Host: Hi, this is Jeff Roe, for MCAD Café and we’re at IMTS this week in Chicago, IL and joining me this afternoon is Matt Spang of CartMover. Thank you very much for joining us.
Matt Spang: Thank you, Jeff.
Host: Can you give us a little background about CartMover, how it started and what you guys do?
Matt Spang: Absolutely! We invented a battery-powered roll mover back in 2001-2002 and our customers came to us and asked us to help them move heavy carts basically. So we adapted the drive system of the roll mover to help with the CartMover design. So now we can push and pull carts with loads in the range of 800 to 20,000 pounds pretty easily.
Host: How do you do that?
Spang: It’s pretty simple. We take our drive system and pinch it between the load and the floor to create traction. In so doing we use the traction to push or pull a heavy load. So, based on the wheels on the cart, we can create enough traction to move loads in excess of that 10, 12 or 15,000 pound load range.
Host: So tell me a little bit about how you can customize the product. You probably have a base model and some options?
Spang: Absolutely, the CartMover itself, really is just a customizable piece of equipment. From whether it being just a connection point or if it is integrating it into a cart. We’ve also created custom work stations that were mobile that would expand or retract, go up, down, etc. Basically, if you can dream it, we can do it.
Host: So, what are you showing specifically here this week at IMTS?
Spang: Today, I’m showing the CartMover itself, our base unit that will help folks move carts. Eliminating the safety hazards that people typically run into. Whether it be pinch points or getting their hands stuck between carts or just the strain from pushing or pulling carts all day long.
Host: I’m sure you have competition. How do you differentiate yourself from your competition?
Spang: So, the biggest thing we compete against is people - pushing carts manually, then fork trucks and there are other battery-powered type devices. We tend to compare ourselves against the those versus fork trucks or people and the big difference there is that we are about a tenth the size of our competition but create the same amount of push-pull force. Conversely, people tend to be the resource right? That’s always there and fork trucks tend to be there as well, so depending on space constraints folks tend to find that the CartMover is a very good solution to help ensure their people are going home happy and safe every evening.
Host: And healthy!
Spang: And healthy!
Host: Where can our viewers go for more information about CartMover?
Spang: You can find us on our website at www.cart-mover.com
Host: Well Matt, thank you so much for joining us today.
Spang: Thanks Jeff.
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