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NEW Free-standing Bridge Crane Kits

Overhead workstation cranes offer great value, quick and easy assembly

Mentor, Ohio September 15, 2021 – Air Technical Industries announces the development of a comprehensive series of free-standing workstation bridge cranes. These cranes empower workers with dedicated X-Y-Z movement in any work cell or department. They are offered in do-it-yourself kits or turnkey installation is available.

For most common, economical applications, a simple monorail design is offered. However, the differentiating factor for ATI designs is the unique, low-profile bridge. This double-girder design carries the hoist inside the bridge between the beams so that only the hook hangs below the bridge allowing for low headroom clearance and maximum utility.

The double girder bridge comes fully assembled, electrically wired and tested, all you need is the electric or pneumatic power source. The new design of the double girder with hoist built-in offers great benefits with low headroom and greater working height.

The self-supporting feature is an ideal solution in a rented building. When you move, take it with you. It requires no modifications to the building structure and can be installed independent of any existing structural supports. Another great feature is that the crane can be used indoors and moved outdoors if necessary.

The bridge span is available in a variety of widths to suit. The runway is also available in any length to meet the user’s requirements. The bridge and hoist travel can be manually operated for smaller capacities and can be upgraded to motorized bridge and trolley travel.

Capacities available are 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 6000 and 10,000 pounds. Power is 120VAC single-phase for lighter capacities or 240-480VAC 3-phase for larger, heavier capacities. Pneumatic compressed air operation is also available. Standard control pendant is wired and can be upgraded to wireless radio controls. Customization is offered for special environmental considerations, for example hazardous areas, clean rooms, food processing, etc.

Free-standing bridge cranes can be installed quickly and removed if you are moving or need it in a different location. These new cranes are an ideal, simple and economic solution for many lifting, handling, assembly, and work positioning operations.

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Founded in 1964, Air Technical Industries is a manufacturer of a broad line of standard and custom material handling equipment. The company specializes in providing innovative, engineered solutions that meet the specific needs of their customers.

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Labor Shortage? Improve productivity!

One of the most lasting and surprising impacts of some worldwide event that shall not be named is the dramatic labor shortage that is being experienced across most industries. Why this continues to be such an ongoing and significant problem is a topic of some (but not much) debate. Alas, this is not a political blog, so we’re not going to discuss the opinions about how we got here, but rather focus on solutions and how this problem can be overcome. The bottom line is that many companies are hindered in returning to full capacity because there are simply not enough staff to perform the necessary production operations.

For all of us involved in manufacturing and distribution operations that are not conducive to the work from home movement, we have to get the real work done and we have to do it faster, getting more done with less resources than ever before. This calls for addressing some of the human factors that sometimes settle below our attention. This includes ergonomic issues like minimizing bending, twisting and stretching by providing work positioning lift tables or lift and tilt tables to bring the load to the worker. Even when handling small or lightweight pieces, the repetitive and/or straining motions can cause fatigue and loss of productivity.

Work positioning lift table

 

Machine feeding or accumulating is another common application where a worker or multiple workers are required to manually handle some materials, sometimes large awkward items, to load or unload machines. This can have a double benefit, potentially freeing up a second operator to be productive elsewhere while at the same time allowing the remaining operator to work more efficiently, with less strain and fatigue. Simple lift table accessories like an Automatic Height Gauge are great companions to these functions because the operator doesn’t even have to push a button. The work positioning lift table can automatically raise as material is removed or lower as material is added to the platform.

Automatic Height Gauge

Automatic Height Gauge option

Besides lift tables and work positioning devices, workstation cranes can be amazing for productivity. Workstation cranes empower operators to handle their own small lifts and not wait on an overhead crane or fork lift to help them, and not risk the strain or potential injury of attempting to lift something that might be at the edge of reasonable manual exertion. Who are we kidding? Sometimes it might be so far past the edge of reasonable manual exertion that you no longer can see that edge in the rear view mirror! A light floor mounted crane, mobile crane, or portable workstation crane can be a tremendous time-saver and productivity booster for a much more affordable cost than some of the heavier lift equipment that it would depend on otherwise.

Portable Jib Crane workstation crane

These are just a few examples out of many that can help us do more with less. They are all designed to improve the experience of the operator, making the job easier so they can get more done. When there aren’t as many operators around to do the job by brute force or using as much time as it takes, we have the opportunity to make it happen in other ways. And these ways are more beneficial to the same operators and to the business as a whole, so when we return to certain times, we find we made the right investment for the long term.

 

See some ergonomic lifts here or Challenge Us with your particular situation and we’ll recommend the best solution.

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