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Safety and Productivity by Design

Gorbel Cranes for Manufacturer

March 31, 2017

Case Study

Industry:  Automotive
Product:  Ceiling Mounted Work Station Crane

“The people who use the Gorbel cranes get spoiled. If we have to temporarily pull someone in from another building where they still use I-beams and let them use a Gorbel crane for a little while, they don’t want to go back.”

Problem

Workers were using an I-Beam crane to move transmissions that weigh from 50-500 kgs. in a final testing area. “It was wearing our people down,” said the Production Manager.

“It’s too much effort. It is hard enough to move the weight of a transmission – which could be 500 kgs, but then you’ve got the weight of the crane that doesn’t move very well. It is like pulling a wagon from one end of the work cell to the other.”

Solution

The company decided to install a Gorbel ceiling mounted work station crane with 2 tonne capacity runways and multiple 500 kg capacity aluminum bridges. The system was designed to cover not only the testing cells, but several other work cells on that side of the building. By installing the 500 kg bridges on 2,000 kg runways, the bridges can work side-by-side without buffers, giving the workers a very lightweight crane that doesn’t restrict accessibility in any way.

Why Gorbel?

A provider of truck transmissions, rear differentials and steering components was building a new facility for their transmission assembly. With existing buildings and a multiple applications, the company had experience with overhead lifting solutions.

“We have some I-beam cranes serving other applications in different buildings,” said the Production Manager. “It’s too much effort. It is hard enough to move the weight of a transmission – which could be 500 kgs, but then you’ve got the weight of the crane that doesn’t move very well. It is like pulling a wagon from one end of the work cell to the other.”

The company knew that Gorbel was the best choice. “In this business, you need an overhead crane, and in our experience, Gorbel is the best.”

While some of their facilities have  Gorbel work station cranes, some older I-beam cranes still stand in a few of their buildings.

Since installing the first Gorbel system, the Gorbel work station cranes have quickly become the favorite cranes of the workers using them.

“Of all the cranes we own, the Gorbel cranes are the Rolls Royces,” said the Production Manager.

One of the applications that would be served in the new building was a final testing station where fully assembled automatic truck transmissions are given their last physical inspection and a live test prior to shipping. The full assemblies range in weight from 50 to 500 kgs. They are dropped off outside the work cell by a fork truck, where an operator slings the transmissions and brings them to one of two live test stations with the work station crane.

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