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Zero-Low Upender Positioner —– How One Product Can Increase Your Productivity Output!

Roughly twenty-five years ago, Air Technical Industries (ATI) announced the development of an exhilarating new two-sided ground level Zero-Low Upender Positioner. It was intended to offer easy roll-on loading, tilt an object from one sided position to another, and roll-off unloading at ground level. But the question posed “How can we use this device to manipulate an object to do whatever we wanted it to do?” Whatever we need it to do, whether it be rolling, turning, tilting, lifting, loading and unloading. That is when the company president, Mr. Pero Novak engineering the innovation of the ball-transfer application, by applying this single sheet of steel covered with ball bearing transfers on both sides of the upender to easily move and rotate an object without having to lift, remove or reload. It can accomplish 180° rollover, or position an item any-side up, all with only 90° tilt capability. The implementation of this one application can increase your productivity, increase employee morale and overall increase the output of your company. It is a very economical device and the innovation behind such a unique product was customer-driven all based on what the customer needed from us and what we were able to provide them.

Air Technical Industries (ATI) recently was able to assist a company in positioning a huge circular roll of material in the orientation they needed it and allowing it to be ready for the next stage in the process with minimal effort. ATI’s engineers were able to assist this customer in their challenge by creating a v-shaped back plate specifically to fit the roll the company had to manipulate. By titling the upender 90° the companies workers are able to manipulate the material from one position to another for easy transportation to the next station by either rolling it off of the table or using a forklift to harness the material, pick it up and take it to its next destination.

Any product can be easily tilted by using an ATI Zero-Low Upender Positioner which allows a product to sit upright on a retaining plate with one side against a platform wall. When the hydraulic cylinders are activated, the product is tilted 90° to lay on its side. Zero-Low Upender Positioners have less than an inch lowered height so that products can easily be loaded onto the retaining plate. The units come in capacities that range from 1,000 to 4,000 pounds standard, with platform sizes of 50 x 48 inches to 60 x 72 inches. The great advantage ATI has is that all of the products we offer can be modified to fit any requirements your project may require.

This solution is just an example of how ATI has engineered and designed innovative products to meet the difficult challenges of their customers, to ensure unique and top quality equipment. Should other customers have a need for a similar operation, ATI engineers can be relied on to step up to the plate.

Click here to review Past Projects that required unique innovation or click here to Challenge Us in solving your own handling demands.

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History, Mission, Purpose

Air Technical Industries (ATI) started business in 1964 by one man and his dream to build a portable, mobile crane to perform maintenance on helicopters in the backwoods of Korea. Lacking the resources to build this larger crane, the first product was a smaller portable shop crane that could lift 1000 pounds 8 feet high, and be disassembled to fit in the trunk of a car. This simple value proposition launched a 50+ year mission to provide lifting and handling solutions not only to the military, but to every industry with a handling challenge. The customer-focused approach to new product design results in continuous development of new and unique material handling products, building a catalog of 2500 standard product models and offering custom design of modified products to fit customers’ specific applications. Standard product lines range from hydraulic scissors lift tables, positioning/upending tables, rotary tables, dock lifts and maintenance lifts to mobile portable floor cranes, jib and gantry cranes, truck mounted cranes, and pallet inverters, powered industrial trucks, and manipulators.

The goal at Air Technical Industries is making the job easier. This means improving the quality of life for workers by helping customers implement functional, purpose-built ergonomic equipment. Lifting and handling equipment designed and manufactured by Air Technical Industries serves many purposes across most industries and solves challenges such as bending, straining, reaching, lifting, pulling, and other awkward or repetitive manual tasks. The equipment is also used for specialized or awkward lifts or picks of hard-to-reach items located in tight or inaccessible areas and performing unusual processes such as inverting, rotating, or positioning large, cumbersome items.

The extraordinary value of ATI’s offerings is a tremendous return on investment. A common benefit is eliminating manual labor thereby freeing up multiple workers for more valuable tasks. Other solutions involve implementing a specific piece of equipment for a task that was previously performed by a series of convoluted and un-safe steps using a fork lift or overhead crane when they are the wrong tools for the job, Because of the significant amount of time and labor savings alone, it is quite common to see payback within a year or two, and sometimes mere months! This does not even factor in the unknown costs associated with “what-ifs” that never happen because injuries were avoided or valuable products are not damaged by being dropped or mis-handled.

The differentiating factor for ATI is being receptive and flexible to finding a solution, even if it’s not a line item in the catalog. Consulting with customers on the specific needs and requirements of each application provides the opportunity to offer a custom-tailored solution. By having all the design and manufacturing capabilities in-house, ATI is the source for lifting and handling, ergonomic, safety and productivity improving solutions.

Click here to browse ATI’s product line or click here to Challenge Us to solve your lifting or handling problem.

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Top 4 Factors for Lift Table Purchases

Are you looking to purchase a hydraulic scissor lift or work positioning table that meets your specific needs? Below is the best advice and guidance that I can offer to you when shopping to buy the most cost effective product.

Hydraulic Scissors Lift Table

1. QUALITY: Look for a company who has been manufacturing hydraulic lift tables for a long time. They will not only have the knowledge and experience in designing and building the best products, but their longevity in business signifies that they have a commitment to customer satisfaction.

2. PRICE/COST EFFICIENCY: Make sure you compare “apples-to-apples” in every aspect of the lift construction. In the long run, quality materials and parts will always deliver more for your money! I am sure that you do not believe that customers really save money on inferior/less expensive products. Investing in a heavy-duty lift table, even if it is more expensive on the initial purchase, can provide you with a huge amount of cost saving benefits at your work facility in a short amount of time. Smart buyers will closely evaluate the total cost of ownership of a hydraulic lift while considering purchase options. You do not want to end up buying a lower quality and/or lower cost lift that continuously causes you problems or will not last very long. Beware… the lowest purchase price can easily become the highest cost purchase!

3. CUSTOM or STANDARD PRODUCT: There are benefits to both standard and custom ordered lift tables. Manufacturers who have been in business for a long time will have a good selection of standard, quality hydraulic lifts to choose from. But a standard product may not always be the best fit…and when it is not the best fit…you end up having a product that costs you more money in the long run. A custom solution is not as expensive as you would think. Most of the best manufacturers (those who actually have an engineering staff and a manufacturing facility) have the ability to transform their current product designs into a custom design that will function to meet your specific need. So, consider your needs and and your challenge and then look for the best fit… Custom or Standard.

4. CUSTOMER CONSULTATION: The best product purchase decisions are made together between a customer and a lift table manufacturer that has a sale team who understands and listens to the customer. For example, you may benefit from a ground level lift or low-profile lift and should be advised of these options. Before buying a scissor lift, obtain guidance and input from a manufacturing company who has experienced sales consultants and an available support team who are all excited to understand your challenge so they can offer you the best possible solution. These sales consultants understand and will earn your business today and tomorrow. Their knowledge plays an important role in helping you make the best overall decision.

You might already have a good approach for comparing hydraulic lift table manufacturers and product related purchases, but I hope this article provides you with some additional insight on the big picture so you can make the best decision. If you are not sure where to turn first for some professional guidance… Contact Us. Air Technical Industries is a “true” manufacturer of standard and custom hydraulic lift products (and many other types of material handling equipment)…and we will be grateful to serve to you!

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Innovative Self-erecting Portable Overhead Crane

Ships folded in 20’ ISO container, deploys with push of a button, ready to use in 10 minutes, pronto!

Mentor, Ohio, February 19, 2020 – Air Technical Industries announces the development of a revolutionary double or single girder gantry crane, available up to 20,000 lb. capacity, that is pre-assembled, tested, certified, and folded to fit in a 20’ ISO container for shipment and storage. With the simple push of a button—presto!—it transforms into a full-featured, ready-to-use overhead crane … requiring no tools, skilled personnel, or auxiliary equipment in the set-up process.

Self-erecting gantry crane

It’s a phenomenal new design, with many unique features, such as omni-directional mobility or just x-y axis for indoor or outdoor use on flat surfaces. It gives the user flexibility of multitasking in unusual environments or circumstances.

It offers immediacy of use whenever you want it: It is not fixed to the floor or building columns. It does not need a runway. And, if you move or need it in a temporary or field location, you can take it with you!

The pronto presto overhead crane is available in capacities of 4000, 6000, 10,000 and 20,000 lbs. with a span width limited only to the size of the container. If a 40′ ISO container is used, spans of 20′ to 38′ are available. It comes in under beam heights of 12, 14, 16 and 18 ft. The electrically powered hydraulic unit can be 110 volt AC single phase; larger capacities can be 240 – 480 volt AC 3-phase or 12V DC powered for use in remote locations where power is not available. The push button controls are 110 volt AC or 12 volt DC. Wireless controls are available.

Mobility is provided on 8 polyurethane swivel wheels with swivel locks and wheel brakes. Smaller units can be manually manipulated. Heavier units are self- propelled with power steering control.

The base unit has a chain hoist with a manual trolley. A chain hoist usually requires more head room. Options for a wire rope hoist and motorized trolley are available. For example, if head room is limited, the wire rope hoist can nest

between a double girder configuration, reducing the headroom by approx 12-18”, enabling low-profile overhead clearance and higher lift.

The foldable, self-erecting gantry crane is an ideal tool where heavy duty lifting, mobility, and expediency of prompt deployment are essential and critical. Call us! We are here to help with the most challenging projects.

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Bring Piece to the Worker

Ergonomic work positioning lifts from Air Technical Industries are a valuable tool for assembly and production operations. They will decrease fatigue and injuries from bending, twisting, reaching, squatting, or straining. In addition to and because of those ergonomic factors, they will improve worker productivity and efficiency!

The result of this two-fold benefit is reduced absenteeism and improved morale on one hand, and then increased output, competitiveness, and profit on the other hand. You should expect to see as much as 30-50% improvement in productivity, so calculate that savings of labor time and you will find, as many of our customers do, that the lift will pay for itself in as little as 3-6 months! WOW!

The applications for these customizable work positioning lifts are virtually limitless. Utilize a Zero-Low Lift table to roll on or off with a simple pallet truck and load or unload pallets of material while adjusting the platform height to keep a comfortable working height. A lift and tilt table is perfect for panel assembly or unloading deep boxes. Not only will it raise the load to a comfortable working height, but it will tilt towards the operator for convenient access to the entire work area.

Zero-Low Lift & Tilt worker

Lifts can be equipped with rotary tops and/or conveyors to increase versatility, wheels for mobility, or guard rails for work platform applications. Complete the installation with accordion-style safety skirts to alleviate hazardous pinch points and you’ve got a winner!

Click for more details: https://www.airtechnical.com/product-category/lift-tables/

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Welcome to the Future!

This is my “Happy New Year” exclamation for 2020. Years ago, I always thought of this year as being the “future”. Remember Back to the Future Day in 2015? That sure passed quickly. In my mind, however, 2020 was the year in which The Future commenced. And here we are!

I’ll just quickly mention the usual “future” expectations… where are our flying cars and teleportation? Instead, all we got are incredibly sophisticated smartphones. Oh, and we did get the hover board. My personal astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson mentions that we do have flying cars, they’re called helicopters. And other scientists have actually teleported an electron. Well if that’s our criteria, I guess we truly have arrived in the future!

In the manufacturing industry, the advancements are spectacular. AGVs cruise unattended around modern warehouses where workers use fingertip scanners to identify and pick stock, exoskeletons have eliminated strain and heavy lifting and the modern worker whistles along without a safety or ergonomic care in the world… wait a minute. I think I drifted into science fiction there.

We work with a lot of vocational schools in our area to find new workers and it’s always funny to hear the instructors or staff trying to encourage younger people to go into manufacturing careers. They try to woo them with sentiments like, “this isn’t your grandfather’s factory” and “you can eat off the floor” and other such nonsense. I don’t hesitate to tell them that some places might be like that, but in our factory you still get dirty!

In reality, ergonomics are every bit of a concern as they ever were, and growing ever more so. Some modern standards don’t allow an operator to lift more than 35 pounds, meaning they wouldn’t be allowed to carry their own luggage if they went from the airport into their plant. While much of the modern technology we are enjoying has provided great leaps in minimizing worker fatigue and injuries, there are people out there still breaking their backs every single day.

This is what we see every day in working with our customers. We get the second-hand knowledge, straight from the guy whose job is to save the other guy. We are hearing about the awkward positioning, the runaway roll, and the mis-used overhead crane pulling sideways to turn over a casting. We saw the machine that the supervisor has to crawl in to change a tool because nobody else is willing to do it. We got the call when an injury set off an alarm because “now” it became a priority to get the right equipment for the job.

We are thrilled to help solve these challenges, and many others, because we are making the job easier. It’s not just about selling equipment, it’s about improving lives. Welcome to the future!

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Distributors and Solutions

Recently I was very pleased to see that Air Technical Industries has launched an enhanced program to promote cooperation with existing distributors and gain additional distributors who can partner with us to promote our extensive line of Material Handling Products. Truth is that just like a distributor or a re-seller, any production worker needs to justify the need for a new purchase to his boss. Scissor lifts, floor cranes, crate positioners, and upenders eliminate the need for excessive bending, lifting and reaching.

We all need to live within our budgets, however certain circumstances may trigger the necessity for a capital expenditure. Changes in a process, increased workload, excessive maintenance for older equipment, bottlenecks, just to name a few cases. It can be difficult to recognize the return on investment that follows from changes to one single link in the chain of production. Indirect benefits can include less worker fatigue, less absenteeism and fewer injuries. Like many investments, the benefits extend far into the future. Once a real comparison between doing the way we have always done it, and investing in equipment improvement the advantage is quickly realized.

Specific examples include a customer who had been using three men & a fork truck to flip a large cabinet. Our Zero Low Upender Inverter allowed for a single man to do the job. Another company was spending hundreds to maintain an existing floor crane. The replacement crane from ATI was cheaper to maintain, more efficient, better suited and came with a brand new warranty. Recently I spoke with another gentleman who described a “near miss”. A large cumbersome product had kicked out across the room as it was handled for packaging. No injury this time, however the cost of an injury goes beyond any monetary expenses.

The real bottom line adds up to a safer, more profitable and efficient workplace for any business. I’m pleased to be able to be able to improve the lives of so many people with our quality equipment.

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ATI Launches Online Store

September 10, 2019 [Mentor, Ohio] Air Technical Industries (ATI) launches online shopping functionality on its website airtechnical.com. The online store features a powerful Product Configurator enabling customers to customize product features to fit their specific requirements.

eCommerce page

Air Technical Industries designs and manufactures a broad line of specialty-type material handling equipment including scissor lift tables, upenders, mobile cranes, portable floor cranes, jib cranes, gantry cranes, and rollover units. This revolutionary new tool enables users to completely configure the product options, pricing, and even place orders directly on the website.

Traditionally, the ordering process requires an in-depth sales consultation to ensure that the user is considering all the facets of the product application. Expert application engineering ensures that the product has the right features and performance to do the task required and to meet applicable safety requirements. This service is still available and is necessary on some unusual lifting applications. The guided process of the product configurator brings much of the sales consultation to the internet.

Convenient “help” icons are located next to all the menu prompts to guide customers through the configuration process. These simple-to-use pop-out frames provide additional images and explanations of all the features available. The product configurator works in the background to prevent conflicting selections, ensuring a smooth and effortless experience.

Today’s industrial user, plant engineer, or systems integrator is tech savvy. It is especially true of the younger generation, now firmly entrenched in the industry, to be self-reliant. These users want to jump online and figure it out for themselves. ATI’s new platform enables this behavior and puts the necessary tools at their fingertips.

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Supporting Outdated Units

When Michelin North America found they had a 30 year old ATI shop crane in their inventory, they were sure it would no longer be operable and would have to be replaced. Little did they know, ATI offers component support & conversion even for its retro and obsolete models. A simple cylinder repair brought their crane back to operation and extended its life span for years to come. Quality stands the test of time!

For servicing retro & obsolete models, contact our Customer Service Manager directly at 800-321-9680 ext 317.

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NEW Mini-Articularm with 6-Axes

Your Economical Solution for Complex Projects

Mentor, Ohio June 11, 2019 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of an exciting, unique, multifunctional mini-Articularm. The unit is agile and flexible with an articulating arm reach of 72”. It can be a worker’s best friend by giving the operator extra muscle strength of 150 lbs of lift, and ability to position effortlessly in X-Y-Z-R axis in a 12′ circle area.

Mini-Articularm with finger gripper

The unit helps the operator ergonomically to use more brain power instead of his muscle power for lifting, reaching, bending, pulling, and pushing. This prevents injuries as well as increasing production, performance, saving time, improving moral, getting the job done easier and faster.

The 6 axes of articulation are:

  1. Lifting action
  2. Wrist rotation 360°
  3. Forearm swing 270°
  4. Vertical tool arm swing 360°
  5. Gripper, lifting hook or fixture action
  6. Tool arm roll axis

The mini-Articularm can be electrically powered 110 volt single phase, 240-480 3 phase or air powered for hazardous areas. The controls are momentary rocker switch built into the control handle.

The mini-Articularm is an ideal tool for machine loading, assembly work, precise positioning, inverting and upending an item, picking it up from a horizontal position, rolling to vertical, or any angle desired.

The variety of end-effector or lifting tools are available and custom built for specific projects or multi tasks of different items to be handled.

Modernize your operation today, for a better future in the growing manufacturing sector, made in the U.S.A.

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