Companies turn to ELS for lifting solutionsSeptember 16, 2016 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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For more than 40 years, companies across many industries have been turning to Engineered Lifting Systems & Equipment (ELS) for its expertise. The company’s team of experts are trained to help customers find the right solution.
One customer in the asphalt paving mixture and block industry approached ELS for a lifting solution. The company was developing a new process for its building facing products — stone materials that were lighter and more porous than traditional stones and bricks, and came in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, thicknesses and surface differentials. The new process required a layer of stones, which weighed about 400 pounds, to be taken from a pallet and placed onto a conveyor before being transported through a specialized coating/sealing process, removed and placed onto an outgoing pallet.
For the new process to be efficient, however, each layer needed to be coated in less than one minute. A system for transporting an entire layer of bricks/stones was required to achieve this, and ELS had the answer. It supplied a 1,000-pound capacity Gorbel Workstation Bridge Crane with vacuum system suspended from an electric chain hoist. The vacuum lifting system is not affected by the uneven and porous surface of the stone blocks. It accommodates varying surface undulations of up to 1.5-inches thick, and handles infinite configurations of stone block profiles. In fact, the vacuum lifter safely lifts any and all of the stones assembled in the layering progression. This allows the plant manager to freely schedule any product down the line, as no retooling time is required to accommodate product variations.
Additionally, the system is very easy to use with its four lever controls, making operator training minimal. The operator positions the trolley-mounted system between pallet and conveyor by pushing or pulling along the workstation crane’s track. When an operator positions the vacuum system over a layer of block and activates an attached vacuum control, an indicator light turns green when safe vacuum levels have been achieved. The operator then uses the mounted pendant for up/down hoisting, and activates the release vacuum control to detach the load.
To find the right lifting solution for your needs, contact Engineered Lifting Systems & Equipment.