Due to the design of blister packaging machines, operators at a pharmaceutical manufacturer were required to hand-scoop caplets from drums while standing on an elevated platform. This required repeated trips onto the platform during the packaging process and ultimately lead to operator injuries from handling the drums and scooping the caplets from an awkward, elevated position.
Mobile, battery operated drum handling devices were provided designed to grasp individual drums, raise above hopper height and rotate, dispensing caplets as required into the individual hoppers. These operations are performed by the operator while standing on the ground; this system also facilitates transportation of the drums in/out of the clean room environments. The units at this facility are lifting 400# drums to a pour height of 10 feet.