Lift Assisted Devices
Lifting Assist Devices & Handling Equipment
ASE Systems brings over 30 years experience specifying and designing ergonomic & productivity enhancing solutions to a broad range of industries that include: Aerospace, Defense Contractors, Manufacturing, Power Generation, Assembly, Marine and more. ASE’s unique ability to provide competitive pricing on a host of lifting and handling equipment stems from an unmatched combination of integration, customization & strategic partnerships with other world class cutting edge manufactures and systems integrators.
One of the most important factors in any lifting or handling solution is the cycle time which asks the question “how often per minute or hour is the load being moved and or lifted”. The cycle time will determine how much capital needs to be spent for a temporary or lasting solution. Cycle time can be related to the difference between your daily driver and a formula one race car; the daily drive performs many useful tasks but will never be able to match the technology, handling and speed of the formula one racer. The cycle time is one of several analysis questions necessary to determine the size, shape and speed of the individual components that make up your lift handling system. Additional analysis questions include:
1. Length, width & height of the product?
2. Weight of the product?
3. Where and at what height from floor level is the load at time of lift?
4. Distance of movement or area of coverage?
5. Where is the product being placed and at what height from floor level?
6. How high does it need to be lifted in addition to the pick and place points?
7. What is the ceiling height in the handling area?
8. Are there any overhead obstructions such as lights, conduits & pipes in the handling area?
9. Are there any environmental conditions to consider such as outdoor use, wash-down, explosion or corrosion proof?
10. Describe the item to be lifted in detail.
Through analysis of this data will allow ASE to specify a cost effective handling solution; one that will pay for itself in a reasonable amount of time due impart to savings gained from increased productivity and the reduction of worker injury claims should they exist in your facility.
The overhead support is the backbone and one of three necessary components in any integrated handling solution. Commonly referred to as overhead cranes, they come in many styles, configurations, shapes and sizes that include: bridges cranes, workstation cranes, enclosed track cranes, monorails, gantry cranes and jib cranes most of which can be freestanding, ceiling or building column supported. With partners like Gorbel, Demag, Kundel & Cleveland Tram-rail your lifting or handling system can be supported from a variety of ergonomically & technologically advanced overhead crane systems that consist of steel and aluminum enclosed Track Bridge and jib crane systems, I-beam and patented track technology.
Intelligent lifting devices, hoist based manipulators, load balancing, float & programmable lifting systems are features found on the high end of lifting devices and will ensure that your cycle time, positioning and load care requirements are met in accordance with your manufacturing and assembly needs. Basic lifters such as electric, compressed air and manually powered hoist are available in a variety of duty ratings and speed ranges. Lift and control packages are ideally suited for lower cycle of less demanding lifting and handling applications.
Equally as important to the overhead support and type of lifting device is the product interface, that is to say “what type of device is needed to actually grip the product”. End Effectors can vary from an electric or compressed air powered unit to something as simple as a lifting sling. Vacuum cups, powered grippers, magnetic lifter, expanding mandrel, lifting tongs, parallel grippers are just a few of the standard and custom product interface technology ASE Systems can bring to bare to complete the basis of your handling solution. The final size, shape and mix of components of your end effector will be based upon the answers to your analysis questions.
Once ASE Systems has identified and specified the overhead support system, lifting device, lift tables, tilt tables, and end effector for your application there is a host of support equipment that will increase the ergonomic value as well as decrease the cycle time that can be achieved by the integrated lifting system alone. Mobile and stationary units that can also move, lift & position your load through the work cell area can be powered or manually configured to meet your individual requirements.