Material Handling Systems Improve Health and Productivity
Heavy duty cranes, overhead cranes, jib cranes, and other material handling solutions.
Overhead building lifting systems and other material handling solutions can significantly increase the productivity, efficiency, and safety of your industrial workplace. Acculift can design a custom ergonomic solution for your specific application to effectively address your material handling needs. Our installers and inspection personnel are the best-in-class providing quick, top-notch, hassle-free installations.
- Overhead Building Crane Systems
- Work Station Cranes
- Industrial Lifting Systems – Hoists and Air Balancers
- Handling Devices – custom and stock end effectors
- Lifting Platforms, Lifting Tables, and Wheel Handlers
- Mezzanines and Safety Rail Systems
But what is ergonomics in the workplace and how does it apply to material moving and lifting with devices?
Generally, we think of ergonomics in the workplace as the science of designing work to fit the capabilities of workers in a safe manner. As an example, chairs and desks are positioned at computer workstations to avoid stress injuries. In industrial settings, it takes on a broader meaning and has safety and comfort of the operator as its core. To Acculift, this means operator assisted lifting beyond vertical load lift. Essentially, remove the lift from the operator, and have them guide the load naturally without effort. Removing the lift from the work to be done vastly reduces the chance of injury or breakage.
Lifting equipment that enables the worker to handle and move the material with little effort, in a comfortable manner, such as lift tables, load balancers, overhead cranes, vacuum lifters, workstation cranes, etc. In combination, these devices form a solution custom designed specifically for the material handling needs of that workspace. Eliminating the lift for the operator so they can get on with the work.
Preventing Workplace Ergonomic Injuries
Contrasted with workplace accidents that result in traumatic injury, ergonomic injuries tend to develop over a longer term, as a result of prolonged inherent job characteristics that result in musculoskeletal disorders. Such disorders include low back pain (related to manual lifting), cumulative trauma disorder to tendons (such as tendinitis and bursitis) or nerve disorder conditions (such as neuritis and carpal tunnel syndrome). Low back pain injuries are generally attributed to manual handling of objects, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, bending, reaching, and twisting actions. On the other hand, cumulative trauma disorders are attributed to the repetitive handling of tools and other objects. Involving repetitive motions of the upper extremities, these actions result in arm, elbow, shoulder, and hand and wrist injuries. Proper ergonomics seeks to reduce or eliminate the chance of both types of injury in the workplace.
Intelligent lifting devices go one step further than assisting in the vertical load lift. Not only do these systems remove the physical aspect of lifting it does so in a manner that is more intuitive, reactive, and more responsive for greater load control by the operator. It provides a “feel” to the operator so they can understand the mechanics of the load and respond accordingly. Intelligent lifting devices fill the void between traditional lifting devices and completely automated robotic solutions. They enable operators to lift and maneuver naturally, as if the devices were an extension of their arms, and provide a combination of pinpoint precision and quickness of handling. It’s not intuitive to think in this manner but large heavy loads require finesse and delicate touch while handling to avoid damage. Intelligent lifting devices do this and can greatly reduce damage and increase profitability.
The answer for enlightened companies is clear: an ergonomic focused lifting plan and program makes good business sense, in terms of improved productivity, better product quality, and decreased costs of compensation claims and other related injury costs.