Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc. (PHIL) launched its new patent-pending Body Lifting System with its inclusion in a HiVol Body designed for a Cat 797B haul truck. Safety is paramount in life and in business; to that end, the engineers at PHIL have invented a safer alternative to the standard lifting points traditionally built into the sides of off-highway truck bodies in a way that is certain to revolutionize industry-wide design.
The end result: a simple, safe process that will not weaken body components over time, provides structural benefits, requires minimal maintenance and takes less time and effort during the rigging processes, according to the company.
The company stated: “Safety is involved in every product sold, engineered and manufactured by PHIL, so when we see an opportunity to improve upon an industry best practice, we take advantage of the opportunity and do our best to innovate – not for the sake of innovation, but as a mission to improve upon a practice that can be done safer, easier, at less cost and effort to the end user. This past winter, as we were custom designing a truck body for a Cat 797B chassis for a client in Canada, the thought struck us: ‘why are end users having to weld temporary lifting eyes on the inside of their bodies when they need to put them on or take them off the chassis?’ From a safety standpoint, it’s common knowledge that lifting holes in body sides can become fatigued over time, depending on whether or not a shovel has hit them accidentally or other trauma have occurred.”
In working on this problem, PHIL came up with a solution that allows an end user to place removable ‘Lifting Eyes’ through the floor structure of the body, attach a shackle and lift the body from the interior, thus reducing overhead height clearance required when putting on or removing a box from the truck.
Philippi‐Hagenbuch Inc., www.philsystems.com