The customer needed a product that could help workers pick packaged pallets of AC units from the end of an assembly line and load them onto trailers more efficiently that the current method.
Forklifts were being used to complete the task, which took up a lot of already limited floor space and created dangerous working conditions within the factory.
A Free Standing Work Station Bridge Crane with aluminium bridges was chosen. A custom "stacker" end of hook tooling was used. This end tooling rotates 360 degrees, moves up and down, and has forks to lift the pallets.
Benefits of this Product
The pallets were lifted from the line by the crane and tooling, rotated, then moved to an awaiting trailer that was parked between the support columns of the system. This new method has increased productivity on each assembly line, eliminated the congestion from forklifts, and increased workers safety within the facility.
An automated conveyor system was considered but was deemed too expensive.