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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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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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Made in America. Any Way You Like It.

A couple of decades ago “Made in the USA” was a rally cry. While businesses moved production facilities overseas for cheap labor and lax environment laws, the American manufacturing worker was turning into an extinct species. One after another, companies moved operations out of the country and ruined our reputation as a world leader in manufacturing.
Now it seems like the majority of American made products are produced by small businesses. And now, more than any other time in our history, it so important to make sure these businesses thrive. The U.S. unemployment numbers alone is proof that these companies need your support to keep Americans working.
When these American manufacturers succeed, we all succeed. Money stays here in the U.S., workers are able to spend money which helps the economy. If you’re like our company, which manufactures machines used for other manufacturing facilities, you know that the work you produce is part of a bigger wheel that helps move this country. I know when I sell a Reversible Boom Crane, that machine is going somewhere to build more, to produce more; that machine is going somewhere to keep someone working. So you see when we are producing, America is producing, and there is no better feeling to know that your company is not part of the problem, but part of the solution.
For over 50 years Air Technical Industries has and always will build our products right here in Mentor, Ohio, and we are so very proud of that.

 

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The Next Generation Portable Gantry Crane

When Air Technical Industries sensed the need for a more effective and affordable alternative to drive systems and hoists, it led to the creation of the Tele-Mast Straddle Crane. The hydraulically operated telescopic mast portable gantry crane is a great way to simplify awkward material handling requirements. Our customers vouch for the dependability of this crane even in the toughest material handling environments.

The Tele-Mast Straddle Crane adapts to your unique requirements thanks to the various options and accessories available on it. While our crane can seamlessly integrate with most standard applications, it can also be customized per your requirements. Our portable gantry crane is currently being used in applications such as:

  • Handling shipping containers
  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Lifting or moving heavy castings
  • Handling large molds
  • Lifting or moving large generators
  • Jet Engine building and repairs
  • Other cumbersome loads

Much of the usability of material handling equipment depends on intelligent design. Our mobile gantry crane is no different. The rugged structural steel construction of the crane enables indoor as well as outdoor use. So you can confidently employ it on a construction site, dockyard or even a warehouse.

Air Technical Industries offers tow-able or self-propelled models to suit your precise mobility requirements. The self-propelled models are available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drives complete with powered steering for easy maneuverability. It moves with its own power source or with a tow motor.

This workhorse has a load lifting capacity of 60,000 lbs and up with a vertical travel range of 6 feet to 12 feet. It is available with options such as a 230/460V 3-phase electric, propane or diesel engine.

Air Technical Industries understands that every work site is different. So, we’ve made it possible for you to use the Tele-Mast Straddle Crane as a portable gantry crane anytime you want. The crane features an assortment of lifting features such as: a spreader bar for handling shipping containers, laterally adjustable cross beams with hook plates, telescopic lifting forks, and a cable lift system.

These units easily pay for themselves in a matter of days compared to having a rigging company come in with cranes to help assist the customer.

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