This month, Best Practices takes you into the world of bad backs and worker injuries — specifically, how to avoid them.
Precise Tooling Solutions Inc., a mold maker and precision machining company in Columbus, Ind., has been diversifying its offerings. Two years ago, the company bought the ErgoSmart product line from Extol Inc., an engineering company that designs plastics welding equipment and makes assembly equipment. Precise CEO and owner Don Dumoulin said demand has been strong ever since, from broad range of industries.
He said ErgoSmart has had its best sales ever in the first quarter of 2018. "We're on pace to double the business," Dumoulin said.
What is ErgoSmart? It is a family of products inlcuding the ErgoStation. Think of those adjustable computer desks where you can adjust the height and even stand up and type.
The ErgoStation is like that, except it is made for factory use. Using an electric motor, it moves up and down, with a lifting capacity ranging up to 3,500 pounds. An upright frame accommodates customer-specified features, including an overhead light, a compressed-air manifold, a fan, a tool trolley rail and other possible options.
Other products in the line include ErgoWeld Station, which can be adjusted up and down and has a rotating top plate that can turn 360 degrees, and the ErgoBase and ErgoTable.
Dumoulin said ErgoSmart products are an affordable way to improve safety and employee comfort — and reduce costs.
"Back injuries are the No. 1 cause of workers compensation issues," he said.