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Lifts Get the Deep Freeze

A food processing company installs scissors table in a deep freeze to improve ergonomics and efficiency during pallet build-up and break-down tasks.

The Challenge

Major food processor needed to improve their pallet build-up and break-down process by adding a material lift that would meet the following criteria: 1) improve work station ergonomics 2) be able to withstand operating temperatures to -25 degrees F 3) needs to be able to transport loads between inside and outside of freezer.

The Autoquip Solution

A hydraulic lift with low-medium lifting capacity and ergonomic range of vertical travel was recommended as the most cost-efficient method of providing adjustments in elevation that keep the product at an optimum, ergonomic work height during pallet build-up and/or break-down activities. In order to operate properly in a sub-zero work environment, the hydraulic lift was modified slightly with special duty cylinder seals and a special fluid in the hydraulic circuit that was 1) compatible with the extremely low temperatures, 2) non-toxic and approved for use when in contact with food packaging. In addition, Autoquip also recommended that the lift be supplied with casters and a towing handle, making it easy to transport a loaded lift between the freezer and the loading dock area. The customer is completely satisfied with this work station lift and worker safety and productivity has been improved as a result of keeping the work within the ergonomic “power zone” of each of the packaging/loading dock personnel. Lift Specifications for this Application: • Lifting Capacity: 4,000 lbs • Vertical Travel: 36" • Platform: 30" x 48" • Actuation: Hydraulic with special duty, food-grade oil

Solution Benefits

Through the use of this modified hydraulic lift, this freezer-duty pallet build-up/break-down task is now more ergonomic and productive, and the lift can be safely transported while supporting a load.

Published: 08/30/2012
Tags: Hydraulic Lifts , Pallet Handling , Series 35 , AUTOQUIP SCISSOR LIFT TABLES , Ergonomics

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