Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Shell gives the good oil on pneumatic manipulators


Shell gives the good oil on pneumatic manipulators

For Shell Australia, a low incidence of workplace injury is no accident. The company’s health and safety policy is clear, comprehensive and adhered to by all staff, who appreciates and values its importance. 
So when Shell’s terminal at Pinkenba, Brisbane, embarked on the recently completed construction of its grease packaging plant and re-development of its lube-oil manufacturing centre and special products plant, safety was in the forefront of the minds of the project engineers involved. “worker safety at Shell is very proactive,” said John Robbins, a senior major projects engineer at Shell.
“Any risk to employees is simply unacceptable. Instead of waiting until someone is injured to react, we prefer to take preventative measures to begin with.”
One of the primary concerns addressed was the manual handling which would be required in the new complex. Some employees would be required to lift and manoeuvre heavy 200 litre drums off a pallet, before manually tipping them over and decanting the ingredients into large floor tanks or autoclave kettles.
Other employees would be required to manually palletise plastic and metal drums, ranging from 20kg to 55kg.

To minimise the risks of injury involved with these tasks, Shell decided to install pneumatic manipulators and contacted Posilift Australia. Posilift Australia had previously installed manipulators at Shell in Europe, which had proved extremely beneficial.

After firstly receiving a video demonstrating the use of the manipulators, John
Robbins, and two employees who were to operate the new equipment, flew to
Melbourne to view the pneumatic manipulators Posilift Australia had recently installed at Reckitt and Colman and General Motors.

Impressed with the operation of the equipment at these companies, Shell decided to install a number of pneumatic manipulators in the re-developed areas.

During 1994, five machines were installed at Shell’s Pinkenba terminal, each with specialised tooling, custom designed to suit a number of different applications, which were required.

Three manipulators were installed with gripping jaws to lift the 200 litre drums
and, utilising a special tipping mechanism, empty the contents into a floor tank or   autoclave kettle as required.

Each has a computerised load cell and weight indicator incorporated into the
tooling, to enable the operators to monitor the exact amount of fluid dispensed at a time.

Two of these were installed on an overhead tracking system, one 18 metres in
length, to maximise their access area. Both have air-operated drive systems, to
assist in manoeuvring the drums and minimise the physical effort required of the operator.
                                                                                     
The third was installed on a floor-mounted assembly, designed to suit the space available.
The employees who would have been required to manually complete these tasks have assumed the role of operators of the equipment.
“The pneumatic manipulators have greatly reduced the risk of injuries, not only back strain, but also finger and foot injuries which can occur when manoeuvring such heavy and awkward drums,” said John Robbins.

“The ergonomic design of the machines

has also meant that they are very easy to operate.”

A further two manipulators were installed to palletise items such as kerosene and detergents, in containers and cartons of various shapes and weights.

Special tooling was designed to suit the different items, and up to four items can be palletised at a time. Both of these manipulators are also portable and able to he moved to different areas of the plant as required.


 According to David Berry, a major Projects Engineer at Shell, the installation of these palletising manipulators has advantages in both safety and productivity.

“When undertaken manually, this kind of task presents a unique risk to employees as both lifting and rotating are involved at the one time,” Mr. Berry said. 
“The manipulators minimise the likelihood of back strain or other injuries and make the work much easier. The operators are extremely happy with them.”
“In addition, the work is completed faster because the machines are able to palletise a number of items at a time and employee fatigue is not a problem.
” As a built-in safety feature, all of the pneumatic manipulators have a device which prevents an item being released if there is a power failure or electrical problem.
Also, given the hazardous conditions throughout much of the Shell complex,
Posilift Australia ensured that the electrical systems built into the manipulators with load
cells complied with hazardous area classifications.

“The pneumatic manipulators have been ideal and their flexibility has suited our requirements,” said John Robbins.

“Most importantly, they have enabled us to adhere to our strict health and safety standards and prevent injuries before they occur.




Pallet Stacking, Lifting and Turning Made Easy at CSR Monier Wunderlich using a Posilift Australia Manipulator

Pallet Stacking, Lifting and Turning Made Easy at CSR Monier Wunderlich using a Posilift Australia Manipulator  

CSR Monier Wunderlich searched for a pallet handler to do a number of tasks.  “We wanted to stack new pallets into our pallet dispenser quickly, and we wanted to be able to inspect used pallets for damage one at a time” said Richard Davies, Operations Manager.  The equipment had to be capable of handling a combination of 1 to 4 pallets at a time and also be capable of lifting and turning a pallet for inspection.   “Our concern was for the health and safety of the operator.  It had to be easy and safe to use.  So in addition to the usual safeties expected from equipment, it was important that the equipment did not turn if more than one pallet was loaded”

Posilift Australia solved this pallet handling problem by supplying a rigid arm pneumatic manipulator with a specially designed fork tooling which achieved these requirements.  “For this application we used a switch which prevented the tooling from turning when the load was heavier than one pallet” said Andy Heard, National Sales Manager.  “We incorporated this function with an alignment plate which also assisted the operator with stacking.  So if the operator selected to use the alignment plate for stacking then the tooling would not turn.  If the operator did not select to use the alignment plate, then the tooling could turn, but the manipulator was prevented from lifting more than one pallet.  It eliminated operator error.”

There is also a dead man’s handle on the manipulator which will hold the manipulator, tooling and product in a firm parked position.  This allows the operator to release the controls and have both hands free for any closer inspection or repair of the pallet..

Posilift Australia manipulators are designed to lift and position products up to 900kg in any direction in a weightless condition.  They are easy to use because they are specifically designed for the task.  “Posilift Australia has built more than 50,000 manipulators world wide.  So we have solved most repetitive handling problems for factories.  All our manipulators are CE Certified so they comply with the most stringent safety requirements.

Posilift Australia Pty Ltd

(02) 9415 1914

PNEUMATIC MANIPULATORS COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND SAFETY PROBLE


PNEUMATIC MANIPULATORS
COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS
FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND SAFETY PROBLEMS




It is not often that a technology appears on the market that offers increased productivity and safety while reducing labour costs.  With this in mind, it is surprising that so few material handling professionals are aware of the benefits that can be realised through the use of pneumatic manipulators.

Pneumatic manipulators are certainly not a panacea, however, many manual material handling applications are performed faster, more accurately, and with a greater degree of safety with such a device.

Although they look like “robot arms” pneumatic manipulators are not automated devices.  They operate on extremely simple principles of physics and employ pneumatics (air pressure actuators) to counterbalance loads.  A manipulator simply renders the load weightless and allows one operator to safely and efficiently handle loads or perform tasks that would typically require two or more workers.

Manipulators are often utilised in situations that require repetitive product movement / positioning of light loads (under 80 kg) or when bulky, awkward or heavy loads (up to 300Kg) must be handled.

An example of a typical repetitive application would be palletising or de-palletising of products.  Bags or cartons of raw or finished products generally weigh between 15Kg and 80Kg and are awkward to lift and position.  A pneumatic manipulator equipped with a suction or grip device can be used to palletise such products easily and safely.


A heavier load application is exemplified by manipulators which are capable of handling paper spools weighing up to 280Kg.  A unit of this type can pick up a spool at floor level, articulate 90 degrees, and position it on a printing press spindle.

Other product types commonly handled with pneumatic manipulators include boxes, crates, barrels, drums, buckets, pails, rolls, bobbins, castings, dies, ingots, sheet materials etc etc.  Virtually any product weighing up to 300Kg can be effectively handled with these machines.  End effectors can be engineered to grip any conceivable product through a variety of means.  Suction devices, expanding mandrills, compression apparatus and hooks are typical end effectors.  Manipulators are available in a variety of forms and floor mount, ceiling mount, trolley mount and forkliftable (portable) models are all available.

Pneumatic manipulators are productivity tools and most are custom designed to meet the goals and objectives of a specific operation.  They often pay for themselves within the first year of use in labour savings.

Another incentive to use such equipment is the safety factor.  Workers compensation payments and lawsuits associated with back injury have continued to escalate.  Very few companies can afford to ignore this rising cost, and employing pneumatic manipulators in injury prone operations can significantly reduce risk.

This is technology that should not be overlooked when upgrading an existing operation or planning a new facility.  It certainly merits your investigation. 


Roll handling made easy for Multapex with the introduction of Posilift Australia Manipulators



Roll handling made easy for Multapex with the introduction of Posilift Australia Manipulators

- Handling Rolls, Reels, Bobbins or Creels, assisting the Printing, Packaging and Converting Industries -

Multapex Pty Ltd is a leading supplier of Plastic Films, Metal Foils, Nonwovens and Wovens, Biodegradable Products, and Industrial Laminates in Australia.

Recently the company has increased its production capacities and recognized it would need to address the manual handling issues accociated with palletizing heavier rolls.

One of the companies main concerns was for the health and safety of there operators. The task was to palletize upto 120kg rolls of film. Not only was the weight an issue but turning the roll from a horizontal orientation (eye to the wall) to a vertical orientation (eye to the sky) for palletizing proved to be a major headache.  The company enlisted the assistance of Posilift Australia Pty Ltd to come up with a solution. The scope was that it had to be safe and easy to use and not slow production in any way.

“Posilift Australia have solved this sort of roll handling application many times before with the introducion of our bobbin handling manipulators”, said Andy Heard, National Sales Manager. “These bespoke built units are pneumatically driven and eliminate all the weight of the product. The operator simply inserts the expanding mandrel into the core of the roll, pushes the grip buttons and the roll is held. He can then maneuver it around the work station by using the up and down lever control” “There is also a toggle switch that allows the operator to incline the unit from horizontal to vertical or visa versa”.

“We can supply these units with various dimensions to suit an individual work environment and also with a capacity of upto 600kg rolls” Said Mr Heard.

“It was a real pleasure working with Multapex on this project, it is great to see a smaller company taking safety seriously, they really are showing the bigger converters the way”

For more information on handling rolls, reels, bobbins or creels please do not hesitate to contact Andy Heard.

Posilift Australia Pty Ltd
(02) 9415 1914
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Shell gives the good oil on pneumatic manipulators


Shell gives the good oil on pneumatic manipulators


For Shell Australia, a low incidence of workplace injury is no accident. The company’s health and safety policy is clear, comprehensive and adhered to by all staff, who appreciates and values its importance. 
So when Shell’s terminal at Pinkenba, Brisbane, embarked on the recently completed construction of its grease packaging plant and re-development of its lube-oil manufacturing centre and special products plant, safety was in the forefront of the minds of the project engineers involved. “worker safety at Shell is very proactive,” said John Robbins, a senior major projects engineer at Shell.
“Any risk to employees is simply unacceptable. Instead of waiting until someone is injured to react, we prefer to take preventative measures to begin with.”
One of the primary concerns addressed was the manual handling which would be required in the new complex. Some employees would be required to lift and manoeuvre heavy 200 litre drums off a pallet, before manually tipping them over and decanting the ingredients into large floor tanks or autoclave kettles.
Other employees would be required to manually palletise plastic and metal drums, ranging from 20kg to 55kg.

To minimise the risks of injury involved with these tasks, Shell decided to install pneumatic manipulators and contacted Posilift Australia. Posilift Australia had previously installed manipulators at Shell in Europe, which had proved extremely beneficial.

After firstly receiving a video demonstrating the use of the manipulators, John
Robbins, and two employees who were to operate the new equipment, flew to
Melbourne to view the pneumatic manipulators Posilift Australia had recently installed at Reckitt and Colman and General Motors.

Impressed with the operation of the equipment at these companies, Shell decided to install a number of pneumatic manipulators in the re-developed areas.

During 1994, five machines were installed at Shell’s Pinkenba terminal, each with specialised tooling, custom designed to suit a number of different applications, which were required.

Three manipulators were installed with gripping jaws to lift the 200 litre drums
and, utilising a special tipping mechanism, empty the contents into a floor tank or   autoclave kettle as required.

Each has a computerised load cell and weight indicator incorporated into the
tooling, to enable the operators to monitor the exact amount of fluid dispensed at a time.

Two of these were installed on an overhead tracking system, one 18 metres in
length, to maximise their access area. Both have air-operated drive systems, to
assist in manoeuvring the drums and minimise the physical effort required of the operator.

The third was installed on a floor-mounted assembly, designed to suit the space available.
The employees who would have been required to manually complete these tasks have assumed the role of operators of the equipment.
“The pneumatic manipulators have greatly reduced the risk of injuries, not only back strain, but also finger and foot injuries which can occur when manoeuvring such heavy and awkward drums,” said John Robbins.

“The ergonomic design of the machines

has also meant that they are very easy to operate.”

A further two manipulators were installed to palletise items such as kerosene and detergents, in containers and cartons of various shapes and weights.

Special tooling was designed to suit the different items, and up to four items can be palletised at a time. Both of these manipulators are also portable and able to he moved to different areas of the plant as required.

According to David Berry, a major Projects Engineer at Shell, the installation of these palletising manipulators has advantages in both safety and productivity.

“When undertaken manually, this kind of task presents a unique risk to employees as both lifting and rotating are involved at the one time,” Mr. Berry said. 
“The manipulators minimise the likelihood of back strain or other injuries and make the work much easier. The operators are extremely happy with them.”
“In addition, the work is completed faster because the machines are able to palletise a number of items at a time and employee fatigue is not a problem.
” As a built-in safety feature, all of the pneumatic manipulators have a device which prevents an item being released if there is a power failure or electrical problem.
Also, given the hazardous conditions throughout much of the Shell complex,

Posilift Australia ensured that the electrical systems built into the manipulators with load
cells complied with hazardous area classifications.

“The pneumatic manipulators have been ideal and their flexibility has suited our requirements,” said John Robbins.

“Most importantly, they have enabled us to adhere to our strict health and safety standards and prevent injuries before they occur. www.posilift.com.au

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Roll Handling Made Easy

Roll Handling Made Easy
Posilift Australia Manipulators for Roll, Reel, Bobbin or Creel Handling

Multapex Pty Ltd, a leading Australian supplier of Plastic Films, Metal Foils and other products, is very focused on the health and safety of its employees.  So when the company increased its production capacities, it recognized it would need to address the manual handling issues associated with palletizing heavier rolls.

The task was to palletize rolls of film weighing up to 120kg. Not only was the weight an issue but turning the roll from a horizontal orientation (eye to the wall) to a vertical orientation (eye to the sky) for palletizing proved to be a major headache.  It needed a Lift Assist Device that was safe and easy to use and did not slow production in any way.

Multapex chose a Posilift Australia manipulator to solve their problem.  “Posilift Australia Australia has solved these roll handling issues many times before.”, said Andy Heard, National Sales Manager. “Our roll handling manipulators are pneumatically driven and eliminate all the weight of the product. The operator simply inserts the expanding mandrel into the core of the roll, push the grip buttons and the roll is held. He can then manoeuver it around the work station by using the up and down lever control.  They also have a toggle switch that allows the operator to incline the unit from horizontal to vertical or visa versa.”

“We can supply these units with various dimensions to suit multiple roll sizes and the specific work environments.  We have the capacity to lift and incline rolls weighing up to   600kg” said Mr Heard.

“It was a real pleasure working with Multapex on this project, it is great to see a smaller company taking safety seriously. They really are showing the bigger converters the way”

The installation of the first machine made such an improvement to safety, worker satisfaction and productivity that they now have Four (4) Posilift Australia manipulators in their plant.

For more information to solve your repetitive handling problem call:
Andy Heard. Posilift Australia Pty Ltd

sales@posilift.com.au  (02) 9415 1914  http://posilift.com.au/   

Materials Handling - Pallet Handling /Pallet Lifting Pallet Stacking, Lifting and Turning Made Easy using a Posilift Australia Manipulator

aterials Handling - Pallet Handling /Pallet Lifting

Pallet Stacking, Lifting and Turning
Made Easy using a Posilift Australia Manipulator  

A Building Material Company (name supplied on request) searched for a pallet handler to do a number of tasks.  “We wanted to stack new pallets into our pallet dispenser quickly, and we wanted to be able to inspect used pallets for damage one at a time” said the Operations Manager.  The equipment had to be capable of handling a combination of 1 to 4 pallets at a time and also be capable of lifting and turning a pallet for inspection.   “Our concern was for the health and safety of the operator.  It had to be easy and safe to use.  So in addition to the usual safeties expected from equipment, it was important that the equipment did not turn if more than one pallet was loaded”

Posilift Australia solved this pallet handling problem by supplying a rigid arm pneumatic manipulator with a specially designed fork tooling which achieved these requirements.  “For this application we used a switch which prevented the tooling from turning when the load was heavier than one pallet” said Andy Heard, National Sales Manager.  “We incorporated this function with an alignment plate which also assisted the operator with stacking.  So if the operator selected to use the alignment plate for stacking then the tooling would not turn.  If the operator did not select to use the alignment plate, then the tooling could turn, but the manipulator was prevented from lifting more than one pallet.  It eliminated operator error.”

There is also a dead man’s handle on the manipulator which will hold the manipulator, tooling and product in a firm parked position.  This allows the operator to release the controls and have both hands free for any closer inspection or repair of the pallet..

Posilift Australia manipulators are designed to lift and position products up to 900kg in any direction in a weightless condition.  They are easy to use because they are specifically designed for the task.  “Posilift Australia has built more than 50,000 manipulators world wide.  So we have solved most repetitive handling problems for factories.  All our manipulators are CE Certified so they comply with the most stringent safety requirements.

Posilift Australia Pty Ltd

(02) 9415 1914