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The Next Generation Portable Gantry Crane

When Air Technical Industries sensed the need for a more effective and affordable alternative to drive systems and hoists, it led to the creation of the Tele-Mast Straddle Crane. The hydraulically operated telescopic mast portable gantry crane is a great way to simplify awkward material handling requirements. Our customers vouch for the dependability of this crane even in the toughest material handling environments.

The Tele-Mast Straddle Crane adapts to your unique requirements thanks to the various options and accessories available on it. While our crane can seamlessly integrate with most standard applications, it can also be customized per your requirements. Our portable gantry crane is currently being used in applications such as:

  • Handling shipping containers
  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Lifting or moving heavy castings
  • Handling large molds
  • Lifting or moving large generators
  • Jet Engine building and repairs
  • Other cumbersome loads

Much of the usability of material handling equipment depends on intelligent design. Our mobile gantry crane is no different. The rugged structural steel construction of the crane enables indoor as well as outdoor use. So you can confidently employ it on a construction site, dockyard or even a warehouse.

Air Technical Industries offers tow-able or self-propelled models to suit your precise mobility requirements. The self-propelled models are available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drives complete with powered steering for easy maneuverability. It moves with its own power source or with a tow motor.

This workhorse has a load lifting capacity of 60,000 lbs and up with a vertical travel range of 6 feet to 12 feet. It is available with options such as a 230/460V 3-phase electric, propane or diesel engine.

Air Technical Industries understands that every work site is different. So, we’ve made it possible for you to use the Tele-Mast Straddle Crane as a portable gantry crane anytime you want. The crane features an assortment of lifting features such as: a spreader bar for handling shipping containers, laterally adjustable cross beams with hook plates, telescopic lifting forks, and a cable lift system.

These units easily pay for themselves in a matter of days compared to having a rigging company come in with cranes to help assist the customer.

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One of the World Leaders in Gases for Industry, Health and the Environment Found a Solution with Air Technical...

The problem, they had many empty gas cylinders that needed to be packaged for transport. Currently they were using 3 or 4 employees and trying to band these cylinders together on a skid. Once they had 10 of these cylinders banded to the skid, they were using a forklift to tilt and lower the skid down so they could load it on the truck. Because of the time, safety, and energy that was being wasted they knew there had to be a better solution.

ATI suggested their Zero-Low Upender Positioner. They could, with one person place the skid in the upright position. Then, roll the empty cylinders onto the crate positioner making a triangle with the 10 cylinders. Next, they would band the cylinders to the pallet. This helped with keeping the cylinders together during rotation and getting them ready for shipment. Finally, they tilted the upender positioner 90 degrees so they could pick up the pallet and load it into the semi. Not only did they make this application more efficient by only needing 1 employee, they also made the whole process much safer for the worker and the gas cylinders.

Air Technical Industries’ Zero-Low Upender Positioners upend or reposition loads, providing easy loading and unloading in both positions. Can be equipped with conveyors for automatic loading and unloading at each end. Auto load conveyors available and Automatic sequencing available per customer’s requirement. These units have a capacity of 250 pounds and up. For easy reference please click on the link provided: http://www.airtechnical.com/product/zero-low-upenderspositioners/

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Air Technical Industries has Solution for World Trade Center Dilemma

A general contractor in New York doing some work at the WTC figured there had to be a solution to the problem at hand. In the basement where 2 elevator doors open there is a drop off to the floor below. Often equipment and personnel are needed in this area to go to other parts of the building. Having to use the stairs to lug equipment and other products up and down was becoming very cumbersome and potentially dangerous.

They turned to ATI for the solution and as they normally do, ATI had the perfect product for their application. The Zero-Low Dock Lift Table was the answer. This lift table allowed them the ability to transfer virtually whatever they wanted to. Whether that be equipment, products, and/or people. The tricky part in the contractors eyes was the with the limited space available for the second lift table. Again, ATI had the answer. Air Technical Industries does modified and custom work and they were able to perfectly fit the right size unit in the space available.

The Zero-Low Dock Lift Table allows you to work from different elevations for easy raising and lowering of loads. Ground-zero loading without the need for ramps or cumbersome inclines. Easy and convenient to drive on to with a pallet truck, forklift, or roll on loads then lift from one elevation to another. This saves the expense and inconvenience of pit mounting and offers the versatility to be used any place on a solid floor for easy loading and unloading. Capacities range from 4,000 pounds to 50,000 pounds and above. Here is a link for the Zero Low Dock Lift Table for your convenience http://www.airtechnical.com/product/zero-low-dock-lift/.

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Company Looks to ATI for a Custom Hydraulic Lift Table

An Ohio company has a application that is causing wasted time and injury to their workers trying to complete routine maintenance on their furnaces. They currently have a lift table from ATI, but find that with some modifications their application would be more ergonomically correct and safer for the people involved.

They are removing recuperators from their furnaces. These pieces weigh around 200 pounds. Having to bend over the opening to remove these items and carrying them down a ladder to attach to their current lift table for cleaning is putting strain on workers backs and opening them up for further injury. Plus, they are using 3 or 4 people to do this cleaning job.

ATI and their engineers designed a mobile lift table with a telescopic platform to allow for a one person operation. Not only is this a safer option, but they can now better utilize their manpower in other areas. The lift table has a lowered height of 48” for any normal person to have easy access to the recuperator during the cleaning process. The lift table will raise 36” and telescope 30” into the furnace for easy removal. They then can reverse the process to put the piece back into the furnace. All this saves them time, money, injury claims, and efficiency.

ATI’s lift tables are highly versatile and ideal for a wide range of operations like lifting, feeding, accumulating, aligning, and many other production, assembly operations, and maintenance applications. Lift tables ease work and increase worker productivity. ATI’s lift tables range from 500 pounds to in excess of 50,000 pounds and a raised height up to 74 inches. For further information on our lift tables here is a link for your convenience (http://www.airtechnical.com/product/zero-low-scissors-lift-tables/).

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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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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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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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