White Paper: Easy Arm White Paper by Gorbel

Gorbel’s Easy Arm Intelligent Lifting Device has helped a turbine motor overhaul improve their work flow, decrease injuries, and increase their productivity by 25%.

03/02/2011


Gorbel’s Easy Arm Intelligent Lifting Device has helped a turbine motor overhaul improve their workflow, decrease injuries, and increase their productivity by 25%. What is the Easy Arm? It’s an all-in-one lifting device that integrates a servo-controlled lifting device into the body of an articulating jib. They’re a great addition to any process that involves lifting and placing of heavy loads.

 

 

 

This company uses Easy Arms throughout their facility to aid in lifting the large components that make up the engines they work on.  Before the addition of the Easy Arm, workers were manually lifting the parts, some of which weigh up to 100 lbs. They were experiencing significant lost time back injuries, and the job was extremely physically demanding, especially for the older operators. In one area of the facility, the company installed a free standing Easy Arm at each of the 4 inspection stations. The operators use the Easy Arm to gram the part as it comes down the conveyor, lift it into the work cell, and then move it to a pallet opposite the conveyor after it’s been inspected. No back injuries have been reported since the Easy Arm were installed, and now all parts can be handled and inspected by all operators, without restriction. One of the female operators, who had required three back surgeries in her ten years of employment, was able to return to work with no limitations to her job. “I love this Easy Arm,” she said. "If they didn’t install this machine, I would’ve had to retire by now.”

 

 

 

Click here to download the white paper and learn about how the Easy Arm helped this same company in implementing their Six Sigma manufacturing strategy.

 

 

 

www.gorbel.com



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.