BraunAbility transforms thousands of vans, SUVs, and taxis into handicapped-accessible vehicles and builds tens of thousands of wheelchair lifts every year.
The work is complex, fast-paced, and growing rapidly.“To keep pace with growth, we needed to find a new carton flow solution that would allow us to fit more product in our footprint and keep our lines moving quickly,” says Ben Hitchens, Materials Manager for BraunAbility. FlowCell from UNEX turned out to be the perfect fit, allowing BraunAbility to replace clunky pipe and joint structures with flexible modular and portable workstations for the company’s ever-expanding lineside and sub-assembly operations.
The BraunAbility Back Story
In 1962, Ralph Braun built his first motorized wheelchair in a small farm shop. Ralph had spinal muscular atrophy and had been unable to walk since the age of 15. He was determined to find ways to be more mobile, rather than having someone push him in a wheelchair or lift him in and out of vehicles. In addition to the motorized wheelchair, Ralph built tri-wheelers in his parents’ garage and invented the first wheelchair lift, paving the way for the first full-sized handicapped accessible vans.
As Ralph’s inventions mounted, so did the interest in his mobility solutions. Today, BraunAbility offers the broadest line of wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts across the United States, Canada, and various international locations. Approximately 1,000 employees work for BraunAbility.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to know that we help thousands of wheelchair users gain mobility and independence every year,” says Ben. “We want to keep building on Ralph Braun’s legacy. Having the right equipment helps us do that. That’s where UNEX came in.”