- Manually lifting product from 50 to 150 kgs
- Injuries hurting morale, productivity and profit
- Uneven floor
- 10 M x 25 M area to cover
A foundry specializes in manufacturing hard-to-find components for pumps, but was having a difficult time finding the right solution to handle the parts. The work area, where the parts are loaded onto grinding tables, was being served by forklifts when possible, but much of the lifting was done manually.
The customer purchased a 2 tonne capacity Gorbel work station crane with custom supports to serve the entire work area. By using a combination of support structures, the crane provides complete coverage to the entire facility.
Why Gorbel® Was The Smart Solution
The crane has support at four points, each with a different configuration. On the low end of the sloping floor, the runways are supported with ceiling mounted hangers. The second support point is suspended from the ceiling on one side, which is a high traffic area for fork lifts, and a cantilevered support at the other end, where ceiling obstructions are the problem. The third support could not mount to the ceiling due to overhead obstacles, so it features a standard freestanding header. Finally, and at the end of the system that faces an adjacent work bay that needed to remain accessible, cantilevered supports hold both the runways, and allow a nearby jib crane to move products into the work area.
“We’re very happy with the final product,” said the plant manager. ““It shows how flexible Gorbel systems can be by all the support options they offer on their work station cranes.”