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Upending or inverting a three-ton object
would be simple for Superman, but for ordinary folks
it's a dangerous, time-consuming endeavor. Nonetheless,
scores of heavy, large objects are stood up or flipped
over at construction, warehouse, and factory sites every
day. Designed to safely and quickly upend or invert
heavy loads, the upender-inverter uses a chain-driven
electromechanical drive system to rotate the heavy welded
steel, circular structure over four cam-follower-type
roller bearings. A hydraulically operated scissors platform
with adjustable clamping pressure supports the load.
The unit can be equipped with a roller conveyor so that
the load can be guided in automatically, and can be
loaded/unloaded from three different sides.
Platform sizes available are 4 x 4, 6
x 4, or 8 x 6 ft, with throat openings of 48, 62, and
74 inches. Standard units available in 2,000, 4,000,
6,000, and 10,000-lb capacities, operate on 220/440V,
3-phase, with controls that operate on 110V. Applications
include inverting molds, castings, pallets, plywood
sheets, glass, or printed materials.
Pete Novak, Air Technical Industries,
7501 Clover Ave., Mentor, OH 44060; Tel: (800) 321-9680;
Fax: (440) 953-9237.
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