Category Archives: Material Handling

What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Sheet Metal Lifter

It’s no secret that many industrial companies are working with old, outdated equipment. But in many cases, you’re not really saving money by not replacing old models; in fact, in can cost you in the long run as you have to deal with unplanned shutdowns due to malfunctions.

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Hydraulic Sheet Lifter for Metal Processing

For metal processing facilities, one important piece of equipment is a hydraulic sheet lifter. But there are a few things plant operators need to be aware of before making an order. Here, we’ve outlined a few questions you’ll need to answer when choosing a sheet metal lifter.

What is your load requirement?

The last thing you want is to order an expensive piece of equipment only to learn that it can’t support the amount of weight you require. Take stock of the types of jobs you’re performing now, and consider if you’d like to expand your capabilities or increase efficiency by accommodating heavier loads.

What are your sheet metal lengths?

Some metal processing plants only work with a specific length of sheet metal. Others have a wide degree of variability in sheet lengths. If this is the case, you may need a few sets of sheet lifter support sections that can be changed out on the fly to fit different jobs. This is very important to know so that you can include this in your initial order.

When will you need this equipment online?

Set realistic expectations for delivery. This is a heavy piece of highly engineered equipment that must undergo extensive design, building, and testing before it can be delivered. For this reason, it’s important to start the buying process before you actually need it – because by the time something breaks down, you’re looking at months of downtime while you wait for a replacement.

Once you’re able to determine the full scope of your project, you can work with a  custom material handling equipment manufacturer to design your sheet lifter. Hunter Lift is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of lifting devices and mobile crane attachments. Our engineers will work with you every step of the way to determine your needs, answer any questions, and build the right product for your job.

If you’d like more information, feel free to contact us through our website or call 1-800-231-6501.

The Importance of Regular Inspections and Preventative Maintenance in Material Handling

Running a business can mean having a lot of expenses, one of those being equipment. While costly equipment is often necessary, it shouldn’t keep on costing you. Having a machine break down can lead to not only expensive repairs, but the resulting downtime means a loss of productivity as well. It’s a no-win situation.

To get the most out of your equipment, it’s important to schedule regular inspections and preventative maintenance. Doing these two things means you will get the best return on investment when it comes to your equipment. There are several things that should be checked, such as weld integrity, pin wear, component wear, and general operational readiness. When regular inspections and preventative maintenance schedules aren’t followed, it can result in breakdowns, structural failures, dangerous situations, and expensive downtime.

At Hunter Lift, we provide a wide range of services including regular inspections and preventative maintenance. We can help keep your equipment up and running because we know just what to look for. We also offer field inspection of lifting devices, ensuring your equipment is working properly and safely. At Hunter Lift we can provide quarterly, semi-annual, and annual inspections and generate a custom database which can track each lifting device. This is always done under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer.

When you’re ready to get started with regular maintenance, Hunter Lift can help. When you call us, you’ll begin to reduce operational downtime, improve efficiency, reduce your total cost of ownership, and keep your workplace safe. We invite you to contact us to discuss a preventative maintenance schedule that works for you.

The Data-Driven Lift Truck

For years, lift trucks have helped improve efficiency because of their ability to lift heavy loads. While these machines did the back-breaking work for humans, they also helped to increase speed and productivity. They became an invaluable extension of the workers who used them. Now, these same lift trucks are becoming even more valuable to companies, due to their ability to store and report computerized data over long distances, a process referred to as telematics.

The data transmitted can include anything from necessary maintenance to performance issues to even alerting managers as to which employees may need more training. Should an accident occur, units with cameras installed can replay a video of what was happening before and after the accident, allowing for necessary training or safety policies to be put in place.

The information can also help to streamline productivity, offer measured analysis of productivity of a specific truck or trucks, and allow for real-time visibility of a truck. Real-time visibility lets managers and fleet owners know which units are being used, how much they are being used, and even how much time is spent with each load. This information can help to determine if a fleet can be downsized or if productivity levels could increase with additional trucks.

As the benefits of data-driven lift trucks become more widespread, estimates show there will be an increase in use between 60% to 80% by the year 2020. While some companies purchased the data-driven trucks initially, they were slow to understand and fully use the machines to their fullest potential. With increased understanding, that is gradually changing. With most technology, the price of sensors and other computer components decreases over time, so it’s likely the cost of data-driven lift trucks will also decrease over time, allowing for a greater return on investment for companies.