and transportation are areas of growing importance within the company
products are designed to optimise loads during transportation and prevent
damage caused by improper handling.
automatic columns which stack parts whilst respecting safety gaps are
the ideal solution for parts requiring careful handling (those with
areas that should not come into contact with each other, those that
are especially fragile due to their large dimensions, those handled
by robots, etc.).
automatic load columns can be adapted for use with a wide range of parts.
They are mainly used in conjunction with interior and exterior bodywork
parts and ensembles: floors, roofs, side panels, wings, bonnets, doors,
lift gates, spare wheel casings, chassis, reinforcements and windscreens,
of ALPA automatic columns
The ALPA automatic
column system offers many advantages, making it a simple, safe, versatile
and longlasting choice.
working of ALPA automatic columns is very simple. A standard column
1. A main
body, which contains the following components.
2. A sliding
angle or guide.
3. Support paddles. Each paddle includes a return spring, a joining
spring (connecting two paddles) and two joining spring fastenings.
careful design of the ALPA column system guarantees the safe handling
of parts, since paddles in the loading queue protrude from the guide
to same extent as those in the load position.
This special feature, added to the fact that there is no limit to the
length of the paddle, means that the working of the columns is completely
safe and will remain unaffected by sudden movements during the handling
main body of the column is made from 5mm-thick sheet metal, giving it
the strength to withstand the weight of stacked parts as well as any
mishap resulting from the improper handling of racks.
paddles on which the stacked parts rest are made from a special steel,
which is thermally treated for high resistance to buckling.
addition to the use of highly resistant materials, the column components
are also chemically treated.
Thanks to these two factors, the racks can be stored in the open without
risk of rusting or damage caused by foreign bodies, thereby guaranteeing
that they remain in perfect condition throughout the entire manufacturing
thirty-year-long performance record in the manufacturing of main series
and countless models of these specialised racks with automatic columns,
bears witness to the quality of its products.
company sets its own safety standards and ergonomic priorities etc.
with regard to handling, storage, packaging and transportation, although
the objective is invariably the same: to optimise resources. ALPA automatic
columns offer a flexible solution which can be adapted for use with
any platform, regardless of height or location.
services also include the manufacturing of paddles with additional folds,
special shapes, greater length or width, small stoppers, extra guides,
complicated contours or greater thickness, all geared towards ensuring
that the part rests as safely and stably as possible on its supports.
Where necessary, plastic protection sheets are also provided.
ALPA columns can
also be adapted for vertical loading (horizontal columns) and incorporate
a paddle selfanchoring system where required.