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Safety and Productivity by Design

Lifting Cylinder Blocks with the G Force

March 31, 2017

Case Study

Industry:  Manufacturing
Product:  Gorbel G-Force™

Problem

Cylinder blocks for hydraulic motors must be lifted from a container of steel castings and placed into a machining fixture. The task requires some precise positioning.

Prior to the G-Force™, the area featured a regular jib hoist with a long, heavy swing arm. The operation was very slow and operators preferred to lift the product manually.

Solution

G-Force™ uses patented technology and an industrial processor controlled drive system to deliver unmatched lifting precision and speed.
Available  from 75 kg to 600 kg.

Benefits

  • Operators could not continue with the task manually because it was putting them at risk for injury.
  • Precision positioning was needed for the task and a hoist is too slow and unsteady.

“The G-Force™ has a shorter working radius,” said Jon Seboe, a manufacturing Engineer. Jon also commented on how well the G-Force™ works with the magnet end tool. Once the magnet grabs the part, the G-Force™ then lifts it quickly and places it precisely using the float mode feature. “Float mode is a feature we really like”, said Jon.

Alternatives

  • Continue to let operators manually lift the product.
  • A hoist hanging from an overhead crane or jib.