No our staff aren’t in training for the world’s strongest man competition as the title of this blog may suggest. In fact we have actually taken the weight out of moving our panels from machine to machine by installing several vacuum lifting systems. These lifts will assist our staff in manoeuvring and turning over large panels. They allow for less staff to be needed in the handling of panels as one operator can move a single large panel by themselves.
These lifts will mainly assist in the production of our Shield Fire Doors. Due to the reduction in manual handling our staff are less laboured when requiring to load and offload the fire doors onto machinery, creating a safer working environment for them. The lifts should also reduce any non conformance’s that could occur from improper handling of the panels as the vacuum lifts utilise soft rubber pads as contact points on the doors. These kind of quality control improvements are essential on delicate items such as fire doors, where slight defects could result in failure of the door during a real fire.