Air Skates – also known as air casters, air cushions and air sleds – are the usual tools of choice for moving heavy objects and machines. They can easily outperform any forklift or overhead crane in most indoor locations. With weight capacities starting at 1000 pounds, air skates can range right up to 100 tons and all points in between.
Air skates are used when heavy machines are required to be lifted and moved. There are not many machines that an air skate machine moving system cannot handle.
Machine moving kits are available in sets of four or six air skate load modules. The only power source needed is compressed air which most industrial locations have in-house to power other tools. Using only compressed air (pneumatic) air skates can produce tremendous lifting power to handle the largest and most awkward heavy machines.
To the right is a heavy, complex electrical distribution center.
If you click on the image it will expand and you will clearly see the way this machine has been lifted.
Note the bolstering and the way it is supporting the machine.
These air skates are so versatile in how they work and the different ways they support their loads, that nothing is off the table except their weight capacities
The versatility of air skates allows them to be place in strategic positions beneath the machine they are moving. This helps to take care of any uneven load distribution properties of the machine.
Machine moving kits such as air skates are very versatile in as much as they are not required to have a fixed position underneath the machines they are moving. The great benefit to this is that you can move a machine that has differing weight proportions. For instance, one side may weight several tons more than the other side, and with the versatility of the air skates they can be placed at the correct places beneath a machine to allow support under the machine in the correct places. You can use any number of air skates beneath many locations of the machine you are going to move.
Below right, is a diagram of a typical four-station air skate machine moving layout. These positions can be altered to suit the weight of the machine they are going to use. Using as many air skate modules as you need, you can place them in different locations beneath the machine to suit the properties of that machine. There is very little that is beyond these tremendous load moving tools.
Air skates are used in series of four or six and assembled into a load moving system via air line hoses, valves, tee-pieces and other hardware. See below, right.
This form of load moving is known as air film technology.