Appreciating Turntables and Tilters
When I think of turntables a dance club comes to mind. While club-goers are meeting one another, dancing with one another, ordering drinks from the bar and moving around a lot, there is one person responsible for keep the beat moving in the building, the DJ, or disc jockey. He (or she) stands behind the speakers and computer sitting on the table. He mixes the beat and shuffles the songs using only his hands and a turntable. This is why it’s so loud and you can never really get to know anyone at a club, but it sure is fun to go!
Turntables also serve a purpose in industry. While industrial turntables are significantly bigger, they still serve the purpose of rotating something. In the industrial world turn tables are assisting in the movement of material goods, not a music disc.
Offering a simple and safer material handling option, turntables are versatile, inexpensive and very effective at handling many different types of material in many different work spaces. They also keep material and production moving without interruption.
Turntables and rotating tables are a versatile, cheap and effective materials handling aid that can be used in many different situations. Turntables are safer because personnel do not need to lift or stretch as much when unloading or loading materials. These tables a perfect solution in areas where complex lifting equipment, such as high travel lifts, can not be used.
Turntables make work places and personnel more productive because there is less risk for an accident, personnel can focus more on the logistics of the process and organization of moving the material rather than physically moving the material. It is a practical piece of work equipment because they assist in the position of heavy loads and give personnel a consistent working height.
Turntables have many uses in many industries. They keep personnel safe and provide a better, less strenuous working environment.
Goods are simply placed on the turntable and then manually rotated to avoid stretching across the load.
Typically mounted on scissor lifts, turntables are used to position heavy loads or for building and breaking down pallet loads by maintaining a consistent working height.
Used for tilting containers to help in loading and unloading.
Turntables are horizontal, rotatable powered table mechanisms for transferring objects between conveyors that are in angular relation to one another. They often provide both loading and unloading of their contents to and from a conveyor. In order to increase productivity and ergonomics in any manufacturing operation, equipment such as turntables are a small but integral part of the total process to maximize workplace efficiency. By using turntables operator fatigue can be reduced. Operators can focus on assembly or other production process rather than have to struggle with the material handling aspect of their operation. Turntables are also ideal for loading and unloading of pallets and other containers when minimum floor space is a concern. Turntables keep production operations moving without interruption.
Important specifications for turntables include load capacity, maximum dimension or diameter and speed. The load capacity is the maximum weight or force supported by the turntable. This will dictate the weight of the load. The maximum dimension or diameter is the width of a rectangular turntable and the diameter of a circular turntable. This will dictate the size of the load to be put on the turntable. The speed is the velocity at which the turntable rotates.
Turntables are commonly powered by air, or by hand, or by a motor. Air powered turntables have cylinders or air motors powering the turning action of the table. Manual turntables are rotated manually by a crank or lever. Motors provided automated turning. Turntables can be actuated by a pushbutton mechanism. Some manufacturers will provide integral clamps for handling drums or odd shaped packages. Some turntables also have the ability to tilt for the facilitation of dumping the contents of the table. Fixed and retractable rotation stops can be positioned at 90 or 180 degrees for positioning at specific workstations.