posted on Jan, 16 2014 @ 08:46 AM
reply to post by andy06shake
Pretty cool stuff!
I worked as a longshoreman for over 32 yrs. prior to my retirement. During that time I witnessed what I would call a true metamorphosis when it comes
to the evolution of lifting and/or hoisting technologies and the advent of vacuum powered lifting devices was, without a doubt, one of the most
When I first began working as a longshoreman, one of the many different cargoes we would handle was rolls of newsprint that were in transit from the
paper mills where it was manufactured, to the various regional newspaper printing depts.. Those rolls of newsprint would often weigh as much as 3500
lbs. each and we would hoist them out of the ship's hold two at a time. Well as time went on, all that changed.
By the early 1980s we were utilizing a new hoisting device that could pick up 20 rolls at a time and all it used was vacuum to maintain it's grip on
the rolls, it was amazing. Here's a couple of pics of what I'm talking about;
While the use of vacuum to lift things is not new, the dexterity demonstrated in the video by the "Versaball" is in itself, pretty amazing and I'm
sure this technology will soon be popping up on assembly lines everywhere. I'll just bet it won't take long for the developers to increase the
maximum lifting capacity either.
Thanks for posting, S&F.