Safely move heavy materials for maximum safety and efficiency

Plastic & Metal Extrusion

Enabling the safe and efficient movement of heavy loads across plastic and metal extrusion, electric tugs maximise workplace safety and boost productivity.  

MasterHandler MH400+ moving processed metal on a trolley

The answer isn’t manual handling (or a forklift) 

The movement of heavy-wheeled loads such as stillages and hoppers often relies on a combination of manual handling and lifting equipment.

For loads moved manually, multiple production operatives are often required to move heavy loads, presenting the risk of injuries and accidents, and reducing productivity.

Likewise, relying on lifting equipment such as side loaders and forklifts in internal processes increases risk and results in downtime in waiting for a licensed driver to become available.  

Making the movement of loads safer and more efficient   

Eliminating manual handling, electric tugs maximise workplace safety and reduce the risk of injuries by delivering the effortless movement of heavy loads such as moulds, tooling, finished products and raw materials.

With no operator license required, electric tugs and tows reduce downtime, enabling a single operator to move loads as and when required - freeing up staff to focus on more productive tasks.   

The benefits of electric tugs in plastic and metal extrusion 

Boasting a more compact footprint than traditional handling equipment, electric tugs ensure the safe, controlled movement of loads in congested production environments.

For businesses in the plastic and metal extrusion industry, electric tugs help increase production output whilst supporting safety demands in eliminating manual handling and reducing reliance on lifting equipment.  

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    Reduce downtime

    With a single operator able to move the heaviest of loads, electric tugs help manufacturers reduce downtime and improve efficiency. 

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    Eliminate manual handling 

    Make the movement of heavy loads a one-person job without compromising on safety – electric tugs reduce the risk of injuries and boost productivity. 

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    Create fork-free environments 

    Purpose-built for the movement of heavy-wheeled loads, electric tugs help manufacturers create fork-free zones, improving safety in congested environments.  

Our range of plastic & steel extrusion electric tugs

Trusted by the biggest brands 

Businesses across plastic and metal extrusion rely on MasterMover’s compact electric tugs to safely move loads, driving operational efficiency and improving workplace safety.  

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Our components are precisely balanced and, when these were being moved with a forklift truck with a limited turning circle, it was proving difficult. Now we can move the loads safely and easily while keeping components at ground level.

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What are electric tugs used to move in plastic and metal extrusion?  

Electric tugs are used to deliver the safe, controlled movement of loads in plastic and metal extrusion including:

  • Moulds
  • Tooling and forming equipment
  • Stillages
  • Raw materials  
  • Finished products
  • Plastic profiles
  • Pipework 
What’s the benefit of electric tugs over traditional material handling equipment to reduce manual handling? 

Businesses looking to eliminate manual handling in the movement of heavy loads and equipment often look to utilise existing lifting equipment.

While lifting equipment is ideal for the loading and unloading of parts and materials, using equipment such as side loaders and forklift trucks to lift wheeled trolleys presents safety risks.

Replacing one risk with another in congested production environments and using large lifting equipment in internal factories increases the risk of collisions with equipment and pedestrian traffic.  

Is an operator license or training required? 

No, unlike lifting equipment such as forklift trucks and cranes, an electric tug does not require a license to operate. A license-free operation reduces downtime and maximises operational efficiency, reducing wasted time waiting for a licensed driver.    

Minimal training is required to safely operate an electric tug and we offer training packages to suit every requirement.     

How are electric tugs powered?  

Electric tugs are battery powered, with interchangeable batteries or lithium options available, electric tugs can deliver 24/7 operation to keep your processes moving.

Offering zero emissions from the point of use, electric tugs are ideally suited for indoor use, replacing internal combustion engine (ICE) powered equipment such as forklifts or tow tractors.   

How do electric tugs and electric tows connect?     

A range of coupling options are available across the range that maximise performance, security and safety.

Custom coupling solutions can also be designed for unique applications.     

We're here to help 

If you’re looking to improve safety, remove the risk of injury and unlock greater operational efficiency, we’re here to help. Speak to our team to discuss your application.