When you produce as many paper cups as Benders on a daily basis, you need reliable machinery and equipment that won’t let you down. Pelloby have been able to help out Benders Paper Cups in this area by supplying a series of manual overhead cranes to their factory in Wrexham.
Four freestanding overhead cranes
Benders Paper Cups produce and supply paper cups and lids across the UK and Europe to both the workplace and on-the-go sectors covering vending, specialty coffee, QSR and ‘To-Go’ markets.
Their cups start life as large reels of paper cupboard before being loaded into various processing and converting machines. Back in 2011 Pelloby designed special underslung freestanding overhead crane for Benders to help their team get these reels into place as quickly and as easily as possible. The crane worked perfectly and over the last five years Benders have ordered three more.
Articulated manual overhead crane design
Each of these four freestanding overhead cranes stands at two metres in height and can lift safe working loads of up to 500kg, which is more than enough to support the cup reels. The manual overhead cranes each have four columns of freestanding steelwork to support the 1.5 metre underslung beam which runs beneath two rails.
The cranes are fitted with electric chain hoists that are controlled by a simple handheld pendant, however the travelling motion across their supporting beams is manually operated. This means each crane can be used at the same time by different members of staff completely independently of one another.
Articulated trolleys and bespoke lifting hooks
What’s particularly inventive about this manual overhead crane design is that it features a single articulated trolley on either end of the crane beam, as opposed to a more traditional two trolley system. The articulated trolley not only helps prevent the beam from jamming but the absence of a broader wheel base allows the beam to travel right up to the end of the gantry rail to move the cup reels into the correct position.
The Pelloby designers also created a bespoke lifting attachment for use with these freestanding overhead cranes. This custom lifting hook straddles both sides of each full reel to attach to the underside of a central handle, this attachment helps truly tailor these cranes to the lifting application faced by the team at Benders Paper Cups.
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