Millsom Materials Handling , with an example, explain how vacuum tube lifters can improve the efficiency of a dual machining centre. A manufacturer of furniture recently purchased a dual woodworking centre to minimise the non-productive idle times of the machine by using the two ends of the large machine table alternately. The large table made it possible to remove the finished parts and load new raw materials at the one end, while the parts are being machined at the other end. This ensures that the machine is practically never idle and the machine running times are fully utilised as production times. At least two people had to be available whenever the finished parts were removed and the new sheets of wood placed on the machine.
A convincing solution for the handling of laminated sheets of wood and sheets of MDF was created by Schmalz, represented by Millsom Materials Handling in Australia and New Zealand. The laminated sheets of wood and sheets of MDF are now moved and positioned with the aid of a vacuum tube lifter of the type, JumboErgo 140. The vacuum tube lifter is equipped with suction pads, which can be positioned anywhere on a longitudinal beam, making it easy to balance the load and to adapt the gripper to the varying dimensions of the sheets.
The necessary vacuum is generated by a powerful, directly driven vacuum blower with a dust filter to keep out wood chips and sawdust. A special feature is the extra long operator handle. This handle permits ergonomic handling and allows the operator to keep away from the suspended loads. However, the handling system for the dual woodworking centre consists of more than just the vacuum tube lifter as it also has a jib crane system to permit traversing of the vacuum tube lifter over the entire working area. The jib crane carries the vacuum tube lifter, which can be moved to any desired position within the working area. The lightweight crane system is designed for loads of up to 140kg and its trolleys can be moved easily, even with the full load suspended.
Only one person is needed for the handling of the raw sheets and finished parts, who still has the time to control and monitor the operation of the machine. The vacuum handling system also moves the sheets and finished parts more safely and with less damage, and thus makes the production of wooden and MDF parts even more economic.
Millsom Materials Handling manufacture their own equipment, including cranes and track systems and are the Australian and New Zealand distributors for Schmalz Vacuum Handling & Clamping Systems. Millsom Materials Handling also provide customers with a one stop shop for their complete materials handling needs.