Balancing production and safety in chemical manufacturing


Chemical manufacturers face challenges in balancing production efficiency and safety demands.

Facilitating the controlled movement of production and storage equipment, chemical manufacturers opt for electric tugs to achieve increases in safety and efficiency at the same time. 

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The answer isn’t pushing and pulling by hand

Maintaining production rates is paramount for manufacturers of chemicals and chemical-based products.

With high production rates, many chemical manufacturers rely on manual handling to manoeuvre loads such as mixers, powder containers and vessels – resulting in low productivity and increased risk to staff and equipment.

At the same time, equipment such as hoppers and vessels are often precariously moved using pallet trucks, reducing stability and increasing the risk of accidents.

Transferring raw materials without the risk of injury

Eliminating the need for manual handling and enabling production staff to focus on more productive tasks, electric tugs help global manufacturers across the chemical industry balance safety and efficiency.

Compact yet powerful, a single operator can precisely move heavy equipment - reducing the risk of damage and maximising safety.  

Benefits for chemical manufacturers

Electric tugs are relied on to provide the safe, efficient movement of loads by manufacturers of powder coatings, industrial paints and more.

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    Eliminate manual handling

    Removing the need for manual handling, electric tugs help you reduce the risk of injuries.

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    Maximising efficiency and production rates

    Facilitating the quick and simple movement of loads, electric tugs maximise production efficiency.

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    Safe, controlled movement of wheeled loads

    Purpose designed for moving wheeled loads, electric tugs securely connect to equipment, maximising control.

Our range of chemical moving electric tugs

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ATEX Range

Dusty environments? We’ve got you covered

All the safety and efficiency benefits of electric tugs but converted to the highest standards for safe use in dusty environments.

With ATEX-rated machines available for use in zones 21 & 22 and gaseous zones 1 & 2 – you can be assured that any solution is safe for use in your environment.  

Trusted by chemical giants

You're in safe hands with chemical manufacturers from across the globe trusting MasterMover electric tugs to maximise their shopfloor safety and efficiency.

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MasterMover are easy to work with and all products performed as advertised. Moved our heavy products with ease!

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What are electric tugs used to move in the chemical industry?  

Electric tugs are used by chemical manufacturers to improve safety and efficiency when moving loads such as: 

  • Mixing vessels
  • Powder containers
  • Hoppers
  • Storage bins and totes

The chemical industry covers a wide range of products, and so it’s no surprise that our electric tugs are used by a diverse range of businesses across the industry.

From multinational painting and powder coating manufacturers to resins and solvents – our electric tugs help chemical manufacturers move heavy loads safely and efficiently. 

Are electric tugs available to meet ATEX and IECEx standards? 

Yes, all of our electric tugs can be converted to meet ATEX standards. Our electric tugs can be converted to operate in zones 1 and 2 (gaseous explosive environments) and zones 21 and 22 (powder or dust explosive environments) to meet ATEX and IECEx standards.

Working with best-in-class explosion-proofing providers, MasterMover ATEX electric tow tugs can safely work in hazardous environments, allowing you to maximise workplace safety and efficiency. 

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.