Inline lifters are very useful devices for lifting applications in manufacturing facilities and warehouses. An inline lifting device makes it possible to float the load, making it virtually weightless and mimicking an air balancer all while offering the rigidity of a manipulator. It is used to position and set loads or objects in place quickly and precisely. They are widely used in industries and provide a safe way for lifting objects and therefore, it’s necessary to ensure that your lifter is in the right condition to be in operation. In this article, we will discuss the 4 signs it’s time to replace that outdated lifter.
There are different types of lifters for various specific handling requirements. For example, there are lifters in the market suitable for lifting bags and boxes, both porous and nonporous. So let us see how to know when you should replace your lifter.
- Frequent Wear & Tear
When your lifter is regularly in use for a long time, it might show signs of excessive wear and tear every now and then. Eventually, it might frequently need servicing or repair. Not only does it cost you to service or repair your device every time, but it can also cause a disruption in the operation of your facility. Depending on the operation, that could mean shutting down production and result in equipment downtime, lost production costs, and lost production time for the workers. Should that be the case, you should seriously consider replacing your lifter as the repeated costs incurred by you and your company could add up significantly over time; and it might make sense to invest in a new device rather than spending all that money to keep the old device running.
- You Can’t Find Replacement Parts
As your inline lifter device gets older, it might get difficult to find replacement or spare parts as time continues to pass. There could be various reasons for that: the particular model you have might have been discontinued; the manufacturer might not be in business anymore; or the parts may have become obsolete. You might be able to acquire the parts for your outdated lifter at a high price, but at that point, it might be best to replace the lifter to increase future savings.
- The lifting requirements of your facility have changed
There could be a shift in your handling requirements in terms of sor the type of materials you need to lift, it might be best to consider replacing your lifter. Instead of using the old lifter, it might be a better idea to get one that better suits your needs.
- Your device doesn’t match safety standards
The industrial safety governance bodies like OSHA, ASME, and CMAA issue safety standards and guidelines for material handling equipment like overhead cranes/lifters. If your old lifter doesn’t match the updated safety standards, it is time to replace your lifter for a new one that adheres to the guidelines.
These are the 4 signs it’s time to replace that outdated lifter. For the sake of safety and efficiency, it is advisable that you look out for these signs and update your systems.