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Video: Vertical Lifts increase efficiency, cut costs, increase safety at submarine manufacturing facility

This video is a short few minutes, and features vertical reciprocating conveyors implemented by Cisco-Eagle at defense contractor Electric Boat, Inc. The company manufactures submarines at its Groton, CT facility.

As part of a $20 million upgrade, Electric Boat wanted to make access to submarines in the assembly area faster and safer. Before the upgrade, workers at the final assembly building were forced to climb scaffolding stairs to build submarines. A new platform was installed that allowed them to easily access the tops of submarines without returning to various shops for tools. The top of a Virginia class submarine can be as high as forty feet, meaning that workers had to constantly climb stairs. The new, multilevel platform system, fed by vertical lifts for freight and personnel elevators, helped the submarine manufacturer streamline work and reduce costs.

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Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Vice President of Marketing with more than thirty years of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. His work is published in multiple industry journals an websites on a variety of warehousing topics. He writes about automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations and those who operate them.

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