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Ergonomical handling means more productivity

Supplier: Millsom Materials Handling By: K. Smith
20 July, 2010

How long-term savings can be achieved with simple vacuum handling systems and without major investments.

In the long term, the economical production, commissioning and distribution of goods can today be achieved only with a sophisticated mixture of automation and manual work.

Most in the industry have recognised that it is not enough to simply purchase a new, super-fast machine tool if this machine stands idle for several minutes each time the workpiece is changed.

For this reason, the peripheral equipment such as handling devices or material-flow equipment is now a very important part in achieving more working efficiency.

Automation starts with the handling
A very good example of such equipment are the vacuum-powered handling devices such as the vacuum tube lifter JUMBO or the VACUMASTER vacuum lifting devices manufactured by Schmalz (represented by Millsom Materials Handling in Australia & New Zealand).

When the first series of these devices was introduced several years ago, practically oriented users quickly saw the potential they offered: vacuum handling systems can not only be used to lift and move raw materials and semi-finished products much more easily, but also increase the motivation of the people who carry out these tasks, resulting in fewer absences from work due to illness.

Quite simply, the vacuum tube lifters of the JUMBO series and the vacuum lifting devices of the VACUMASTER series ensured that the persons who have to lift, move and position loads of all kinds no longer need to bend down. With the aid of the suction pads and the lifting tube (on the vacuum tube lifter JUMBO) or the lifting tackle (cranes and hoists from which the vacuum lifting device VACUMASTER are suspended), even heavy and unwieldy objects can be lifted and moved easily and safely.

Cash in on the savings

Vacuum lifting equipment can save you in many ways:

1.       One person can often do the job it would normally take two or more to do.

2.       OH&S claims are almost nil with the correct lifting system in place.

3.       Finance can be organized for most applicants meaning minimal outlay for instant returns.

With more than a thousand variations, we can build to suit your specific needs

The list of components for the optimal and ergonomic configuration of a vacuum system is as long as the list of possible applications. For the vacuum tube lifter JUMBO, with its variants JUMBOERGO, JUMBOSPRINT and JUMBOHANDY, there are far more than 1000 standard variants which can be built from the standard modular system.


The same applies to the vacuum lifting devices of the VACUMASTER series, whose latest generation includes the versions BASIC and COMFORT. For optimal ergonomic handling of loads, the user can select one of the many different lengths of operator handle. In the version COMFORT, the integrated chain-hoist controls and the two-hand operation are a major improvement in the already high standards for ease of use and safety.


The systems thus fully comply with the regulations for occupational health and safety, factors which have a major effect on the motivation and performance of the people using them.