Airgonomics provide tailored solutions to a range of material handling problems.

The manufacturing expertise and skill acquired by our engineers have allowed for developments within the versatility of our operations. Airgonomics offers the design and fabrication of handling equipment, alongside installation, maintenance, and repairs, applicable across a range of industries. We work with both pneumatic and hydraulic mechanics to be able to supply an array of products for our clients.

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With decades of experience behind us, Airgonomics provides a custom build facility, where we can best advise our clients on the nature of their projects on an individual basis.

Our Frequently Asked Questions below hope to further introduce you to Airgonomics and our processes.

Moving Skates

What are moving skates used for?

Moving skates are used to reposition or transport large pieces of machinery or equipment with ease. They can be used within any industry which requires the movement of large objects. Moving skates are suitable for use when moving equipment short to long distances.

Permanent installation of moving skates can be useful for businesses regularly moving equipment, whilst hiring them is a viable option for businesses needing a one-off move.

What are the different types of moving skates?

There are various designs for moving skates, which come in all shapes and sizes to meet the requirements of the load they are moving.

A basic moving skate will consist of a platform and wheels which can be steered or pushed along the floor. This requires more manual effort than other transportation alternatives, or will require additional equipment to help move the load.

Air skates, or casters, have been built upon the concept of moving skates, incorporating the power of compressed air to lift the load off the floor and mobilise the load.

What are the advantages to using moving skates?

Moving skates are relatively simple and easy to use - they do not require any training or licences to operate. They are versatile and can be applied to a range of equipment and machinery, handling great loads.

On top of this, air skates remove the majority of manual labour, with the ability to move loads with minimal effort. They are moreover safe pieces of equipment to use. Since they require no direct contact with the floor, air skates eliminate the risk of damage to floor surfaces as well.

Industrial Turntables

What are industrial turntables used for?

Industrial turntables, used for the rotation of heavy or large objects, have several applications.

One of the most typical applications of industrial turntables is for large trucks, allowing for the turning of trucks in tight spaces for loading and unloading operations. This excludes the need for reversing or tight manoeuvres, and removes ‘dead space’.

Turntables can moreover be installed within theatres, to support a dynamic stage performance. In a similar vein, exhibitions and showrooms utilise rotating turntables for eye-catching displays.

Manufacturing operations may use turntables for the mobilisation of operations or workstations, in order to improve the efficiency of their processes.

How do industrial turntables work?

Industrial turntables are mechanically driven units, featuring a large wheel installed underneath a metallic platform. This device is installed into a pit in the ground, so the platform sits at ground level. The driving motor is located within the pit, with a control panel or remote control located above ground so the turntable can be operated manually. Industrial turntables can rotate bi-directionally for increased freedom of movement.

Equipment Moving Services

How do you move heavy equipment?

The methods of moving heavy equipment may depend on the dimensions of the goods being moved, and the locale of transportation. Some common methods of moving heavy equipment include:

An overhead crane can be used to lift a piece of machinery by utilising a winch and cables to lift the machinery off the ground; it is typically stabilised by one or two vertical columns and a bridge. Similarly to this, a chain hoist can lift and suspend equipment manually by a chain and winch system. These systems have limited mobility, however, and cannot travel over distances.

A machine skate is mobilised by four wheels on the bottom of the platform, on top of which heavy machinery can be placed for transportation. It requires further force to move the skate and machinery, however; the innovation of air skates has relieved this problem, using a film of air underneath the machinery to mobilise the machinery with ease.

A forklift is another method of moving heavy equipment, typically boasting two prongs which are used to lift and hold the machinery whilst an attached powered vehicle drives the unit.

Finally, a hand truck dolly, which is a platform supported by two wheels, can be used to transport smaller, heavier equipment. The dolly is rocked back onto its two wheels when the equipment is secured for transportation.

Should you hire or buy air skates?

There are a few factors to consider when deciding between hiring and buying air skates:

Hiring air skates is preferable if you only require a one-time or infrequent use of the equipment, and will be more cost effective if this is the case. You may also choose to hire if the floors surrounding equipment are unsuitable for air skates - a temporary fix of the floors is more economic for infrequent use. Hiring air skates offers versatility in using the equipment for different machines as and when, rather than a permanent installation on one piece of machinery.

Purchasing permanent air skates may be suitable if machinery often needs repositioning, or if machinery is positioned in a hard to access location where alternatives such as forklifts cannot enter. Buying air skates can be more cost effective in the long run, plus can save time installing and removing the equipment for each use. Finally, buying air skates means machinery does not have to be lifted for the placement of hired skates each time it needs repositioning, reducing manual labour.

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