Intelligent Material Handling Technology


The Liftronic® Series, known as INDEVA® is a new generation of advanced industrial manipulators featuring electronic control. They represent the evolution from traditional manipulators and are part of the innovative product group of load handling devices known as Intelligent Assist Devices.

This series is equipped with an advanced electronic control system which overcomes the control limitations of pneumatic manipulators. They provide truly ergonomic and effortless handling.

The INDEVA® Liftronic® series offers numerous important and unique advantages over a traditional pneumatic manipulator, especially the auto-weight sense and auto balancing features:

  • Higher productivity: using an INDEVA®, output can be maintained throughout a full shift giving increased productivity and operator wellbeing.
  • Better ergonomics: a fingertip-sensitive handle allows for the lifting or lowering of heavy loads by simply touching the handle with a finger. Very little human effort is required during any part of the lift, place and lower process.
  • Higher precision: with considerably more speed and precision than a traditional pneumatic manipulator, an INDEVA® allows for unsurpassed precision, where the operator will intuitively work at the pace best suited to the task. The operator has exceptional control with the lightest of touch needed.
  • User friendly: the auto weight sensing and auto balancing functions operate in real time, so no need to preset the load or to keep buttons depressed. The Float Mode option allows the operator to control movement directly from the load.

Safety: state-of-the-art safety features prevent movement unless an operator is present and in control. Should a power failure occur, the motor is held with a mechanical lock and the load cannot be released until power is restored, or the full weight of the load is supported

  • Wireless connectivity for industry 4.0: an INDEVA® can exchange data with the Customer IT System through the Company Network and allows visualisation of manipulator activity by means of interface software.

Remote trouble shooting: an INDEVA® can be connected via Wi-Fi to App Indeva, so that machine data can be transferred to a remote tablet or smartphone in real time. This can assist fault diagnosis, so significantly reducing call-out charges and operator downtime

Environment friendly: low carbon foot print thanks to efficient and low energy consumption.

A Case History:

Safety issue when loading reels onto a shrink-wrapping machine.

Scaglia Indeva were contacted by Unilever to help with a health and safety issue when loading reels onto a shrink-wrapping machine.

They were using a mechanical trolley-based solution and the operators were having trouble taking reels of plastic film from the pallet at 2 high and core vertical rotating them to core horizontal for loading onto the shrinkwrapping machine.

Aligning the trolley/reel core to the winding shaft was also an issue due to the limited movement available from this solution making it slow and hard to use.

We always conduct a site survey to fully assess the customer’s needs and more importantly the working area implications.

The isle was narrow with limited positions to place the INDEVA® machine due to fork truck traffic and the overhead conveyor ran across the only position for the manipulator.

All the information was fed back to our design team who were working on a new solution we had designed for the automotive industry to remove a spare wheel and change a battery.

INDEVA® solution

This solution implied a manipulator of the Liftronic® Series, Linear version, which is designed to work in confined spaces and low overhead areas. The Linear manipulator has all the same electronic balancing and auto weight sensing features of all the other versions of the Liftronic® Easy and the Liftronic® Pro Series, but allows the product to be extended beyond the centre of gravity for special applications like this. This is achieved by the whole arm running in rails on the front of the column.

This system allows picking from the pallet, inclination to core horizontal and insertion onto the reel shaft in one easy operation.