This weeks blog is the third in a series of changes we've experienced in the glass and window industry in the last 25 years, and changes we've made to our company and its products to suit the industry we serve.
Health and safety is an area which has become more defined in terms of rules to protect the workers. It's no longer acceptable or legal to have "strong men" do all the heavy lifting in the factory and at sites. Law now dictates an allowable weight to be lifted per person, which leads to either high numbers of staff or mechanisation of lifting.
We first saw the effects of this with an upswing in site trolleys to assist with moving glass and window items around sites. There was also a need for cranes within factories for operating underneath the main factory gantry crane and lifting individual units of up to 500kgs or 1000kgs. The efficiency gains over using multiple staff members was and still is a no-brainer. Most factories want more cranes. Most installation crews want more and better trolley solutions.
We believe that the next trend will be for robotic lift, carry and manipulate devices. The manipulation will be on and off factory machinery, and at the final point of installation.
The Glass Racking Company provides all these solutions, is continually developing new solutions, and continually seeking out specialist suppliers' products which we can onsell and service as part of our overall offering to the industry.