December 23, 2013

Manipulators

Background A manipulator can be considered a type of power assist, or more broadly, a lift assist. The connotation of “manipulator” implies that it must be guided by […]
December 20, 2013

Spools/reels

Common issues Manhandling A problem when storing spools occurs when cut lengths are to be delivered, as opposed to the whole spool. When a length is […]
December 20, 2013

10 Principles of Human-Friendly Design

You must understand the basic principles of human-friendly design to evaluate or design workplace equipment. There are no shortcuts or simple tips that replace a firm […]
December 20, 2013

How to improve production

Despite all the advancements in automation and high technology, humans still constitute a decisive factor in production. Whether planning new operations or improving existing ones, it […]
December 20, 2013

Process Improvement

Recent decades have witnessed the introduction of an impressive array of strategies to streamline and enhance production. Lean  — Focus on adding value and eliminating waste […]
December 20, 2013

Block and Paver Lifts

Several unique devices have been developed for handling blocks and pavers. These devices may also be suitable for other types of loads in general industry. Hand […]
December 20, 2013

Hand tools knowledgebase

Grip design diameter precision vs. power length friction surface grip angle pressure points   Weight and balance pros and cons center of gravity   Tool control […]
December 20, 2013

Machine-operator knowledgebase

This category refers to production machines of all types, but with particular emphasis on metalworking machine tools. The category includes both large stand-alone machines as well […]
December 20, 2013

Ease-of-maintenance knowledgebase

Access panels importance doors, hinges, and quick releases arms wheels   Access platforms decks and catwalks permanent step platforms  scaffolding movable platforms   High work platforms […]
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