At its Louisville production facility, Kentucky Trailer switched from an in-floor tow conveyor to custom Airfloat air skids. The new arrangement allows workers to move the 20,000-lb. semi trailers one at a time – by hand – in any direction. This allows the trailers to be maneuvered into spaces too tight for a fork truck to operate. Read more.
New Holland Agriculture
At its Burlington, Iowa, production facility, CNH created a floating assembly line for combine headers that uses custom-designed and -built Airfloat transporters/upenders. Built-in “Pac-Man” upenders rotate each head to the desired angle, up to 105°, allowing workers to more easily access the underside. Read more.
At its Toronto facility, Bombardier uses air-bearing assembly transporters to transport jet fuselages through the various manufacturing stages. Built-in line-following robots automatically propel the transporters down the assembly line. Additionally, deployable wheels allow them to be towed – while loaded – on rough surfaces or outdoors. Read more.
Maximize the performance and functionality of an assembly line system through versatile and reliable air bearing technology.
Moving Assembly Lines for the Heaviest Loads
For more than 40 years, market leaders like Boeing, Caterpillar and Ford Motor Co. have used Airfloat technology to revolutionize their manufacturing processes. Mining trucks, aircraft, RVs, locomotives – all are built on Airfloat equipment.
- Virtually limitless load capacity
- Friction-free, omnidirectional movement
- Easily reconfigured or relocated
- Maximize floor space
- Low capital investment
Air Bearing-Enabled Assembly Line Systems Promote Lean Manufacturing
As an end-to-end solution provider, our custom-designed assembly line systems empower Lean manufacturing with omni-directional equipment such as air platforms and transporters and air bearing skids that:
- End reliance on costly to install and maintain overhead cranes and tow conveyors
- Demand minimal facility requirements
- Maximize the use of floor place
- Can quickly be reconfigured or relocated without extra cost
- Enhance worker safety
- Require low initial capital investment and minimal maintenance costs
- Remain durable for years and even decades thanks to fewer moving parts
From design and fabrication to assembly and maintenance, Airfloat delivers flexible automation solutions for assembly line systems that are easy and safe to implement. When you’re ready to end your reliance on costly to install and maintain overhead cranes and in-ground conveyors, you want Airfloat’s air bearing technology.