Palamatic is a leading supplier in the UK of vacuum lifters to the woodworking industry. Working with both existing customers and new, Palamatic’s aim is always to use its expertise to provide user-friendly equipment that aids the work process and eliminates health and safety risks to operators when handling wood product.

A Palamatic Vacuum Tube Lifter uses a single power medium – vacuum – to grip and lift heavy or awkward loads. An electrical vacuum pump (or vacuum ejector pump) creates a vacuum level when a suction pad or gripping device is placed on an object load. The resulting low pressure makes the tube contract vertically, and the object load is lifted. The operator controls the vacuum flow using a simple, finger-touch operating valve, making the work physically easier and safer. Increasing the vacuum draws air out of the tube, and the load is lifted.

Palamatic recently supplied two door blank lifting systems to Wulf Protective, based in Bradford. The company’s management team have 30 years’ experience within the fire door and construction industries.

Sohan Panesar, Wulf Protective MD, explains the company’s business strategy: ‘’Established during the Covid-19 pandemic, Wulf is made up of a diverse bunch. We pull together the very best of our range of experience to deliver the highest standard of end-to-end service possible. We are committed to becoming the leading manufacturer of both high-quality doors and door sets.”

Palamatic was contacted by Mark Dunn, fire door process and fabrication manager, and role also includes looking after Wulf’s shopfloor personnel. The equipment was required to load more than 50 door blanks weighing up to a maximum of 80kg daily onto a beam saw and CNC system.

‘’Used by many leading manufacturers, Palamatic was the obvious choice when it came to building our workshop fit to manufacture high-quality doors and fire doors. The decision to purchase the lifting systems was based on several factors,” explains Mark. ‘’The safety of our employees is our priority, and the lifting equipment removes the physical lifting strain of everyday processes. The equipment also allowed for increased production quantity, and the operators are very happy with the improvement they have seen since the lifters have arrived."

The Palamatic team works hard to form strong relationships with its customers within the woodworking and construction industries.

‘’Palamatic has been very helpful, reactive, and any questions have been answered promptly,” says Mark. “We now have a great working relationship with Palamatic – our purchased lifting equipment has made light work of the materials we process daily at our production facility.’’

 Palamatic has a 22,000ft² factory based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, so is well placed to visit customer sites, and for customers to send samples to test prior to having a vacuum tube lifter manufactured. The company also has a skilled field engineering team to install the systems, and makes visits to train operators.

Systems supplied can be designed to handle fire doors, panel doors, furniture, staircases, planks, timber sections, laminate surfaces and cabinets. Customers often require rotation of boards through 90° or 180° for loading and unloading purposes. 

Due to the high demand on lifting systems in the woodworking industry, customers are recommended to take up a service contract to ensure their systems are kept in good working order.

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