Machine Skates Lifting Equipment
In the traditional past - back in the day, machine moving tools included
castors, wheels, skids and sleds all of which had to be pulled along by
a forklift truck or similar. And as they traveled across floor surfaces,
these tools caused no end of damage to the floors. Those days should be
in the past for modern machine companies.
The modern way of moving machines is by using machine skates. These
machine skates fit snugly underneath the machines to be moved.
A machine skate is a series of components that fir together to form a
machine skate module. The main component of the machine skate is the air
bearing which is fitted to the bottom of the module. See images below:
The black diaphragm fitted to the bottom of each module is the powerhouse
of the whole exercise. It is what defines the weight capacity of the air
bearings and the size of the machines it can lift and move.
When a set of machine skates are fitted underneath a heavy machine in
order to move it, the skate modules are taking the weight of the
machine. The machine skates are designed to operate pneumatically with
compressed air. When air is powered into each machine skate it causes
the air skate to inflate. When the skate is fully inflated the excess
compressed air is then repelled back by the floor surface and this
causes the machine skate to rise and float on the floor surface. When in
flotation state, the machine will be lifted and can then be moved off to
a different destination.
The image above shows a heavy Caterpillar machine being moved with Hovair
Systems machine skates'
When it comes to lifting and moving heavy objects and machines, there is
little to compete with modern air machine skates lifting equipment.
machine skate lifting equipment is available in sets of four or six air
skate load modules. The only power source needed is compressed air
which most industrial locations have in-house to power other tools.
Using only compressed air (pneumatic), machine skate lifting equipment can
produce tremendous lifting power to handle the largest and most awkward
heavy objects and machines.
machine skate - also known as air casters, air cushions and air sleds - are
the usual tools of choice for moving heavy objects and machines. The can
easily outperform any forklift or overhead crane in most indoor
locations. With weight capacities starting at 1000 pounds, they can
range right up to 100 tons and all points in between.
There are not many machines that an air skate machine moving system
The versatility of machine skate lifting equipment allows them to be placed
in strategic positions beneath the machines or heavy loads they are
moving. This helps to take care of any uneven load distribution
properties of the machine.
machine skate lifting equipment is very versatile in as much as its
machine skate are
not required to have a fixed position underneath the machines they are
moving. The great benefit to this is that you can move a machine that
has differing weight proportions. For instance, one side may weight
several tons more than the other side, and with the versatility of the
air casters, they can be placed at the correct places beneath a machine
to allow support under the machine in the correct places. You can use
any number of machine skate beneath many locations of the machine you are
going to move.
Below right, is a diagram of a typical four-station air skate machine
moving layout. These air skate positions can be altered to suit the
weight of the machine they are going to use. Using as many air skate
modules as you need, you can place them in different locations beneath
the machine to suit the properties of that machine. There is very little
that is beyond these tremendous load moving tools.
Machine skate are used in series of four or six and assembled into complete air
skate machine and lifting equipment via air line hoses, valves, tee-pieces and
See below, right.
This form of load moving is known as air film technology.
Machine Skates Lifting Equipment
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