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Ergonomic vacuum lifter piLIFT®SMART at Armatec

Piab’s piLIFT®SMART lifts the loads at Armatec

Date 1/13/2020

Filming the ergonomic vacuum lifter piLIFT®SMART in action in a customer’s warehouse brings home the benefits it offers.

Taby, Sweden – Goods are delivered to Armatec’s warehouse in boxes sometimes so deep that staff used to have to jump inside to empty them. Today, they use Piab’s piLIFT®SMART to reach inside, lift and sort delivered objects of different size, shape and weight.

In a newly produced film Piab is featuring its latest ergonomic vacuum lifter, the piLIFT®SMART, in action in a satisfied customer’s warehouse which clearly demonstrates the benefits it offers in terms of both productivity and the wellbeing of staff. Piab’s Ergonomic Handling Division (previously Vaculex®) specializes in lifters that improve the working environment. In Armatec’s warehouse the employees no longer need to bend over, straining their backs.

Armatec, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, offers smart technical solutions for water, cooling, heating and process. The company’s highly skilled employees build systems from parts and components delivered from various suppliers. Having previous good experience of Vaculex® vacuum lifters, warehouse manager Anders Carlsson contacted Piab when the company wanted to improve its working environment for incoming goods.

 “The piLIFT®SMART really is something! Extremely user-friendly, quiet and smart – it fulfils all our needs, I would definitely recommend the piLIFT®SMART solution!” he says enthusiastically.

The world’s only Industry 4.0 lifter, piLIFT®SMART offers smart features that bring live performance information to both operator and operation. Maintenance teams benefit from service indicators ensuring peak operating performance. On the smart platform, the weight of objects, power consumption, number of objects lifted, etc. can be monitored. Usage data can be viewed live and/or also be compiled into reports via a web-based platform.

“The film shows the benefits of combining the best of vacuum lifting technology with the market’s lowest energy consumption, minimal sound levels and smart data features. piLIFT®SMART is helping Armatec’s employees to lift easily and quickly 1-2 tons each day – without hurting their backs,” says Pia Hansson, Marketing Manager, Piab Ergonomic Handling Division.

In Armatec’s sorting area, piLIFT®SMART is also used to effortlessly move empty pallets, weighing around about 45 lbs a piece. As the lifter is able to handle weights of up to 88 lbs, the piLIFT®SMART can even lift pallets with a strapped load. A ceiling mounted gantry dimensioned for operation within the warehouse’s 700 square feet enables the lifter to reach all necessary workstations.

 “At Armatec we strive towards sustainability, and the wellbeing of our employees is key to us. Since investing in the piLIFT®SMART we have achieved a smoother working pace and fewer damaged goods. Piab’s lifter has lifted our working environment to new heights,” says Jens Helgegren, Quality, Sustainability and Technical Manager at Armatec.

“Armatec’s experience is clearly very encouraging. It is always a pleasure to meet enthusiastic and satisfied customers. And there are others – a large logistics company in Hamburg has recently had a piLIFT®SMART installed,” says Markus Olofsson Carlbom, Product Manager Ergonomic Handling Division.


About Piab

Piab provides smart solutions for the automated world, helping thousands of end users and machine producers in e-commerce logistics, food, pharma, automotive and other manufacturing industries to improve energy-efficiency, productivity and working environments. With almost 500 employees and SEK 1.2 bn in sales 2018, Piab is a global organization, serving customers in almost 70 countries from a network of subsidiaries and distributors. By leveraging the ongoing technological development in automation and robotics, and targeting high-growth segments and geographies, Piab’s vision is to become the global leader in gripping and moving solutions.

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