The more traditional methods of moving heavy loads such as cranes have been proven to be ineffective, with a range of different lifting processes being trialled in order to find a more efficient solution. The process of lifting heavy loads using a crane can lead to costly downtime as well as wasted staff time. In a climate where work is being offered at more and more competitive prices, solutions need to be found to minimise downtime and excess costs wherever possible.
In 2016, the Powerlifting Pastor, Reverend Kevin Fast managed to achieve the world record for the heaviest object to be pulled over 100 feet, pulling a 68-tonne lorry over the course for his record attempt. Although such a high weight would be unusual in a number of different factories, manufacturers everywhere still face the daily obstacle of moving a range of heavy tools and parts through their production halls. Also, not a lot of people in the average manufacturing facility have Reverend Fast’s strength, which means that large parts need to be kept in one place or methods such as cranes and forklifts need to be used in order to move larger loads around the site. However, these solutions can be expensive to install and can lead to downtime while the lifting is carried out.
MasterMover offer an ideal solution, the motorised electric tugs or the MasterTug offers companies more flexibility when handling a range of different objects in comparison to an overhead crane, while still offering the capability to move loads of up to 30,000kg. The use of an electric tug, manufacturers have managed to eliminate their lost time, a single pedestrian operator could then be able to move the load between two different buildings in a matter of minutes.
Larger parts are often more challenging to move, and later on in the assembly process, when the object is considered higher value, it is essential that the operators do not lose control of the object when moving it. Therefore, the use of a crane would be risky, however the use of a tug allows the operators to move a part across a plant in complete control, and remove any risk of the high-value object swinging and hitting something or falling from a height.