The customer installed new winders in a low headroom area which presented the final product at a low pickup position. Rolls weighing 100lbs were required to be lifted from a horizontal position and placed into a vertically stacked position onto a pallet. The existing process required manual handling.
Area of equipment installation presented a restricted, low headroom area requiring the need to reach under, and around more OEM equipment required for the winding process.
Air Power Solution
Upon evaluation of the process, and area requirements, a dual extruded aluminum runway, with low profile carriage and custom adjustable stops were specified, and installed to offer coverage for the pickup and placement of rolls across a bank of six(6) winding machines. A custom steel frame was fabricated and installed to properly mount/position both runways for roll handler, and aspirator lines for the winding equipment. Due to area restrictions, an articulating arm with an integrated air balancer was mounted to allow for reach under, and around process equipment, to allow for pickup and placement of the finished product. A Dotec RH90Z45 Roll Handler (for low pickup) was provided which allows ergonomic pickup/placement of rolls to eliminate bending and manual handling by the operators of the finished product.