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Open the Window to Ergonomics

A window manufacturer came to us seeking a lift that would raise their nearly completed bay windows 3 to 4 feet off the ground to apply a waterproof adhesive to the bottom edge of the frame. To accomplish this task, workers had to place the bay window enclosures on small carts via a forklift. They would then have to lay on the ground and reach under the frame to apply the caulk, a very laborious and dangerous job to preform. The window structures came in various sizes and weights, and headroom had to be considered when lifting some of them. A big part of our task here at ATI is to not only find a viable and safe solution for each application, but to also make the recommended piece of equipment versatile and help improve on the client’s current production output. Our recommendation was a modified Fork Stacker Lift that would be designed to hold windows sizes from 36 in. tall to 78 in. tall securely, and with a max capacity of 1000 lbs. Lifting from the bottom of the bay enclosures, we were able to raise their largest window up 50 in. from the ground. Now 1 worker instead of 2 or 3 could preform the task safely, without having to lay on a dirty factory floor. This not only improved productivity and efficiency, but solved an ergonomic issue as well. They even discovered that the quality improved greatly now that the worker had a much better view applying the sealant and was able to do so with much less mistakes. So I guess you can say we helped this window company get a better view of safety and performance.

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Zero-Low 3-PointZero-Low 3-Point Entry Lift with box

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Customer minimizes worker fatigue with ATI lift

Our customer came to us with an ergonomic nightmare. They were lifting 50 pound bags of product off a production line on to a pallet that sat on the floor. As you can imagine the first few rows required a lot of bending and twisting. Plus, the operator needed to walk around the pallet as each row took 4 bags of products.

The solution to this application was a Low Profile Zero Low Lift Table. This unit allowed the customer to place the pallet inside the fenders and only a 1/2” off the ground. The Low Profile Zero Low Lift Table has a lower fender height then other standard Zero Low Lift Tables. However, this only solved part of the problem. They now needed the Low Profile Zero Low Lift Table to also rotate. ATI having built such a unit in the past knew exactly what to do.

So, in the end the customer was able to finish with the pallet at ground level to be removed with a standard pallet jack. At the same time during the loading of the bags the unit also rotated so the operator could stand in one place and load the pallet on all sides. This both improved worker safety, but also improved productivity. The customer paid for their units in less than 4 months.

For further help with your application, please contact Air Technical Industries at www.airtechnical.com or call us at 800.321.9680.

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