Air Technical Industries of Mentor, Ohio is announcing an amazingly simple breakthrough in upending or inverting large containers, enclosures, or castings 90 or 180 degrees.
Recently, the top management team at one of the largest polymer manufacturers world-wide recognized a key bottleneck in production. Specifically, the problem involved the difficult task of moving, positioning, and up-ending large castings measuring 48″x48″x98″ and weighing a hefty 2,000 lbs. The most challenging aspect of handling these castings is the need to invert them 180 degrees to install the final cover before palletizing.
Air Technical Industries provided the solution by combining two modified Zero-Low Upender Positioners, with notched back-up plates so that one nests into the other. This allows the first unit to rotate the load smoothly and easily 90 degrees into the lap or deck of the second unit which then completes the turn the other 90 degrees to 180 degrees to the fully upended position.
The units are a modular design of one of ATI’s standard products, slightly modified to do the complex job simply, safely, and economically.
The equipment is built of heavy, welded-steel construction and is hydraulically operated and electrically powered via 110 or 220-440 volt AC. the hydraulic system is equipped with pressure relief valves for safety to prevent overloading. Standard sizes of the Zero-Low Upender Positioners are available from 48″x50″ to 60″x72″ and capacities in 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 6000, and 10,000 lbs. Tilt is fully adjustable from horizontal position up to 90 degrees vertical and, with a combination of two units, can up-end loads, parts, or containers 180 degrees.
the special unique feature of the unit is that the deck is at ground level position and the back-up plate is also flat to the ground after 90 degree rotation. This makes it easy for loading and unloading.
Overall, this equipment will increase productivity, improve safety, protect products from damage in handling and reduce worker fatigue associated with manual positioning in tilting, rotating or upending materials, parts, or boxes.