications and challenges a perfect or at least good solution can be provided. At EMCÉ three different categories are distinguished.

The standard programme

Absolutely;standard winches, such as we keep in stock, account for less then 20% of the annual production, but;are in most cases the firm base for ;equipment.;The standard programme;roughly covers capacities between 10 kg upto 250 tonne hoisting and pulling, and can be seen as the starting point to configure the ideal winch for a specific task. Possibly a standard winch is exactly what the customer needs, but the possibilities to modify these winches are endless, but not wihtout retaining the economic and timescale advantages of modular design and construction. These are the winches and options you will find;in our regular catalogue.

Custom winches

Custom winches mostly;based on our standard designs, but have specifications or requirements;that cannot be fully met with standard designs and standard options. These winches sometimes may not even look like our regular products, but do share the same design principles and use of modular drive and transmisison construction. These winches are not found in our regular catalogue due to their unique character and high degree of specialisation.


With projects the central element is, in most cases, it has not;been done before (in this way), and that;the requirements are challenging or complex. A project may range from building a system with a number of relatively normal winches with a very advanced control system to developing a winch system with an extreme strength to weight ratio for specialist applications. Needless to say these projects never make it;into the catalogue, but very often become part of;the standard inventory for their owners.


Overview of the main product groups


Our winches provide solutions for lifting, pulling, man-riding, mooring and anchoring. They range from 100 kg to 200 tons and are electrically, hydraulically or pneumatically driven - or equipped with a combination of these options. Alongside a comprehensive range of standard worm gear- and planetary-driven winches, we offer tailored solutions to suit any performance criteria and application. We also provide a complete design appraisal service and F.A.T.s for third parties, using our unique dynamic in-house test bed which is rated to 200 tons.


We provide rugged, self-contained worm gear or planetary capstan systems with electric, hydraulic or pneumatic transmission. The standard range runs to 15 tons and/or working head diameters up to 600mm and all capstans can be ATEX-rated, where required. The on-deck drive of worm gear capstans is equipped with a waterproof motor for intermittent use, whilst the below-deck drive has a drip-waterproof motor, and a selfaligning mounting plate suitable for high static loads, such as those applied to mooring ropes. Our planetary capstans feature a cast-iron capstan-head mounted onto a heavy-duty planetary gearbox. The whole drive is housed in a watertight tubular frame to provide optimal protection from the elements.

Umbilical winches:

A special group is the umbilical, transponder and hose reel winches which are custom designed for special purposes. EMCÉ’s hose reels - which range from 1 to 8 inches in diameter and up to 4 metres flange size - have applications both on and offshore, but are principally installed on heavy lift vessels, semi-subs, DSV's, research vessels, cable and pipe laying vessels and offshore pile-driving barges. They are usually built to order and spool hoses for fresh water, MDO fuel and hydraulic fluids, pneumatic hoses and electrical power supply cables. Our reels can be electrically, hydraulically or pneumatically driven and ATEX rated, where applicable.