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Reduced Cycle Time in a Sandblasting Application

Features:

  • Dedicated sand blasting process
  • Spring-loaded dead ending
  • 2 Speed trolley travel limit switches
Electrolift

Lifting equipment is often used in a dedicated process. In this application, a locomotive manufacturer needed to load steel rings into a sand blasting apparatus. Initially, these rings were to be loaded onto a spinning mechanism by forklift, then moved by trolley for sand blasting. The spinning mechanism used a drive sprocket to engage a chain once inside the sand blasting apparatus. The steel rings were spun while being blasted to ensure a uniform finish. This process was very time consuming and involved a great deal of handling.

Electrolift supplied two hoists to be integrated into their new system. These hoists replaced the forklift and trolley system that was in place. While one set of rings were being sandblasted, the waiting hoist could be loaded.
The most important feature of this hoist is the ability to lift the work pieces and hold them in place. This hoist is fitted with a spring-loaded dead ending to ensure the drive sprocket assembly is firmly held in place against the sub-frame. This allows for proper alignment of the drive sprocket and chain in the sand blasting apparatus. Guide brackets direct the spinning mechanism to compensate for any misalignment while lifting.

The hoist design also included features that improved the customer's process. Previously, the operator had to judge by eye when the work pieces were properly located in the sand blasting apparatus. Using a two-speed trolley with travel limit switches, the hoist could be precisely located. First low speed would engage at a pre-set point, then the second travel limit switch would stop the hoist at the proper location. This process reduces impact on the hoist and drive sprocket assembly and ensures proper location every time.

This customer came to Electrolift looking to replace their existing system. After studying their process, we provided a unique solution that exceeded their expectations by reducing overall cycle time, and improving the efficiency of their system.