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!
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!
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