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Uses and Features of Counter Balance Crane Air Technical Industries

Air Technical Industries (ATI) provides industry with a wide selection of our own proprietary designs of reversible, counterbalanced mobile hydraulic floor cranes. These counterbalance cranes are so popular and easy to use that people tend to give them names, like the elephant or the giraffe and even big bird.

We suspect our clients love our counterbalance cranes so much because they are wonderfully strong and versatile machines, helping you get your job done well and safely. Our counterbalance cranes range in capacities from 1,000 pounds clear up to 100,000 pounds. They can lift these weights up to 14 feet high, and we also have boom attachments available so you can reach even higher if you need to.They are designed to reach both over and under obstacles which increases your efficiency. We offer hydraulic powered, telescopic boom to add even more flexibility.

We build the wheels of our counterbalance cranes with roller bearing, which gives them additional movement and positioning agility. Our cranes come with a standard manual hydraulic lifting cylinder, and you can add power lifting, either by battery (not included) or by plugging in to a standard 110 volt AC. For maximum mobility and versatility counterbalance cranes can be self-propelled.

Some of these cranes are designed to be mounted on a truck for real portability. We even offer foldable cranes. Our knuckle cranes are designed to reach over objects, including reaching under itself for uncompromised flexibility. If you have a need for a strong, long lasting crane, chances are we have already designed and offer exactly the one you need – and if we haven’t we’ll work with you to solve your problem.

We are proud of these well designed rugged reversible cranes (RBC) which are also known as counter balance cranes, counterweight cranes, boom crane, legless crane, reversed boom crane, reverse crane, shop crane, etc. At ATI we’re sure these rugged, well built cranes will serve you well for years and years.

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Heavy-Duty Upender-Inverter form Air Technical Industries

A customer that manufactures store fixtures for retail stores had an application during the machining process that they needed to flip stacks of metal shelves. They already had a cantilever inverter ,but due to the high frequency of the duty cycles they were looking for something a little more robust. The Upender Inverter was a perfect solution. The unit is equipped with a continuous duty cycle package to extend the life time of the unit. The flipper also has powered conveyors along with automatic sequencing package for one touch of the button operation.

The Upender is a much safer solution than attempting to use an overhead crane. It is available in capacities up to 50,000 lbs. The construction of the unit incorporates a scissors lift which allows for clamping the load securely. The design is such that you can load from the sides of the unit & even unload from the same side thus eliminating the need for additional floor space. It’s heavy duty welded construction also increases the longevity of this great piece of equipment.

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Industrial Material Handling Equipment

A customer in an extrusion operation approached with a problem. The components that they regualrly change in the cooling tanks have been updated from being manageble 40 pound units to now being 200 pound assemblies. This change has caused some back injuries among the maintenance crew members, as they were having to reach down into the cooling tanks, and pick up the assembly, lifting it up over the lip and setting it down manually in a narrow aisle. This maintenance is performed weekly on each of their 18 extrusion lines. The biggest challenge for this customer is that the narrow aisles, prevented them from being able to reach the assembly with traditional lifting equipment.

The solution is a modified portable jib crane with a counter weighted beam. The jib crane can be transported down the aisle on a pallet jack since a forklift can not fit in the aisle. The base was modified to be only 36” wide. They will be able to rotate the jib directly over the assembly, hook up their hoist, and lift without risking injury. This solution also pays for itself with increased efficiency due to now one maintenance worker can change the assembly working alone, where as before it took 3 workers. This was the right solution from both a safety and a financial standpoint.

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A Nuclear Power Plant Finds a Solution to their Application with ATI’s RBC-6000-SPBW

They came to me with a rather restricted problem, in hopes of finding a safer, more efficient, and better way to remove the end bell from their heat exchangers. These bells weigh in excess of 3,500 pounds and they need to remove them and place the bells on a cart to move out of the way. All this is done for them to gain access to the heat exchangers for regular maintenance and/or repair.

All this sounds simple enough, but the tricky part was finding a unit to navigate the other obstacles in the area. They have a HVAC vent and a cable track both that needed to be worked around. These intrusions had them looking at a very modified piece of equipment, that could only be used for one reason. However, after working with our engineering department it was determined that one of our standard self-propelled cranes would do the job. Not only would the boom stay under the HVAC vent, they could extend it to lift the bell off the heat exchanger and stay below the cable tracks that are just above.

As in most cases, they will now have a piece of equipment that is both versatile and effective and not application dependent. They can now use their crane in other areas of their plant. Because of this, they will save time, money, and expand their employees ability to perform.

ATI’s Reversible Boom Cranes are designed for reaching over and beyond obstacles to increase efficiency. Ideal for use in confined or barely accessible areas. 1,000 to 50,000 pound capacities and up to 19 feet of lift height. For further information or to find the one that fits your application, you can go to our website http://www.airtechnical.com/product/reversible-boom-crane/ or give us a call at 440.951.5191.

Chad Aschbacher
NE Regional Manager
440.951.5191 ext. 213
800.321.9680
440.953.9237 – fax
chad@airtechnical.com
www.airtechnical.com

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Mighty Eco Ergo Mobile Crane

Mighty Eco Ergo Reversible Boom Crane

Mighty Eco Ergo Reversible Boom Crane

“NEW” Reversible Boom Crane, Eco-Conscious, For Indoor Use

[January 31, 2011] Mentor, Ohio-Air Technical Industries announces the launch of the NEW RBC-50000SPBW Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mobile Crane. The first of its kind, it is Eco-Conscious and energy-efficient in lifting-transporting technologies with the mighty muscle power of 50,000 lbs capacity. Designed for indoor use where heavy components need to be lifted, transported, positioned, installed and assembled to help make your job easier, along with satisfying the green initiative. Keep the facility cleaner, quieter, and safer, with environmental overtone; no fumes, no gas, no smell, no smoke, just mighty power and flexibility.

 

The crane can lift up to 50,000 lbs and up to 240 inches high. It is self-propelled with infinitely variable speed controls. It features power steering with sharp turning to each side making it very easy to maneuver. The powered telescopic boom will reach beyond, over and under, or into hard to reach places. These features make it ideal for lifting components such as large castings, motors high up on to a pedestal, gen-packs, compressors, boilers, transformers and aircraft engines. It can be used for many applications such as assembly work, loading trucks, container handling, etc.

The unit is user friendly. It is very simple and easy to operate with dual controls for greater flexibility. All controls are push button operated and built into the steering handle. It has another control on a remote pendant so that operators can align the load precisely where needed. The unit featured is equipped with an optional Gooseneck Boom to reach into tight spots between the ceiling and highest positioned item for installation and removal. This is ideal for low-headroom applications.

The crane travels on ten (10) polyurethane wheels to reduce and spread floor loading and to protect the floor. All wheels are equipped with precision machine roller bearings for smooth, quiet and easy mobility. The propulsion is DC battery powered 48V. Solid state control provides smooth acceleration and deceleration. An automatic braking system is built into drive wheel motors, and is applied when the controls are released. The travel speed is from 0-3 MPH.

The boom lifting, telescopic boom action, and powered steering are hydraulically operated. The hydraulic cylinder shafts are made from high carbon tough steel, ground, polished and chrome-plated, which protects from corrosion and provides smooth, efficient operation. The Hydraulic system is equipped with safety relief valves to protect the system and to prevent over loading.

The RBC-series of cranes are available in a variety of capacities and sizes from 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 6000, 10,000, 15,000, 20,000, and 50,000-pound capacities. Smaller models start at only 34″ wide, narrow enough to fit through a doorway.

Built to make the job ERGONOMICALLY easier and safer in any operation, the RBC will help increase efficiency, productivity, save time, and energy. Made in AMERICA with heavy-duty steel welded construction for many years of tough industrial use.

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New Telescopic High-Lift Container Dumper

NEW TELESCOPIC CONTAINER LIFTER-DUMPER

CAN BE USED FOR HAZARDOUS OPERATION

This new telescopic container lifter dumper is an exclusive design with unique telescopic lifting and tilting capability.

Its stream lined, simple design is also compact and incorporates a tapered chute for dumping powder, liquid or solid materials.

The tilt capability is 135 degrees or 45 degrees below the horizontal. The lift and dump height reaches up to 144”. It is ideal for situations where loads need to be dumped at a variety of different heights such as 48” 60” 72” 84” or 96”; this unit will accommodate all of these applications.

The unit is available in capacities of 1000, 2000, 4000, and 6000lb with the container size up to 54” wide and up to 54” long. It will handle metal, plastic, fiberboard drums, cardboard boxes or any kind of container.

To dump, simply place the container onto the zero-low deck, then lift to the desired height and dump.

It is electrically operated 110 volts AC or 220/440 volts 3 phase. Optional air powered for hazardous duty operation.

The lifting and dumping action is hydraulically operated. The hydraulic system is protected for safety through use of a pressure relief valve. Cylinder shafts are chrome plated for smooth operation and to prevent corrosion.

The dumpers are built out of durable all carbon steel welded construction and optional stainless steel chutes are available.

The units are practical, convenient, compact, and will increase productivity and reduce worker injuries.

High-Lift Container Dumper

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Ergonomic Assembly Positioning and Articulating Workstation

Air Technical Industries develops many new features for its unique ergonomic assembly workstation. Initially designed for General Electric’s large control panel assembly, the workstation is used to position any side of the panel at any angle and height desired for convenient, easy to see and reach accessibility, at the same time increasing efficiency and reducing fatigue.

With optimum versatility, it can tilt 90° from horizontal to vertical position, and can rotate 360°. Operation can be manual or powered, it has a lifting feature, side shift left and right, it can self load and unload, it can be used for palletizing, and it can up-end or invert cabinets or enclosures upside down or place it on any of it’s sides. It truly is a multi-functional workstation.

The deck frame is equipped with smooth bearing type work surface to protect the panels and the framing. The open deck design allows the worker to assemble or fasten the items by placing the fasteners from the bottom when necessary.

The lifting, tilting and side shifting are hydraulically operated. The 360° rotation has 90° automatic stops, or it can be hydraulically powered rotation that can stop at any point desired on the 360° rotation.

The power is a convenient 110 volts plug-in with available 3-phase 220/460 volt power. The controls are push button or foot control to keep the operators hands free for the assembly process.

The workstation is 32” high in horizontal position and the deck size is 54” wide x 84” long. Many other sizes are available to meet specific customer requirements, the GE unit is 4000 pounds capacity.

This kind of job makes our design engineers’ mouths water at ATI. It fits perfectly with our mission to design ergonomic equipment for the most challenging handling problems. ATI has a track record and energy to have designed/developed over 2,500 unique proprietary products that serve many different industries, such as nuclear power plants, utility companies, aircraft manufacturers, electronics, appliance industries, and many domestic manufacturing company’s are increasing capacity and efficiency, improving safety and improving moral at the work place.

The project for GE was an Ergonomic Success. ATI’s total solution from manufacturing, assembly and installation of the large heavy panel provided an integrated handling system that is user friendly in its ergonomic design.

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GE's Multi-Axis Workstation

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International Space Station Unites Nations

Mentor, Ohio October 11, 1996 – Hands of many different colors and creeds have clasped together to develop the first ever international space station. The cooperative effort has teamed Russia, Japan, Canada, Europe and the United States together to develop living quarters for year-round stay in space, equipped with everything from high tech scientific tools for space study to workout equipment for leisure activity.

At one and a half football fields in length, it will be the largest manned object ever sent into space. In fact, because of its enormous size, component modules (each the size of a typical school bus) must be pre-fabricated and spun into orbit individually. As each new component arrives in space, it is linked with the existing components.

It goes without saying that the scope of this project is immense. Within the United States alone, over 550 companies have been contributors in the U.S. National effort and include the lead contractor, Boeing, as well as McDonnell Douglas, Rockwell and Lockheed. These contractors have in turn, solicited and relied upon the contributions of manufacturers to brainstorm and design solutions for the intricate challenges they faced.

For example, each component module has just over a 4 foot square access-opening making it difficult to install the interior panels. Like trying to install a new radiator through the grill on the front of a car, the challenge of limited access led Boeing engineers to Air Technical Industries (ATI).

A manufacturer of specialty material handling equipment, ATI designed a uniquely modified version of their RBC-6000-SPB self-propelled floor crane that could meet the challenge. “We needed to be creative yet practical in respect of Boeing’s budgetary and timeline boundaries” says Design Engineer, Pete Novak Jr. of ATI. “What we developed was the perfect solution. We designed a Mobile Crane that stands over 13′ tall with a powered telescopic boom that extends over 19′ in length to reach well into a module, and can lift vertically to 30′.”

In addition, a cable lift was used to pick up panels from ground level and carefully lift them to align with the access opening for installation in the interior of the module. The design of the crane was engineered to be extremely maneuverable with 180 degrees steering for precise positioning of the interior panels during their installation.

When asked how such a feat was accomplished, Novak explained “The international space station is a testament to the idea that where there’s a will there’s a way. Our 33 year history of success was founded on this premise. I guess that made us the perfect fit for the application.”

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RBC for International Space Station

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