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.
-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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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!”
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.
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