In the field of dosing, weighing and packaging, there are many applications for handling devices. They support ergonomic working and relieve the employee. Handling devices allow the employee to carry out activities without having to call in colleagues and avoid waiting times for forklift trucks, cranes or other means of transport.
Best Handling Technology recommends the use of the ezzLIFTmaster mobile lifting aid when objects need to be lifted repeatedly and transported over a limited distance from or to different locations. Advantages of the ezzLIFTmaster are the easy handling, the safe pick-up and deposit of the goods and the excellent manoeuvrability. The lifting aid can be used universally and is battery powered. Thanks to its versatile standardised accessories and customised solutions, it offers attractive support for many operations involving lifting and moving. Even in confined spaces, the ezzLIFTmaster is easy to move thanks to its four castors. The quick-change coupling allows quick changeover to different applications, for example from tool change to packaging film handling.
The lifting trolley is capable of performing a wide range of handling tasks: up/down, gripping/releasing, swivelling, tilting, free programming of different positions and customer-specific pickup and handling functions.
The ezzLIFTmaster is ideally suited for moving, decanting or transferring large quantities of substances and materials, for example from buckets and drums into mixing containers. When decanting, the heavy containers are often held by hand. This is not an ergonomic working position and is also dangerous, as there is always the risk of the container being dropped.
The source container must often be positioned above the target container with the batch in order to dose the different substances. It is difficult and unwieldy to hold on to it. The ezzLIFTmaster lifting aid supports the operator in picking up, moving and emptying the containers. It also allows the operator to move between the containers and adjust the height during transfer.
Turning the container to empty the contents is done manually using a crank handle or electrically by pressing a button. A wide variety of container shapes can be gripped: Barrels, cartons, buckets, sacks and much more. A wide selection of different grippers allows different containers to be clamped, so that everything can be held and emptied safely. Cartons, barrels and buckets can be clamped and turned as required. Alternatively, the containers can also be sucked in, turned and emptied with vacuum. Vacuum lifters are also suitable for handling sacks.
With the ezzLIFTmaster’s emptying function to the front or to the side, sacks can be emptied easily and accurately by pouring. The flowability depends on the substances that are powdery or liquid. In addition, if the container is jammed, the operator can use a trowel to assist the dosing process. In this case, holding the container makes it easier for the operator to work ergonomically.
A special tool of the ezzLIFTmaster is an integrated scale. The advantage here is that weighing can also be carried out directly on the lifting aid. There is a load cell on the base frame of the lifting aid, on which a weighing platform is mounted. The incoming goods can also be verified, weighed and stored by the load cell in connection with a data logger or an online connection.
The indicator is usually located on the column of the mobile lifting aid. However, the display can be placed according to customer requirements. For example, it can also be attached to a flexible arm so that it can be rotated individually. Depending on the version, the scale can weigh a maximum of 500 kg. This means that the mass can be weighed directly during decanting and dosing without having to carry out another intermediate step.
For small batches, the ezzLIFTmaster can also be used as a continuous mixing device. The advantage here is that the substances can be dosed and then mixed directly without changing the device. A container can be picked up, lifted, mixed and set down with the lifting aid. The container can be an IBC, for example, which is docked directly onto the filler after mixing. The positions are then moved to by pressing a button. This can also be done while driving. Mixing operation is also performed by pressing a button. The positions of the pick-up and set-down points as well as the mixing (duration, direction reversal, …) can be preset by a special control.
When the filling process is finished, the containers must still be moved and prepared for transport. Handling equipment is also available for this purpose, because packing the mixtures also includes safe handling of the packs from the filler or handling from the packing machine onto the pallet. Best Handling Technology recommends the vacuum lifter ezzFAST for this purpose. For example, for picking up the standing sacks at the filler with vacuum, swivelling them into the horizontal position and placing them horizontally on the pallet. Barrels and pails are best lifted with vacuum from the side or, if no lid can come loose and the geometry of the filler allows this, also from above. Cartons can also be sucked and moved from above. Long and even telescopic handles are available for pallets stacked particularly high.