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How to Improve Your Operation with Lift Equipment

Why is it so important to invest in lifting and handling equipment? You have a lot on your plate and are probably overloaded with projects, demands, and routines. Why should a lift assist, work positioning, or maintenance project be prioritized so highly on your list? Believe it or not, it’s because it will have a huge impact! Even something that seems like a minor issue offers a major savings of time and a short payback period.

Consider an application where two workers are needed to manually lift a large piece of material, this probably happens more than you think! By installing a lifting device to empower one worker to do the same task, the other worker is freed up for other more important tasks. If that worker is paid $15 per hour, that’s about $30,000 per year savings. If the lifting device costs $10,000, then the labor savings pays for the machine in only 4 months! Who gets ROI in months instead of years?!! YOU DO!

Another example that is less readily definable in easy dollars is an ergonomic work positioning application. If you implement a work positioning device for a worker to reduce the strain or fatigue of their task, this has many benefits. They will be able to “work smarter not harder” as the saying goes, they will feel good and be more productive and complete their task more quickly and with higher quality. You can put some numbers on this if you evaluate the cycle time and so forth, but that’s only one small piece of the equation. You may never know that this seemly minor improvement has prevented that worker from a serious injury. This becomes much more difficult to put a dollar figure on the lost time, worker’s compensation expense, and most importantly, the human factor of the long-term effect on that individual’s life. You may also have a difficult time putting a dollar figure on the morale of that worker, but it is not insignificant!

How do you take advantage of this tremendous opportunity? How do you decide which project or which area to focus on? Start with the pain points. Do you already have a bottleneck or a safety concern that is on the agenda? Ask the workers what would make their job easier. Ask them what tasks they dread or avoid. Next, call us or click Challenge Us on our website. Tell us all about it. We’ll offer a simple and effective solution. We may even have multiple solutions that can fit your large or small budget, we have ways to make it work for you!

Get started right away, another minute past is another dollar lost. We have standard, off-the-shelf models available with short lead times. We can custom design and manufacture a lift to fit your specific requirements. However you need it, we can accommodate, this is what we do every day and we are happy to do it.

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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.

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NEW Mini-Articularm with 6-Axes

Your Economical Solution for Complex Projects

Mentor, Ohio June 11, 2019 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of an exciting, unique, multifunctional mini-Articularm. The unit is agile and flexible with an articulating arm reach of 72”. It can be a worker’s best friend by giving the operator extra muscle strength of 150 lbs of lift, and ability to position effortlessly in X-Y-Z-R axis in a 12′ circle area.

Mini-Articularm with finger gripper

The unit helps the operator ergonomically to use more brain power instead of his muscle power for lifting, reaching, bending, pulling, and pushing. This prevents injuries as well as increasing production, performance, saving time, improving moral, getting the job done easier and faster.

The 6 axes of articulation are:

  1. Lifting action
  2. Wrist rotation 360°
  3. Forearm swing 270°
  4. Vertical tool arm swing 360°
  5. Gripper, lifting hook or fixture action
  6. Tool arm roll axis

The mini-Articularm can be electrically powered 110 volt single phase, 240-480 3 phase or air powered for hazardous areas. The controls are momentary rocker switch built into the control handle.

The mini-Articularm is an ideal tool for machine loading, assembly work, precise positioning, inverting and upending an item, picking it up from a horizontal position, rolling to vertical, or any angle desired.

The variety of end-effector or lifting tools are available and custom built for specific projects or multi tasks of different items to be handled.

Modernize your operation today, for a better future in the growing manufacturing sector, made in the U.S.A.

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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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Hi-Tech Client Moves Hardware

A customer in the computer business was looking for an easy way to move their server farm from floor level to a raised level when expanding operations. These servers and hardware sometimes weigh over 1,000 lbs, so it is not a trivial maneuver, especially in tight spaces.

This is a great application for our Zero-Low Lift Table. The lift is equipped with guard rail package and hinged dock plate. The guard rails allow the workers to travel with the server and the dock plate enabled them to bridge the gap between the lift platform and the off-load surface. The ground level “Zero-Low” deck surface makes it easy to roll the equipment onto the lift without the need for ramps or complex rigging procedures.

The customer was very satisfied with the solution and they ordered more. Server farms are rapidly growing in this digital age, and customers are always looking for solutions to fit more hardware into less space. This will not only make the job easier, but it will improve safety. Safety comes first!! And now it does not need to be an afterthought when safe operation becomes the primary operation.

 

Low-Profile Zero-Low Lift Table

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