Material handling is a crucial intermediary in the manufacturing sector. It is a facet that ties in directly to the rate of production of goods, promoting efficiency while handling, managing, storing, and transporting goods and materials. By complementing the production through a swift, smooth, and efficient circulation of goods, organizations can gain the upper hand in their operations. However, manual material handling can be problematic and risky. To prevent the daily wear and tear of manual material handling tasks from turning into a costly string of worker fatigue and injuries, an organization needs a proactive strategy, the right equipment, and a corresponding set of tactics in place to control risk. UniMove Vacuum Lifters offers vacuum lifting equipment for a wide variety of lifting applications with the highest lifting capacities in the industry for both porous and non-porous loads.
When many of their competitors in Europe furnish lifting equipment that incorporates manual balancing, UniMove Vacuum Lifters introduces a unique valve design that allows for automatic balancing of the loads. Automatic balance control enables an operator to lift the weight and move the load around the workplace without having his hands on the control. This feature is critical in the furniture and woodworking industry, where laborers are required to lift uneven materials and move them around the workplace. As they serve food and pharmaceutical industries, the company manufactures its units in stainless steel and extends its products’ durability. UniMove Vacuum Lifters units are used for lifting a wide range of capacities, with the smallest unit affording a non-porous capacity of 90 pounds and the largest unit affording a total of 1,000 pounds. The company offers eight units within this capacity range. UniMove Vacuum Lifters’s standard accessories can pick up goods from any angle and rotate them in 90 degrees.
UniMove Vacuum Lifters controls are designed ergonomically to eliminate back injuries occurring due to lifting heavy weights. Their designs minimize operator fatigue, especially in the wrist while performing repetitive lifting tasks. UniMove Vacuum Lifters is designed with hand controls that are fully adjustable and provide a healthy wrist angle throughout the lifting range.
“Automatic balance control is yet another ergonomic feature of UniMove Vacuum Lifters’s vacuum lifter,” mentions Bob Shannon, Managing Director of the company. With that, the operator can balance the load up to the maximum capacity automatically at any height within the lifting range.
Bob Shannon, Managing Director
In one instance, a furniture manufacturer in North Carolina approached UniMove Vacuum Lifters for a custom solution to lift dining tables and place them in boxes. The goods weighed over 200 pounds each, and two operators worked together to lift the goods. UniMove Vacuum Lifters visited its manufacturing center to study the client’s requirements. The company designed an overhead system to support the UniMove system. After two months, the client started to operate the equipment with a single operator. “Before we stepped in, the client used to pay over $15,000 of workers’ compensation due to personal injuries. In addition, the goods used to experience heavy damages while lifting. Our solution to their problems cost less than half of what they paid for damages and injuries,” mentions Shannon. UniMove Vacuum Lifters’s equipment reduced the injuries significantly and labor costs.
Typically, UniMove Vacuum Lifters’s standard products benefit their client’s applications and requirements. If a client approaches with a unique application, the company designs the lifting equipment based on the client’s needs and demonstrate the design to their clients. About a third of the UniMove Vacuum Lifters units are designed with a custom suction foot to lift objects with an irregular shape. UniMove Vacuum Lifters holds multiple patents in the development of its technology, and they continue to dedicate extensive resources to expanding the capabilities of the equipment.