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AUTOMOTIVE

Alum-a-Lift is pleased to serve automakers and their suppliers, offering engineered material handling solutions for the entirety of their manufacturing processes. Alum-a-Lift’s custom lifting equipment is used in the manufacture of individual components and electronic control modules, as well as final assembly and integration.

Component Manufacturing

Alum-a-Lift’s lightweight battery powered lifts are useful in the manufacture and handling of tires, doors, windshields, seats, in addition to virtually any modular subassembly. Clamping lifts are offered to raise and rotate drums and buckets. Boom lifts, fork sets, cradles and platforms transport totes, bins, baskets, and boxes. Roll handling lifts manipulate carbon fiber prepreg, plastics and laminates. Simple booms, grippers, articulated arms and expanding mandrels lifts are available to load spools and reels.

Portable vacuum systems are often employed for sheet metal, skins, windshields, glass, or other smooth components. These vacuum lifts can be run from your existing compressed air supply, or with an on-board vacuum generator.

Rotation and translation about all axes are available. Lift assists equipped with booms, tethers, and other fixtures are often used to handle molds, dies, fixturing, tooling, and other components used for fabrication.

Alum-a-lift designs address real-world off-center loading conditions which are the largest contributor to failure in a light-weight lift system. Single mast systems cannot withstand side loading and will ultimately fail. Utilizing dual mast construction in standard lifts or linear rail construction to withstand heavier side loads or dynamic side loads, a rigid drive system is incorporated resulting in a much more reliable lifting device.

Every lift and end-effecter under-go rigorous factory testing simulating actual use and extensive QC inspections are performed prior to shipment.

Electronics/Subassembly

Alum-a-Lift understands the rigorous quality requirements in the manufacture of electronic sensor and control modules. Alum-a-Lift can configure work positioners, allowing unencumbered access to all sides of a component. We can include adaptors to integrate a system with your existing fixturing, or provide a complete, turnkey handling system for the entire manufacturing cycle. Roller decks, fork sets, or other simple end-effectors can be useful to load bins, baskets, totes, and trays into environmental chambers, anechoic chambers, racks, vibe stations, thermal chambers and ovens.

Alum-a-Lift understands that some of these machines have their own geometric challenges, and an off-the-shelf system may not fit. Our compact lifts can fit in narrow aisles, under overhead obstacles, or reach into systems where clearance underneath may not be present for the lift’s legs. If clearance for legs is not present, counterbalanced lifts are available.When overhead obstacles limit system height, telescoping lifts are available. Often a single handling device can replace multiple overhead hoists or stationary balancers.

Alum-a-Lift is an expert in clean room requirements and compatible lifting systems. With over 20 years’ experience, we can offer cleanroom compliant versions of any of our lifts, set up with your application in mind, with systems as clean as FED STD Class 10 (ISO 4.) Even our most basic automotive lifts use a clean, electric, ball screw drive suitable for Class 10,000 (ISO 7.) Electrostatic discharge (ESD) concerns are understood and can always be addressed.

Final Assembly

Assembling and installing major subassemblies has historically been the exclusive domain of overhead hoists and stationary fixturing. No longer. Multiple tandem lifts can be combined to form mobile, high capacity systems capable of lifting and rotating assemblies weighing thousands of pounds, greater than 50 feet in length. A mobile, modular, Alum-a-Lift approach eliminate the safety risks inherent with a below-the-hook system.

Messy hydraulics are eliminated in favor of an all-electric system. Complex PLC systems and the associated maintenance and down-time issues are eliminated. Additional benefits include lower upfront cost, greater flexibility in future process changes, and access to the full Alum-a-Lift library of lift manipulators and custom end-effectors.

Alum-a-lifts are versatile handling devices and eliminate the need for forklifts. Typical automotive lift systems are compact, lightweight and mobile. Factors such as push / pull forces are analyzed when designing the lifting device with the goal of minimizing overall system weight for ease of use. When push / pull forces do exceed industry standards, clean electric powered drive wheels are available.

Custom ergonomic lifts manufactured by Alum-a-lift are in daily use worldwide in over 20 countries. Lifters can be constructed that are CE compliant or to other required standards. Factory trained representatives are available to assist you in gathering the necessary information so a lift and end-effector can be configured for your unique lifting requirement and to provide local support and operator training.

Please contact Alum-a-Lift by phone or submit an application on-line to discuss your application or for more information.