It is important to provide your employees proper ergonomic assistance in their daily retrieval tasks!
In facilities with large amounts of parts and materials put into their work processes there are often areas for storage and retrieval. Commonly these come in the form of large bins or containers that consist of hundreds of assorted parts.
Employees then pick out what is needed for their processes from these containers, thus moving the process along to the next step of production or assembly.
The issue with this method is that the containers are not ergonomically efficient or safe for employees on their own. This is due to the fact that when parts get low in the container, employees are forced to bend over the edge and reach to the bottom of the container to fish out parts they need.
Doing this once may not seem like a big deal but after multiple instances this movement can lead to back issues or other injuries. This increases the risk of injuring staff, required time-off to deal with these injuries, and an overall unsafe method for retrieval!
An Ergonomic Solution
In order to help combat these issues a container tilter can be the perfect solution!
Container tilters position baskets in an ergonomically efficient way making them easily accessible without the need for bending, stretching, or reaching to grab contents within the container. This allows the employee to grab easily and safely what they need and continue to their next task.
Southworth is a well-known manufacturer of these solutions and in doing so has a line of different tilters in order to meet your facility’s specific needs. These options include: portable, roll-on, pan-style, lifting and tilting, and fixed height tilters.
Southworth’s Container Tilter Options
Portable container tilters consist of casters that allow them to pick up staged containers and moved them to different work cells throughout the facility. These solutions can be designed as fork lift (PTU model) o]for containers with open bottoms, or straddle (SPTU model) for containers with reinforcing bars/closed bottoms.
Roll-On container tilters are ideal for stationary/permanent applications. These tilters fork channels that allow hand pallet trucks or fork trucks to place container directly on the tilter in a single step.
Pan-Style container tilters can accommodate any type of container. This unit is essentially flush to the floor when in the lowered position making it easy to load and unload no matter the size or style of container. With this container Loads can be positioned at angle from 0˚ up 85˚ for easy access to contents without bending, reaching, or stretching.
Lift and Tilt tables allow for independent control of the lift and tilt in order to precisely position containers for the operator. The open frame top allows the tilting hydraulics to retract within the frame resulting in a lower profile when in the full down position! This solution is perfect for applications requiring a tilter with a smaller footprint.
Fixed Height tilters are perfect for applications utilizing small or shallow containers that do not require any vertical positioning. These solutions can be placed directly on the floor or mounted on a platform and will tilt contents either 30˚ or 45˚, depending on model.