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EZ-Loader – Self-Leveling Pallet Positioner

EZ-Loader – Self-Leveling Pallet Positioner

Self leveling design automatically keeps the top of the load at a convenient working height to help eliminate bending and improve productivity.

  • Self-Contained Pneumatic System Offers Unsurpassed Performance
  • EZ-Adjust Knob For Capacity Adjustment
  • Brake Prevents Rotator Ring From Turning
  • Oversize Rotation Platform Option

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Custom Easy Arms® Solve Safety and Productivity Problems

Custom Easy Arms® Solve Safety and Productivity Problems

Background

Matrix Drilling Products is a manufacturer of drill rods and in‐hole tools for the gold and mineral mining industry. The work cell consists of six different areas in which the 85lb. Ingots are machined and threaded.

The Problem

In the original application, operators were moving the heavy parts through the production process by hand. The parts are loaded into three different machine centers before moving to the final area of the work cell. The parts must be rotated and articulated into very precise positions, different for each machine, in order to load them properly. Workers attempting to perform this process by hand were required to grip and lift the heavy parts repeatedly all day.

The Solution

The company decided on three Gorbel Easy Arm Intelligent Lifting Devices. Two 165lb. systems were placed in the work cell along with a 330lb system that was equipped with a custom rigid mast for the reach in portion of the process.

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Space Needs Made Easy

Space Needs Made Easy

1. Portability

Modular offices and guard booths can be fabricated and put together on a steel base or installed panel by panel on-site on a concrete slab.  If the customer uses a steel base for the structure, the building can be forklifted wherever it is needed to be transported to, or multiple forklifts can place it on a truck to have it moved to another location.

If your building will need to be moved frequently, there can be a modular structure located atop a trailer system.  Used in many instances at airports, military facilities, and correctional facilities, these trailer mounted buildings allow personnel to transport their workstation at a moment’s notice.  These buildings save time with their hypermobility, and money by eliminating the need for multiple workstations.

2. Decreased Site Downtime

Every facility is required to be up and running in order for the company to be making money.  That means every second that regular operations are not taking place, the company is losing money. Luckily, with modular construction that amount of downtime can be minimized, if not eliminated completely.  For a panelized modular office system, in most cases, no heavy machinery should be needed to set up the office complex.  This not only will make scheduling easier but will allow your facility to operate without having to divert work processes around the equipment.

3. Quicker Tax Depreciation on the Structure

Section 179 – Applicable purchases of $500,000 in equipment can now be written off during the tax year they are purchased and put to use. In contrast, conventional building methods, or “stick built” construction techniques must be depreciated over the course of 39.5 years. In general, by definition, our wall systems are considered equipment and depreciates accordingly. Thus, allowing a company to completely write off the expenditure over 5 times faster than typical construction.  With current tax laws, the bottom line is that conventional construction’s initial cost would need to be over 32% less to match the tax advantages of Panel Built’s product.

4. Minimal Clean-Up

Since these structures are prefabricated in a modular construction facility, the job site will not require many custom cuts or adjustments in order to erect the structure.  This will allow the structure to be fully installed in the facility with little to no on-site construction, so that means no sawdust and any other wastes to clean up after the project is over.  With less clean up, your facility will save that extra time, plus there will be an overall lower effect on the facility’s productivity and downtime.

5. Shorter Project Times

With modular construction, the structure will be fabricated in our modular construction facility while the project job site will be prepping for the installation of the structure.  In a traditional construction environment, these two processes will happen one after the other, but with modular construction, they can happen concurrently.  Ultimately, by being able to do both at the same time, modular construction projects can reduce project lead times up to 50% in comparison to stick-built.

6. Reusable Materials

If you need to make adjustments to one of the modular office buildings, you do not have to buy a completely new structure, there are countless projects where they went back into their customer’s facilities and added onto a pre-existing modular office because they had outgrown their previous one.

Modular offices provide incredible flexibility for companies like these that are seeing a large amount of growth and will need ever-changing space needs over an extended period of time.  Similarly, our mezzanine systems can be disassembled and reassembled in another area, or they can be extended by adding onto the structure.

7. Standardization

Through the process of standardization, modular construction ensures each one of our modules and panels meets the same standards and codes as the one that came before it.  This standardization is done in order to ensure the highest level, compatibility, repeatability and safety is used to fabricate each and every panel and structure.  This process is easier to accomplish in a modular construction environment because of the factory-like facility that is used to manufacture the building.

For a traditional stick-built structure, not all structures are built by workers with the same set of skills or understanding of their building process.  However, modular construction’s factory environment ensures each worker performs a specific task in the building process that they have been trained on time and time again by making coordinated and consistent, value-added work processes.

8. Versatility in Design

One of the biggest misconceptions on modular construction is the versatility in the design process.  Although our modular structures are prefabricated in our facilities, the building is still designed and manufactured to our customer’s specific designs.  With our binder post and panel system, structures provide a uniform design with an unlimited number of layout options. This versatility allows you to streamline the design process.  Even for structures that were designed for stick-built construction, the layout can easily be converted to one of our modular, panelized structures.

9. Safety

Similarly, to points 2 (Decreased Site Downtime) and 4 (Minimal Clean Up), the safety seen in a modular construction site is vastly different than traditional construction.  With the reduction of the amount of heavy equipment, power tools, etc., there are far fewer hazards to incur on the job site.

Also, for the pre-assembled buildings, the entire structure will be delivered to your facility already put together, meaning all that would be left is anchoring and electrical and data hookups.  This will require far less traffic in the job area, and allows all the installers to focus on one large object (the building) rather than a lot of smaller things.

10. Structure Durability

For pre-assembled buildings, before they are installed at the job site, they must travel from a manufacturing facility.  This means the structure will be wrapped to protect it from debris, forklifted onto the back of a flatbed truck, and then will travel, sometimes across the United States.  This journey will not typically be a gentle ride with perfect road conditions.

So, in order to ensure that the buildings make it to the job site in the best possible condition, they’re designed to be able to withstand the rigors of transportation. Therefore, modular buildings must inherently be built stronger in order for them to retain their structural integrity through and after transportation.

11. Weather Conditions

Because the buildings are constructed in a factory in assembly-line style, modular structures do not incur the same weather conditions or problems whenever it is being constructed.  Probably the biggest of all of these is the damage to materials used in the project.  Since the exterior buildings are often completely constructed before they see the outside world, they will already be sealed and weatherproofed before they come into contact with any type of precipitation.  In addition, when a traditional building would have weather delays during the construction of the building, modular construction will not have these days, saving time and money at the same time.

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Turnkey Building Projects

Turnkey Building Projects

The forkliftable steel base makes the preassembled building easy to relocate and install. The system is suited for industrial, commercial or military applications that require an immediate space solution.

Modular buildings are also greener. Their parts can be disassembled, refurbished and reused. Approximately 60 to 90 percent of modular construction is completed in a factory, which means all excess materials and inventory can be managed and recycled more efficiently. These prefabricated structures provide the perfect environment to be used as a machine enclosure or toll booths.  Also, because modular buildings are assembled in a controlled setting away from the weather, the potential for moisture being trapped in the materials decreases significantly.

 

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Workstation Cranes to Fit Your Needs

Workstation Cranes to Fit Your Needs

Free Standing Bridge Cranes
Gorbel® Work Station Cranes are a proven way to improve productivity, increase quality, and provide a safer work environment. Both the aluminum and steel Gorbel Workstation Crane Systems utilize enclosed track that is high in strength and low in weight.

With the ability to span up to 30 ft. and lift capacities between 150 and 4000 lbs., our line of ergonomic crane products guarantees increased productivity. Depending on your needs, Gorbel has the workstation cranes that are sure to handle any project. Have a need for some type of customized material handling solution?  Call us, we can design a solution to best fit your application.

Jib Cranes

Free standing work station jib cranes, with lighter capacity units available which can be bolted directly to your existing floor, without adding special foundations. Installation and adjustment are easy with our eccentric cam followers.

  • Capacity up to 1,000 lbs.
  • Coverage:  circular, Standard spans to 16′
  • 360 degree rotation
  • Designed to support tool balancers, air balancers, vacuum lifters, and hoists

 

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Flexible Storage Solutions

 
Crank-Out Cantilever

Excellent for storing heavy barstock, tube, pipe, extrusions, etc. The Crank-out Cantilever allows for overhead accessibility by extending its fully loaded arms 100% into the aisle way with an easy turn of a crank.
Sheet Master
Perfect for fixture and sheet metal storage.
Glide-Out
When do you need a Glide-Out?

 

Modular & Warehouse Offices

Office & Warehouse Offices

When it comes to modular offices and warehouse offices, we do it all. From the most basic economical 10’x10’ modular office to an environmentally controlled cleanroom, to a two-story industrial inplant office. Panel Built can engineer a building inside and out, and custom design a modular office building to fit your specific production or administrative project.

At Panel Built we understand your needs. We offer a choice of panel systems that easily adapt to a variety of applications and allow for fast, easy installation without compromising quality, durability or efficiency. Modular construction is a cost-effective alternative to conventional construction. As opposed to stick-built, prefab offices offer outstanding value and price and can be depreciated over 7 years (for tax purposes) just like equipment.

Panel Built offers unlimited layout possibilities using freestanding four-wall designs, two and three wall systems or utilizing existing walls to save you time and money. Choose from our standard gypsum or steel walls or choose from our non-standard modular wall systems. These offices allow you to move your workspace to the area that is most convenient to you. If you have a limited amount of space, our mezzanine offices provide you with plenty of office space, without taking up any extra room on you warehouse floor.  We also offer quick-ship offices, and multistory modular offices to fit any of your project requirements.  PTC Industrial is your source for Panel Built modular offices with complete installation services. Contact us today for more information.

 

Portable Articulating Jib Crane

jib armPTC Industrial is your source for portable jib cranes with an articulating Forearm, 360° rotation and telescopic masts.

The main benefit is portability which enables the portable jib crane to be used anywhere, anytime for indoor and outdoor use without permanent installation. The unit provides on the spot handling and it can operate in harmony with big and bulky overhead cranes.

The most exciting new feature is the 6 ft long articulating forearm feature that rotates 360° providing 100% coverage within the work area. The 10 ft main beam also rotates 360° for a total work area of 16 ft radius.

It can be used for many industrial applications such as: machine loading, lifting, transferring, stacking, packing, holding parts for inspection, assembly, maintenance, etc.

Capacities available are 500, 1000 and 2000 lbs. The beam height is 8, 10, 12, 16 and 20 feet. The power options are 110 volts single phase, 240-480 volts 3 phase as well as air powered hoist and mast lift for hazardous environments.

The mast rotation and forearm rotation are featured with precision bearings to enable easy and smooth operation. The Portable Jib Crane is an ergonomically designed tool to help in multiple tasks to increase efficiency, save time, make the job easier, and improve the morale of the work force the smart way – by having the worker use more brain than muscle.

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Cogan Long Span Racking

videoCogan Long Span Racking is the next level industrial storage. Engineered for wide loads, heavy loads and clear spans, Long Span Racking is designed to meet applications that exceed the capabilities of standard pallet racking.

Long Span Racking derives its superior strength and flexibility from the use of H-Beams instead of roll-formed steel. The result is an ultra-resilient racking system that can achieve up to 40′ spans without the loss of load capacity. Store oversized, bulky, awkwardly-shaped and even small loads with ease.

Cogan Long Span Racking will unlock new storage potential and maximize the amount of usable space within your facility. Bring us your toughest storage challenge and we’ll deliver a strong, reliable racking solution that fits your exact needs.

Contact us today and we will bring a G-Force unit to your facility for a hands on demonstration

G-forceWe have a portable G-Force unit in our Jackson office that we can bring into your business for a hands-on demonstration. All you need is a fork truck and 15 minutes and we can demonstrate just how effective this lift assist device is.

Gorbel’s G-Force® Intelligent Lifting Devices enable operators to lift and maneuver naturally, as if the devices were an extension of their arms. There are two G-Force® models to choose from: the Q and the iQ. The Q model is our feature packed base model. It offers the same speed and precision as our higher-end iQ model, but without the added Input/Output features that the iQ offers. The iQ model offers a wealth of additional intelligence features.

G-Force® technology fills the void between traditional lifting devices and completely automated robotic solutions. These devices use the human’s intelligence and adaptability for guidance but the work is done by the device.

All of Gorbel’s G-Force Intelligent Lifting products come with float mode as a standard feature.

Contact us today and we will bring a G-force unit into your business for a hands on demonstration.

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