PalletPal Roll-On Used at a Newspaper Plant
|Model||Capacity||Platform Size||Raised Height Rise Time (seconds)|
|PalletPal® Roll-On™||4,000 lbs.||40” x 48” (min)
52” x 48” (max)
Narrow side panels that eliminate reach-over and provide operator protection by preventing loads from shifting or tipping
Units are easily loaded and unloaded with a hand pallet jack
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At a newspaper plant, preprinted newspaper inserts are fed into inserting drums at the rate of 25,000 per hour. At that speed, a pallet load of 14,000 inserts goes pretty fast. According to a company spokesperson, “feeding the drums required a lot of nonstop stooping and bending.” A PalletPal® Roll-On™ from Southworth Products Corp. was installed at this facility and virtually eliminated back complaints. “If we were to take this equipment away, our people would be very unhappy.” This facility now has 12 units, and anticipates adding more in the future.
An adjustable platform containing an empty pallet is raised to the proper position for loading inserts from conveyors. The platform is then lowered in stages, always maintaining the ergonomically correct loading level. Once a pallet is unloaded, it is removed from a pallet truck and is used to reload the level loader.
The equipment consists of a pallet-size, three-sided steel box, open at one end for receiving and removing pallets. A foot switch raises or lowers the platform to maintain the most convenient height for loading and unloading newspaper inserts.
The fact that pallets can be rolled on or off the adjustable platforms with a hand pallet truck was especially important since the newspaper’s inserting equipment is located in a confined area much to small for the use of forklifts.