Material Handling Need
Aircraft Tire/Wheel shop activities require significant handling of large aircraft tires and rims weighing up to several hundred pounds. Handling these assets by manual means/methods had resulted in several serious injuries, culminating in lost work days and long-term medical impact on shop personnel and worker well-being.
Original Process: Two to Three operators required to lift C5 aircraft tire from pallet position, stacked up to four(4) levels high and onto rim assembly. Assembly was then lifted from horizontal position to vertical in order to be rolled into rack staging area.
Tire Lift weight: 400 pounds+
Tire Size: 44”-56” outside diameter(OD), 17”-20” width
Air Power Solution
Upon review of operations, AirPower solution consisting of aluminum overhead rail, bridge crane to suspend one (1) manipulator for the tire lift process, and one (1) bridge to suspend a pneumatic hoist for the F15 Rim process for the original C5 aircraft application. C5 Solution installed in 2013.
Due to increase in the C130 aircraft process requirements, Air Power was contacted to provide an additional solution for the C130 unit in September 2015.
An additional bridge was added, to allow processing for the larger C130 tire application (tires in excess of 400lbs) to allow pickup, positioning and processing of these components.
Air Power Inc provided a TurnKey solution for both C5, and C130 tire applications.
Implementation will reduce injuries, enhance efficiency, improve quality and ergonomics in the support of the war fighter mission.
“An effective and user-friendly solution that was way overdue” –Bobby Munda, WRAFB 402MXE
“Awesome, absolutely awesome!” –Candace Lauderdale, Safety Specialists, WRAFB
Manufactures underground boring equipment for gas and water lines. Used “hot potting” or manually mixed 2 paint components to be able to spray two colors: yellow and black.
This company has one booth for top coating and would manually mix the black and yellow paints. It took well over an hour to change out the colors. Parts being fabricated were staged all over the plant waiting to be painted. Due to backlog and space contingencies, some items were forced to be stored outside. Rainy days would slow down the process even more.
Air Power Solution
Air Power, Inc. suggested using a Graco Promix 2KE with gun flush box and utilize drum pumps they already had. Mixing on demand out of a 55 gallon drum of each component, improved the ability to change colors in less time than it takes to bring a new part to be coated.
Customer installed new winders in a low headroom area which presented final product at a low pickup position. Rolls weighing 100lbs were required to be lifted from horizontal position, and placed into vertical stacked position onto pallet. Existing process required manual handling.
Area of equipment installation presented a restricted, low headroom area requiring the need to reach under, and around additional OEM equipment required for the winding process.
Air Power Solution
Upon evaluation of process, and area requirements, a dual extruded aluminum runway, with low profile carriage and custom adjustable stops were specified, and installed to provide coverage for the pickup and placement of rolls across a bank of six(6) winding machines. A custom steel frame was fabricated and installed in order to properly mount/position both runways for roll handler, and aspirator lines for the winding equipment. Due to area restrictions, an articulating arm with 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.
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 manufacturer, 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 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.
Plant Manager Rod A. noted: “this is a welcomed tool for our operations, we have already identified additional areas which can benefit from this solution. Thanks to all for a job well done!”
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