Manufacturing workers have been burdened for more than eight decades with the backbreaking task of lifting 180-pound pressurized gas cylinders onto welding machines — until now. A Madera man has invented a lifting device that makes it easy to safely pick up and handle gas cylinders.
Fred Guerrero, who has worked for 38 years at food processing technology solutions leader JBT Foodtech, formerly FMC Foodtech, said the company had a group meeting after an incident involving a pressurized gas cylinder.
“A man raised his hand and requested a way to lift these cylinders,” said Guerrero, who as the manufacturing manager is responsible for building equipment and maintaining a safe environment. “First I searched the Internet to see if there was something out there. There wasn’t. The next day I designed something, then I had it made and tested it. I knew the concept would work so I developed it from there.”
Now four years later, Guerrero is the president of manufacturing solutions provider FSG Consulting and has a patent pending on the Attollo Lift, which consists of two interlocking mild steel formed rings. ‘Attollo’ means lift or raise in Latin...