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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!

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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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Shop Crane Safety Accessories

Under what’s known as the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) employers are responsible for maintaining a work environment free from conditions that might cause death or injury. Employers whose workplace present dangerous conditions risk violating the General Duty Clause unless they take measures to lessen the danger. If that’s not scary enough, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported there are 19,000 forklift/powered crane accidents each year. On average, those incidents cost employers $38,000 in direct expenses and almost four times as much for indirect costs.

Air Technical Industries offers affordable safety components for all of our equipment. Most complete with fire extinguishers, back-up alarms, and strobe lights. Together, these inexpensive additions are a great way to help reduce the chances of work place accidents.

While OSHA does not require self propelled cranes and tables to be equipped with fire extinguishers, quick access to one can be the difference between life and death! Fire extinguishers are an especially wise option on LP-Gas operated units in areas containing flammable liquids.

Workers die every year from being backed over by vehicles. From 2005 -2010, Self propelled industrial trucks ranked FORTH in the number of these fatalities. Back-up alarms are one of the most valuable tools for preventing forklift injuries and fatalities. While some back-up alarms automatically adjust their volume to be greater than the ambient noise of the facility, workers can become immune to repetitive sounds. Some PPE dampens noise, further limiting the effectiveness of the alarm. This means back-up alarms are best used in conjunction with visual alarms, like strobe lights or blue lights.

Strobe lights on overhead cranes, Reversible Boom Cranes, and self propelled lift tables let everyone in the vicinity know of its present. The flashing lights provide a visual warning system alerting employees of the whereabouts of the equipment. In work environments where noise levels are elevated and back-up alarms might go unnoticed, lights provide an additional layer of protection to employees.

If you’re truly committed to safety, consider upgrading to the blue safety light. The blue light shines on the floor in front of or behind the moving equipment, telling pedestrians not just where the unit is, but where it’s going. Most importantly, the blue light can be seen around corners and blind spots, drastically reducing potential for collisions.

“It is better to be safe than sorry.” It’s cliché because it’s true. When it comes to protecting your business and employees, you can never be too safe. Contact Air Technical Industries today to discuss how we can help you protect your employees and your business.

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New Self-Propelled Platform Truck-Tug

Transport or position precisely and effortlessly.

Mentor, Ohio April 11, 2019 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of an exciting new heavy duty self-propelled platform truck-tug. In addition to carrying heavy loads, it is powerful enough to pull along several trailers or loads simultaneously, saving time by doing it in one trip instead of multiple trips. The propulsion is battery powered 24 volt DC and controls are built-in below the platform which can open at one end for service access.

Self-Propelled Platform Truck-Tug

The travel speed is infinitely variable from zero up to 4 mph and the unit is equipped with automatic braking.

The capacities available are 2000, 4000, 6000, and 10,000 lb and the sizes from 32” to 72” wide and 48” to 120” in length. The platform height is from 14” to 24” high depending on capacity and size required. Optional lift platform can be built-in to lift the load to the desired height and is a valuable new feature.

The self propulsion with added features of tug or pulling eliminates the need for the more expensive fork truck. The great benefit of the new platform truck-tug is that it carries a load and pulls other trailers along. The feature of 60° steering to each side allows for sharp angle turns to operate in narrow isles or crowded areas.

Ergonomically designed to make the job easier and safer, the new platform truck-tug eliminates the need for pushing and pulling manually — make it safe!

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Clamping Mechanism Replacement

When a customer found their clamping unit for their Upender Inverter had suffered heavy structural damage by operator error, they were sure the only solution was purchasing an entirely new Upender Inverter and replacing the old one. The logistics of removing and replacing an entire Upender Inverter seemed like an excess of cost, transportation and man-hours. Little did they know, ATI offers complete replacement clamping mechanisms for our Upender Inverter models providing full component support. Customers can also return a damaged clamping mechanism to the factory for repair. We don’t just build the best material handling equipment, we also keep it running!

As an added bonus, with the experience of the user’s specific application running the Upender Inverter for many years, this feedback was provided to engineering so that the design could be improved and reduce the likelihood of future damage.

To receive a replacement parts quote, contact our Customer Service Manager directly at 800-321-9680 ext 322.

View Upender Inverter models here http://www.airtechnical.com/product/upender-inverter/

Upender Inverter

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Meet “MIRA” – Mobile Industrial Robotic Arm

The versatile and self-propelled cherry-picker is up to the task.

Mentor, Ohio February 26, 2019 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of an exciting new mobile, industrial, robotic crane, affectionately called “MIRA”. The robotic knuckle boom has 9-axes of articulation that give it the versatility and agility to perform a multitude of tasks that are difficult or dangerous for humans to perform.

MIRA - Mobile Industrial Robotic Arm

MIRA – Mobile Industrial Robotic Arm

The unit has an extended reach of 156” and height of 192”. It’s functional capabilities are mobility, steering, mast rotation, main arm lift, knuckle reach, automatic end effector leveling function, pitch, roll, and gripper or other end effector function such as fire hose nozzle or electromagnet, vacuum cup, expanding coil ram, etc.

Optional attachments include round ram for lifting coils, scoop to pick-up bulk items, or lift platform, lifting forks, or other custom attachments.

According to the needs of particular, unique requirements, MIRA can be a good craftsman and can handle loads in hard to reach areas, can handle a saw, drill, and can lift and position items for assembly. It can be equipped with suction cups to handle large or delicate fuselage components on an assembly line.

MIRA is capable of handling many unusual tasks too high or far for people to reach. It has an arm length of 152” and reaches up to 192” high.

MIRA is battery powered, 24 volts DC and has joystick and push button operated radio controls. It can be equipped with a search light and camera so that the operator can remotely see all the tasks at hand.

For operations in dangerous, flammable or explosive areas, MIRA can also operate on air pressure pneumatically for spark proof operation and underground for mining or some type of smooth surface.

MIRA is radio remote controlled and the operator can be hundreds of feet away in a safe area, controlling and manipulating MIRA to do dangerous tasks in areas that are toxic, explosive, flammable, chemical, etc, and can remove items from the area.

MIRA can of course perform conventional tasks such as loading, unloading, stacking, reaching on high shelves, or into enclosed containers, typical lifting and positioning of parts. Capacities available are 250 lb, 400 lb and 1000 lb and 3 arm length sizes 156”, 120” and 96” long.

Traveling speed is infinitely variable from zero to 4 mph and is equipped with automatic braking, red running light, battery gauge/hour meter, and a horn.

MIRA can really make the most routine, extraordinary, or dangerous job safe and easy with finger tip control and for sure – it can save human backs and lives.

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