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History, Mission, Purpose

Air Technical Industries (ATI) started business in 1964 by one man and his dream to build a portable, mobile crane to perform maintenance on helicopters in the backwoods of Korea. Lacking the resources to build this larger crane, the first product was a smaller portable shop crane that could lift 1000 pounds 8 feet high, and be disassembled to fit in the trunk of a car. This simple value proposition launched a 50+ year mission to provide lifting and handling solutions not only to the military, but to every industry with a handling challenge. The customer-focused approach to new product design results in continuous development of new and unique material handling products, building a catalog of 2500 standard product models and offering custom design of modified products to fit customers’ specific applications. Standard product lines range from hydraulic scissors lift tables, positioning/upending tables, rotary tables, dock lifts and maintenance lifts to mobile portable floor cranes, jib and gantry cranes, truck mounted cranes, and pallet inverters, powered industrial trucks, and manipulators.

The goal at Air Technical Industries is making the job easier. This means improving the quality of life for workers by helping customers implement functional, purpose-built ergonomic equipment. Lifting and handling equipment designed and manufactured by Air Technical Industries serves many purposes across most industries and solves challenges such as bending, straining, reaching, lifting, pulling, and other awkward or repetitive manual tasks. The equipment is also used for specialized or awkward lifts or picks of hard-to-reach items located in tight or inaccessible areas and performing unusual processes such as inverting, rotating, or positioning large, cumbersome items.

The extraordinary value of ATI’s offerings is a tremendous return on investment. A common benefit is eliminating manual labor thereby freeing up multiple workers for more valuable tasks. Other solutions involve implementing a specific piece of equipment for a task that was previously performed by a series of convoluted and un-safe steps using a fork lift or overhead crane when they are the wrong tools for the job, Because of the significant amount of time and labor savings alone, it is quite common to see payback within a year or two, and sometimes mere months! This does not even factor in the unknown costs associated with “what-ifs” that never happen because injuries were avoided or valuable products are not damaged by being dropped or mis-handled.

The differentiating factor for ATI is being receptive and flexible to finding a solution, even if it’s not a line item in the catalog. Consulting with customers on the specific needs and requirements of each application provides the opportunity to offer a custom-tailored solution. By having all the design and manufacturing capabilities in-house, ATI is the source for lifting and handling, ergonomic, safety and productivity improving solutions.

Click here to browse ATI’s product line or click here to Challenge Us to solve your lifting or handling problem.

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Bring Piece to the Worker

Ergonomic work positioning lifts from Air Technical Industries are a valuable tool for assembly and production operations. They will decrease fatigue and injuries from bending, twisting, reaching, squatting, or straining. In addition to and because of those ergonomic factors, they will improve worker productivity and efficiency!

The result of this two-fold benefit is reduced absenteeism and improved morale on one hand, and then increased output, competitiveness, and profit on the other hand. You should expect to see as much as 30-50% improvement in productivity, so calculate that savings of labor time and you will find, as many of our customers do, that the lift will pay for itself in as little as 3-6 months! WOW!

The applications for these customizable work positioning lifts are virtually limitless. Utilize a Zero-Low Lift table to roll on or off with a simple pallet truck and load or unload pallets of material while adjusting the platform height to keep a comfortable working height. A lift and tilt table is perfect for panel assembly or unloading deep boxes. Not only will it raise the load to a comfortable working height, but it will tilt towards the operator for convenient access to the entire work area.

Zero-Low Lift & Tilt worker

Lifts can be equipped with rotary tops and/or conveyors to increase versatility, wheels for mobility, or guard rails for work platform applications. Complete the installation with accordion-style safety skirts to alleviate hazardous pinch points and you’ve got a winner!

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Distributors and Solutions

Recently I was very pleased to see that Air Technical Industries has launched an enhanced program to promote cooperation with existing distributors and gain additional distributors who can partner with us to promote our extensive line of Material Handling Products. Truth is that just like a distributor or a re-seller, any production worker needs to justify the need for a new purchase to his boss. Scissor lifts, floor cranes, crate positioners, and upenders eliminate the need for excessive bending, lifting and reaching.

We all need to live within our budgets, however certain circumstances may trigger the necessity for a capital expenditure. Changes in a process, increased workload, excessive maintenance for older equipment, bottlenecks, just to name a few cases. It can be difficult to recognize the return on investment that follows from changes to one single link in the chain of production. Indirect benefits can include less worker fatigue, less absenteeism and fewer injuries. Like many investments, the benefits extend far into the future. Once a real comparison between doing the way we have always done it, and investing in equipment improvement the advantage is quickly realized.

Specific examples include a customer who had been using three men & a fork truck to flip a large cabinet. Our Zero Low Upender Inverter allowed for a single man to do the job. Another company was spending hundreds to maintain an existing floor crane. The replacement crane from ATI was cheaper to maintain, more efficient, better suited and came with a brand new warranty. Recently I spoke with another gentleman who described a “near miss”. A large cumbersome product had kicked out across the room as it was handled for packaging. No injury this time, however the cost of an injury goes beyond any monetary expenses.

The real bottom line adds up to a safer, more profitable and efficient workplace for any business. I’m pleased to be able to be able to improve the lives of so many people with our quality equipment.

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Start the New Year with a New Lift

Let’s make 2019 the year you finish that project, the year you finally get that piece of equipment that will make your operation safer. If you went through 2018 without an accident or downtime, consider yourself lucky. It is estimated that today’s manufacturing workforce is using equipment that is at least 20 years behind current technologies. If we as a society double our technology every year, why don’t you as a business make sure your equipment and processes are the most efficient and productive? It’s 2019 folks, bending over to pick things up or having 2 or more workers manually handling large objects is a thing of the past. Advances in material handling technology have proven that an investment in ergonomics and efficiency leads to higher profits, less downtime, and a happier, content workforce. Air Technical Industries is ready to help make 2019 your BEST year ever, so far!! Buy American!

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Keep It Simple and Safe

In today’s tech savvy world we hear alot of talk about AI and Robotics. Everything is done faster, more efficiently for maximum output and cost savings, but to what end? What price is put on safety, job security, integrity, and happiness? When dealing with material handling, machine safety is and always should be the top concern. Yes, fast efficient applications are the priority, with safety always in mind. It’s easy to be lured by the shiny new toy that is the hot item. 3D printers, water jets, lasers, and pre-programed conveyor lines are all exciting, but don’t forget the KISS method when developing new processes and applications. Keep It Simple and Safe!

Many times I have suggested to clients that want robotic articulating arms to handle products, to take a look at the simple LOW COST solution first. A simple Gantry Crane with a spreader bar attachment on the hoist will handle many different size products. Lift and Tilt tables save many hours of bending over, which in turn saves lost time and medical bills for your worker. Recently a client was in need of a spark resistant, explosion proof barrel dumper. They received numerous high-priced quotes for machines with enclosed motor casings or air powered solutions and graphite-built machines. I suggested an epoxy painted, manually operated barrel dumper with a bronze hand crank. This would attach right to their forklift that is already rated for this environment and the cost was a quarter of the alternatives.

New gadgets are fun, but please don’t try to reinvent the wheel, when a wheel is all you need. KISS!

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4 Reasons Why Improving Ergonomics Improves Your Bottom Line

1. Improve workers safety. By implementing lift and assist equipment, you will help take the load off your workers’ backs, preventing injuries. This will reduce worker’s compensation claims, absenteeism, and turnover, saving lots of money!

2. Increase productivity. You can increase your productivity level 50-75%. Have one man do the job of two or more and do it twice as fast. By designing a job to allow for good posture, less exertion, fewer motions, and easier reaches, the workstation becomes more efficient.

3. Become more competitive. Keeping up with your competitors is important, and having the right ergonomic equipment will keep you one step ahead of your competition. Improving efficiency will allow you to lower your cost of goods, therefore making your prices more competitive.

4. Improve morale. Showing your fellow employees that you care about their health and well being is a big morale boost. Providing them with equipment to help make the job easier will improve the overall morale and create a better safety culture. Ergonomics shows your company’s commitment to employee health as a core value. Healthy employees are your most valuable asset; fostering the safety & health culture at your company will lead to better performance for your organization.

If you need a machine and don’t buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it and don’t have it.” – Henry Ford

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