Companies or single departments in charge of packaging goods and products usually store wrapping materials with the help of reels. Throughout the packaging process, employees must pick up the reels from pallets and subsequently carry, tilt, turn, and install them at low heights.
These tasks are far from easy: Heavy-duty rollers oftentimes present workers with several difficulties due to their weight and bulky shape. Regardless of whether you are handling packaging rolls, paper reels, or rolls consisting of textiles and other fabrics – health and safety regulations apply at all times. Hence, even if a worker does not deem the lifting of heavy reels particularly hard, ergonomic standards forbid them from handling such objects without appropriate tools. Any kind of repetitive activities involving weighty loads will eventually result in severe damages to the muscular and skeletal system.
How roll handling becomes easy, safe and quick
If you want to pick up and transport wrapping supplies on rollers, the solution lies in specialized mobile devices. Automated reel grabbers and reel lifters on wheels facilitate the daily procedures in the packaging industry. Lifting trolleys enable employees to lift up heavy reels directly from the pallet and transport them to their destined location without putting their health at risk. Complicated tasks thus require a minimum amount of time and energy. With the right lifting equipment, you can underride a pallet to grab and pick up different reels, no matter how they are positioned on the pallet. Which technique works best to lift a certain set of heavy reels depends not only on the size and texture of the packaging material and the reel itself, but also on their intended usage:
- Do you have to put the reel into a machine overhead?
- Are you planning to mount the reel on a mandrel in a vertical angle from below?
- Is it required to place the reel into a machine at a horizontal angle and thus adjust its position beforehand?
- Do you need to place the reel into a machine not only at a horizontal angle, but also at a low height?
For each of these challenges, modern lifting devices offer a simple solution that spares workers from physical strain and speeds up the workflow. Safety always remains a top priority: By using automated cranes to lift and change heavy rolls, workers minimize the risk of accidents which might potentially damage the packaging material.
Read further How to find the right roll lifter.