Vacuum Tube Lifter JumboErgo for Ergonomic Handling of Inverters

Type of handling Manual handling
Industry Solar, Logistics
Workpiece Other products
Product Vacuum Lifters and Crane Systems, Tube lifter, JumboErgo

The new production facility and the switch to fully automatic processes and order-specific production requires a smooth material flow. A separate working station was set up to perform quality control checks on the goods. The 40 kg inverters must be lifted out of the boxes and transported onto a workbench. To make this manual process easier and more ergonomic, a vacuum tube lifter with a column-mounted slewing crane was purchased from Schmalz.

The vacuum tube lifter JumboErgo is designed to handle loads weighing up to 65 kilograms. An ergonomic operator handle reduces the physical strain on the employees. Raising and lowering is controlled using a precision twist grip, similar to a motorcycle gas grip. The tube lifter is equipped with two NBR suction plates. The flexible sealing lip conforms closely to the curved and lightly textured surface of the housing cover. Using a clamping lever, the suction plates can be easily adjusted along the 400 millimeter beam. The tube lifter uses a sensing valve to determine when the suction plates are covered or when a handling process is starting. The vacuum tube lifter is moved using a column-mounted slewing crane with a flat design. The slewing crane was specially designed for applications in spaces with low ceiling heights. With a jib length of 4 m, it provides excellent coverage of the employee’s entire working area. The complete system allows a single operator to handle inverters in an ergonomic fashion without the risk of back injuries.

Tube Lifter Jumbo