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ATI Innovates for the New York Aquarium with a One-of-a-Kind Shark Crane

Mentor, Ohio August 15, 2018Have you ever visited an aquarium and wondered how the animals found their way in there? Engineers at Air Technical Industries (ATI) learned first-hand by designing a creative solution for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York City: the first continuous, double-rail, serpentine crane system of its kind.

ATI thrives on customized designs, with a 50-year history built on tackling the projects that others have called “impossible.” They pride themselves on their “Challenge Request” form on their website, which was how WCS found them.

WCS needed a magical system of continuous motion to gently move sharks weighing up to 600 pounds from one pool to another, as well as from outdoors to inside the pools in the building without compromising the sensitive indoor environment.

In addition to the unique requirements of the space, the business of moving sharks called for very special adjustments. The motion of the crane had to be smooth to keep the animals calm, not jerky or loud-like traditional models. The trolley needed to move at a continuous, but slow pace so the caretakers could walk alongside the moving sharks. The hoist had to lower carefully and smoothly into the pools without splashing down and the materials used could not interfere with the pH of the water or oxygen levels.

Due to the staggered pools, the path of the track had to pass over each pool in an offset formation, as well as miss the gates located between pools.

ATI’s solution arrived as an S-shaped double-girder bridge crane track with a zero-headroom hoist and trolley system. The hoist was built directly into the trolley, saving headspace with only the hook hanging below.

Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, special considerations were necessary to prevent contamination of the aquarium pools including: a special food-grade epoxy coating, wash-down motor, and stainless steel lifting chain and hook, as well as non-toxic and environmentally friendly lubricants.

The trolley travel was probably the biggest challenge in the whole project,” explained Vida Novak, Lead Engineer at ATI. “After making several adjustments to the trolley, we converted it to ‘four-wheel drive,’ enabling all the rollers to navigate the curves in the track smoothly and effortlessly.”

The months of creative collaboration resulted in the first ever double-girder, ceiling mounted, serpentine crane system that perfectly fit the needs of the aquarium.

It was time for the first live shark to go for a test ride on the Shark Crane. Read the New York Times May 16, 2018 article for more details. It worked! People and sharks alike sighed in relief. The Shark Crane was perfectly designed for its unique space.

The Shark Crane is used regularly at the New York Aquarium. Customizing the Shark Crane for such a specific environment was certainly an enormous challenge, but the engineers at ATI know that anything is possible!

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ATI Initiates Apprentice Program

ATI Initiates an “Apprentice Program” to Teach Manufacturing

Skills to the Next Generation of Skilled Trades People

Mentor, Ohio April 16, 2018 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) is pleased to announce the establishment of an “Apprentice Program” where you get paid while you are learning skills in: metal working, fabrication, welding, machining, and assembly (hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, mechanical). Do you need experience? The simple answer is NO! Just a willingness to come to work and a desire to learn! ATI understands that the labor market is getting tight and many manufacturing jobs are coming back to the USA. We also know there are a lot of people out there that do not have any particular skills and can not afford trade school or college.

ATI would like to be part of the solution and do our part to help train a new generation in a valuable trade they will have for a lifetime!

Air Technical Industries thrives on customized designs, with over a 50 + year history built on tackling the projects that others have called “impossible.” They pride themselves on their “Challenge Request” form on their website. Well now, we are challenging ourselves to help grow the next generation of Skilled Trades People.

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Applicants may apply in-person:

7501 Clover Ave

Mentor, OH 44060

or e-mail resume to:

v.novak@airtechnical.com

or mail resume to:

PO Box 149

Mentor, OH 44061

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New “STOW-N-GO” Grilling for the Ultimate “Glamping” Experience

Mentor, Ohio November 29, 2017Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of an all new “STOW-N-GO” – RETRACTABLE GRILL PLATFORM AND LIFT which will allow RV enthusiasts to electro-mechanically transport out and store away their camping gas grill right from inside their RV, all with the push of a button!

When RV owners hit the open road or rent their favorite campground pad, they can be the envy of all. Simply open the storage unit on the RV, push a button, and out comes your grill for an awesome grilling experience.

The Stow-N-Go is actually a mechanical screw-operated mini scissor lift ergonomically engineered and manufactured entirely by ATI.

The lift is designed to mechanically slide out of the RV storage or luggage compartment and then raise most any gas grill (mounted on top of the lift) to the perfect grilling height. Lift options include multi-position and rotatable platforms designs, powered or manually extending tray and fold down accessory tables.

The Stow-N-Go comes in a variety of sizes and is conveniently powered by 12 volt DC battery power or 110 AC power. The lift holds a 250 pound grill and is available in widths of 15-24 inches, and in lengths between 19-48 inches. Vertical lift travel is from 12-30 inches in height. Push button control is standard. Wireless remote control or dash mount switch is optional. ATI is a custom manufacturer, so unique challenges and production enhancements are always welcome.

RV enthusiasts can enjoy the ultimate “Glamping” experience with the convenience of showing then stowing their grill with ease! Call ATI today to order your personalized Stow-N-Go lift and the porterhouse steaks will be grilling before you know it!

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NEW ERGO-ECO Crawler Crane with Knuckle Boom

Mentor, Ohio September 7, 2017Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new all-terrain crawler crane for outdoor and indoor use. The unique features of the Crawler crane include ergonomic and eco-friendly (ergo-eco) clean operation, quiet movement, remote controlled walk along functionality, turning on the dime (360°) and ability to travel in any direction for multi-use applications.

The knuckle boom crane (KK) comes with a telescopic extension boom reaching up to 18 ft with a lift height of 20 ft above the ground level. The knuckle allows it to effectively reach 5 ft below the ground level into man holes or below ground operation. Adding a hydraulic winch option allows reach up to 50 ft below ground level.

The crane functions are hydraulically activated and includes 350° mast rotation for the boom lift, the knuckle, and telescopic boom actions.

The controls are all remote pendant or wireless controlled. The pendant controller is attached to a 20′ long cable to give the operator flexibility to reach out to where a load needs to be handled or rigged.

An optional application for the Crawler is a removable plow blade which can be used for light ground grading or snow plowing.

The Crawler is powered by a 48 volt heavy duty industrial battery with a built-in charger for overnight charging. Alternative power options are LPG-gas propane or diesel for outdoor use only. The lifting capacity of the crane is available in 2000, 4000, 6000, and 10,000 lbs.

Other options include cable lift and gooseneck attachments which will extend the reach to 24 ft and the lifting height to 25 ft. The capacity is substantially reduced with the gooseneck attachment. A personnel basket can be attached to the boom for this lift. The track is available in steel and/or rubber to protect the floor as well as to reduce noise level while traveling.

The versatile Crawler has many features to assist various, unique material handling applications including assembly, maintenance work, transporting, loading, unloading and is ideal for aircraft service maintenance. The Crawler is an excellent workhorse for special industrial applications and is engineered to improve safety while making the job easier and faster.

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EXTRA LARGE, HEAVY DUTY HI-LIFT SCISSOR DECK

EXTRA LARGE, HEAVY DUTY HI-LIFT SCISSOR DECK

XL Lifting Capacity Reaching New Heights

Mentor, Ohio May 26, 2017 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new, extra large double scissor lift platform with a 10,000 lb capacity.  It lifts from 48 in lowered height, 210 in vertical lift and maximum raised height of 258 in.

The scissor mechanism is manufactured from heavy duty rectangular tubing for sturdy, smooth lifting, and robust side-to-side stability, with 3:1 structural safety factor.

Lifting is actuated by four hydraulic cylinders with precision built cylinder body and smooth inner walls equipped with durable urethane seals.  The 2 in OD cylinder shaft is made of high carbon tough steel.  The shafts are chrome plated for smooth operation and to prevent corrosion.

The non-skid deck is available with optional railings on all sides with a gate on each end or two-sided with safety chains.  The deck size is 102 in wide by 168 in long with flexible platform sizes and lifting heights available.  A telescoping deck extension feature  is also available to provide added reach.  The deck extension is hydraulically actuated for smooth, effortless operation.

The unit shown is stationary for permanent installation.  Optional mobile units are available wheel mounted, towable or also self-propelled walkie or rider type, as well as self-contained drive with remote joystick controls.  When the unit is installed on wheels there are optional outriggers that may be necessary for added stability.

There are a variety of power options that can be used for stationary installation primarily electrical 240-480 volt 3 phase.  Mobile units can be deep-cycle or industrial battery DC powered, propane engine or gasoline engine.  For hazardous duty environments there is an air powered hydraulic system that is spark proof.

This is an ideal, versatile, and economical way of lifting large heavy items to greater height while the mobility provides additional flexibility to be used any time or place needed.

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NEW COMPACT DRIVE ON POPULAR HUSKY MASTER FLOOR CRANE

NEW COMPACT DRIVE ON POPULAR HUSKY MASTER FLOOR CRANE

Powerful Lift in a Compact Package

Mentor, Ohio April 28, 2017 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new, compact drive system that is smaller in size and more powerful with infinitely variable speed control and automatic braking when the control handle is released.  The steering is 90° left and 90° right making sharp turns on a dime for operating in tight areas and precision positioning of the load.

The unit is light, compact and is available with adjustable legs that adjust from narrow 34 in and up to 60 in wide when lifting to 12 ft height for stability.  Other options include hydraulically powered telescopic boom extending from 54 in out to 96 in long.

Powered cable lift is also available to be able to reach up to 25 ft below floor levels into utility holes or from a second floor it can lift up from the lower level.

The Super Master variation offers the additional feature of mast rotation with outriggers.

The unit is available in 2000, 4000 and 6000 pound capacities.  The large wheels are roller bearing mounted polyurethane-coated, for smooth, quiet operation and to protect the floor.

Lifting and telescopic boom action is hydraulically actuated and the drive system is electo-mechanical battery powered 24 volts DC.  A built-in charger is available to make the unit completely self sufficient.

The Husky Master is a handy flexible tool where heavier loads need to be lifted, positioned and transported with effortless finger tip controls making the job easier and safer.

 

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NEW MOBILE REVERSIBLE CRANE WITH TRIPLE SECTION BOOM

NEW MOBILE REVERSIBLE CRANE WITH TRIPLE SECTION BOOM
Reaching In, Over, Above and Beyond

Mentor, Ohio March 16, 2017 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new, heavy duty mobile reversible crane with a unique triple section powered telescoping boom.  The RBC-20000SPBW-TSB offers the user many unique benefits with its mobility, portability and compact, narrow design, yet delivers big on lifting capacity and height.   

The cylinders are built inside the boom for protection and to make the unit have a modern, slick, appearance.  This heavy duty crane can go where no other crane can go, because of its narrow width of 60” and exceptional mobility with 90° powered steering to the left and right so that the large crane can turn on the proverbial dime.

To add to the uniqueness and versatility, the crane has infinitely variable finger tip speed control.  It can go so slow so that you can not see it move like a foot per minute for precise positioning around aircraft or other sensitive equipment and then it can speed up to 4 miles per hour to get where it needs to go. The crane has smooth acceleration and deceleration to prevent swinging a load and an automatic parking brake that engages when the crane is brought to a stop.

The crane has 168” long boom with 240” telescopic capability out to 408” height and then it has optional fold-able jib extension 96” long giving it a total of 504” boom reach.  At 70° boom angle, it can reach the height of 540” high into the sky.  An optional hydraulic cable winch with anti-two-block safety feature is also available.

The unit is powered by a 48 volt large industrial battery and is suitable for indoor and outdoor operation.  It operates smooth and quiet and is self-sufficient with built in battery charger.  Mobility is provided with large and wide polyurethane wheels, that  are roller bearing mounted for easy and quiet mobility and to protect the floor.

The controls are push button pendant remote controls with a 40 ft long cord to give the operator agility and flexibility to control the lifting and telescopic action.  The operator can be positioned where the load is to precisely pin point the assembly.

The lifting and telescoping boom action is hydraulically operated with overload protection and safety relief valves built in. The cylinder shafts are chrome plated for smooth operation and to prevent corrosion.  The crane is equipped with two electric motors and hydraulic pumps to enable increased lifting speed and provide added assurance for continued operation in case one pump or motor fails.

The RBC cranes are available in smaller size and lighter capacities which include 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 6000, 10,000 and 15,000 lb.

This crane is an ideal tool to help increase productivity, improve safety and make the job easier, safer and faster.

 

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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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PORTABLE JIB CRANE ARTICULARM

PORTABLE JIB CRANE ARTICULARM

Complete Portable Workstation Offers New Dimensions of Versatility

Portable Jib Crane Articularm

Mentor, Ohio December 5, 2016Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new, one of a kind Portable Jib Crane with Articulating Forearm, 360° rotation and telescopic mast.

The main benefit is portability which enables the portable jib crane to be used anywhere, anytime for indoor and outdoor use without permanent installation. The unit provides on the spot handling and it can operate in harmony with big and bulky overhead cranes.

The most exciting new feature is the 6 ft long articulating forearm feature that rotates 360° providing 100% coverage within the work area. The 10 ft main beam also rotates 360° for a total work area of 16 ft radius.

The unit is equipped with an optional load balancer making the load weightless. It is an ideal ergonomic tool to help lift and place any component with precise positioning for assembly.

It can be used for many industrial applications such as: machine loading, lifting, transferring, stacking, packing, holding parts for inspection, assembly, maintenance, etc.

The Portable Jib Crane Articularm is available in three versions:

  • Stationary, permanent floor mounted arm.

  • Portable, self-supporting counterweight jib crane with 4-way fork pockets.

  • Combination unit with unique telescopic mast.

Experience a new dimension of versatility. You can operate at different heights to reach over, above and beyond to reach around obstacles.

The telescoping mast can be used for actual load lifting without use of a hoist. It’s versatility comes into play where limited overhead space as well as higher ceiling heights exist. The telescoping mast feature is also useful for reducing the overall height of the crane for storage or transportation, and then extend it to full working height during operation. The lifting action is hydraulically actuated.

The combination of any version or options can be selected to meet the user’s need. Other options available are powered mast rotation and powered forearm rotation. Any selected combination can be used with optional electric hoist or load balancer.

Capacities available are 500, 1000 and 2000 lbs. The beam height is 8, 10, 12, 16 and 20 feet. The power options are 110 volts single phase, 240-480 volts 3 phase as well as air powered hoist and mast lift for hazardous environments.

The construction of this special jib crane is heavy duty steel welded construction for rugged industrial use. Corrosive or marine environment stainless steel construction is also available.

The mast rotation and forearm rotation are featured with precision bearings to enable easy and smooth operation. The Portable Jib Crane Articularm is an ergonomically designed tool to help in multiple tasks to increase efficiency, save time, make the job easier, and improve the morale of the work force the smart way – by having the worker use more brain than muscle.

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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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