Low Headroom-Low Pickup Solution

Customer Need

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.

 

Roll Handling Solution for Flexible Packaging

Customer Need

An Arkansas based, Flexible packaging converters palletizing process required manual lifting and tilting of rolls being presented in the horizontal core position, onto a pallet- stacking to vertical orientation. The rolls being processed have weights up to 200 pounds, with roll widths up to 40 inches.

An existing overhead steel track was to remain in the process zone, which had to be considered for the process area location due to heights/clearance obstruction.

Air Power Solution

Upon initial discussion with the manufacturer, the end-user contacted Air Power Inc, the Southeastern US Full-service provider of Dotec Roll Handling Solutions, to discuss the project needs. Sample rolls were provided by the end-user for evaluation.

A video demonstration by Air Power personnel was provided to the end-user, of the equipment proposed and in process.

A TurnKey solution was purchased, which included: One(1) Dotec RH90 Roll Handler – with auto roll engagement, ergo-handle controls, powered tilt function, One(1) Dotec 700LH Low headroom jib (to allow for coverage and clearance under the existing structure), Installation and Start-Up training.

Results

Plant Manager Rod A. noted: “this is a welcomed tool for our operations, we have already identified other areas which can benefit from this solution. Thanks to all for a job well done!”

 

DOTEC Roll Handling Virtual Demo

 

 

A Demonstration of the DOTEC Friendly Lift Assist Roll Handler

 

Dotec presents the widest range of Roll Handling equipment in the market. This equipment is used for a number os processes including Flexible Packaging, Label + Narrow Web, Hygiene Non-Woven and Yarn or Fabric. In this video, Application Specialist Gary Lee demonstrates how the Dotec LiftAssist can handle a roll of flexible packaging from a customer.

Every Dotec LiftAssist possesses specific characteristics that are based on ease of operating, speed, and good posture of the operator. The intuitive design of this device makes the operator’s training time amazingly short.

Indeva Liftronic Easy Demo

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A demonstration of the Indeva Liftronic Easy intelligent material handling device.

Thanks to the guys at Indeva for coming to Air Power, Inc. in High Point, NC to show us their new equipment!

GCI Torque Arm Demonstration

We’d like to thank GCI Engineering Solutions for coming out and showing us some new tools. Here is our GCI Torque Arm Demonstration. You can learn more about these at gcilift.com