SBDC client Lift'n Buddy featured in Automation Media
by Donovan Wadholm
Posted on 10/1/2011
The Obvious Benefit: Automated Lifting Hand Trucks by Thomas R. Cutler
Automation might be, best measured by the reduced lifting required to perform a task. When heavy lifting is required, more personnel are often required for enhanced safety and pragmatic lifting requirements. A two-hundred pound piece of equipment may require two workers to perform the lifting, repairing, and moving task. When electric hand trucks do the lifting, the task can be performed by one person. These productivity cost-savings, are achieved through simple and effective automation.
"Too often automation is quantified in metrics that miss the obvious," according to Aaron Lamb, inventor of Lift'n Buddy. "Employees repeatedly move products from a delivery truck to a hand truck or stack. Product can be moved, and stacked to shoulder height?it may need to be lowered to ground level. These lifting tasks can be truncated by time and labor required. This simple automation solution, an electric hand truck, also significantly decreases the risk of injury," noted Lamb.