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The Megger Video Featured by Finishing and Coating

Air Power is excited to share some recent news you may have seen on all our social media channels. Air Power’s ‘How Well are Your Parts Grounded?’ video has been featured on Finishing & Coating! This website is published by a group of industry professionals and serves as an industry resource for manufacturers who are looking for information, goods, and services.

Thanks to Wayne Albergotti and Travis Stirewalt for all their work!

 

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Check out the “How Well are Your Parts Grounded?” video here

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.

 

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“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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Brand Page Updates

 

Air Power has been hard at work optimizing our website. Our goal is to be a better source of information for our manufacturing partners. If you are subscribed to our monthly Power Post newsletter, you can stay up to date on all Air Power news. Air Power creates videos, case studies, and blog articles centered around the latest news from the manufacturing community. We have updated our website to categorize all of our content by the brands mentioned. These updates make all of our content visible on each brand page, which allows you to find the information you need more efficiently.

Check out the “Our Brands” page on the Air Power website:

Our Brands

 

We have updated our brand pages to include all of our Air Power content that mentions the brand. Each Brand page now has a feed of videos and case studies that correspond with each brand.

 

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Brands Page

 

Follow these links to check it out!

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

Dynorbital Extreme Combo Packs

Dynabrade, the premier random orbital solution provider, proudly introduces our most refined random orbital sander to date. The Dynorbital® Extreme boasts the greatest power and most consistent speed of any palm-style orbital sander. Power and speed combine to quickly and reliably produce the desired finish, while ergonomic features keep operators safe and comfortable throughout their day. Symmetrical design allows left or right-handed operators to work comfortably, while the compact size of the Dynorbital® Extreme fits naturally in most operator’s hands. American-made from the highest grade materials for long-life and high durability.

 

Dynorbital Extreme Combo Packs

 

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Product Demonstrations

Check out the latest updates at Air Power!

Product Demonstrations

Air Power Manufacturing Solutions is making efforts to be sure that we can continue to effectively support the manufacturing community during this time. We love to be able to visit customers on-site and demonstrate how the products we sell can improve manufacturing processes, but there are a variety of other ways we can show you the latest technologies. Follow the link below to read about the ways Air Power can help you improve your manufacturing process!

 

 

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Air Power Chattanooga Branch

 

Take a Virtual Tour of Air Power Chattanooga

 

Located along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is our Chattanooga, TN branch. This is the 3rd largest Air Power branch. This team, led by Chris Case took home the coveted Branch of the Year trophy for 2017. This branch also serves as Air Power’s Authorized Gema Service and Repair Center. Service Techs Adam and Alex work diligently to make speedy repairs and keep customers up and running. This branch also offers counter sales and maintains a warehouse of wear parts convenient for our local customers.

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

 

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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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