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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.

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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.

RBC for International Space Station

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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