Making social distancing work on the factory floor
April 2, 2020
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Maintaining efficiency with a limited or restricted workforce has never been more paramount. With the widespread impact of COVID-19, many companies have temporarily closed their doors or made changes for personal safety, including employees working from home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Essential businesses, however, that have been deemed critical to the economy, are rapidly ramping up production to meet the growing demands brought on by this new challenge.
“During this time of crisis, we’ve been contacted by many companies seeking lifting solutions to fill these lifting needs and Sky Hook has been proud to rise to the occasion.” says Dusty White, technical sales manager, Syclone ATTCO Service.
Manufacturers all over the country are in full swing bringing medical supplies, equipment, and other necessities to market as quickly as possible to assist the growing number of individuals impacted by this pandemic.
This does, however, create its own challenges as many companies have implemented Social Distancing policies to curb the potential spread of this virus. Maintaining a six-foot distance between employees can make some vital operations either challenging or impossible to perform safely.
With the Sky Hook lifting device, employees are now able to safely work independently to perform critical lifts instead of team lifts, which would violate the proximity policies that many local governments and companies have now implemented.
“We are currently waiving our production expedite charges on both custom and standard units so customers can obtain the lifting solution that they need in a timely and efficient manner to keep up with their current production demand,” says White. “We also have cleanroom modifications available allowing our products to adapt to a variety of work environments.”
Two-person lifts are currently prohibited due to the close quarters between employees. Additionally, implementing new overhead crane solutions are typically three to four months out before they can become operational. They can also be expensive and take additional time and training to integrate into operations.