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Safety and Productivity by Design

Gorbel Easy Arm replaces Vacuum Lifter

March 24, 2017

Case Study

Industry:  Wine and Beer Distribution Centre
Product:  Gorbel Easy Arm


A liquor distributor was looking for a lifting solution to move liquor boxes from pallets to carts. They needed a solution that could handle many different types of boxes and containers. In this application they handled 28 different container types of beer, wine, and liquor, including boxes, wood cases, and plastic wrapped cardboard trays. They were using a vacuum lifter mounted on a bridge crane. Not only was this loud and cumbersome, but it couldn’t handle all the different types of boxes, so the workers were still manually lifting some of the containers.


Gorbel Easy ArmThe solution came in the form of an Easy Arm® Q . The dealer integrated it with a custom vacuum pad that securely held all box types used. They use the slack limit switch to interlock with the vacuum release switch in order to prevent unintended release of the load when it is suspended.

The Easy Arm® was such a successful solution for their retail location that they also added one to their distribution center, where they were easily able maintain the minimum required cycle count of 200 cases per hour.