Permanent Air Skates
Building upon the concepts of traditional transportation methods, Airgonomics have reimagined the moving of heavy equipment and machinery for a more streamlined process.
Our air skates enable freedom and ease of motion, even when carrying the heaviest loads. Working closely with our customers to understand their requirements, Airgonomics work to resolve your equipment handling issues.
For operations that regularly reposition or move around heavy machinery, permanent air skates offer an invaluable solution. Air skates can be permanently attached to the underside of equipment and machinery, and can be inflated and deflated as necessary.
The ability to access airfilm technology as and when it is needed can save manual labour, time, and costs - removing the need for the complications of hiring handling equipment.
Permanent air skates require little maintenance, and overcome access problems for machinery which may be positioned in awkward locations.
Airgonomics provides the design, manufacturing, and permanent installation of air skates onto your equipment and machinery.
With over half a century of experience, we are one of the UK’s leading specialists in airfilm technology, and can advise you throughout this process, ensuring you receive a product suitable for its application.
Following the manufacturing of products, the personnel at Airgonomics provide permanent installation, ensuring the skates have been positioned securely.
We continue to assist and support clients through ongoing servicing of the complete air system, as well as the provision of comprehensive warranties for equipment.
Airgonomics provides our services nationwide, with further equipment exportation available for overseas clients.
The permanent installation of air skates is available for heavy equipment and machinery in a variety of sectors. In theory, air skates have no weight or size limitations, since they can be used in conjunction with one another to increase their load bearing capacity; they are therefore used for…
- Entertainment and commercial
- Power generation
- Transportation, including rail, automotive, and marine
- Laboratory research
The most suitable floor type for air skates is a smooth, non-porous, and level floor; this enables high levels of control when moving the machinery, as well as prolonging the durability and lifespan of the air skates. A non-porous floor facilitates the circulation of air under the air skates, allowing the device to successfully push off the floor for transportation.
Temporary improvements can be made to the flooring, such as laying down overlay, and covering or filling any gaps in the flooring. The air skate’s material can also be selected with the flooring in mind, with more durable materials ensuring a longer lifespan.
When installing permanent air skates, the lifespan of an air skate is an important factor to consider. Air skates will wear out in time due to the intensive nature of its application, though this can take years depending on individual circumstance.
To provide air skates with the greatest achievable lifespan, material specification should be determined with the application in mind.
Air skates are installed on the underside of the machinery intended to be moved; permanent installation means the air skates cannot be removed from the machinery, so in this sense, permanent air skates are not transferable from one application to another. Whilst in operation on a piece of machinery, air skates can move short to medium lengths, though they must be attached to an air supply.