The Rising Tide that Lifts All Boats – Supporting the Rebounding Auto Industry with the Tipper

This year, automotive sales have reached their highest numbers since before the recession. With that increase has come a resurgence in U.S. automotive manufacturing. The auto industry is one with many moving pieces. Increased automotive manufacturing doesn’t simply mean more cars, it means more parts from automotive suppliers, more workers to put those parts together, and more wear and tear on machines. One of those machines is the forklift. And with the busy production schedules U.S. auto manufacturers are keeping these days, there’s no time for a downed forklift.

Our Tipper lift was developed in conjunction with GM. For years, they had been tipping forklifts on their mass in order to service them. They would do this by attaching a crane to each end of the forklift, or a crane on one end and a forklift on the other. This was a dangerous practice, because if you went too far when pushing the forklift over the whole thing could come crashing down, damaging the forklift and, more importantly, endangering workers. The Tipper replaces the imprecise balancing act of cranes and additional forklifts. Instead you simply drive your forklift up onto the Tipper, and you’re set. See it in action here.  What’s more, the tipper sits flat on the floor so your forklift only has to get onto a small plate, meaning you don’t need much clearance.

Once tipped, the entire underbelly of your forklift is right in front of you, held firmly and safely in place. All told, getting your forklift into position is quicker, as is the actual servicing of the forklift. The Tipper keeps workers safe, and helps them keep up with the lean manufacturing schedules being implemented by auto manufacturers across the country.

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