Vacuum tube lifter with pneumatic swivelling unit, JumboErgo 85 from Millsom Materials Handling is suitable for the handling of collectors for solar systems.
To explain, Millsom Materials Handling quote an example of a company that acted as a logistics centre, and supplied installation firms with collectors, storage tanks, installation materials and various accessories. The various components for solar applications are stocked, commissioned, packed and dispatched to the customers. Up to 200 collectors of various sizes are handled each day, a task which required the combined efforts of up to seven strong men. A typical order comprised two to four collectors, a storage tank and various installation materials and accessories. Since the number of orders increased the company management decided to invest in practical aids for handling the components.
The production facility introduced vacuum handling for the collectors and reduced the materials handling in the logistics centre with the aid of vacuum handling systems from Schmalz, represented by Millsom Materials Handling in Australia and New Zealand.
The vacuum tube lifter JumboErgo 85 with pneumatic swivelling unit PSE was selected as the ideal solution. The vacuum tube lifter JumboErgo with PSE, offers sufficient reserves for the handling of collectors of all sizes safely and reliably. To ensure safe handling of the collectors, which are gripped by their smooth front surfaces, the lifter is equipped with a beam that carries four suction pads.
The pneumatic swivelling unit PSE permits the operator to swivel through 90° from the horizontal to the vertical position without the need for assistance by additional workers. The vacuum tube lifter is suspended from a slewing column crane with a jib length of 4500mm and a slewing range of 270°, thus providing a large working area.
The vacuum tube lifter JumboErgo is now used to lift the necessary collectors from the stacks on the storage pallets, swivel them by 90° to the vertical position and place them upright on the delivery pallet. The upright position has the advantage that it makes best use of the available space in the delivery truck and that the collectors can be better protected against damage by means of edge protectors and by wrapping the components on the pallet in shrink film.