Vacuum lifter speeds load out application

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
Cynergy Ergonomics lifter

St. Louis, MO — A Cynergy Ergonomics vacuum lifter is speeding the loading of boxes of popular lollipops into shipping cartons. The purpose-designed lifter allows an operator to simultaneously lift and position five boxes of product and then place the 30-pound load into a final shipping carton.

The ergonomic lifter achieves a cycle time of just eight seconds and maintains that productivity all day.

Prior to installing the Cynergy vacuum lifter, this process was completed manually, with workers lifting and squeezing five boxes together to maintain proper orientation – often causing middle boxes to slide from the configuration.

The new system is faster, holding each box separately from the top, allowing load-out to be completed without any box slippage. Elimination of the manual process results in faster cycle times and lower overall costs, as well as enhanced ergonomics.

Cynergy Ergonomics engineers studied the task at hand, along with the plant environment and utilities available prior to recommending a solution. The resulting vacuum lifter uses five Vi-Cas oval vacuum cups to lift the 30-pound load, and is powered by compressed air.

Cynergy Ergonomics specializes in ergonomic workstations and material handling equipment such as lifts, articulating arm manipulators, roll manipulators, and material handling equipment. They specialize in replacing human power for material handling with lifting device design, lift assist system designs, material handling vertical lifts, manual ergonomic pick and place systems and workstation improvements for manufacturing, assembly, production and distribution centers.