Lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. In 2001, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over 36 per cent of injuries involving missed workdays were the result of shoulder and back injuries. Overexertion and cumulative trauma were the biggest factors in injuries.
The IMP3 replaces traditional cast-iron housing with an aluminum body coupled with a wedge bracket, and it features an integrated handle for easy gripping and moving. The low weight means that more energy is transferred from the unit to the hopper.
'Weight and ease of use are important, because transferring the vibrator can be a repetitive motion that produces fatigue and eventual injury,' Yepsen said. 'This lightweight unit is designed specifically for constant handling in less-than- ideal environments.'
The IMP3 requires an air supply of 80 psi and 25 cubic ft per minute (0.012 MPS). When operated using a filtered, regulated and lubricated air supply, the unit requires virtually no maintenance.
Made in the US and priced competitively to replace heavier and less reliable competing designs that can be difficult to handle, the IMP3 has already built a faithful following among its users. 'Visiting the facilities that have started using these units, operators tell me they're impressed by the ease of use and the low maintenance,' Yepsen concluded. 'This is one of those products that have a profound impact on logistical efficiency, workplace safety and overall cost of operation.'