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Schmalz Makes Lifting Easy

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.

Customer

A leading US Electronics Recycling Company.

 

Challenge

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.

 

Air Power Solution

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!

 

Results

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 Acquires Zenmar

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.

 

Zenmar Logo

 

“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!

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Assembly Made Simple

In this case study, Air Power builds a custom integrated system that makes Ergonomics, Safety, and Quality simple with a team effort.

Customer

This customer is a supplier in the Truck and Bus industry.

Challenge

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 Solution

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.

 

Assembly

Results

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.

 

 

DOTEC Air Balance Lifter

When short pick & place applications warrant the need for user-friendly, ergonomic solutions— consider the

Dotec ABL Air Balance Lifter

 

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.

Dotec Lifter

Capacity:

-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)

 

Dotec AirBalance Lifter

 

Learn more about Dotec

Source: Why Dotec

Ingersoll Rand Improves Ergonomics

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.

Customer

A global manufacturer, producing products for the heavy truck and bus industry.

Challenge

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.

Air Power’s Solution

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.

Result

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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Presto Lifts P3 All-Around Level Loader

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.

 

 

Presto Lifts P3 All Around Load Levelers

 

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.

 

Source: prestolifts.com

Ingersoll Rand In-Line Handle Air Balancer Control Kit

 

Ingersoll Rand In-Line Handle Air Balancer Control Kit

 

Designed for precise pick & place applications, the Ingersoll Rand In-Line Air Balancer Control Kit can integrate with all of Ingersoll Rand’s existing single rope basic unit air balancers.

– Compatible with 150, 200, 350, & 500 lb. capacity air balancers.
– Adjustable lifting and lowering speed based on pressure applied to up and down movements.
– Ideal for repetitive pick and place lifting applications.
– “Float” range allows for precise placement.

 

Contact Air Power today to get a live demonstration!

 

Echa un vistazo a lo que se está cocinando en México

As the summer heat is beginning to increase so is our Monterrey, MX team.  These past few months have been full of exciting product launches, customer trade shows, and strategic partnership meetings.  Our facility, located just outside of Monterrey, in Apodaca, consists of eight (8) employees’ within a 308 sq. meter (3,315 sq. ft.) branch location.  This branch functions as a complete team offering: account management, technical service, field repair, bench repair, system startup and integration, training, and localized equipment stock.

Air Power Mexico Team

John Deere Paint Summit

Our team was honored to attend the John Deere Paint Summit as a strategic supplier for Deere within Mexico and the United States.  This global summit included members from China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, and the United States.  It was a privilege for Air Power to be in attendance but more importantly a complement to be asked to be a part of the presentations.  In partnership with Graco and St. Clair Systems, Air Power discussed the importance of paint kitchen visibility and viscosity control as it pertains to plural component finishing operations.

APMX Presentation

 

FABTECH Monterrey

Following the Global Summit, there was no time to waste in preparation for Fabtech, Monterrey.  Held in Monterrey, MX on May 7th-9th; this event featured over 1,000 participants and more than 50 industrial vendors.  This offered for an engaging and technology advancing manufacture fair.  Air Power in partnership with Heraeus and Nitto Systems meet over 100 clients interested in further improving their current finishing operations.

APMX at Heraus Event

 

Gema OptiFlex Pro Series Launch

Mexico City was the next stop as excitement continues to build over the launch of GEMA’s new OptiFlex Pro Series of powder coating equipment.  This launch event highlighted the units unsurpassed Power, Quality, and Control Features.

Gema OptiFlex Pro Series Launch

 

  • Power – Powerboost Technology of 110KV
  • Quality – Precise Chare Control (PCC) and redesigned powder pump
  • Control – Bluetooth Capabilities with the GEMA E-APP

 

The below video, presented by GEMA, highlights the advantages of the new OptiFlex Pro.

 

 

Graco New Product Launch

Most recently, the team joined Graco in San Diego, CA, for the New Product of 2019 Launch.  This event focused on new technology and product that Graco is implementing within the 2019 calendar year.  Including highlights of:

  • Intelligent Paint Kitchen for Pneumatic Pumps
  • New Pro XP Gun Models
  • Radial Piston Agitators
  • Sealed 4-Ball Lower Plus
  • Active Surge Suppressors
  • Pro-Dispense
  • ProControl 1KE

This completes the New Product Launch 2019 for Graco and Air Power had representation within the Atlanta, Indianapolis, and San Diego event locations.

It’s cooking down in Mexico and we are excited of what is next to come.  If you are familiar with Air Power and have locations within Mexico; please give us a call today. We would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss best practices, equipment standardization, and our system integration capabilities and advantages offered as a result of our unsurpassed coverage area between the United States and Mexico.

 

 

Tire Lifting Solution Case Study

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 workdays 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 a horizontal position to vertical to be rolled into a rack staging area.

Tire Lift weight: 400 pounds+

Tire Size:  44”-56” outside diameter(OD), 17”-20” width

Air Power Solution

Air Power’s 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. The C5 Solution was installed in 2013.

Due to the increase in the C130 aircraft process requirements, Air Power was contacted to offer another solution for the C130 unit in September 2015.

An additional bridge was added to allow processing for the larger C130 tire application (tires over 400lbs) to allow pickup, positioning, and processing of these components.

Air Power Inc provided a TurnKey solution for both C5 and C130 tire applications.

 

Results

Implementation will reduce injuries, enhance efficiency, improve quality and ergonomics in the support of the warfighter mission.

“An effective and user-friendly solution that was way overdue” –Bobby Munda, WRAFB 402MXE

“Awesome, absolutely awesome!” –Candace Lauderdale, Safety Specialists, WRAFB

Original Pick Up Method Pick Up Solution Original Set Down Method Tire Set Down Solution

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.