Sign Up for WPG’s Vacuum Lifter Training and Repair Workshop!

March 21, 2017

If you’ve ever had a malfunction with your below-the-hook vacuum lifter and spent hours, even days trying to troubleshoot the problem, keep your chin up; help is on the way! Wood’s Powr-Grip offers a Two Day Vacuum Lifter recommendation_letterTroubleshooting and Repair Workshop biannually in May and again in November. The purpose of the workshop is to inform, educate and equip end-users with the knowledge necessary to diagnose and repair vacuum lifters that may not be functioning to their optimum capability. Attendees spend time in a classroom situation learning how a vacuum system functions, followed by hands-on experience in troubleshooting and repairing a vacuum lifter. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding vacuum as it applies to the function of a vacuum lifter.
  • Components’ function and their relationship to the vacuum system.
  • Review of the causes and effects of system failure.
  • System inspection and identification of component failure.
  • Inspection of welds and vacuum pads.
  • Assembly techniques and tools required for the job.
  • Diagnosis and repair of vacuum lifters.

Upon completion of the two day course, participants have gained a firm understanding of vacuum systems and how to diagnose and repair problems training1that can occur with a vacuum lifter. Attendees are also issued a certificate of workshop completion. Training is conducted by Engineering Technician, Carl Ritterpusch, who has been a member of the staff at Wood’s Powr-Grip for 35 years. Carl started in vacuum pad molding and hand cup manufacturing, and later transferred to equipment assembly, where he learned electrical wiring, pneumatics and basic machining practices. In 1988, he was promoted to Supervisor/Trainer/Maintenance Technician. Over the years, Carl learned hydraulics, welding and expanded machining, and supervised equipment assembly, cut-out, machining, welding and molding. In January of 2003, Carl joined the engineering department as an Engineering Technician where he currently acts as liaison between the production and engineering departments. He is also directly involved in writing and proofing all current troubleshooting information. Carl’s expertise and comprehensive knowledge of Wood’s Powr-Grip’s processes and products make him uniquely qualified to conduct our Vacuum Lifter Troubleshooting and Repair Workshop. The two day Vacuum Lifter Troubleshooting and Repair Workshops are conducted at the Wood’s Powr-Grip manufacturing plant, located in Laurel, Montana. The cost is $495 per attendee ($395 for each additional attendee from the same company). Upon completion of the training, each attendee will be given a FREE Equipment Leak Test Kit, (a $160 value) as well as a certificate verifying completion of the Official Wood’s Powr-Grip training.

Lunch is provided the first day. Attendees are responsible for their hotel/motel accommodations and transportation to and from the workshop. Advance payment is required. Participants must register at least two weeks in advance of the workshop, and workshops are only conducted if there are at least two participants. Because of space constraints, a maximum number of six attendees are accepted for each workshop. To register, use our secure ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM. You can also register by contacting us here or by calling Ross King toll-free at 1-800-548-7341.

Next Workshop in 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 — 8:30 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017– 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

SPECIFIC WORKSHOP DATES CAN BE ARRANGED.
(Specially Scheduled Workshops require enrollment of at least 4 attendees)

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For the convenience, value and amenities, Wood’s Powr-Grip suggests that training participants stay at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, MT. To receive our corporate discount ($89 to $99 per room per night) on your hotel accommodations, please contact Wood’s Powr-Grip for reservation details, or contact one of our Technical Sales Representatives for assistance. For more information on our area, click here.


Two Day Vacuum Lifter Troubleshooting and Repair Workshop Agenda

When:
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8:30 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM


Where:
908 West Main Street
Laurel, Montana 59044
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Phone: 1-800-548-7341
Email: contactus@wpg.com

Who Should Attend

  • Maintenance Supervisors and Technicians, Safety Directors, On-site Supervisors

Course Overview

  • The purpose of the workshop is to inform, educate and equip users with the knowledge necessary to diagnose and repair Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Lifters that may not be functioning to their optimum capability. Attendees will spend four hours in a classroom situation learning how a vacuum system functions. The balance of the workshop will be dedicated to hands-on experience in troubleshooting and repairing a vacuum lifter.

Specific Topics Covered

  • Understanding vacuum as it applies to the function of a vacuum lifter.
  • Components’ function and their relationship to the vacuum system.
  • Review of the causes and effects of system failure.
  • System inspection and identification of component failure.
  • Inspection of welds and vacuum pads.
  • Assembly techniques and tools required for the job.
  • Diagnosis and repair of vacuum lifters.

Safety Requirements

  • Safety gear required for the workshop, such as safety glasses and ear protection, will be supplied by WPG.
  • Clothing is casual. We recommend long pants (no shorts, cutoffs, skirts, etc.). We suggest blue jeans.
  • Shoes must have closed toe and heel areas and should be comfortable to stand in for long periods. Do not wear thongs, sandals, flip-flops, high heels, etc.
  • Steel toed shoes or boots are not required.