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NEW Free-standing Bridge Crane Kits

Overhead workstation cranes offer great value, quick and easy assembly

Mentor, Ohio September 15, 2021 – Air Technical Industries announces the development of a comprehensive series of free-standing workstation bridge cranes. These cranes empower workers with dedicated X-Y-Z movement in any work cell or department. They are offered in do-it-yourself kits or turnkey installation is available.

For most common, economical applications, a simple monorail design is offered. However, the differentiating factor for ATI designs is the unique, low-profile bridge. This double-girder design carries the hoist inside the bridge between the beams so that only the hook hangs below the bridge allowing for low headroom clearance and maximum utility.

The double girder bridge comes fully assembled, electrically wired and tested, all you need is the electric or pneumatic power source. The new design of the double girder with hoist built-in offers great benefits with low headroom and greater working height.

The self-supporting feature is an ideal solution in a rented building. When you move, take it with you. It requires no modifications to the building structure and can be installed independent of any existing structural supports. Another great feature is that the crane can be used indoors and moved outdoors if necessary.

The bridge span is available in a variety of widths to suit. The runway is also available in any length to meet the user’s requirements. The bridge and hoist travel can be manually operated for smaller capacities and can be upgraded to motorized bridge and trolley travel.

Capacities available are 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 6000 and 10,000 pounds. Power is 120VAC single-phase for lighter capacities or 240-480VAC 3-phase for larger, heavier capacities. Pneumatic compressed air operation is also available. Standard control pendant is wired and can be upgraded to wireless radio controls. Customization is offered for special environmental considerations, for example hazardous areas, clean rooms, food processing, etc.

Free-standing bridge cranes can be installed quickly and removed if you are moving or need it in a different location. These new cranes are an ideal, simple and economic solution for many lifting, handling, assembly, and work positioning operations.

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Founded in 1964, Air Technical Industries is a manufacturer of a broad line of standard and custom material handling equipment. The company specializes in providing innovative, engineered solutions that meet the specific needs of their customers.

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A Guide to Workstation Cranes

Benefits of Workstation Cranes

Workstation cranes play a vital role in a wide range of industries, from aerospace to farming to manufacturing. They facilitate the lifting and moving of heavy loads within the workspace, making it easier and safer for workers to position materials and equipment where they need them to perform their tasks. As a result, they help eliminate worker injury, protect products, and boost productivity.

This article provides an overview of workstation cranes, highlighting the types available, the key benefits, and the cranes available at Air Technical Industries.

Types of Workstation Cranes

There are many types of workstation cranes available, each of which offers unique advantages and disadvantages that make them suitable for different work applications. Below, we highlight some of the most commonly used.

Gantry Cranes

A gantry crane—also referred to as a freestanding crane or floor-supported crane—is a type of crane consisting of horizontal girders supported by two or more freestanding legs that rest on the floor of the facility. Unlike bridge and overhead cranes, they do not need to be attached to the building when they are installed. Depending on the needs of the facility, they can be designed as stationary or mobile units. In the case of the latter, they are placed on caster wheels or a fixed rail/track system.

Workstation gantry cranes come in a variety of configurations to suit different lifting requirements and restrictions, such as single-girder or double-girder and cantilevered, single-leg, or double-leg. Typical industrial applications for these systems include machining facilities, parts assembly lines, and truck servicing centers.

Jib Cranes

A jib crane is a type of crane that is designed to be mounted to the wall or floor of the facility. It consists of a cantilevered bridge supported by a vertical beam on one end. While the beam is stationary, the bridge can rotate up to 180 degrees or 360 degrees, depending on the crane design. The hoisting element is mounted on a horizontal boom. Together, these components allow the payload to be moved up, down, and across the facility.

Workstation jib cranes can be mounted in several ways. For example, some are mounted to a column, either a freestanding mast or a structural component within the facility. Others are mounted to a facility wall or a runway attached to the wall, which allows for lateral movement.

Overhead Bridge Cranes

An overhead bridge crane is a type of crane designed to be mounted overhead to the columns, frames, or trusses of the building or attached to a freestanding column structure. It features a moving single-beam or double-beam component (i.e., the bridge) that runs across parallel runways. The bridge typically has an attached hoist or another lifting device that travels across it, which allows for a load to be moved up and down and/or side to side. This solution is ideal for unloading and loading operations in rectangular workspaces.

Benefits of Workstation Cranes

There are many benefits to using workstation cranes. For example:

  • They increase productivity. Workstation cranes are much easier to move than traditional crane systems, which helps improve productivity within the workspace.
  • They improve ease of movement/positioning. Workstation cranes accommodate heavier loads than traditional crane systems, making it easier for workers to move materials where they need them.
  • They enhance working conditions. Since workstation cranes easily move and position loads, there is less risk of damage to goods and injury to employees. Additionally, they reduce the number of workers and amount of physical strength needed for material handling operations.
  • They facilitate expansion/relocation. Many workstation crane systems feature a modular design that facilitates relocation or expansion when the needs of the facility change.

Workstation Cranes From Air Technical Industries

Looking for quality workstation cranes for your facility? Turn to the experts at Air Technical Industries! We offer a range of standard and custom workstation crane solutions to suit different customer needs. Our product offerings include:

Have a unique lifting or handling application challenge? We can help you find the right solution. If you want to learn more about a specific product or pricing details, request a quote.

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NEW OVER-SIZED PORTABLE SHOP CRANE

Variation on Company’s First Product Expands on Tradition of Simple, Useful Lifting Solutions

Mentor, Ohio June 22, 2021Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new V-Master crane model that lifts 2000 pounds up to 12 ft high. While this version won’t fit in the trunk of your car like the original, it can be disassembled for storage or transportation. The new VM-2000 crane is ideal for shop maintenance or assembly or it can be taken out in the field for work in customer’s facilities or remote work areas. It’s small foot print and simplistic design belies its tremendous capability for increased lift height and capacity. It is mobile and portable and can be used any time any place.

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ATI started business in 1964 with a simple value proposition. The V-Master Mobile Hydraulic Floor Crane, model VM-1000, lifts 1000 pounds up to 8 feet high, weighs only 150 pounds, and can be disassembled to fit in 2 square feet of floor space.

With the launch of the VM-2000, the original shop crane gets a big brother. The VM-2000 can lower its swivel eye hook all the way to the floor level and raise up to 12 feet high. With the short gooseneck extension, the boom offers additional reach and clearance for larger loads. The crane has removable, telescopic 2-position legs. The short position provides for more compact operation with 1500 pounds capacity, and the extended position offers the full 2000 pounds capacity and requires no counterweight to be added.

The unit is equipped with non-marking polyurethane coated roller-bearing mounted wheels and a tee-screw floor lock. The lifting action is hydraulically operated, electrically powered by 12VDC battery power unit. This provides for easy, effortless operation under self-contained power. Alternative 120VAC plug-in power is also available.

The new over-sized V-Master Portable Floor Crane is an outstanding solution for a variety of lifting and positioning operations. It enables simple, safe, efficient operation in a compact, economical package.

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Truck-Mounted or Mobile Knuckle Boom

The Truck Mounted Knuckle Krane was first manufactured in 1970. This hydraulic knuckle krane is available in 2000, 4000, and 6000 pound capacities with powered options and has a lift height of 18 ft.

This heavy-duty hydraulic truck mounted knuckle krane can revolve 360° on its vertical axis and the most common use is loading and unloading delivery trucks. Many times this equipment is used to provide maintenance tasks on other construction equipment. This unique knuckle boom retracts and folds with a telescopic boom , making it a small package that saves space. When deployed with the knuckle boom in near vertical position, it provides a high head room, and in horizontal position, telescoped out, provides a long reach. With the knuckle lowered, the boom can reach down to below the ground level. This unit is ideal for big, bulky, or awkward loads. It can reach over, beyond, and beneath its own base mount.

More recently in 2004, the Knuckle boom design was adapted to the Self-Propelled Reversible Boom Crane. Now the advantages of the knuckle boom design can be enjoyed on a mobile shop crane. The Reversible Boom Knuckle Krane (RBKK) offers utmost versatility for in-plant assembly, maintenance, and work positioning applications.

The Truck-Mounted Knuckle Crane is built of heavy duty welded steel construction for industrial or construction use. Many times cranes are used in assembly lines for heavy installations, machine loading, feeding, heat treating, forging, and most of the time for truck loading and unloading. This unit is an efficient piece of equipment at an affordable price.

It’s all in the knuckle!

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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!

Update 4/6/2021see the Hoist interview with President of ATI

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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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.

Visit the RBC page

Self-Propelled Reversible Boom Crane

 

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