Danbury's Ergotech has won a $2.1 million contract with the U.S. Army to provide sixty "positioners," to help mechanics repair returning helicopter parts safely, Patch.com reports.
The positioners, said Earl Hagman, the 20-year-old firm's founder, can pick up and move a transmission or gearbox to make it easier to reach, patch.com reported.
Those parts can weigh up to 1,650 pounds, and it is safer to work on them at the right angle and height, which the positioner makes possible. Otherwise mechanics are climbing around, reaching over or under, putting them in awkward positions.
Hagman said working on the helicopter parts when they are properly positioned can help a worker's back, can help the workers avoid carpal tunnel syndrome and help avoid tendonitis.
The U.S. Army post in Corpus Christi, Texas, agrees and is buying 60 positioners worth $2.1 million over the next six months.