Millsom Materials Handling has introduced Vacuum Lifting system.
A local manufacturer of concrete stumps and concrete pavers for the house building industry wanted a system not only to handle the stumps and pavers in a safe manner, but also decrease the manufacturing lead times. Millsom Materials Handling has offered a solution by installing a Vacuum Lifting system using Schmalz SEG ejectors to handle 5 stumps at a time.
In another part of the operation, concrete pavers, which are manufactured in a large number of sizes, are handled using four specially manufactured heads that enables the operator to lift up to (depending on their size), four pavers at any time.
By installing the Millsom Vacuum Handling system and through rationalisation of Millsom’s product line, the manufacturer has not only been able to increase throughput per person eight-fold, but also has decreased the need for manual labour from 22 people to 5 people, significantly reducing labour costs, and the high rates of injury, which also has provided the Company the added benefit of lower Work Cover premiums.
In another instance, a manufacturer of hardened steel plate wanted to handle large sheets sizes on a variety of cranes as cost effectively as possible. The size, hardness and weight of the sheets were unable to be handled by traditional methods. So, Millsom Materials Handling implemented a Vacuum Handling system using a spreader beam with an integrated handle and two attached Schmalz ECO1000 VacuMaster Vacuum Lifters. The use of the Vacuum Lifting system has allowed the safer lifting of these sheets as well as enabling the manufacturer to utilise the lifter on multiple cranes, providing added flexibility and cost saving.
The use of a Millsom Vacuum Handling system can have significant payback benefits, and in some instances, with the productivity gains and labour reductions, the payback period has only been as little as six months. In other instances, manufacturers have installed more vacuum systems within 12 months of first implementing them, after realising the productivity gains and payback benefits.