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Fuel tank overhead mast lift assistor

July 22, 2020

Background

Andron was approached to develop a fuel tank overhead mast lift assistor for lifting and installing fuel tanks on the production line at Honda

The Technical Challenge

The customer was looking for a simple lift assistor to safely lift the large and intricate fuel tanks from a drop lift and place to the underside of the vehicle at a specified angle to insert the filler pipe then rotate the fuel tank horizontally for final fitment. The fuel tank overhead mast lift assistor had to work with existing quick release grippers and fixtures that enabled a quick change between models and was lightweight and easy to use.

The Andron Solution

Andron provided a bespoke fuel tank overhead mast lift assistor mounted to lightweight crane rails. Our overhead masts feature simple operation, robust design, high lift ranges, a wide range of load capacities and ergonomic linear movement.

The fuel tank overhead mast lift assistor would also provide a stable platform for the manipulation of this component with an offset centre of gravity and in a location where overhead obstructions prevent traditional wire rope or chain hoists from being used. Overhead masts are found in a wide range of applications across all industries, and can be supplied as a lift device only, or ‘turnkey’ with bespoke grippers and pneumatic or electronic control circuits.

In this scenario, the safe working load, reach and lift height range for the fuel tank overhead mast lift assistor were customised by our engineering team to suit the bespoke requirement. The customer was happy with the solution and later described the fuel tank overhead mast lift assistor as a great success.

For full details of overhead mast lift assistors, which includes this fuel tank overhead mast lift assistor please see the product specification here: https://www.andronhandling.com/lifting-handling-solutions/manipulators/masts/#404