Glass handling showcase
The solutions you need to move and lift glass safely.
February 9, 2016 By Glass Canada
Long track record
Since 1879, F. Barkow Inc. has been building high-quality exterior and interior glass racks. The product line now covers racks for cargo vans and pickup trucks all the way up to semi-trucks and trailers. Barkow’s fully-welded, high-quality, high-performance products are built to safely transport glass and built to last. All Barkow glass carriers are custom-built by hand and are available in aluminum, high-tensile steel or stainless steel. Stainless steel is more durable than steel or aluminum and is virtually maintenance-free. Barkow’s glass racks are now engineered and designed to fit the new generation of cargo vans, the Ford Transit, the Dodge ProMaster and the Nissan NV. The new vans are modeled after the original European design of the Sprinter and offer fuel-efficient V6 engines to complement the aerodynamic aesthetics. The glass racks designed for these newer vans feature the following: four Stake-Loc self-locking stakes that automatically self-lock into the ledgeboard for safe glass transportation; 24-inch lower splash panels to protect glass from debris during transportation; “B” load-holding slats that allow for the use of straps; and lower mount bars to stabilize the bottom of the glass rack. These features are exclusively designed for added safety and protection while transporting glass.
Advanced control system
The Erdman Hand Assist glazing/back bedding table offers a state-of-the-art servo control system using Erdman’s fluid metering technologies to provide a consistent-diameter bead of sealant to your product at speeds up to 30 inches per second. This machine control will allow any operator to reliably and consistently apply a properly proportioned bead of sealant. Hand Assists are available to perform hot, cold or two-part glazing and can be set up for bead sizes from .06 up to .5 inches diameter. The Hand Assist uses hardware and software brands recognized around the world. Using the Hand Assist, almost anyone can realize professional glazing results in minutes. The table reduces waste by up to 85 per cent and cleanup time as much as 95 per cent. The Hand Assist also reduces rejections due to improper bedding or glazing. Custom models, configurations and sizes are available.
New mobile lifters
Ergo Robotic Solutions, a manufacturer of glass handling and installation machines in Queensbury, N.Y., has added two new models to its product line-up: the GM 800 and the GM 1200. Built upon the popular workhorse design, the GM 2000-12, the new smaller machines deliver the same reliability, manoeuverability and versatility of their larger counterpart in a smaller form with more affordable pricing. The GM 800 has a lift capacity of 800 pounds and can lift a load to a height of 10 feet to the center of the lift hub. The GM 1200 has a lift capacity of 1,200 pounds and can lift a load to a height of 11 feet. The standard-powered articulations include three boom movements and both vertical and horizontal tilt. Optional add-on power articulations include lateral side shift, rotation, and “EZ Pick”, an Ergo Robotic Solutions innovation for picking up and placing a load in one smooth movement. Visitors to ergorobotic.com can watch a video of a GM 800 performing an outside installation from the inside on a mocked-up wall with ease. The GM 1200 and the GM 2000-12 can all perform the same operation in exactly the same fashion.
Power loss warning
The Premium edition of Wood’s Powr-Grip’s popular P1 channel lifter now features a dual vacuum system and power loss warning buzzer for added safety, a high-flow vacuum pump and blow-off for greater productivity, and reduced power consumption for extended time on the jobsite. Powr-Grip’s channel lifters are comprised of one or more pad channels for gripping loads plus interchangeable lift frames for rotating and tilting materials. These vacuum lifters may be ordered as complete units or as individual components to expand existing channel lifter systems. Lift frames are available in single-channel or double-channel styles. Pad channels can be switched from one frame to another in minutes.
With the front twin-wheels, and hydrostatic drive, the GlasLift 550/1212 from GLG can operate in all kinds of terrains. The machine lifts 550 kg from floor level up to four meters in a fully parallel operation, offering 430 mm of boom extension. The GlasLift 550/1212 can reduce labor and Workers Compensation costs with increased jobsite productivity and reduced workforce fatigue. The lifter is easily transportable, capable of fitting into jobsite elevators. Precision controls allow millimeter positioning accuracy. The machine weighs 1,450 kg with a maximum width of 46 inches, minimum length of 90 inches and minimum height of 56 inches. The wheels are filled with rubber foam. The GlasLift carries a charge current of 110 or 220 V with 12 2 V batteries. Charging time is approximately five hours with up to 16 hours autonomy.
The Contractor Glazing Truck from The Glass Racking Company features a 14-foot-long body designed for service companies and companies that require transportation of glass and windows to sites for installation. The Contractor body features a lockable front storage area and a rear bed with a secure-strap glass retaining system. The external racks are fully adjustable in height on the passenger side and allow for glass or windows up to 10 feet high to be transported. All glass racks supplied by the The Glass Racking Company come complete with a full set of spring-loaded external load-retention stakes for load securing.
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