Streamline your stone handling operations with a stone slab lifting equipment such as a 4-pad vacuum lifter.
Vacuum handling equipment can operate in a large- or small-scale stone cutting and polishing company. Compare key features to find the optimal lifting unit from BACA Systems.
How a 4-Pad Vacuum Lifter Works
The primary purpose of a 4-pad vacuum lifter is to lift a range of stone products safely and efficiently. It starts with powerful vacuum cups attached to a sturdy frame. These cus create a vacuum that eliminates atmospheric pressure.
The weight rating of your vacuum lifter depends on the pressure rating of the vacuum cups. The number of cups and the pressure rating of each one is calculated to reach a maximum weight rating. The structural components and tilt angle mechanism are rated to handle the same maximum weight to ensure your stone lifter operates safely as you lift and maneuver heavy loads.
Some lifters can be powered by a standard air compressor, while others require industrial-grade air compression or a suitable generator. Work with your vacuum lifter provider to determine the installation requirements of your particular lifter.
Your facility may need a new air compressor or power supply to accommodate large stone slab lifting equipment, or installation may be quick and pain free with an energy-efficient lifter.
Benefits of Using a Vacuum Lifter
A 4-pad vacuum lifter offers a number of benefits during the processing, packaging and distribution phases of stone product manufacturing. Here are some key benefits you can enjoy when you upgrade your system or install a lifter for the first time:
- Improved safety
- Increased stone lifting speed
- Diverse load lifting capabilities
- Low-maintenance equipment
Stone lifting can be a dangerous process without proper lifting equipment. Other lifting solutions may result in injury and/or damaged stone products. A vacuum lifter doesn’t require chains, straps or other items to be wrapped around stone products, which can often cause scratches and chips.
The control system of a 4-pad vacuum lifter is easy to learn and train your employees. When properly installed, a vacuum lifter reduces the strain of lifting and moving large slabs of stone. This increases the rate of handling and processing, increasing the bottom line of your facility.
Choose a BACA 4-pad vacuum lifter to receive a long-lasting piece of equipment with minimal maintenance requirements. Our team can properly size your equipment before installing it. Work with us to create a maintenance schedule that promotes safe, long-lasting performance.
How To Choose Your Stone Vacuum Lifter
Every stone vacuum lifter is sized based on a number of factors. Work with a qualified engineer and review the work requirements of your process to find the required specifications for your stone slab lifting equipment. Here are some common specifications to compare lifting products:
- Maximum working load
- Number of suction cups
- Pressure of vacuum
- Incline angle
- Unit dimensions
- Air supply required
Make slab lifting easy with a suitably sized stone slab lifting equipment. Innovative controls allow your technicians to easily pick up and place a slab on your CNC cutter or stone polishing machine. Once the process is finished, the same lifter can remove the product and your team can prepare it for shipping.
Vacuum Lifter Safety Features
Check out the safety features of your particular stone lifting equipment to maintain a safe work environment. An aluminum safety tank can provide a reserve for vacuum.
A condensation discharge valve removes condensation, which could otherwise affect the power of the vacuum. Safely holding wet surfaces is critical when working with newly fabricated stone products.
Finally, an alarm system immediately alerts your team to low air pressure or reduced vacuum performance. This gives your team an advanced warning if a stone product needs to be set down immediately or if the vacuum lifter requires maintenance.