Publication Date: 2014-Jan-13
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AbstractThis invention of Hardware and Process allows the manufacturer to safely support a 8000 pound frame, that does not have access to hydraulic lifts due to being on a flat floor nor can it be lifted with over head hoists due to the delicate nature of the item nor side access hoists due to the clearances needed, by using a standard Fork truck and the unique pedestal to have access to the underside of the item to attach a rigid shipping pallet to the underside.
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Safely supporting a 8000 lb frame to install a rigid shipping pallet to the underside. Access points to the underside of the frame were limited, and therefore a flat hydraulic lift could not be used. The nature of the frame, although 8000 pounds, was some what delicate and hoists could not be used. Therefore, this piece of hardware, referred to as the pedestal and a fork lift was the only viable option. The fork lift was not safe and was not feasible to maintain the frame in the air while operators attached hardware to it. The frame could be unbalanced or hydraulic lines could have ruptured, putting the operators in extremely dangerous situations. This process used the strength of the fork lift and the stability of the pedestal to safely attach rigid shipping pallet to the frame. Then using the fork lift to remove the frame with pallet attached.
The detailed process to align the frame with the base pedestal that was mounted to the warehouse floor with a fork lift. Some of the advantages were that it produced a safe work environment, cost effective, gave the operators clear access to the areas of the frame to attach the shipping pallet, and gave the fork lift operator a clear path to lift the frame onto and off of the pedestal.
The Process has three basic steps:
-Place the large system (frame or rack) on the pedestal -Attach the shipping pallet
-Remove system from pedestal with pallet attached.
The PEDESTAL - A unique base with shelving for pallet hardware; end points for alignment of the frame; clearing for the fork and other hardware
THE ALIGNMENT GUIDES - Direct the fork lift operator on the proper spacing of the forks and where to place them in relationship to the frame. The guide also tell with technicians where to place the frame and in directions give them the orientation.
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REQUIRED HARDWARE - (from left to right) Caster Guards; Shoulder Bolts; Side Bumpers; Pallet Rails; Front and Rear Bumpers
Process Requires 2 Technicians + 1 Fork Lift Operator.
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Prepare the Pedestal by placing the various Shipping Pallet pieces close to their respective final locations around the Pedestal as shown below without crowding the area or creating trip hazards.
Move the system to the alignment guide. Set the forks to the proper width as guided by the marked lines on the floor. Line the fork lift up with the Pedestal so that each fork is centered in between the guide lines on the floor.
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Use a strap and foam pads to secure the rack to the fork lift.
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Lift the forks and place system onto the Pedestal.
NOTE: The technicians are to be positioned on opposite ends of the rack so that they can provide the Fork Lift Operator guidance such that the rack casters do not hit the pedestal while this operation is being performed.
Do not lift the system any higher than it needs to go.
Technicians should stand behind the yellow and black line for safety
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