More about: Southworth Products
More about: Southworth Products
With the acquisition of Zenmar Power Tool & Hoist Systems, Air Power Manufacturing Solutions has expanded the brands that we offer our customers. We are now an authorized distributor for 6 new product brands, including Ajax Tools, Enerpac, Gorbel, Harrington Hoists, Michigan Pneumatic, and Southworth Products. We are excited to offer these products throughout our entire Southeastern territory.
Ranking among America’s finest quality manufacturers of industrial and construction tools, Ajax is a highly regarded brand name for forged specialty tools and accessories. Ajax is ISO 9001 certified and all products are engineered to meet or exceed OEM specifications.
Founded in 1946, Ajax Tools built on its expertise in heat-treating, forging, and machining; earning an image of uncompromising dedication to quality. Ajax is a full-service American manufacturer, and offers a modern manufacturing facility and advanced production equipment, to support our quality products and our focus on customer’s needs.
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Enerpac is a global leader in the engineering and manufacturing of high-pressure hydraulic tools, controlled force products, and solutions for precise positioning of heavy loads that help customers safely and reliably tackle some of the toughest jobs in the most demanding environments without compromise.
For mission-critical applications, Enerpac provides tools and solutions that make your work safer and easier to perform.
Gorbel offers a comprehensive line of overhead material handling, crane technology, ergonomic lifting products, and fall prevention systems. You can count on Gorbel to be on the cutting edge of manufacturing; constantly seeking out new ways to innovate and elevate their products and processes.
Gorbel’s mission is simple: They improve people’s lives. That mission guides everything they do, from the products and services they provide to their outside customers to the tools they create for their sales force and the work environment they foster for their employees.
Located in Manheim, PA, Elizabethtown, PA, South Holland, IL, and Corona, CA, Harrington Hoists, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of revolutionary manual, electric and air chain hoists as well as wire rope hoists, crane products, and below-the-hook devices. Known in the industry for world-class products, a driven sales focus, and outstanding customer services that are unmatched in today’s market, Harrington is committed to doing whatever it takes to satisfy customer needs.
Michigan Pneumatic Tool is a full-service air tool company celebrating 75 years as a leader in the design, distribution, manufacture, repair and rebuilding of industrial air tools. At MPT we service construction, industrial, demolition, bolting, and foundry tools. Michigan Pneumatic Tool also has an unrivaled parts inventory that includes brand name, hard to find, obsolete, and discontinued parts. We have the parts you need when you need them.
Southworth Products Corp is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of vertical lifting and positioning products including lift tables, container tilters, pallet level loaders, manual lifter transporters, and many more. The company headquarters are in Falmouth, Maine with manufacturing located in Manila, Arkansas.
They are a supplier of innovative products designed to improve worker productivity and safety through the practical application of ergonomics in work positioning applications; including scissor lift tables (hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical), portable lift tables, low height lift tables, container/basket tilters, pallet loaders, turntables, roll and coil cars. These products are sold under some of the industry’s most recognized brand names; including Dandy Lift & Leveler, PalletPal, EZ Reach, and Floor Height Lifts.
One of the most common workplace injuries reported is muscle strain due to repetitive motion. Manufacturers are seeking ergonomic material handling solutions to reduce the risk of injury for operators. In this case study, Air Power proposed a solution that successfully eliminated the risk of injury for these robotic machining cell operators.
This customer had dealt with various injuries due to the operators handling parts of various sizes/weights while loading and unloading parts onto automated infeed/outfeed conveyors on robot machining cells. Hand and finger injuries were commonly reported, as well as various back injuries. The customer required a solution that was safe and easy for operators to use. The solution needed to be located out of the way of forklift traffic and out of the work area of the cell so as not to impede on the operator’s workspace. They needed a device with the ability to grasp multiple sized parts without hassle. This solution also required a system that was low maintenance, durable, with low compressed air usage.
Air Power proposed an Ingersoll Rand column mounted with a 10ft reach and articulating arm. This system mounts out of the work cell yet reaches into the work cell to reach the work area for loading and unloading. It includes an integrated 500lb air balancer for lifting/lowering with the ability to adjust both the lifting and lowering speed to dial in the exact application. This device features low rotational inertia for ease of use and improved ergonomics for the operator, low maintenance, low CFM usage per cycle.
This Custom Air Power/Ingersoll Rand Manipulator is made of heavy steel for durability with pistol grip controls and a dummy handle for ease of use and maneuverability. It includes single-hand controls for lifting/lowering of the device & clamping/unclamping of parts, safety interlock that is load sensing to prevent parts from being dropped once elevated off the work surface, V-shaped movable jaws to allow clamping of various sized parts, padded jaws to prevent damage to machined surfaces, and requires little to no maintenance.
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Manufacturing commonly requires operators to lift and move heavy materials, which can lead to injury and fatigue. This material handling solution makes lifting a breeze.
A leading US Electronics Recycling Company.
This customer wanted to reduce the possibility of injuries from the amount of lifting their operators were exposed to. This problem was leading to higher turnover in specific areas due to common complaints of lifting parts that were upwards of 120 lbs! Thus reducing the rate of production and declining morale throughout the production floor due to manual lifting.
The Schmalz JumboFlex 50 was able to lift the customers’ desired weights of 40-120 lbs and capturing their desired throughput goal of 60-70%. This piece of equipment utilizes a vacuum suction pump that relieves the weight of the piece you’re picking up and relieving the amount of strain on the operator’s backs. Pairing the JumboFlex with Schmalz’ Column Mounted Jib Crane, we are able to reach out 10ft and have 270 degrees of full motion!
This material handling solution completely eliminated the customers’ problem. The Schmalz JumboFlex 50 eliminated the risk of injury for operators. This allows them to work faster, increases the rate of production, and reduces fatigue from constantly lifting heavy materials. The Section Manager stated, ” It’s not about the speed we’re able to go at, what this piece of equipment has done for us is, improve employee morale and reduce turnover now that they don’t have to lift heavy stuff all day long.”
Air Power, Inc., a leading distributor of industrial products and integrated solutions provider, announces the acquisition of Zenmar Power Tool & Hoist Systems of Cockeysville, Maryland. The addition of Zenmar joins two extraordinary industrial distributors, similar in culture, with rich histories, to further provide solutions to the manufacturing community across the Southeast & up through the Mid-Atlantic region.
“We are excited to join forces with Zenmar Power Tool & Hoist Systems and bring continued value to the Mid-Atlantic Region. We see a great opportunity to work hand in hand with a great team to provide support, services, and solutions to the many customers who Assemble, Move, and Coat products. Zenmar has been serving the market since 1982 and has a great reputation for servicing their customer base and providing value-added solutions. As our geographic footprint grows farther north, throughout this expanded region, we will continue to provide market-leading services and solutions to our customers. Our business model and approach to the market aligns very well and we are excited about what this means for our customers and our employees.”
-Dan Senff, President, Air Power Inc.
The two companies will work closely together over the next several months to align systems, incorporate best practices, and bring additional tools, resources, and infrastructure to this newly served market. Zenmar is an Industrial Distributor & Solutions provider; focused market segments include aerospace, chemicals, construction, electronics, food and beverage, general manufacturing, natural gas, marine, metal and fabrication, pharmaceutical, power generation, and many other industries. Zenmar has been serving the market for nearly 40 years, since 1982, and has a great reputation for servicing their customer base and providing value-added solutions. They have been a trusted source for material handling, crane & hoist systems, DC electric fastening systems, and safety platforms across the regions they serve. Together, the two companies represent the leading brands in the Finishing Industry (Liquid & Powder), Mix, Meter, & Dispense Technology of fluids, sealants, and adhesives, as well as Tools and Material Handling Solutions.
For customers, this acquisition will mean extended access to additional brands, a team of Application Specialists, Engineers, Service Technicians (in-house & field), Project Managers, Lab facilities, and support networks to further create the value needed in today’s environment.
About Air Power
Air Power is a leading distributor of industrial products and integrated solutions provider. Air Power shows a true dedication to supporting the needs of its customer base by not only distributing industrial equipment but also offering repair services in-house and in the field, engineering services for integrated solutions, and over 50 years of industry experience.
Air Power boasts an impressive team of over 35 Account managers, over 40 Application specialists, and 9 branch locations in 3 regions across the Southeast & Mid-Atlantic territories, (in addition to 7 additional team members based in a 10th branch in Monterrey, MX); all under 1 company with 1 mission: to build lasting relationships by supporting the manufacturing community with quality products and highly engineered solutions to effectively assemble, move, and coat the products that shape our world. Air Power has been serving the Southeast manufacturing community for over 50 years. If you Assemble, Move, or Coat products, Air Power can help you!
In this case study, Air Power builds a custom integrated system that makes Ergonomics, Safety, and Quality simple with a team effort.
This customer is a supplier in the Truck and Bus industry.
The customer needed to outfit a new work cell assembling large metal components. First, the weight of the fully assembled sub-build components exceeded 1000 lbs. requiring a high weight capacity work table. Secondly, the height variation of the operators presented ergonomic issues from shift to shift to ensure each operator performed his necessary tasks at optimum work heights for ergonomics and safety. Thirdly, target torque for each component exceeded the safety threshold for handheld tooling, 69 ft/lbs, and 135 ft/lbs. requiring a torque management solution to be included in the overall work cell build. Lastly, the components needing to be torqued are deemed quality critical, requiring all data for the fasteners to be documented to ensure a proper build.
Air Power included the following in our solution; a 2000 lbs. capacity adjustable height pneumatic Presto lift table, a GCI torque reaction arm, and a Cleco MPro 300 controller with right angle NeoTek tool. We were able to meet the high weight by working closely with Presto directly to customize the adjustable height scissor lift table. GCI was able to build a custom torque arm to provide the needed reach and vertical travel while managing up to 240 NM of torque reaction. We were able to mount the torque arm directly to our adjustable height table, allowing the entire work station to adjust to ideal work height for any given operator. All of this wrapped around the brand new Cleco 300 controller with NeoTek right angle tool allowing for a precise fastening solution meeting and exceeding the quality critical parameters required. The Cleco 300 also allows our end-user to monitor, collect, and organize critical data to ensure they every unit out the door is a quality part.
Air Power’s solution addressed all of the problems the customer faced with this assembly process. The Presto Lift table allows the operator to adjust the height of the entire system to eliminate and bending and back strain. The GCI torque arm holds and handles the Cleco right angle NeoTek tool. This eliminates any lifting and hand or wrist injury from handling a torque tool. Lastly, the Cleco mPro 300 controller gave the customer the ability to ensure perfect quality with every assembly.
When short pick & place applications warrant the need for user-friendly, ergonomic solutions— consider the
This Plug & Play system that can be featured with a variety of tools for lifting small rolls, boxes, crates, buckets, or bags. The options available are a pallet box and quick change tool for different applications. This system can be used to handle a variety of substrates. Cans, Kegs, and Sacks are a few of the applications that can benefit from the advanced technology that the Dotec Air Balance Lifter can bring to your manufacturing operation. Available with floor mount setups, as well as mobile platforms.
-Weight max: 50 kg (110 lbs)
-Vertical Travel: 1600 mm (5.25 ft)
-Horizontal Travel: 2100 mm (7 ft)
-Rotate: 360 degrees (4200 mm radius)
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Manufacturing facilities in today’s competitive market strive to reduce the ergonomic impact of their operators. In this case study, we will discuss the importance of recognizing every company’s desire to improve ergonomics and reduce injuries.
A global manufacturer, producing products for the heavy truck and bus industry.
Operators were manually lifting 40-150lb truck hubs and rotors to palletize for their shipment to their end-users. The operators were refusing to use their current lifting method as it was slow and delayed their production during the days shift resulting in reduced throughput per operator per shift.
We proposed they moved to a single large floor supported structure with multiple bridges, air balancers, and welded end effectors. This allowed multiple operators to use a single structure with each having their own ”bay” containing a bridge, balancer, end effector combo. This gave everyone the room they needed to load pallets as well as the lifting method that allowed the ergonomic impact to be reduced while still allowing the productivity of the manual lifting application. The air balancers’ speed and the pendant control allowed the operators to move at the speed they deemed fit for each application and individual operator preference.
Currently, we have installed 5 large lifts in this facility with more now being planned at their sister facilities, leading to many overall ergonomic improvements.
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The P3 All-Around Pneumatic Level Loader improves the efficiency of manual pallet loading and unloading jobs by eliminating bending, stretching, and walking around the pallet while carrying heavy loads.
Load and unload pallets without stooping, stretching, or walking. The P3-All Around Pneumatic Load Leveler automatically maintains pallets at a constant level and comfortable working height as layers of boxes are added or removed.
Leveling is accomplished by a heavy-duty, reinforced rubber airbag that can handle loads up to 4500 lbs. After airbag charging with shop air is complete, the P3 All Around can be disconnected and moved to any location in the plant. Because the P3 is pneumatic, it can accommodate loads that vary substantially in weight (from 400 – 4500 lbs.) so one unit is versatile enough to work in several areas.
A turntable top with easy turning anti-friction bearings allow users to spin loads so they are always working from the near side without having to walk around the unit.