A Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping company that specializes in automotive interior trim, glass assembly, vacuum forming and custom assembly had expanded their building and relocated their storage area for metal stamping dies.
The company built a new storage area for the dies, however, unlike the facility’s previous storage and maintenance area, it did not have overhead crane lifting coverage. The company’s workers resorted to using a fork truck to lift and move the dies. Limited space for the fork truck to maneuver made handling the dies quite challenging in the new area. First the dies had to be moved to a more accessible space in the production area so the fork truck could pick them up and transfer them to the tool room for repair. Handling the dies with a fork truck was not a process the company wanted long term.
The company considered different die handling solutions, including using a rail-mounted transfer cart with a rail track embedded in the floor. When research was being done, installing a dedicated rail path for die transportation seemed like the best option. When the company began consulting with ELS Technical Sales Staff, they found something better.
ELS recommended one of its DC-powered steerable transfer carts because it would allow workers to drive carts freely around the facility. This would make transportation of dies into a single-step operation as the cart easily carried dies wherever they needed to go.
The company chose a 25 Tonne capacity DC powered Steerable Transfer Cart designed for traveling the distance between the operating press and the tool room, a distance of approximately 2,000 feet round trip. The cart’s wood deck cushioned the dies preventing damage.