Gorbel crane makes life easy for Proform


Proform Tops and Laminates North is a family owned business manufacturing kitchen and bathroom components.

Established by the Bates family in Cairns, far north Qld, in 1991, the company supplies solid surface, laminate and board products to the trade.

Proform has a large kitchen showroom that has become a valuable resource for Far North Qld consumers, including builders, cabinet makers, designers and retailers.

Recognised as the leading manufacturer of postformed bench tops in the Far North, Proform identified a need to grow the business by introducing a solid surface product.

Traditionally producing a 12mm product, the company now manufactures an improved product known as Veinte – a 20mm 100 per cent acrylic.

To achieve the best production results Proform had to establish a workshop suitable to manufacture engineered stone.

To maximise efficiency and reduce manual handling it approached manual handling experts Safetech, which installed a Gorbel Gantry Crane.

The crane selected combined work cell coverage with ease of movement.

Safetech’s engineers worked with Proform to ensure that the crane delivered maximum floor coverage.

“This crane has made it extremely easy and cost effective to move the sheets of stone and acrylic around the working and machining area, says Proform Tops managing director Geoff Bates.

“Safetech were very supportive from the design stage of the gantry through to the delivered product that we assembled and installed ourselves without any problems.

In our opinion this system would be an asset to any workshop.”

Proform aims to supply its customers with the best in benchtop laminates.

For consistency, this requires excellent quality control, high productivity and safe worker friendly manufacturing processes.

Since the crane was installed, injuries and worker fatigue are no longer concerns. And productivity and worker morale has also increased.

Safetech Pty Ltd
Ph: 03 5127 4566