SAATHOFF Sondermaschinen has been offering creative engineering at its Bad Iburg site in Germany for more than 25 years. Catering to special requirements of customers from the automotive and supplier sector, the product portfolio ranges from welded assemblies through tool making to automation.
Recently the company needed a slewing jib crane offering load handling ergonomics not only for the benefit of its staff but also for customers to experience its application solutions on site. Saathoff Sondermaschinen chose a pillar-mounted slewing crane from Demag.
“Demag is renowned globally for its advanced lifting solutions that meet the customers requirements completely and safely and when ergonomics is a key requirement, I believe we offer a superior solution” said Emil Berning, Managing Director of Demag South Africa.
“The pillar-mounted slewing crane from the Demag KBK Aluline crane construction kit that Saathoff selected, enabled production staff to move the three-metre-long jib smoothly and easily,” he said.
“As a hoist unit, the new Demag DCBS chain hoist, complete with balancer function, ensures fast and precise component transport in the production process. The Demag D-Grip Servo control allows intuitive load handling. Intuitive positioning with absolute precision is achieved by hand movements for goods weighing up to 125 kg”.
Berning added that the combination of KBK Aluline pillar-mounted slewing crane and DCBS chain hoist provided the ergonomics, functionality and aesthetics envisioned by the customer. With its special white aluminium finish, the pillar-mounted slewing crane integrated into the Saathoff production colour concept.
The operator of the Demag DCBS chain hoist can handle loads intuitively through manual force and hand movements on the controller. The D-Grip Servo and its movement sensors enable the load to be guided and positioned direct by hand. The control system meets or exceeds Performance Level “c” and Category 2 requirements for safety-related control functions according to EN ISO 13849-1.
“Manually handling and combining or moving relatively light loads is often not only time-consuming, but also an ergonomic burden for employees. Demag’s wide selection of hoist units, slewing jibs and cranes when installed in the workplace enable all types of workpieces to be lifted and transported quickly and easily and deposited gently and precisely. In this way, setting up and idle times can be significantly reduced and periods of waiting for workshop cranes to become available can be completely eliminated,” said Berning.
“Our lifting technology is so well developed that installation is a simple process, whilst still offering exceptional safety standards and operational reliability. I believe we offer the best solution to any lifting requirement from start to finish, be it a new plant or factory or an extension to an existing factory.”