Ergonomic Studies

Industry: Machine Shop
Product: Work Station Bridge Crane

The Problem:
It took 3 workers 45 minutes to maneuver and load the parts into the machines with the old way. 2 of those workers were taken away from their own tasks leaving them behind in productivity.

The solution:
A 500 pound capacity Gorbel work station bridge crane. What made the decision easy was the way the system would maximize the space available. The system featured custom header to column connections, which brought the 16 foot, 11 inch runways right to the edge of room, allowing wall-to-wall coverage.

Read the entire story: As the owner of a tool & machine shop, Customer was running into some large problems. His customer base was growing, and the parts he was running through his CNC lathes and milling machines were becoming larger and more diverse.

“A lot of the parts were smaller, maybe 65 pounds.. “But now customer is getting parts that are 12-inches in diameter, and they weight about 225 pounds.”

The larger parts first created the problem of how to handle and load them into the machines. Without an ideal solution, it began to cut into the company’s productivity.

Customer was using an engine hoist, a cherry picker, to load them,” he said. “That just wasn’t working. It would take three of us to maneuver it and load it. Sometimes I’d literally be standing inside the machine positioning it while two other guys were moving the load in. It didn’t take long to realize that we were taking safety risks and taking additional people away from what they’re working on to help load one machine said the customer. He knew he needed to change what they were doing.”

With experience in metal fabrication, his first thought was to build a structural I-beam crane However, with the two CNC machines already in place in a very narrow workspace with limited headroom, every inch would be critical.

The Gorbel Solution
Customer decided to go with a 500 pound capacity Gorbel work station bridge crane. No stranger to Gorbel, he knew the system would be easier to move than an I-beam crane. What made the decision easy was the way the system would maximize the space available.

The system featured custom header to column connections, which brought the 16 foot, 11 inch runways right to the edge of room, allowing wall-to-wall coverage. This tight fit was made possible by installing maintenance gates along the system’s runways, which allow a section of the track to be temporarily removed so the bridge can be installed.

“The system has exceeded expectations. “What used to take three people 45 minutes is now a one person job that only takes a minute or two. Our productivity has improved significantly.”

Asked if he has any regrets in choosing the Gorbel system rather than building one himself,Customer had no doubt that he made the right choice.

“This has made my life so much easier. The safety is…incredible. It’s been well worth the money.”