In today’s ever-increasing “connected” world, where the consumption of electricity is expected to swell as the world becomes increasingly electrified, there is an added pressure on utility companies to keep up with this global demand. Utility companies are undertaking enormous changes in the way they respond to these demands, constant pressure from regulatory agencies and increased competition.
In this ever-changing marketplace, this puts added pressure on the utility companies to constantly upgrade and expand their production capabilities. In turn, this means a flurry of new construction along with wide-ranging upgrading of facilities, with contractors looking for any new or improved way of improving efficiencies giving them any advantage in bringing new electricity on-line.
This is where Air Caster™ material handling equipment can really make a difference. Leading the industry in the design and manufacture of custom heavy load material handling equipment, Air Caster’s full line of air bearing solutions are specifically tailored to meet the heavy move requirements and challenges presented within the utility industry. With the capacity to move material and machinery weighing in excess of 150 tons, our equipment is custom engineered for each utility company’s exclusive application.
Utility solutions – Air Caster has provided many different heavy lift solutions for a variety of utility customers. Recently, one of the leading utility transformer manufacturers approached the company with a material handling challenge. They needed to transport their enormous transformers, some weighing up to 75 tons, from their production line to a smaller testing area without overhead crane access.
Air Caster designed and built a custom steel air platform equipped with an internal drive mechanism and guide wheel for easy maneuverability and pendant controller for simple operation. As a result, they can now easily maneuver their transformers safely and efficiently to precise locations within its testing bay. This would have not been possible using traditional handling methods.
Some examples of our product groups that can be fully customized and built for utility applications include:
- Air platforms
- Heavy load transporters
- Portable gantry systems
- Load lifters
Engineered to order – Our engineers tailor the performance of our products to meet your specific needs. We work closely with your logistical engineers, production personnel, and Tier One and Tier Two suppliers to deliver the most reliable, safe, ergonomic and durable material handling equipment in the industry. We’ve developed specific heavy material handling solutions for companies such as Boeing, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and more.
Pneumatic and more – Air Caster equipment has the advantage of being pneumatically powered, which is the company’s core competence. Pneumatics require no electricity, are clean running, and require very little maintenance, and can be designed based on customer requirements. However, our solutions can be tailored to your specific handling need, as we are equally adept at engineering hydraulic, electro-mechanical or mechanical material handling solutions as well.
Durability – Designed to last, Air Caster equipment is built specifically for industrial environments using all steel construction. Our applications are designed to the highest safety standards, able to withstand heavy loads, high cycle times and frequent fork truck abuse.
Quality – No matter your industry or customer, we pride ourselves on the quality of products we design and build. Whether it’s the materials we use, overall function, weld appearance, paint and finish, or packaging, we deliver excellence.