P & B Metal Components have to frequently change tools on their press shop. The weight of the tooling is 800 – 12000 kg. It would take six people half an hour to remove the tooling and a similar length of time to fit the new tooling. In addition, although there had been no accidents, it was a very risky operation which could result in severe injury, time off work and potentially costly damage to equipment.
The company decided to invest in purpose built lifting and transportation equipment in an attempt to eliminate as much manual handling as possible. They purchased a specially adapted Electric Pedestrian Stacker. The employees were involved in testing the equipment and the supplier provided training in its use.
The weight of the load is 1,000kg. The truck has on it a specially designed Eurodamp arm which pivots backwards and forwards. The load is attached with straps to the truck and guided to the machine that requires re-tooling.