Material handling solutions for government organizations and the defense industry

Engineered Material Handling Solutions

Alum-a-Lift is proud to provide engineered material handling solutions to numerous government organizations and the defense industry.

Manufacturing in the defense industry presents a unique set of challenges. The sensitive components to be handled are typically complex, high value, and relatively low volume. Off-the-shelf equipment often is insufficient to meet the precise positioning and fail-safe material handling requirements critical to your process.

Alum-a-Lift’s constructions are the most durable, safe, and reliable option for ergonomic, portable material handling. The standard chassis offers proven lifting power and allows for heavier and dynamic side loads. High capacity linear bearings can be integrated into any linear stage, including the primary lifting chassis.

Every handling system undergoes rigorous factory testing that simulates actual use, and extensive QC inspections are performed prior to shipment.

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Seamless Integration

Due to their flexibility, Alum-a-Lifts can be found throughout the defense industry. Choose from complete handling systems or adaptors that can be designed to integrate a system with your existing fixturing.

Alum-a-Lift’s approach to lift design begins with the object to be handled and its distinct requirements. Non-marring contact surfaces, re-usable threaded inserts, tool-less interchange adaptors, positioning adjustments and “tweakers” are routinely included in areas of product contact.

Among the many defense material handling solutions we build are:

Work positioners with universal adaptor interfaces for lifting and rotation in assembly stations

Platforms, roller decks, and guide rails for loading modules, racks, chassis, and trays between thermal chambers, anechoic chambers, vibe stations, and other test equipment

Tong sets, grippers, and below-the-hook arrangements for crating and unpacking sensitive subassemblies and product

Large tandem dual lift systems for final assembly integration

Roll handling systems for carbon fiber prepreg, plastics, and laminates

Clamps and grippers for long, cylindrical sections and stages

Boom lifts equipped with tethers and other fixtures to handle molds, dies, fixturing, tooling, and other components used for fabrication

Portable,redundant vacuum systems for canopies, skins, glass, or other smooth components

Staging carts and racks for transport and storage between process steps

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Cleanroom Compliance

Alum-a-Lift is an expert in cleanroom requirements and compatible lifting systems. With an all-electric drivetrain and corrosion-resistant chassis, you won’t have to worry about hydraulic fluid leaks, rust, particle generation, or contamination.

Fed Std Class 100,000 (ISO 8) Up to Fed Std Class 10 (ISO 4)

Hazardous Areas

Alum-a-Lifts can be configured to be used in environments containing ignitable concentrations of either dust or gas explosive environment and meet the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC.

Custom lifting devices can be configured with either an EE or an EX rating.

Compatible with ATEX Category 2 Compatible with ATEX Category 3
Pneumatically operated and intrinsically safe Sealed electrical systems and components
Can be used in the following hazardous areas:
  • US NEC 500/IEC Class 1 Div 1 and Class 2 Div 1

  • US NEC 505 / IEC Zone 1 (Gases / Vapors) and Zone 21 (Dusts)
Can be used in the following hazardous areas:
  • US NEC 500/IEC Class 1 Div 2 and Class 2 Div 2

  • US NEC 505 / IEC Zone 2 (Gases / Vapors) and Zone 22 (Dusts)
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Recent Defense Material Handling Solutions

Alum-a-Lifts are tailored to your specific requirements. Here are some of our recent defense lifts:

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Expert Service

Over 12,000 of our defense material handling solutions are in use in more than 50 countries worldwide.

To ensure all of our clients have access to the support they need, Alum-a-Lift maintains a global network of factory-trained representatives. These agents are available for on-site discussion, troubleshooting, and support.

“The new [Alum-a-Lift] equipment has addressed many health safety concerns and ergonomic issues associated with the old lifting methods (or lack of). We’ve also realized substantial cost savings attributed to a reduction in manpower required to operate the new equipment. This is an obvious testament to the great work and support by the Alum-a-Lift . . . team.”

Mechanical Support Equipment Coordinator, Defense Manufacturer

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Lifts designed and built to your exact specifications

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