At all Parcel Carrier Terminals there is normally some manual handling of parcels. At smaller terminals manual handling tends to dominate the operation, at larger terminals automated sorting systems handles the sorting and terminal logistics but the manual handling is still an important part of the operation.
At every terminal some of the parcels do not fit the automated sorting system, these non-conveyable parcels usually are large and heavy but even despite that must be handled manually due to the lack of lift assists. Manual handling has previously been the only alternative when loading and unloading containers or trailers, sorting parcels between pallets, cages and conveyors.
Piab has developed and implemented lifting technology to solve the manual handling problems at Parcel Carrier Terminals. The results are ergonomic vacuum lifting solutions that potentially increase the productivity while still minimizing the risk for repetitive strain injuries and other injuries to for example the spine. After just a short period of training most operators use the lifting equipment like an extension of themselves.
Integrating Piab’s Vaculex solutions into the existing handling system is usually easy. In cases where there is limited space such as low head room, narrow passages and narrow areas Vaculex have solutions that handle most of this. Piab has developed Vaculex ParceLift as a lifting solution which minimizes the strain to the operators, increases the productivity and enhances worker satisfaction. The solution, Vaculex ParceLift, is assembled onto the telescopic conveyors which are often already installed at Parcel Carriers operating with loose loaded parcels.
Results include happy operators, reduced level of sick absences, minimal staff turnover and now every person, regardless of physique can now work at this position on the loading dock.