Batteries present a number of unique handling challenges. Battery farms are present as a backup power source in hospitals, power plants, data centers, and even mobile systems packaged in storage containers. High-tech Li-Ion batteries, with demanding manufacturing processes, are proliferating in the automotive and other industries. Alum-a-Lift’s battery lifts can help with all of these.
The round cell and square cell lead-acid batteries that form Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) pose unique handling challenges. Packaged closely in steel racks, these batteries can weigh hundreds of pounds, with little provisions for access. Requiring periodic maintenance, individual cells must sometimes be removed, or entire sets of batteries replaced.
Alum-a-Lift’s ergonomic lift assists can include simple platforms and boom/tether arrangements, as well as more complex roller decks, ball transfer tables, and articulated arms. Because many racks lack clearance underneath for a lifting devices legs to pass, outriggers and counterbalanced lifts are available to ensure stability.
Today’s high-tech batteries are often manufactured in clean rooms, where anode and cathode material must be isolated from each other to prevent cross contamination.
Alum-a-Lift is an expert in engineered lifting devices that can meet clean room requirements. With over 20 years’ experience designing ergonomic hoists, we can offer cleanroom compliant versions of any of our ergonomic lifts, set up with your application in mind, with systems as clean as FED STD Class 10 (ISO 4.) Even our most basic battery powered lifting equipment uses a clean, electric, ball screw drive suitable for Class 10,000 (ISO 7.)
Typical Alum-a-Lift ergonomic equipment found in battery manufacturing areas include mandrels and roller boom lifts for handling rolls of metallic foils, storage carts and racks to stage and transport material between processes, lift assist devices for loading and exchanging cutting heads and dies, and any number of ergonomic manipulator possibilities for moving completed units.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) concerns are understood and can always be addressed in the design of an ergonomic lifting device.
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.
Alum-a-lifts are versatile and eliminate the need for forklifts. Typical lift systems for the battery industry 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.
Battery lifts manufactured by Alum-a-lift are in daily use worldwide in over 20 countries. Lifts 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.