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Aluminum Casting Build-Up Station

Manufacturer of aluminum engine castings utilizes an ergonomic work station lift and turntable combination at a pallet build-up station to improve safety and efficiency.

The Challenge

Mercury Marine recognized that employee efficiency was suffering because of poor ergonomics at the pallet build-up station within one of their casting manufacturing lines – employees had to bend over, reach out, and walk around to access all sides of the pallet while loading it with castings. Autoquip was contacted and asked to recommend a material handling solution that would improve workstation ergonomics, and subsequently improve efficiency and throughput.

The Autoquip Solution

Pallet build-up stations are benefited most from a solution that provides the operator incremental adjustments in elevation and in rotation. A hydraulic lift was recommended as the most cost-efficient method of providing adjustments in elevation, keeping the top layer of castings at an optimum, ergonomic working height. The ability to rotate the pallet is also critical in order to minimize walking around the pallet while building it up with castings. Autoquip also recommended an operator foot switch instead of an operator push station in order to provide “hands-free” operation of the lift – making incremental vertical adjustments quickly and conveniently, which also saves the operator from making wasted motions with his upper body. Productivity has improved as a result of keeping the work within the ergonomic “power zone” of the workers in the palletizing area. Lift Specifications for this Unique Application: • Turntable Model: SR4-48-25 • Lift/Turn Capacity: 2,500 lbs • Vertical Travel: 36" • Degrees of Rotation: 360 • Platform: 24" x 48" • Actuation: Hydraulic (Lift)

Solution Benefits

Through the use of this cost-efficient lift and turn combination, the ergonomics at this pallet build-up station have been dramatically improved, raising productivity, employee safety, and overall assembly line throughput.

Published: 08/30/2012
Tags: Series 35 Manual Turntable , Hydraulic Lifts , Series 35 , Metal Working , Turn Tables , Ergonomics , AUTOQUIP SCISSOR LIFT TABLES , Pallet Handling

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