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SOlUTIONS SPOTlIGHT

Not your Grandfather's lift
By STEPHEN MURDOCH

W

hile there are many standard lifts being manufactured by the industry, there are also applications
using lifts that the industry may not think about.
Today, it is not just about palletizing and de-palletizing.
Recently, MHI Solutions spoke with lift manufacturers and
asked them how day-to-day use of lifts has changed.
Bob Clark, vice president of sales for MHI member
Bishamon, has seen a definitive shift in how lifts are designed.
"Years ago, the industry was dominated by standard hydraulic
lifts. These lifts were the backbone of many material handling
applications. In recent years, manufacturers have introduced
ergonomic material handling lifts. The lifts are cost effective
and profitable alternatives to worker injuries when repetitive
movements, working posture or nature of the movement creates injury hazards for the individuals performing these tasks,"
Clark explained.
Over the last years, the industry has seen an explosion of lifts
that position a load versus raising and lowering a load. "The
newest lifts on the market have been designed to eliminate
workers' bending by automatically raising and lowering pallets
during loading or unloading. These new lifts are user-friendly
without the use of mechanical springs, motors or hydraulics.
As the load changes, the newest lifts automatically adjust,
keeping the top of the load at a convenient working height,"
Clark concluded.
Brian McNamara, president and CEO of MHI member
Southworth Products Corporation, has seen his share of lift
innovations through the years. "The basic concept of utilizing
hydraulics, pneumatics or mechanical actuation to vertically
lift, position or transfer material and people remains the same,
but everything about how this is done has clearly evolved.
Innovations and refinements in all of these forms of actuation have significantly improved the performance of the lifts
they power. Advances in electrical componentry and control
technology have allowed lifts to become a lot more versatile and
responsive than the traditional up and down button. Today's lifts
are improving worker productivity and safety by adding tilting,
turning, traversing, self-leveling, and potentially doing it all
through predetermined programming," McNamara explained.
The 35-year industry veteran feels today's lifts are being
manufactured with tomorrow's workplace in mind. "Decades
of responding to so many varied applications has created lift
designs that are even more precisely appropriate for applications
past, present and even future. The integration of controllers,
rollers, turntables, telescoping bridges, powered handrails,
multi-directional traversing, on-board weighing and so many
types of automation has certainly advanced the state of the art
for lifts. In other words, experience and innovation continually
improve the completeness of the solution."
Like others in the industry, McNamara is impressed by the
many applications for today's lifts. "I certainly concur with

the increased usage of lifts in lieu of scaffolding to position
workers on and around large assemblies as in aerospace
equipment as well as agricultural, construction and earth
moving equipment. We have even seen lifts being mounted
to the top of maintenance rail cars to maintain and repair
all things overhead of tracks as an unusual example of so
many other specialty applications. That being said, the
greatest benefit from the ongoing evolution of lifts is the
advancing sophistication of the worker interface that today
improves so many broad based labor saving applications,"
McNamara concluded.
While the basic design of the scissor lift has not changed
dramatically, 16-year industry veteran Louis Coleman of MHI
Member Autoquip is appreciative of the many applications
that are currently in use. "It is impressive to see the number
of ways different industry sectors are using scissors lift. Most
folks would tell you small lifts are used for feeding a machine,
dock application or palletizing and de-palletzing. While these
are still the most common application, we have seen completely different application uses. We are designing scissors
lifts to fit application specifics that are being used in many
new and creative ways in the work environment. Applications
that need precise positioning alignment, synchronized with
automated systems, or high cycle performance."
The director of sales and marketing for Autoquip has seen
an increase in the number of organizations using scissor lifts
to create a work platform. "Instead of lifting the product to the
worker, we are seeing more applications of lifting the worker
and his tools to the work. These work platforms may have
small (3'x3') or significantly large platforms (20'x 10') and are
usually shaped specifically to match up to the application.
Typically, they have a variety of safety features to insure the

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3

CEO Update
Intelligent Robots Offer a Competitive Edge
3D Printing Will Disrupt Manufacturing as Adoption Rates Rise
Predictive Analytics
Sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things
Industry Focus: Consumer Electronics
Industry Report Released
2016 MHI Innovation Awards
The New Face of the Supply Chain?
2016 MHI Annual Conference Preview
Regional Supply Chain Education and Workforce Summits Raise Awareness of Industry, Opportunities
Economic Market Analysis
Safer Handling
Solutions Group Update
Fulfillment Update
Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
MHI News
Calendar
Index of Advertisers
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - CEO Update
MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Intelligent Robots Offer a Competitive Edge
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 3D Printing Will Disrupt Manufacturing as Adoption Rates Rise
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Predictive Analytics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Industry Focus: Consumer Electronics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Industry Report Released
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 2016 MHI Innovation Awards
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - The New Face of the Supply Chain?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 2016 MHI Annual Conference Preview
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Regional Supply Chain Education and Workforce Summits Raise Awareness of Industry, Opportunities
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Economic Market Analysis
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Safer Handling
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Solutions Group Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Fulfillment Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Solutions Spotlight
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - MHI News
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