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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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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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Crane Refurbishing Breathes New Life

When a customer found old ATI equipment in their store room they were sure this was a lost expense as the crane was decades old, heavily used and covered in rust! Trying to repair these units part by part would be far too time consuming and ultimately a waste of money as some older components are now obsolete. The step-by-step troubleshooting of finding and replacing each defective item would also be a frustrating process. Little did they know, ATI offers full refurbishment services including structural repair, component replacement, re-building or replacing cylinders, assembly with new wiring and hydraulics, complete repaint, and load testing and re-certification. Older units can also be upgraded with the newest technology and safety features. Send your old cranes or lift tables back to us for inspection and refurbishment! We also offer complete cylinder rework for individual cylinders, and with cylinder repair kits always in stock, can offer replacement parts or rework at reasonable time-frames and cost-savings over purchasing brand-new equipment. Factory re-built equipment also includes standard warranty. Breathe new life into your old equipment and get it back into operation!

To learn more, contact our Customer Service Manager directly at 800-321-9680 ext 322

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Founded Upon Military Innovation

Air Technical Industries provides lifting equipment for all branches of the defense department and is proud to announce that we work with the Armed Forces. The owner of the company Pero Novak was a helicopter pilot in the United States Army in his younger years. He envisioned his first portable crane when needing to service helicopter engines while stationed in Korea. He built our company on the sale of a small, portable crane, and after building many of these small shop cranes, he finally had the opportunity to build that exact crane that was sketched up in the mess hall in Korea. You can see the inspiration for the founding of our company below.

Over the years, these portable, mobile cranes have evolved and have been equipped with many different features to meet just about any application. They are available self-propelled, equipped with powered hydraulics, powered telescoping boom, cable winch, hazardous location packages, wireless radio controls, and the list goes on! Not only have they been able to service engines and other aviation applications, but they are now used in countless other industries as well. Let us help you design yours!

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Have You Met the RBC?

When evaluating a client's needs, I am often asked what our most 
versatile crane is, and without hesitation I tell them the Reversible Boom 
Crane. The RBC has the ability to be modified for specific tasks while 
still performing all the needs of a shop crane. We can build these 
cranes to handle loads from a 1/2 ton to 25 tons. with reaches of 3 to 
30 feet.

With no cumbersome legs in the front, these cranes can maneuver as 
close as possible to the load that is being picked for maximum accuracy 
and safety. Because we manufacture our own products, we have been able 
to enhance our booms and masts to telescope, adjust heights, rotate, 
knuckle, and grab at the push of a button. They are easily maneuvered with a 
compact, rugged body that fits surprisingly in tight work areas. ATI has 
built cranes to suit the specific needs of the top auto manufacturers, 
the DOD, the aerospace, nuclear, oil, and chemical industries, both here 
and around the world.

Whether it is picking a hard to reach pump, lowering fragile 
material, or placing an electrical cabinet into position 15 ft above the 
ground, the Reversible Boom Crane has been the solution for many of our 
clients, and in many different ways. Find out what this crane can do for 
your company.

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Self-Propelled Reversible Boom Crane

 

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The RBC is In the Navy

A Naval customer was looking for a easier way to transport motors during the cleansing process. They have to be taking in and out of ovens and dip tanks. These motors weigh in the neighborhood of 700-1000 lbs. The existing monorail they have in place limits them to being able to transport the motors only on the path of the monorail track. Our RBC-4000-SPBW Reversible Boom Crane was a great solution. Like most applications, they were limited on maneuverability real estate. We were able to modify the base into what we call our “compact” version. While it increases the weight quite a bit, this modification provides for a shorter overall length. This opened up several possibilities in which this versatile mobile crane will be used on the shop floor. The customer had previous experience with our crane at another naval base, and is very excited to be able to benefit from using it again!! They couldn’t wait to get their hands on it!

Find more about this crane and its capabilities at https://www.airtechnical.com/product/reversible-boom-crane/

Self-Propelled Reversible Boom Crane

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Making NASA’s Job Easier

An aerospace customer was looking for a way to lift their x-ray inspection device over the Orion space craft. The x-ray device weighs 150 lbs and had to be lifted up and over the heat shield assembly over 10 feet high. A typical shop crane boom would contact the load at that steep boom angle, so this was a great solution for the Husky Master mobile hydraulic floor crane with a goose neck boom. The goose neck boom option provides added horizontal reach at boom angles over 45°. This gave them the ability to reach up and over the space craft to perform the work safely and efficiently.

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NEW SKY-RISER, MOBILE HYDRAULIC CRANE

NEW SKY-RISER, MOBILE HYDRAULIC CRANE

Reaching New Heights yet Rugged, Compact and Portable

Mentor, Ohio January 19, 2017 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new, top notch lifter that is an economical alternative to help raise productivity and profits.  The Sky-Riser offers a variety of unique, versatile features which include:  vertical telescopic mast action, powered boom rotation, telescopic boom, 12 ft longer goose-neck attachment for higher lift and further reach, adjustable straddle for narrow passage thru doorways/aisles, and tow bar steering with 90° swing to left and right for sharp turns and precise positioning.  The unique telescopic outriggers are 120” wide for stability when lifting to the sky and are retracted when not needed.

The crane is equipped with large foam-filled pneumatic tires for outdoor use on rough gravel.  All the features of the large crane can be folded into a smaller package for strategic deployment and fast transport to any location.

The crane can be easily disassembled by removing the two legs with tires, the boom is removed and the adjustable stabilizers are caster equipped so the crane mast with the base is mobile even in its disassembled condition.

The vertically telescopic mast provides higher reach over obstacles and lowers for easy passage through the doorway and loading on a truck for transport.  The adjustment is from 88” up to 126” mast height.

The Sky-Riser Mobile Crane lifts up to 4000 lb with the boom retracted to a height of 20 ft.  With the boom telescoped out, it lifts 1000 lb up to 30 ft height.  With the goose-neck attachment in a straight out position it will lift 500 lb to 40 ft height and with the goose-neck attachment  set at 45° angle the unit will reach up to 14 ft beyond the wheels and a height of 36 ft.

The power mast rotation is equipped with telescopic outriggers and the rotation is limited to 45° left and 45° right.  All the powered features are hydraulically operated action and include the boom lift, telescopic boom, vertical mast lift and the mast rotation.

The power source available is 110 volt AC single-phase, 240-480 3-phase, battery powered, gasoline, diesel engine, and propane operated.  For hazardous locations, spark proof air power is also available.

Controls are mast-mounted manual spool valves or push button remote pendant to help the user be where they need for precise positioning of the load or parts.

Take your pick:  Options available are powered cable lift, telescopic outriggers, walkie or rider style self propelled drive, operational safety amber light, and custom goose-neck attachment can be made to suit the user’s needs.
The Sky-Riser will help to speed up maintenance work on aircraft or construction applications with all new versatility in assembly work to increase productivity and mobility at a lower cost.  It is an ideal tool where portability and higher lifts are required.

 

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NEW CONVERTIBLE MOBILE CRANE

Small Business Helps NASA with 4-in-1 Lifting Solution

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Mentor, Ohio September 9, 2016 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new “Reversible, Convertible Self-Propelled Mobile Crane” designed especially for NASA.

NASA has the unique and challenging task of lifting and maneuvering hydraulic cylinders on a test stand.  Multiple heavy cylinders from 800 to 2100 pounds need to be lifted and positioned at different angles for assembly.  Working in tight areas with little clearance and low headroom created a major challenge in accomplishing these tasks safely.

The RBC-3000SPBLL-M has been equipped with regular telescoping boom and swivel eye hook for some common crane boom tasks.  The crane is convertible and can be changed to a double parallelogram boom with three-axis manipulator for pitch, yaw and roll operations with a pair of special adjustable forks and holding straps to secure the cylinders during articulation.

The cylinder can be lifted in vertical or horizontal orientations and the yaw axis allows the cylinder to swing left or right for precise positioning.  The pitch axis adjusts the vertical alignment to allow the cylinder to be tilted backwards, then raised and plugged into the proper orientation in a tight spot for installation.

The yaw adapter of the manipulator can be removed and replaced with traditional lifting forks for handling standard pallets.  The conversion from regular boom to parallelogram boom takes about 15 to 20 minutes and provides NASA with more flexibility and cost savings by having one piece of equipment handling four different tasks.

The RBC is constructed out of heavy duty welded steel.  The tilt back mast allows for space saving and provides better safety with less counterweight requirements, making the equipment lighter for easier mobility and longer battery life.

The crane is self-propelled battery powered with infinitely variable speed control from 0-4mph and the steering is 90° to left and right which is ideal for making sharp turns in crowded areas, narrow isles and tight spaces.  The unit has built in battery charger that is 120-volt operated.

The propulsion is electro-mechanical with built in automatic braking.  The mobility is provided on roller bearing mounted cushion-type wheels for quiet, smooth operation,  protecting the floor, and minimizing point loads on the work platform.

All the functions are hydraulically activated which includes the boom lift, telescopic boom  and pitch actions.  The hydraulic cylinders are equipped with chrome plated shafts for smooth operation and to prevent corrosion.  Hydraulic cylinders are equipped with holding valves to prevent loss of load in the event of a hydraulic failure.  The hydraulic systems is protected with safety relief valve to prevent over-pressurizing.

All the control functions are push button pendant remote controlled so that the operator can be hands on where precision alignment is required.  Hydraulic controls are also built into the steering handle allowing complete operation of the boom and drive functions from one location.

The RBC is truly an ideal tool that is, unique, versatile, mobile, agile, ergonomically safe to help NASA in deep space exploration.

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