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Tipping frames - are they worth it?

Green Car's Side Tip
It's surprising how much time a side tipping frame can save! Photo shows Green Car's Side Tip with vehicle in position.
The idea of a side tipping frame has been around for a long time but in recent years their popularity has grown significantly for speeding up parts removal.

So what is a side tipping frame for? First off, this is not about depolluting vehicles, this is about parts removal. Originally the side tip was designed with safety as the main criteria. After all, working under heavy items that are being removed is never going to be classified as best practice. Also, operators are constantly working with their arms above their heads that can lead to strains and injuries anywhere in the body.

As much as we love health and safety, it is hardly an exciting reason for investment and companies using side tips have also reported significant improvements in the speed of many dismantling operations resulting in long term financial benefits.

Iris-Mec's RBT Rotating ELV Rig
Iris-Mec's RBT includes an automatic hold down arm to prevent the vehicle moving when in situ.
When it comes to vehicle disassembly, side tips are very effective for removing catalytic converters, batteries, wheels and tyres with minimum effort. They come into their own when removing large items such as engines and gearboxes complete with sub frames that can be simply unbolted, loom disconnected and lowered onto a pallet. I’m sure you can see the benefit here, this is a real bonus for dismantlers.

ASM Auto Recycling operate three of Green Car’s Side Tips and director Chris Morgan told atfPro, “I was initially a bit sceptical but the time savings have more than justified their use. One unit is used for removing engines for export. By removing the subframe and cutting through the driveshafts, we have reduced the dismantling time from two and half hours to forty five minutes. This soon adds up when you are handling a reasonable quantity. On another site, due to sound restrictions we can’t rip scrap engines out, again a Side Tip has been a practical alternative”.

Two manufacturers are leading this market, Green Car Depollution with their Side Tip Preparation stand (shown above) and Iris-Mec with their RBT Rotating ELV Rig (shown on the left).

Green Car tell us that their unit is small and compact with an operational area of 1800mm x 3400mm, so the Side Tip is easily accommodated in even a modest preparation area. The ELV is loaded on to the side tip when the forks are at ground level. The stand is then tilted to 85% giving the operator safe and comfortable access to the underside of the vehicle. The stand can be stopped at any level and the speed can be adjusted to suit the operator.

The stand has been designed to take everything from the smallest Fiat to a long wheel base Transit Van, and they tell us that the geometry of the design ensures that the vehicle cannot fall and is held securely on the stand using the simplest and safest of all solutions. Gravity!

Iris-Mec’s RBT claims to do everything the Side Tip does, again allowing safe and efficient removal of the heavy mechanical parts from ELVs. The main difference is the inclusion of a fully automatic clamping arm which goes over the vehicle. CIS Hydraulics (Iris-MEC’s sole distributor in the UK) believe it is required to ensure the operator is completely safe, and the vehicle will not move whilst in the vertical position and being worked upon.

So, two models to take a look at; both performing a similar function but designed slightly differently. Which one will suit your operation will probably come down to personal preference and how you run your site but both are well worth taking a look at. For further details, you can contact: Iris-Mec on 01604 642020 or visit their website.
Green Car can be contacted on 01684 298084 or visit their website.

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