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Variation on Company’s First Product Expands on Tradition of Simple, Useful Lifting Solutions

Mentor, Ohio June 22, 2021Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new V-Master crane model that lifts 2000 pounds up to 12 ft high. While this version won’t fit in the trunk of your car like the original, it can be disassembled for storage or transportation. The new VM-2000 crane is ideal for shop maintenance or assembly or it can be taken out in the field for work in customer’s facilities or remote work areas. It’s small foot print and simplistic design belies its tremendous capability for increased lift height and capacity. It is mobile and portable and can be used any time any place.

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ATI started business in 1964 with a simple value proposition. The V-Master Mobile Hydraulic Floor Crane, model VM-1000, lifts 1000 pounds up to 8 feet high, weighs only 150 pounds, and can be disassembled to fit in 2 square feet of floor space.

With the launch of the VM-2000, the original shop crane gets a big brother. The VM-2000 can lower its swivel eye hook all the way to the floor level and raise up to 12 feet high. With the short gooseneck extension, the boom offers additional reach and clearance for larger loads. The crane has removable, telescopic 2-position legs. The short position provides for more compact operation with 1500 pounds capacity, and the extended position offers the full 2000 pounds capacity and requires no counterweight to be added.

The unit is equipped with non-marking polyurethane coated roller-bearing mounted wheels and a tee-screw floor lock. The lifting action is hydraulically operated, electrically powered by 12VDC battery power unit. This provides for easy, effortless operation under self-contained power. Alternative 120VAC plug-in power is also available.

The new over-sized V-Master Portable Floor Crane is an outstanding solution for a variety of lifting and positioning operations. It enables simple, safe, efficient operation in a compact, economical package.


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Founded Upon Military Innovation

Air Technical Industries provides lifting equipment for all branches of the defense department and is proud to announce that we work with the Armed Forces. The owner of the company Pero Novak was a helicopter pilot in the United States Army in his younger years. He envisioned his first portable crane when needing to service helicopter engines while stationed in Korea. He built our company on the sale of a small, portable crane, and after building many of these small shop cranes, he finally had the opportunity to build that exact crane that was sketched up in the mess hall in Korea. You can see the inspiration for the founding of our company below.

Over the years, these portable, mobile cranes have evolved and have been equipped with many different features to meet just about any application. They are available self-propelled, equipped with powered hydraulics, powered telescoping boom, cable winch, hazardous location packages, wireless radio controls, and the list goes on! Not only have they been able to service engines and other aviation applications, but they are now used in countless other industries as well. Let us help you design yours!

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Making NASA’s Job Easier

An aerospace customer was looking for a way to lift their x-ray inspection device over the Orion space craft. The x-ray device weighs 150 lbs and had to be lifted up and over the heat shield assembly over 10 feet high. A typical shop crane boom would contact the load at that steep boom angle, so this was a great solution for the Husky Master mobile hydraulic floor crane with a goose neck boom. The goose neck boom option provides added horizontal reach at boom angles over 45°. This gave them the ability to reach up and over the space craft to perform the work safely and efficiently.

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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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Maintenance Solution for Oil & Gas Industry

A customer in the oil and gas industry was looking for a safe way to remove the bundle or inner case assembly of a oil pump line pump. They needed to reach up and over to a height of about 13 feet. The parts themselves only weighed a few hundred pounds. We designed an HM-8000M Modified Husky-Master portable floor crane with a goose neck boom attachment and winch. The Husky-Master is known as the workhorse floor crane of the industry. This would also allow them to remove the whole pump if needed since it weighs 4,000 lbs and that was the extended boom capacity. The customer also had limited clearance under the platform in which the pump was installed. We were able to outfit the crane with 6” wheels enabling them to roll underneath the platform. Where others say, “impossible”, we say, “it’s possible!” and these challenging applications are our specialty.

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KISS: Keep It Simple & Smart!

A client was looking for a truck crane with a hoist to lift manhole covers on his maintenance route. These covers are usually 100 to 200 lbs and can be pretty hard to budge. The thought was to have a foldable crane mounted on the side of the truck with the power for the crane and hoist coming off the truck battery. As it turned out, the boom reach available to do the job properly was more than needed and the price for the crane was over budget.
After describing the existing steps taken to perform this task, we determined that a more simple approach would complete the task just as well and at only a quarter of the cost. I suggested our VM-1000 Portable Hydraulic Floor Crane. This lightweight crane can disassemble and fit in a car trunk. It assembles in minutes and has a 1000 lb capacity with 8 ft lift height.
Air Technical Industries takes pride in offering the best solution for the job, even if that means a smaller order for us, it creates a better long-term relationship with our customer. Technology is great, but nothing is more intelligent then simple common sense and experience. Take advantage of 50 years of industry knowledge, bring us YOUR challenge.

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V-Master Portable crane


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Econo-Master Floor Crane

A customer was faced with a challenge to lift a 1500 pound component onto a machine during a scheduled plant shutdown while fitting through an opening only 36” wide. This unit had to be raised so that the bottom would clear 8 ft of height. This maintenance was easily accomplished utilizing the Econo-Master Mobile Hydraulic Floor Crane (EM-6000) from Air Technical Industries. The Econo-Master floor crane is available in capacities up to 6000 pounds and can lift up to 10′-6” high. It is available manually powered, 12 VDC, 110VAC, or air powered depending on customer requirements. The Econo-Master is an inexpensive way to lift heavy capacities and is made in the USA.

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Save Overhead Crane Time with ATI Floor Cranes

The Super-Master Floor Crane as an alternative to an overhead bridge crane. Many manufacturing facilities are built with high capacity overhead bridge cranes installed that help make the facility run efficiently. Often production is hindered by the overhead crane being used to perform light duty tasks that require the use of lift equipment.

A manufacturer of electrical enclosures for the aviation industry has found that utilizing floor cranes for light duty tasks freeing up the overhead crane for large heavy hoisting operations improves efficiency. A floor crane does not require the same amount of personnel as an overhead crane for safe hoisting operations. The Super-Master floor crane is especially useful due to its unique ability to rotate the mast allowing it to pick and place without having to be repositioned. The Super-Master floor crane can be safely and easily used by one technician.

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Super Master Mobile Floor Crane

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