System Enables Transport of Heavy Molds without Forklift

Align Production Systems’ Airfloat quick mold-change system enables a single operator to transport molds as heavy as 80,000 lbs to a press, and then insert them in the press without the aid of an overhead crane or forklift.

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Align Production Systems’ Airfloat quick mold-change system enables a single operator to transport molds as heavy as 80,000 lbs to a press, and then insert them in the press without the aid of an overhead crane or forklift. Air-bearing technology “floats” the load on a thin film of compressed air. Once injection molding is complete, the mold can be extracted and moved to a storage location also using the Airfloat technology.

Because it is nearly frictionless, the system is more efficient than using wheels or rollers, the company says. It is capable of transporting two molds weighing as much as 80,000 lbs each, with outside dimensions of 36" to 66" wide and ranging to 113" deep. The mold transfer height is adjustable is adjustable from 39" to 51", enabling the system to work with a range of press sizes.