High-cycle lift processes don’t have to mean short equipment lifespans. Pneumatic lifts are a long-lasting, cost-effective alternative to scissor lifts. They’re a perfect high-cycle solution, made in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
More powerful than a scissor lift
Ordinary scissor lifts are rated for a lifetime of approximately 200,000 cycles. The vertically mounted cylinders on our pneumatic lifts make possible a lifetime of several million cycles. If your application exceeds a cycle time of 45 cycles per hour or 500 cycles per day, you’ll see the return on investment on a pneumatic lift in no time.
Robust, custom design from Tuff
Tuff’s pneumatic lift is simple. It’s a direct lift design that significantly reduces side loading forces. Pneumatic lifts are easy to position precisely—which makes them an excellent fit for automatic loading or unloading applications.
Tuff lifts are typically designed to handle between 500 and 3,000 pounds, but we can customize them to handle even heavier loads. We also offer a model that is powered by an electric motor to facilitate longer strokes, multiple precise positions and specific applications.
Best of all, they require minimal work to maintain. Tuff lifts are made with off-the-shelf components, making part replacement easy and inexpensive.
The best thing you can do to keep your material handling equipment running smoothly is to develop a customized maintenance plan. The simplest negligence can lead to extreme machine deterioration over time. But if you periodically make sure every component on your conveyor, lift, over under, or stacker is in good shape, you won’t have to worry about fatal faults at inconvenient times. We have a couple tips on what you should include in your specific maintenance plan.
What follows is intended to be a guide and is by no means all inclusive.
Before you even worry about what needs to be done to maintain your equipment, you should make sure you are able to do so in a safe manner. This starts with training your personnel.
- Make sure your designated maintenance workers know how to safely and effectively perform maintenance on each individual component.
- Make sure they are aware of any maintenance-related hazards they may encounter while performing maintenance.
- Never allow personnel to perform maintenance while machine is operating. Always follow machine disconnect procedures prior to performing maintenance.
- Replace all guards and safety measures once maintenance is complete.
- Check motors periodically for excessive noise.
- Monitor the temperature of running motors for excessive heat.
- Verify all motors are securely fastened, tighten bolts as necessary.
- Monitor chains for proper lubrication. Determine frequency of lubrication based on lubricant, usage, and manufacturer recommendations.
- Check periodically for chain wear. Determine the cause of the wear (hardware malfunction or just normal wear and tear) and address as necessary.
- Check regularly to make sure chain is operating at appropriate tension. Adjust as necessary.
Sprockets & Rollers
- Make sure sprockets are properly aligned. Adjust as necessary.
- Monitor sprockets and rollers for wear. Address as necessary.
- Periodically apply lubrication to roller bearings. Determine frequency of lubrication based on lubricant, usage, and manufacturer recommendations.
- Monitor rollers periodically for any bearing noise. Address as necessary.
- Check periodically for appropriate belt tension. Adjust as necessary.
- Monitor belt tracking and adjust as necessary.
- Check entire belt for wear. Address as necessary.
- Monitor all bearings for excessive noise.
- Lubricate appropriate bearings as necessary.
- Check periodically for bearing interference and remove as necessary.
- Inspect entire machine for bolt tightness and integrity.
- Remove any interfering debris from moving parts.
- Keep machinery as clean as possible.
Be proactive in machinery maintenance
Bottom line, paying for extensive repairs on a problem that could have easily been avoided is foolish. Do your future self a favor. Keep up on the maintenance of your machinery.