Lift-A-Loft Develops SPW16SPL with Omni-Directional Steering

Lift-A-Loft Develops SPW16SPL with Omni-Directional Steering

March 29, 2019 - The SPW16SPL is the first unit developed by Lift-A-Loft to provide omni-directional steering. The unit was specifically manufactured for a customer in the aircraft manufacturing business, who had tight working parameters and needed the versatility of omni-directional positioning. The SPW can drive parallel, but then be changed to a crab steering mode that will allow it to position easily between two work stands. This feature improves safety and makes the entire operation much easier and quicker to accomplish. 

The SPW16 has three different drive modes for easy operation. The first provides standard forward-reverse drive with thumb rocker steering like a conventional scissor lift. The second mode is a rotation mode that allows the unit to spin 360° within its own axis. The third mode is the side-to-side crab drive mode. The system re-orients the drive wheels to the appropriate position depending on the drive mode selected. 

In addition to the special all-electric drive system, the SPW16 has an on-board material-handling crane. This crane is track mounted and can slide along the rear side guardrail. It can also be manually positioned in a variety of ways. The crane is an ergonomic tool used to position heavy work pieces for removal and installation. The crane is also equipped with a powered winch. 

In addition to the crane, the SPW16 is equipped with fork pockets at the front, rear and sides of the machine. It also features retractable guardrails on three sides of the platform. These rails allow for better positioning of the work piece when the operators are positioned up against the fuselage. 


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