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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Liftomatic’s Ergo Product Line

20 years ago, there was no effective “portable” handling solution designed specifically for difficult-to-transport industrial drums. Forklift attachments were typically the old stand-by, but their main design had pallets, large loads and truck loading in mind, not specific, precise placement of drums or barrels.

Often stored in confined spaces with limited accessibility (especially in research facilities, laboratories and small pilot plant operations), the main way to relocate these cumbersome drums was once only by brute force. Injuries, inefficiencies and greater labor costs were all a result – until 1994 when Liftomatic Material Handling introduced the first multi-capable Ergo-Matic® Lifter.

ErgoMatic Drum Handling Device

ErgoMatic Standard Drum Handler

Incredibly safe and effective, the portable drum handler has proven its worth for many users across a broad spectrum of industries. Moving drums to and from skids, scales and spill or containment pallets are a few of the jobs this tool excels at. One of its secrets is the unique Parrot-Beak® Clamping mechanism that grabs any steel, fiber or plastic drum automatically in its lifting operation.

Some newer features of this device include a cushioned belt-cradle that protects drum sidewalls during lifting, lowering and transport functions. Its ergonomic design, with foot pedal activated lifting and lowering with adjustable speed control, has greatly benefited workers across the country.

We have also listened to our customers through the years to address other concerns and suggestions in the industry. As such, we’ve continued to add to the Ergo product line with a high-rise version, a spark resistant model for hazardous locations, and a power lift option that makes arduous tasks quite a bit easier.

About 10 years ago, we further added to the Ergo material handling range with a modularized process allowing for a mix and match of components, a counter-balance version (the Ergo CB series) and a new power-drive system, (available with the Ergo PW PL), making this tool an unparalleled boon to industry.

In the 20 years Ergo has been around, we’ve come up with about 25 different updates to meet the needs of our diverse customer base. Within the next year, we plan to release the next addition, which will allow manipulation of the drum or portable device.

To learn more about our Ergomatic drum handling solutions, visit us online or feel free to call us at 800-837-6540. You can also follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest industry updates.

Will You be Attending ChemEdge 2014?

Portable Drum Dumpers

Portable Drum Handling Equipment

From August 19-22, Liftomatic will be among hundreds of participants at the 2014 ChemEdge event in Nashville, TN (formerly the NACD Operations Seminar & Trade Show – OPSEM). The event brings together manufacturers and distributors, purchasing executives, operations managers, and other professionals involved in the chemical distribution industry.

ChemEdge is a must-attend event for those interested in learning about new products and services related to the chemical sector. There will be numerous educational sessions and one-on-one meetings to ensure that everyone comes away with more industry knowledge than they had going into the show. The event also includes opportunities to network in a more informal setting, including a golf outing, dinners, an ice cream social, and more (we’re looking forward to hitting the links!).

On the show floor, Liftomatic will be exhibiting at Booth 605. We have a wide range of material handling equipment for the chemical industry and are eager to show off our solutions at the show. Our products include custom drum handlers to suit just about any need. Our patented parrot beak drum handling system is a safe option for transporting barrels in a warehouse. Unlike a traditional forklift, which simply lifts objects from the bottom, our parrot beak drum handling equipment stabilizes drums from the top to minimize spills and other accidents. This can reduce product waste and protect staff members who are transporting hazardous materials.

To learn more about our drum handling systems designed for the chemical industry, visit us at ChemEdge so we can help you choose the right options for your needs. If you’re not at the show, you can also request a quote online.