Featured Product: Bundle Lifter
An automotive part manufacturer had a new process that involved unloading 20 foot long bundles of aluminum round stock from trucks into a warehouse then onto a conveyor for transfer to a cutting station. Their material handling operation took two workers, who had to climb upon loaded trucks to rig nylon straps to an existing overhead crane hook. There was a high risk of worker injury from falls and pinch hazards.
In their search for equipment to make the unloading process safer and more efficient, they tried using a pallet lifter that straddled bundles from both sides, however there were issues with it taking up too much space, both on the truck and in the aisle. Also there were issues using the existing overhead crane with its festooned pendant. The crane operator had to stand where they couldn’t see the travel path of the lifter whether it would hit obstructions during the transfer process.
The company tried using a standard pallet lifter, one that loaded bundles from the side but the lifter took up too much space and was discontinued from use.
ELS was asked to design and manufactured a custom lifter to accommodate their widest bundle and be slim in profile. ELS designed a 13 foot long 3 legged bundle lifter with 24” forks. The custom lifter’s design accesses both side of bundles and took minimal space beyond the bundle width. Its functional design made it easy to place bundles closer to each other and better fitted in aisles.
Along with the lifter ELS supplied and installed a new radio control onto the existing overhead crane. Using the radio controller, the crane operator can stand where gives the best view during handling operations. With the new lifter and radio controller, operations can be done with one operator instead of two, giving the company a costs saving benefit of reduced labour