Handling That Fits the Material: Our Ability to Customize

The way we see it, the handling should fit the material like a hand fits the glove. One of the strongest advantages Liftomatic holds over other manufacturers is our ability to endlessly adapt to the material handling needs of any given client, strategizing on their behalf, providing modular solutions, and then adopting new, customized products that meet their functionality and budget. Ever since our first work on behalf of DuPont after World War Two, we’ve staked our profitable good name on making sure clients in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, have the exact application at their disposal that the job portfolio entails.

Our track record speaks volumes for itself. Whether it’s customized below-hook attachments, forklift attachments, or portable equipment you’re searching for, here’s how it works with us: you can send us your roughest outlines for a drum or barrel handling application, and our engineers will then work tirelessly with you, for as long as it takes, to ensure that our product meets the standards you feel comfortable and confident with. Our breadth of experience in domestic and foreign markets also gives us a familiarity with the way “things are done” in a respective region of the world. We realize that the solutions which might be applicable to, say, Indianapolis- will most likely not work when servicing the materials handling needs of a 21st century nuclear power plant in Indonesia.

Our material handling design expertise is a force to be reckoned with. Having practically invented modern drum handling techniques, it’s better for us simply to show you what we can do, while others can only boast. Contact us today with the specifics of your custom job.

The Coming Wage Crisis in Chinese Manufacturing

With a booming industrial economy in cities like Shenzhen, Wuhan, and Shanghai, and with a migrant labor force of 300 million (in other words, the entire population of the United States), China is facing a demand for higher working wages that has never been seen in the course of human history. Tens of millions of blue-collar workers are demanding higher pay – as is only natural – and there is little that multinational corporations can do to entirely curb or stonewall their demands – unless by means of automation.

Already we’re beginning to see a 2.0 model for Chinese manufacturing that reduces overreliance on human capital in favor of automated production machinery and materials handling systems. When we at Liftomatic first visited Chinese factories back in the olden days of the 1990s, we came upon staggering levels of redundancy for Chinese workers. I remember personally one factory we toured, where we encountered a worker whose sole job was to keep the key to the fax machine. In America, that employee would have been laughed right off the factory floors!

While that level of egregious waste has long since been trimmed in Chinese factories, automation and roboticization are relatively recent developments. With automated production processes allowing for greater production levels that in turn use less overall expenditure of long-term capital (the initial expense of buying the machinery eventually offsets the costs of maintaining an increasingly demanding workforce), Chinese and multinational factory owners are discovering what we in American manufacturing have long-since known: that automation and optimization pay off handsomely in terms of ROI.

At Liftomatic, we’re an essential part of that paradigm shift away from manual labor in Chinese assembly plants. Our advanced drum barrel and materials handling equipment is a fundamental part of saving money for Western companies that would otherwise have to pack up shop in China and search for greener pastures. If you’re an American, Canadian, or European company currently involved in China, it’s something you should seriously look into. Quality automation is an absolute necessity for business survival in places like the Pearl River Delta, especially in this coming generation of industrial activity. Just a bit of friendly wisdom from the folks here at Chicago’s (and Shanghai’s) own Liftomatic.

Paving the Roadways of Southeast Asia – One Liftomatic Drum-Handler at a Time

South East Asia Manufacturing

Is Vietnam one of the next big manufacturing centers?

A lot of international analysts and investment firms are already citing outlying Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam and Indonesia as the next big manufacturing bonanza. For example, FoxConn, chief manufacturer of electronic components for all things Apple Inc., has recently sunk $10B in capital to develop new factories throughout the IndonesianIslands. The labor costs in Hanoi, Penang, Java, Sumatra, and Borneo are cheaper than other places like China, Taiwan, or South Korea, and big business is taking due notice. Sounds like a perfect opportunity, right? Well, in one sense yes, theoretically, if the matching infrastructure was in place.

These areas typically suffers from a dearth of roadways that are good enough for year-round, heavy-duty truck transport – an essential part of any successful global manufacturing hub. But that’s quickly changing. Recently, we at Liftomatic renewed a relationship with a multi-national oil company that had been contracted to help further build highway infrastructure. The road material used to build these highways is super-heated bitumen.  Having successfully completed a project several years ago in the Philippines, Liftomatic was tasked with revisiting the company’s proprietary technology for handling steel disposable bitumen drums.

Bitumen drums have the thickness of a soda can so they can be literally “cut open” at the job site for re-melting and application of the bitumen. Normally this wouldn’t be (much of) a problem, but the heat of the bitumen causes problems for certain components on the Liftomatic attachments and the drum thickness requires exacting clamping characteristics for the equipment to ensure safety and efficiency standards that Liftomatic is known for.

New markets require new thought processes.  Working with our international colleagues and staff, we are confident that the results will be an ever-improving successful and durable drum handling technology that does the job nice and cleanly, allowing roadways to get built without a corresponding devastation of the natural environment surrounding the roadway. Much of Southeast Asia seems primed for industrial development, in no small part thanks to the work of Liftomatic. We pride ourselves on the jobs we’ve helped generate on behalf of multinational companies operating abroad.