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

LARGE ROLL HANDLING. KIMBERLY-CLARK REPLACE HOISTS WITH A POSILIFT AUSTRALIA MANIPULATOR

LARGE ROLL HANDLING. KIMBERLY-CLARK REPLACE HOISTS WITH A
POSILIFT AUSTRALIA MANIPULATOR

Using a hoist to position 1500mm diameter roll of core boards weighing 150kg onto the mandrel of their winding machines was always a concern for Kimberly Clark. “First we had the problem of having to turn the large roll” said Wayne McNally, Project Manager. “Then positioning it on the mandrel of the winding machine was also difficult. The operator had to use one hand to use the up/down controls of the hoist and his other hand to control any sideways movement of the heavy and large roll. So in addition to being difficult there were safety issues” Kimberly-Clark called Posilift Australia to help solve their roll handling problem.

“We already had a Posilift Australia MaxiPartner to turn and position our 400kg finishing wrap rolls onto the automatic feeder of our packing machine” said Wayne McNally. “We knew the equipment was reliable and had the built-in safety features needed to protect operators and product” Posilift Australia supplied a Partner manipulator on overhead tracking with a specially designed tooling to grip their rolls of core board. 

“The Posilift Australia Partner is a rigid arm machine that balances the product and allows the operator full control in direct proportion to his or her movement” said Andy Heard, National Sales Manager. “The tooling was specifically designed to grip their product and all the controls are positioned so the operator can use both hands at all times. It also incorporates safety features that make it virtually
impossible for the operator to make an error. These safety features are vital when dealing
with heavy or awkward loads.”

The Posilift Australia manipulator runs on an overhead track system so it can be used to feed two
machines. “We were very happy with the result” said Wayne McNally. “In fact we were so pleased with the first two machines that we bought a third.”

Posilift Australia Pty Ltd


¬¬LIFTING FROM ROBOT WELDING JIGS - MATERIALS HANDLING HOW AN AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERING COMPANY SOLVED HANDLING ISSUES OF LIFTING MANY TYPES OF WELDED ASSEMBLIES OFF A ROBOTIC WELDING JIG

­­LIFTING FROM ROBOT WELDING JIGS - MATERIALS HANDLING
HOW AN AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERING COMPANY SOLVED HANDLING ISSUES OF LIFTING MANY TYPES OF WELDED ASSEMBLIES  OFF A ROBOTIC WELDING JIG

PROBLEM:  An Australian Engineering based company makes 52 varieties of tow-bar assemblies.  These welded assemblies weighing up to 40kg have to be taken off the welding jigs after robotic welding, then rotated or inclined depending on type and positioned onto an overhead conveyor.

“Lifting each of the smaller parts onto the robot welding jig was not a problem for us” said the Project Manager. “The problem was lifting the heavier and more awkward completed pieces off the welding jig. The assemblies were long and heavy.  Our concern was the health and safety of our people.  Without lifting equipment, the completed assemblies needed 2 people to lift and with manual handling there is always the concern of accidents” said the Project Manager. 

ANALYSIS:   The job was given to Posilift Australia to solve.  For product control, the task needed a rigid arm machine and a tooling with different gripping points. We could not use standard sliding grippers, because of all the clamps and other obstructions on a robot welding table.  Finding a common gripping point for all 52 assemblies on a robotic welding jig full of clamps and other obstructions was the challenge.

SOLUTION:  Posilift Australia Australia conceived a novel approach.  “For this project we designed the gripper differently.  We designed the gripper so it could slide to different positions on the one axis as is normal.  But in addition, the gripper could also be rotated and totally re-positioned so it could also grip from many different axes.  This allowed us to cover all the combinations on the welding table.” said Andy Heard, National Sales Manager.  “Once the product was gripped, the rest was standard for Posilift Australia.  The operator could turn or incline the product as needed.  Also high and low controls were included so there is no stretching when positioning the product on the overhead conveyor.”

“We are very happy with the result” said the Project Manager.  “We now have six Posilift Australia machines in operation – 4 taking the off the welding jigs and positioning onto the overhead  conveyor for painting, and 2 taking finished products off the overhead conveyor and positioning into a carton.” 
(Ask us for our Reference List)
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Posilift Australia Australia’s skill is to solve repetitive handling problems in the workplace.  Ask us about our solution to your repetitive handling problem.  It is likely we have solved already solved your problem in Australia or elsewhere around the world.

Posilift Australia Pty Ltd  
phone (02) 9415 1914

SAFETY SOLUTIONS FOR UNSTABLE LOADS FOUNDRY HEAVY LIFTING AND POSITIONING 550KG SAND CAST MOULDS

AFETY SOLUTIONS FOR UNSTABLE LOADS
FOUNDRY HEAVY LIFTING AND POSITIONING
550KG SAND CAST MOULDS

PROBLEM:  Sand cast moulds weighing up to 550kg had to be moved and precisely positioned.  The sand casts were fragile and prone to disintegrate when knocked.  They needed care and control in lifting and positioning.  The company had its own tooling to grip the moulds and only needed a lifter with a hook.

ANALYSIS:  This application required an articulated arm in a balanced state to give the precise control for positioning of the fragile sand moulds.  It also needed additional safety features in case of total load loss during operation. 
A crane or hoist was not considered suitable because their jerky up and down movements increased the risk of damage to the mould particularly on positioning. 
An air balancer was not suitable for this operation because there was no anti-jumping option strong enough to counter the possible heavy weight loss. 

SOLUTION:  For this operation a Posilift Australia MaxiPartner Manipulator was chosen with the added safety feature of a hydraulic anti-jump device.  The manipulator was mounted on overhead tracking with a pneumatic motorized trolley.  The hook and handle were designed to give the operator the best control of the product using both hands.  All the controls were positioned ergonomically on the handles so they can be used by the operator without having to take his hands off the handles.

The Posilift Australia MaxiPartner can lift weights up to 900kg.  Its articulated arm and balanced state gives the operator easier control for the moving and positioning of the load. Standard safety features in the manipulator include an air reservoir and one way safety valve.  These standard features can be enhanced depending on application. For extremely heavy loads where there is the possibility of total weight loss the hydraulic anti-jump device is available.  Posilift Australia Australia always include the safety anti-drop or anti-release required for an operation. These are normally included in the toolings / end-effectors because they can vary according to the product, the handling task and the work environment.
(Name of Reference Company supplied on request)

Posilift Australia Australia’s skill is to solve repetitive handling problems in the workplaceAsk us about our solution to your repetitive handling problem.  It is likely we have solved it in Australia or elsewhere around the world.

Posilift Australia Pty Ltd   phone 02 9415 1914

LARGE ROLL HANDLING. KIMBERLY-CLARK REPLACE HOISTS WITH A DALMEC MANIPULATOR


LARGE ROLL HANDLING.   KIMBERLY-CLARK REPLACE HOISTS WITH A POSILIFT AUSTRALIA MANIPULATOR E


Using a hoist to position 1500mm diameter roll of core boards weighing 150kg onto the mandrel of their winding machines was always a concern for Kimberly-Clark.  “ First we had the problem of having to turn the large roll” said Wayne McNally,. Project Manager.  “Then positioning it on the mandrel of the winding machine was also difficult.  The operator had to use one hand to use the up/down controls of the hoist and his other hand to control any sideways movement of the heavy and large roll.   So in addition to being difficult there were safety issues” 

Kimberly -Clarke called Posilift Australia to help solve their roll handling problem.  “We already had a Posilift Australia MaxiPartner to turn and position our 400kg finishing wrap rolls onto the automatic feeder of our packing machine” said Wayne McNally.  “We knew the equipment was reliable and had the built-in safety features needed to protect operators and product”

Posilift Australia supplied a Partner manipulator on overhead tracking with a specially designed tooling to grip their rolls of core board.  “The Posilift Australia Partner is a hard rigid arm machine that balances the product and allows the operator full control in direct proportion to his or her movement” said Andy Heard, National Sales Manager.  “The tooling was specifically designed to grip their product and all the controls are positioned so the operator can use both hands at all times.  It also incorporates safety features that make it virtually impossible for the operator to make an error.   These safety features are vital when dealing with heavy or awkward loads.”

The Posilift Australia manipulator runs on a an overhead track system so it can be used to feed two machines.

“We were very happy with the result” said Wayne McNally.  “In fact we were so pleased with the first two machines that we bought a third.”


Posilift Australia Pty Ltd
(02) 9415 1914

PNEUMATIC MANIPULATORS COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND SAFETY PROBLEMS


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. 



Powel Manipulator

Powel Manipulator
Posilift Global's Power Manipulator can be used 10 carry all kinds orhcavy machinery parIs. The I)O\\cr manipulator is lik e a mechanical hand that can replace large manpower
in cargo handling. with just .......

one person 10 operate the machine with ease. It i~ suitable for mechanical assembly lines or moving of components in the processing line. and can !lip at any angle for precise
positioning of component s. Features: the eq uipment is designed to suit a gh en app lication - lilt move. rolate, incline or position~ many gripping
sty les pneumatic or mechanical grippers, vacuum suction. magnets. hooks. ctc: and many configurations column, overhead fixed . overhead tro lley mounted and nOOf tro lley mounted. The company
specialises in sohing handling problem \\ ith solUlions that best meets the need and budget. posilin Global. based in lIong Kong. supplies a wide range of lin assist devices
industrial manipulators, articulating arms. cable balancing arms, mobile lifters. pneumatic balancers. intclligl:l1l assist devices. serve hoists. vacuum liners and similar products
lO solve repetitivc matcrial handling. lining. moving and positioning problems. The company is a distributor in Asia for Famatee Handling Solutions (Italy): Knight Balancers
and Sen o 1I 0ists (Uni ted Stales): Armtec Liti Assist Devices (Australia/China): and Anvcr Vacuum Liners

(U ). COlltoct: Posilifl Glob:.) - Local I)"rlner S"I)I)Orl
LeHI 2. Connaughl Plnec, BUild Gardell Roml
PUlle, Mahal'ushtn' 4 11 001
'1'1' 020 - 4014753 t • F"" 020 - 40147576
E-mll il : www.posilift.com.au

HANDLING ROLLS OF PACKAGING FILM FROM PALLET TO DELIVERY TROLLEY OR WRAPPING MACHINE

CASE STUDY
HANDLING ROLLS OF PACKAGING FILM FROM PALLET TO DELIVERY TROLLEY OR WRAPPING MACHINE
PROBLEM: Heavy rolls of plastic film were delivered to the company on pallets in hole “eye to the sky” orientation.  They needed to lift and place the rolls on a delivery trolley in “eye to the wall” orientation.
ISSUES:  The two major issues were 1 . Lifting the rolls off the pallet and onto the delivery trolley  and  2. Turning the roll from “eye to the sky” to “eye to the wall”.
A common practice of using a crowbar to tip the rolls was unsafe for operators and also added the risk of damaging the rolls.  Using a hoist to lift and turn the heavy rolls would be too slow and cumbersome and there is always the danger of swing when using a cable for heavy objects.
SOLUTION:  For this application the Armtec Rigid Articulated Arm manipulator (Armtec RA200) with a mandrel tooling was recommended.  was s (RAcolumn mounted pneumatic manipulator with articulated arm manipulator with mandrel gripping tool and weight pre-selector was used.  .  roll handling manipulator with a gripping mandrel, weight pre-selector.  This manipula was different Using a crowbar to tip the The company had many different and place it on a delivery trolley  orientation company needed to rotate the in the food industry needed to move heavy rolls of plastic film from a pallet to a delivery trolley

GENERAL
For this company, handling from the trolley to the packaging machine was not an issue because the packaging machine was designed to lift from the delivery trolley once the roll was “eye to the wall” orientation.


FOUNDRY AND HEAVY INDUSTRY LIFTING AND POSITIONING SAFETY SOLUTION FOR UNSTABLE LOADS 550KG SAND CAST MOULDS

FOUNDRY AND HEAVY INDUSTRY LIFTING AND POSITIONING
SAFETY SOLUTION FOR UNSTABLE LOADS
550KG SAND CAST MOULDS

PROBLEM:  Sand cast moulds weighing up to 550kg had to be moved and precisely positioned.  The sand casts were fragile and prone to disintegrate when knocked.  They needed care and control in lifting and positioning.  The company had its own tooling to grip the moulds and only needed a lifter with a hook.

ANALYSIS:  This application required an articulated arm in a balanced state to give the precise control for positioning.  It also needed additional safety features in case of total load loss during operation. 
A crane or hoist was not considered suitable because their jerky up and down movements increased the risk of damage to the mould particularly on positioning. 
An air balancer was not suitable for this operation because of the weight and because there was no anti-jumping option strong enough to counter the possible heavy weight loss. 

SOLUTION:  For this operation a Dalmec MaxiPartner Manipulator was chosen with the added safety feature of a hydraulic anti-jump device.  The manipulator was mounted on overhead tracking with a pneumatic motorized trolley.  The hook and handle were designed to give the operator the best control of the product using both hands.  All the controls were positioned ergonomically on the handles so they can be used by the operator without having to take his hands off the handles.

The Dalmec MaxiPartner can lift weights up to 900kg.  Its articulated arm and balanced state gives the operator easier control for the moving and positioning of the load. Standard safety features in the manipulator include an air reservoir and one way safety valve.  These standard features can be enhanced depending on application. For extremely heavy loads where there is the possibility of total weight loss the hydraulic anti-jump device is available.  Other anti-drop or anti-release features are normally included in the toolings / end-effectors because they vary according to the product to be handled.


Dalmec Pty Ltd
02 9415 1914

sales@dalmec.com.au    

ROLL HANDLING PACKAGING FILM FROM PALLET TO DELIVERY TROLLEY

ROLL HANDLING PACKAGING FILM FROM PALLET TO DELIVERY TROLLEY

PROBLEM: Heavy rolls of plastic film were delivered to the company on pallets in “eye to the sky” orientation.  The operator was required to turn the rolls to “eye to the wall” orientation and position the rolls on a delivery trolley for loading on the wrapping machine..
ISSUES:  The two major issues were 1. Turning the roll from “eye to the sky” to “eye to the wall” orientation and 2 . Lifting and positioning the heavy rolls from the pallet and positioning them on the delivery trolley.  
A common practice of using a crowbar to tip the rolls is unsafe for operators and also adds the risk of damaging the rolls.  Using a hoist to lift and turn the heavy rolls is slow and cumbersome and there is always the danger of injury from swinging if using a cable for heavy objects.
SOLUTION:  For this application the Armtec Rigid Articulated Arm column manipulator (Armtec RA200) with a mandrel tooling resolved the problem.  The mandrel tooling gripped the roll and the rigid articulating rigid arms enabled easy easy 90 degrees inclination and placement on the delivery trolley.  The movement was light and easy because Armtec manipulators have dual pneumatic circuits which provide “load” and “no load” balancing.
GENERAL:  Armtec roll handlers can lift, position, incline and rotate rolls weighing from 15kg to 600+ kg.  This style of equipment can also be used to place rolls on a wrapping machine directly or remove rolls from a machine.
Industrial manipulators are ideal for lifting and moving all off-set loads.  They are specified and designed to suit a company’s specific requirements and work area.  They can be supplied as column, overhead fixed or as floor or overhead trolley mounted units. They have many options, operating features.
Dalmec Australia is the sole distributor of Armtec equipment in Australia
For more information please call us on:


Dalmec Pty Ltd
A Member of the Posilift Group
Suite 1A, Level 2,802 Pacific Highway
Gordon NSW 2072 Australia
Phone: (02) 9415 1914 Fax: (02) 9415 1478
Email: 
sales@dalmec.com.au,/
Website: 
www.dalmec.com.au
                 www.posilift.com .au

ROLL HANDLING SOLUTIONS LIFT FROM PALLET, INCLINE, PLACE ON DELIVERY TROLLEY

ROLL HANDLING SOLUTIONS
LIFT FROM PALLET, INCLINE, PLACE ON DELIVERY TROLLEY

PROBLEM:  Moving various size rolls of plastic wrap weighing up to 200kg from pallets in “eye to the sky” orientation to trolleys in “eye to the wall” orientation.  These have to be lifted from the pallet, inclined 90 degree and placed on delivery trolleys for positioning on the wrapping machines.  Pushing the roll over and then trying to pick up using a hoist was not satisfactory.  With heavy rolls, there can be damage to the outer layers of film and a potential risk for the operator when the roll is pushed over.  When lifting and placing by the hoist there can be incidents to operators because of the heavy rolls cannot be precisely controlled and because of the natural swing in the hoist wire.  In addition to being a potential risk for injury, the process was slow and cumbersome.

ANALYSIS: The lifting and inclining or rotating rolls of packaging paper or film is a very common task in packaging.  Rolls can be as heavy as 500kg.  Most operations place the rolls on a trolley for delivery to the wrapping machine.  Some require the rolls to be placed directly on the machine.  The key requirement is that the roll, when gripped, should be held secure; that the roll can be inclined 90 degrees for placement on the trolley or directly on machine and that the roll be in the total control of the operator from grip to release.
SOLUTION: For this application, Posilift recommended an Armtec solution consisting of a rigid articulating arm pneumatic manipulator with an expanding mandrel tooling to grip in the roll core.  The roll is held secure and can be inclined 90 degrees to “eye to wall” for placement on the trolley.   This application had high and low controls to avoid any bending and stretching and parking brakes on all axis.
All Armtec manipulators come with many safety features including preventing the release of loads if there is a loss of air supply and even if the operator gives the wrong command.  They are CE Certified and come with many accessories.  They are specifically designed to suit the opertion and work area.
RESULT: The food packaging company was very happy with the solution.  The task was made easier and safer for their operators.  The equipment was easy to use and the operators required very little time to become familiar with the equipment.
Posilift have many rolls handling solutions available.  This is just one of them. 

For More Information Contact

Dalmec Australia
Now a Member of the Posilift Group
02 9415 1914  







HANDLING BULLDOZER CUTTING EDGES DURING MAINTENANCE






HANDLING BULLDOZER CUTTING EDGES DURING MAINTENANCE

SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY ISSUES SOLVED FOR AUSTRALIAN MINING COMPANY BY POSILIFT AND ARMTEC EQUIPMENT

PROBLEM:  As part of their ongoing Health, Safety and Productivity improvement program, an Australian Mining company looked for solutions to improve working conditions and improve productivity when servicing the Cutting Edges -Ground Engagement Tools on their Bulldozers. 
The company had safety issues and cost issues with their existing process.  They were seeking a better and safer solution and one that would enable a faster operation. 
There can be up to Six (6) Cutting Edges or Ground Engagement Tools on each Bulldozer.  They can be varying sizes and weights and weighing up to 210kg each.  Each blade needs to be held while being unbolted for removal and both held and the holes aligned for bolting when replaced.  If both ends are worn they need to be moved to a pallet and replaced with a new Cutting Edge from another pallet.  If only one side is worn they need to be rotated 180 degrees before replacing.  In all cases they need to be held securely for inspection.

ANALYSIS:  For this operation the movements required for the tasks were partial inclination when removing or fitting the cutting edges to the sloping blade. 90 degree inclination when placing the cutting edges on a pallet or when picking from a pallet.  180 degrees to turn those blades which were worn out on one side only.

For safety, the cutting edge must be held securely with no swing at any stage of the process.  It must also allow precise positioning when lining up the holes for bolting when the cutting edge is replaced on the dozer.

The working area was 8 metres and the equipment also had to meet and comply with all the stringent Health and Safety features of a mine site. 

As the use was in an Iron-Ore mining environment, any type of magnet was not permitted.


SOLUTION:    For this application, Posilift recommended an Armtec solution consisting of a rigid arm pneumatic manipulator with a gripping tool specifically designed to achieve the movements required and to grip the various sized cutting blades.

rmtec designed the gripping tool with expanding mandrels to grip the cutting edge through its bolt holes.  These grippers hold the product safe and secure.  The mandrels were made moveable so they can be positioned to suit the hole spacing for the different length cutting edges.  The tooling has 180 degree manual rotation using a steering wheel.  It has 90 degree pneumatic inclination for fitting the cutting edges onto or off the dozer blade or for placing them onto a pallet or lifting them off a pallet.  It has brakes on all axis of the manipulator and tooling to hold it stationary in any position for inspection or cleaning.
For ease of use over the 8 metre work area, a manipulator with a 3 metre reach was placed on a one (1) metre off-set column.

All Armtec equipment comes with safety features which prevents the release of loads if there is a loss of air supply and even if the operator gives the wrong command. 

RESULT:   The Mining Company was very happy with the solution.  The task was made easier and safer for the operator.  It increased productivity and saved costs by turning a two man task into a one man task.  It also freed up the previously used overhead gantry and forklift with driver for other tasks.  By making the task easier and quicker it also reduced the maintenance turn-around time on bulldozers.

For More Information Contact

Posilift Australia / Dalmec Australia
02 9415 1914  
www.posilift.com.au   www.dalmec.com.au



Monday, 28 August 2017

Posilift Global's Power Manipulator can be used 10 carry all kinds orhcavy machinery parts

Posilift Global's Power Manipulator can be used 10 carry all kinds orhcavy machinery parts

Posilift Global's Power Manipulator can be used 10 carry all kinds orhcavy machinery parts Is. The I)O\\cr manipulator is lik e a mechanical hand that can replace large manpower in cargo handling. with just .......
one person 10 operate the machine with ease. It i~ suitable for mechanical assembly lines or moving of components in the processing line.

And can !lip at any angle for precise positioning of component s. Features: the eq uipment is designed
to suit agh en app location - lilt move. rotate, incline or position~ many gripping styles pneumatic or mechanical grippers, vacuum suction. magnets. hooks. ctc: and many configurations column, overhead fixed . overhead trlley mounted and no of trolley mounted.

The company specialises in sohing handling problem \\ ith solUlions that best meets the need and budget. posilin Global. based in lIong Kong. supplies a wide range of lin assist devices industrial manipulators, articulating arms. cable balancing arms, mobile lifters. pneumatic balancers. intclligl:l1l assist devices. serve hoists. vacuum liners and similar products lO solve repetitivc matcrial handling. lining. moving and positioning problems. The company is a distributor in Asia for Famatee Handling Solutions (Italy): Knight Balancers
and Sen o 1I 0ists (Uni ted Stales): Armtec Liti Assist Devices (Australia/China): and Anvcr Vacuum Liners (U ). COlltoct:


POSILIFT AUSTRALIA
Posilift Australia Pty Ltd / Dalmec Pty Ltd
Address: Suite 1A, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072 Australia
Phone: +61 2 9415 1914 | Fax:+61 2 9415 1478
Email: sales@posilift.com.au  | Website: www.posilift.com.au