Application of the Month: Let Me Float Something By You
Float (verb) /flōt/
1. Rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid without sinking
2. Be suspended freely in a liquid or gas
3. Move or hover slowly and lightly in a liquid or the air; drift
I'm a big fan of floating. It's so relaxing to be weightless in water, letting the waves rock you into a fuzzy, dreamy place. Plus, floating is a LOT less work than swimming... But when you say "float" around Gorbel, you're not talking about your backyard pool - you can only be talking about one thing - "Float Mode" on our G-Force® and Easy Arm® Intelligent Lifting Devices.
Float Mode is a pretty cool concept - when the G-Force® and Easy Arm® are in Float Mode, the operators can precisely orient the load through the full stroke range by putting their hands right on the load instead of on the controls of the unit. This gives the operator so much control to precisely place a load.
We have several end-users who have told us that Float Mode has been a lifesaver for them. The added control when placing fragile parts really cuts down on costly damaged parts, and that savings goes right to your bottom line. Here are a few case studies where Float Mode has made all the difference:
Lawn Mower Manufacturer: “Float Mode makes this all possible,” said the Senior Manufacturing Engineer. “When we tried doing this manually, we could only get a few done per hour, and our people were exhausted. Now we can do 15-20 pieces per hour with just one operator who doesn’t get exhausted at all.”
Hydraulic Cylinder Manufacturer: “Control is the big thing,” said one operator. “Once I lock onto the part with the magnet, I can lift it, rotate it or put it in float mode to position it onto the clamp exactly where it needs to be.”
Hydraulic Motor Manufacturer: "In Float Mode, the G-Force® basically counterbalances the weight of the cylinder so that it almost seems weightless," said Manufacturing Engineer Jon Seboe. "Our operator doesn't even need the G-Force® controls to move the part. He can maneuver it into position with his fingertips - just like fine-tuning. Even if the part weighed 300 pounds, the G-Force® can make it seem weightless."