17/12/2019 - 10:58 am

Production takes off with workstation crane

Working with its dealer, Lloyds British, Metreel has secured an order to supply a 1000kg SWL Powered Travel Met-Track Workstation Bridge Crane to a blue chip aerospace manufacturer. The end user was so impressed with the product, it has ordered a second identical system for use in a parallel production line.

Using steel A-frames to lift its high precision, high value components onto a trolley so they could be moved through the stages of production, was inefficient and required excessive manual handling.

Steve Tombs, Metreel’s area sales engineer visited the site with Lloyds to look at how handling could be improved in the production area. All options were discussed with the end user, these included Met-Track monorail systems or a number of Met-Track jib cranes but it was obvious to them that a Met-Track  workstation bridge crane was the best way forward as this allowed full XYZ movement over the entire production area.

Another major benefit for the end user was that both Met-Track cranes could be extended down shop and be fitted with additional bridges to allow for future expansion plans.

In both cases, the Met-Track workstation bridge crane system only took five weeks to fabricate and deliver to site. Lloyds British said that it, “was impressed with the ease of installation” – this being the first time it had installed a crane with powered travel.

The end user commented that it “was impressed with the expert advice given by both Metreel and Lloyds British” and that it was “exceptionally pleased that its new Met-Track workstation crane system has completely removed the manual handling risk and greatly increased efficiency and productivity.”

The floor mounted Met-Track workstation crane system installed includes 10m wide bridges fitted to 35m long runways. Dual speed movement of the load in all directions is controlled from a radio remote pendant meaning that the user can quickly and easily move the load to all areas within the production area while remaining a safe distance from the load.

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