Mentor, Ohio January 22, 2019 – Air Technical Industries (ATI) has developed a new innovative tow truck and cart transport system that will streamline product flow through facilities. The Tug Master system is composed of a self-contained industrial tug tractor combined with a variety of unique, mobile trailers that form a train to simultaneously moves multiple containers of material or parts to each individual workstation. It offers quick, ergonomic, safe and cost effective movement of products. It eliminates multiple trips than would be taken with a more expensive fork truck.
ATI’s engineers are continuously working on innovative designs for transforming manufacturing and material handling, material flow, and transportation systems to help meet the challenges of modern shop floor and warehouse environments.
Multiple styles of trailers are available including a lift-and-carry, high lift, and tilt version. Wheeled baskets, pallets, boxes or even equipment can be loaded or rolled on the trailers easily and effortlessly. Once the trailers have been loaded, the containers will be raised for travel between 3” to 8” for the lift-and-carry variation. After the Tug Master pulls the trailers to a destination, the trailers can lower wheeled containers so they can be rolled right off the trailer. The high lift version raises the load 36” to a comfortable working height while the tilt version provides a 90° container tilt enabling workers to pick up parts without bending or reaching into the containers. Workers will increase efficiency and safety without much effort.
The trailers can be equipped with lifting forks, Zero-Low platform for ground level loading, coil rams, cradles or flat platforms, etc. The Tug Master saves time, increases efficiency, improves safety and on-time delivery with improved profits. Depending on the weight of the load, one person can transport 3, 4, or 5 trailers at the same time. The lift trailers can be manually operated for economy. A popular time-saving upgrade offers trailer lifts with battery operated push button control.
To transport the train of mobile trailers, ATI has developed several variations of the Tug Master tow trucks. They are all battery powered and have variable speed control. For stock picking, the recommendation is the stand-up rider type with overhead guard and 80° steering to each side – allowing sharp turns. We say it … “turns on a dime”. Not released yet is the walkie-type tow truck with manual steering.
The most sophisticated design is a low-profile, remote controlled Tug Master where the operator can control the Tug Master by wired or radio remote control without needing to leave the workstation. The Tug Master can be steerable or is available to travel along a
submerged track in the floor. All of the Tugs are equipped with an automatic braking system, and the stand-up rider type has a foot control brake in addition to the automatic braking system for safety.
The most popular cart carries collapsible container sizes 50” long x 40” wide and 40” high, which is caster-equipped at all four corners. The cart can handle different types and sizes of containers. Cart capacities are available in 2800 pounds and 4200 pounds.
Since ATI is the manufacturer, they can make custom made trailers to meet customers’ specific needs. Challenge ATI with your unique requirement. The more challenging the project, the more eager they are to solve it! The new Tug Master trailer transport system is a product of the future. If you are interested in being more cost effective and growing your business today and tomorrow, this product will take you to the next level.
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