The 'horses' are used to transport the leather hides on site and were pushed/pulled by hand. This was an unpopular task as the combination of the swivelling castors and overall weight of the 'horses' made manoeuvring them very difficult.
Nu-Star designed a bespoke method of attaching to the 'horses' that ensured the operators could move them around under complete control and a PowerTug was then trialled by Eagle Ottawa from December through to February 2003.
Scott Shonamon, General Manager of Eagle Ottawa, Warrington stated; "There has been a substantial improvement in safety and ergonomics in using the Power Tug. They can be modified for multiple applications in pushing and pulling and are quite manoeuvrable in tight places where forklifts can't fit."
Following the success at this site, Nu-Star have subsequently supplied a further unit to the Eagle Ottawa site in Hungary and the Eagle Ottawa manufacturing sites in U.S.A. are now also trialling the PowerTugs.
"This is exactly the type of application that we developed the PowerTug for and we have trials progressing well with other users of 'A' frames in Europe and the USA", explained Matthew Smith (Nu-Star's Managing Director).