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How logistics can simplify automation processes and operations management
ProMat’s return after a four-year absence showed a greater emphasis on robotics and how logistics improvements can make automation better in manufacturing facilities.
Manufacturing orders down almost 20% in January
January manufacturing orders dropped almost 20% from the same period in 2022, but general industry growth is still expected in 2023.
Equipment leasing increases in January
Overall new business volume for January was $8.8 billion, up 6% year-over-year from new business volume in January 2022.
Smart conveyance market expanding and maturing
The smart conveyance market is small and growing compared to traditional conveyor systems, but manufacturers are taking notice and several big names are entering the market, according to Interact Analysis.
Engineering excellence achieved with digital weighing technology
Quality finished products begin before raw materials are ever combined
Five tips for preventing material handling injuries
Improving material handling can reduce costs associated with workplace injuries and labor turnover.
10 tips for achieving material handling safety
Making material handling safety a priority will improve the abysmal safety stats the manufacturing and warehousing industries currently have.
Three reasons material handling professionals use propane forklifts
Why electric forklifts aren’t as productive or clean as believed
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Feb. 7-13, 2022
Articles about seven challenges of load movement systems, compressor filtration best practiced delineated, material handling safety tips, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 7-13, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.
7 tech-related tips to ensure material handling safety
Technologies and software improvements enable advances in how goods makers manage inventory and space
Seven challenges of load movement systems
Every material handling solution has unique characteristics, which underscore the challenge of finding the optimal solution
Anticorrosion coating sets new benchmark
Rice engineers develop flexible, self-healing material to protect steel from the elements.
Smart conveyors streamline wet wipes packaging challenges
Smart conveying solutions enable high-speed throughput of delicate wet wipes
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 10-16, 2021
Articles about how to keep spare part inventories accurate for maintenance departments, what a bad or non-existent maintenance program costs manufacturers, and why commodity casters cause injuries were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 10-16, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Why commodity casters cause injuries
Commodity casters are workplace injuries waiting to happen
Seven shortcomings of commodity casters
The right application-specific casters and wheels can help optimize workflow
Smart, compact electromechanical actuators improve AGV productivity and space efficiency
Integration with AGVs on plant floors increases operational intelligence
Fundamentals of forklift safety
Keep employees safe and productive by reinforcing these safety reminders
Supply chain show releases statement on coronavirus, adds education panel
MODEX 2020 in Atlanta is not being delayed; education panel on COVID-19 related to supply chain has been added for attendees.
How air casters optimize factory flexibility
Integrated air bearings make it possible to implement a reconfigurable system to improve or supplement manufacturing floor changes.
Manufacturing technology orders decline
Manufacturing orders overall declined in August 2019, but there was some growth in the Southeast and Northeast did show increases in their respective regions.
Reader forum – 1970-01-01
Cooking oil controversyI am writing regarding the ReaderForum submission, "Consider the codes" (PE, January 2001, p 7).In the part about using cooking oil to stop evaporation of water in traps, the letter's author makes a fundamental logic error in interpreting the plumbing code. I do not have a copy of that code so I am assuming that he quoted all relevant sections accurately in making his de...
Technique developed to join aluminum to steel
Friction stir dovetailing is effective in joining thicker metal structures such as aluminum to steel.
Mild steel welding: find the right filler
Understand the metal characteristics to make the right choice for steel welding.
Make the right choice on sample preconditioning
Follow the checklist to find the right way to sample and measure gases before it reaches the conditioning system near the analyzer.
AI and maintenance: Embracing the numbers
Hitachi-Sullair partnership focuses on optimizing repairs.
Despite tariff fears, PMI jumps 1.5 percentage points
Index hits 60.2% while manufacturers worry about trade war and supply chain issues.
Strengthen, secure the supply chain
As the modern supply chain gets more sophisticated, it’s important to integrate your data with your suppliers.
Time for a tougher tablet
Industrial-grade mobile devices are needed for harsh environments to make the most of the data being harvested by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Improving product flow in a food manufacturing facility
Improving product flow and reducing inefficiencies such as lack of automation and reducing the potential for injuries is crucial for a food manufacturing facility.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Jan. 15-21
Articles about 2018 System Integrator Giants, Maintenance and Safety Digital Report, robots and manufacturing, getting rid of VFD wires, and metal and lubrication interactions were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 15-21. Were you out? You can catch up here.
“What is your Torque worth?” webcast: Your questions answered
Baldor's Kyle Verploegen answers questions about motor efficiency that were not addressed during the live webcast.
2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Kendra King, 33
Process Controls Leader, Ascend Performance Materials, Decatur, Ala.
Large-capacity heated coatings tank
The Spraymaster 60 Gallon Heated Coatings Tank is designed to hold, heat, and blend a coating material.
The VTC-805E Machining Center is designed with increased Y-axis stroke, a long bed/table size, high spindle speed and torque, and SmoothG CNC control for efficient, powerful machining
The VpCI-368 corrosion-inhibiting coating is more powerful with the addition of extra vapor-phase corrosion inhibitors. VpCI-368 is designed to provide protection for metal substrates exposed to harsh outdoor conditions.
EcoShield 386 water based coating
EcoShield 386 water based coating powered by Nano VpCI is a water based corrosion inhibitor that protect metal structures in extremely harsh outdoor conditions with a thin high gloss clear coat.
ZIPport line of wiring products
ZIPport line of wiring products includes Mini Size 1 cables, cordsets, field-wireable connectors, T-couplers and bulkhead receptacles.
Large capacity 6-axis robots
The line of RV-F Series 6-axis robots to meet the demands of advanced automated manufacturing processes.
Mini power distribution series connectors
Mini power distribution series connectors for harsh manufacturing environments.
Picking through the layers to uncover efficiency, accuracy
A layer-picking system can improve efficiency and fulfillment, but requires more complex systems.
Strategic planning for food processors series
Six elements of a thorough situation analysis.
Frequency drives with NEMA 4X/IP66 enclosures
AC10 variable frequency drives features AC motor speed control with NEMA 4X/IP66 enclosures that provides protection for plant floor applications in dust and water resistant housing for harsh environments.
Power combiners operating up to 6 GHz
RF Power combiners are ideal for systems using components such as power amplifiers, antenna feeds, attenuators, and switches for combining individual power amplifiers together in a large power block.
Wearable technology for order picking
Transceiver strap wireless remote for QuickPick Remote order picking system, which provides warehouse and distribution an additional wearable option for operators.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 24-30: Absorption cooling, Lean equipment maintenance, manufacturing maintenance practices, more
Articles about absorption cooling, sustaining Lean equipment maintenance, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, five VFD myths, and Lean's relevance in today's economy were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 24-30. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Electromechanical heavy duty cylinder
The EMC-HD units are suitable for machinery and equipment as well as for outdoor use. Users can integrate them for intelligent energy management, reducing power consumption and CO2 emissions.
Industry trend talk: Using steam tracing for process
Heat tracing can be used to heat a variety of products. Understanding the basics of sizing and installing external line tracing will help you apply it effectively.
Unusual flush plans for mechanical seals
API-682 edition highlights five plans that can be of benefit.
Dust collection projects: 8 tips to ensure success
Review the project plans and make sure to get all departments involved.
Inventory management: from RFID to the #2 pencil
There are many choices to assemble the right supply chain solution.
Compressed air efficiency at a distance
Remote monitoring tools allow effective measurement when no one is around. An optimized compressed air system is integral to a manufacturing facility’s success. Remote monitoring is a vital part of compressed air system optimization and offers a highly efficient strategy on the pathway to the connected plant.
Wear-resistant ceramic coatings
Reactive maintenance procedures force the plant to make quick fixes where parts are reinforced, patched, rebuilt, or completely replaced to get back up and running as soon as possible. If repaired or replaced parts are put back into service without somehow protecting the parts against recurrent damage, the service life of that equipment will be less predictable.
Planning your move crucial in parts management upgrades
Review inventory, assess space and customer needs before making changes.
Copper or PVC: which is better for your facility?
Among facility managers and maintenance engineers, there is an ongoing debate over whether copper or PVC piping is superior. Each type of piping has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. We’ll look at both types of piping so you can weigh the pros and cons to get a better idea of what piping best suits your facility.
Designing packaging from the outside in
AME report: Innovative approaches can cut shipping cost significantly.
4 reports predict steady growth for robotics
Four recent research reports covering service robots, vision guided robotics, material handling robots, and robot component speed reducers, all predict steady growth, particularly in China.
Understanding cavitation: friend or foe?
We are going to discuss the destructive side of cavitation, a dynamic force almost always unwanted and unexpected.
Maraging steel electrodes
The maraging steel electrodes have high toughness levels at maximum tensile strength which are also much appreciated in the Tool & Die manufacturing industry.
Pneumatic impact wrench
The 2235 Series Impactool, a brand new pneumatic impact wrench, was created to be the new go-to impact wrench for automotive technicians and industrial workers.
Hydraulic lift and tilt table
The BEHLTT series of hydraulic lift and tilting tables offer an ergonomic handling aid for workers in industrial facilities.
Top takeaways from AUTOMATICA 2014
AUTOMATICA reminds you that there's a whole lot of "stuff" going on inside a robot.
Business accelerator model helps you rethink your path to profitability
Key to streamlining supplier relationships is to change your approach to value-added information
The dual-wheel design essentially doubles the load capacity of the single-wheel series.
MHI Roadmap paves the way to material handling future
With an accelerating supply chain, the manufacturing industry now faces 10 major issues, study finds.
Supply chain industry must close gap in innovation investment
MHI study finds companies understand the technology available but are slow to ramp up their capital expenditures
Innovation a key component in supply chain
If manufacturing is poised to have a big year in 2014, one of the biggest potential areas for growth is the material handling sector. The movement of materials from the front door to the back door—and the management of the supply chain on either side—is growing in importance as a way to manage costs and generate efficiency throughout the manufacturing process. As MHI prepares to stage the 2014 MODEX Show in Atlanta, George W. Prest, CEO of MHI, discussed the growth opportunities the challenges facing material handling with Plant Engineering.
Market for AMOLED Light-Emitting materials set to surge in 2014
With a flood of new competitors set to initiate or increase the production of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels next year, demand for materials used to make AMOLEDs is forecast to rise by nearly 27 percent in 2014.
Advanced module for welding
The Power Wave Advanced Module has AC welding capability to run aluminum processes and its welding system can perform several processes
2013 Product of the Year finalists: Manual Material Handling
Finalists in the Manual Material Handling category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
2013 Product of the Year finalists: Material Handling Systems
Finalists in the Material Handling Systems category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
Study identifies 10 ways to improve supply chain efficiency
Tennessee study looks at ways to improve data management, get more collaboration
Decoding “efficiency” for mechanical draft fans
Indoor air quality: In the industrial sector, efficiency is a hot topic, and one increasingly relevant to the design of mechanical draft fans
Investment in excellence
One plant's improved productivity and quality was repaid when the company expanded the facility
Modern air curtains conserve energy, maintain comfort
Block air movement, invisibly
Diesel pneumatic tire lift trucks
The DP40N1-DP55N1 Series features a new diesel engine that meets energy efficiency standards and has a maintenance-free emissions system
Lift truck holds up its end – after 68 years
Yale designated a Pennsylvania company’s vehicle as its oldest operational lift truck in the U.S.
What’s leaking, dock?
Plugging your air and light gaps can avoid an unwelcome delivery at loading areas.
Data tracking is on the move at ProMat
Suppliers are watching when, where, and how material moves through the plant.
MHI is the new face of material handling trade group
Association rebrands, will relaunch under new logo at ProMat Show Jan. 21
Crown study: Attitudes around material handling systems changing
Study finds technology a major driver of change in industry
White Paper: Hyster: Maximize Uptime and Profits Through Effective Fleet Management Practices
This white paper helps any operation with a fleet of lift truck equipment to effectively and efficiently manage that fleet.
Siemens Industry to open S.C. plant in 2012
Transportation, workforce attract mechanical drives division facility to Maudlin
Building a better warehouse instead of a bigger one
Sovena USA was able to address space issues within its operation without adding any more bricks or mortar.
Quality manufacturing, community involvement address challenges of competing in global market
Key executives at The Raymond Corp. discuss the challenges of competing in the global material handling market.
White Paper: Hormann Flexon: Speed-Commander 1400 SEL Food-Master High Performance Door Delivers Energy Control for Fast-Paced Food Processing Applications
The Food-Master design allows you to select only the stainless steel components you need without paying for unnecessary options.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Maintenance as a profit center
Implementing a Lean system requires leadership and patience
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Lift truck fleet maintenance needs a comprehensive plan
Properly planning a lift truck fleet and implementing a service schedule are critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity.
2200 Series conveyor with Precision Move technology
The WP 3000 Series Walkie Pallet Truck
New tests for safer reactors
Operating a nuclear reactor causes progressive microstructural changes in the alloys used in cladding, and that can hurt the materials’ integrity.
Pneumatic tire lift trucks
The 2EPC5000 - 2EP6500 series of pneumatic tire lift trucks
HHF-SD1 series of hot-wire thermistor anemometer
In the Plant: The right mix for success
Energy and maintenance excellence deliver uptime at the Chelsea Milling plant.
Permanent, electromagentic pulleys
A series of powerful magnetic pulleys designed for automatic separation of heavy tramp iron contaminants.
Grasp control, and find the power to change
Every manufacturer has the same goal of creating a productive plant – and each faces the same hurdles to achieve it.
The first step in choosing your palletizing equipment is analyzing the full range of products and packaging types running on your line.
POY Finalist: Lift truck integrated scale
Finalist in Material Handling Systems in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
POY Finalist: AC lift truck
Finalist in Material Handling Systems in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
2011 POY Finalists: Manual Material Handling
Finalists in Manual Material Handling in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
George Prest to head MHIA
Succeeds Nofsinger as CEO of material handling association.
Comprehensive conveyor maintenance plan reduces tension
Maintenance personnel need to be up-to-date on the latest procedures in order to detect any and all issues in their conveyor. By following simple maintenance procedures, members of the maintenance team can ensure that conveyors will keep product moving for years to come.
In Depth: Taking a big step to establish a global footprint
Martin Engineering VP Jim Turner discusses the company's recent expansion into the Jiangsu Province of China.
Don’t overlook your forks in maintenance inspection
If you’re not inspecting your forks at least every 12 months, you are not in compliance with ASME/ANSI B56.1-2000.
Second Crown Equipment facility achieves zero landfill status
Crown Equipment Corporation has released its 2010 global ecological report, one of the main highlights being a second zero landfill
Gas Technology: Better process furnaces
Furnace energy improvements for the metal casting and heat treating industries
Life-cycle costing strategy delivering financial benefit
What separates the top performers is a focus on the factors they can control - including maintaining efficient operations and analyzing the total life-cycle costs of their equipment
Lift truck fleet management: 10 steps to stay on track
Lift truck fleet management is as much about the management as the vehicles in the fleet. Pat DeSutter, the director of fleet management at NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. offers 10 ways to get your fleet aligned with your strategic needs.
Transporter material handling magnets line expands
IMI expands material handling magnet line, offering an electric-free means of movement
AC-powered Lift Truck features ADS
Hyster’s E30-40XN Series offers quality, ergonomics; creating an operator-friendly AC-powered lift truck.
Linear drives features high thrust option, doubles thrust without increasing drive size
Linear Drives by Amacoil-Uhing now available with extra bearing options, increases axial thrust capacity without having to upgrade to larger model
Baumer EtherCAT encoders minimize cabling
Baumer’s Absolute ATD EtherCAT Encoders simplify communication between drives, control systems in multi-I/O equipment.
BEST PRACTICES: Space utilization
Warehouse and distribution center managers constantly face the challenge to efficiently utilize space – and therefore reduce costs – while selecting material handling solutions that are specific to their applications and needs
Meet the 2010 Product of the Year finalists
This year’s finalists attacked some of the most pressing issues in manufacturing – energy efficiency, plant floor maintenance, automation systems and safety. Those four core principles of effective manufacturing are also four of the toughest areas for many manufacturers to address. This year, our Product of the Year Finalists make those tasks just that much easier.
2010 POY Finalists: Material Handling Systems
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Material Handling Systems category.
GAS TECHNOLOGY: Air Curtains Can Make a Difference
Invisible Wall to Separate Environments
Take 8 steps to debug process control system
A strategic approach to identifying and debugging system shortfalls doesn’t have to be an overwhelming proposition, and this article certainly isn’t intended to introduce anything as sophisticated or complicated as a SCADA system.
GAS TECHNOLOGY: Dryer technology on the move
heat exchangers are installed on dryer exhaust air. The heat recovered is used to pre-heat dryer makeup air. This type of heat recovery typically reduces energy usage by 10-15%, but savings can be much higher in certain applications.
Progressive growth for material handling
John Nofsinger, CEO of the Material Handling Industry of America, talks about how his organization and his industry sector are preparing for this year's event and the recovery at hand.
The custom size and weight capacity roll-out shelving storage system line has adjustable blocking to accommodate storage of multiple different size items on a single shelf and provide flexibility as your material handling needs change. These custom storage racks provide easy and organized access to cylinders, tooling, round bar alloys, molds and other hard to store industrial items on ergonomic...
Material handling systems
The Real Time Solutions product family includes pick-to-light, pick-to-voice, pick-to-cart, RF picking and order fulfillment software, and is installed in more than 300 systems in North America. The Crisplant tilt-tray and cross-belt sorters feature linear synchronous motors (LSM) for up to 75% reduction in energy, and are ideal for high-speed applications with a wide variety of product sizes a...
The new Steps to Safety educational program assists an employer in teaching pedestrians how to act responsibly in environments where lift trucks are operated. The training program includes a DVD, presentation materials with an end-of-program review, and a participant handout. The Steps To Safety program is uniquely designed to target the pedestrian, rather than the lift truck operator.
Pedestrian safety focus of Raymond series
Steps to Safety looks at material handling issues
ProMat, robotics shows to combine forces in 2011
Material Handling Industry of America and the Automation Technologies Council announced that ProMat and The International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show will collocate in 2011. Both exhibitions will be held March 21-24, 2011 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. ATC is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association, Automated Imaging Association and Motion Control Association.
ABB Robots highlight Ford productivity, efficiency at Detroit Auto Show 2010
Robotics from ABB are helping with Ford manufacturing productivity and working to deliver a fuel efficiency message at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Seven uncommon applications for IR thermometers
Savvy maintenance professionals know that infrared, non-contact thermometers fit beautifully into motors, drive and electrical maintenance. Simply scan the equipment while it's operational and look for components that are running hotter than they should be. Find problems before they burn up, and you save money and time.
Reusable bulk containers
These reusable bulk containers are available in a choice of durable polyethylene materials to ensure the ideal plastic container is specified to match the bulk density and other properties of the intended cargo while reducing risk of over-specifying.
T-Line 40-mm series incremental rotary encoders are available in standard inch shaft and coupling sizes. The encoders come standard with an integral 2-meter cable, and provide output resolution up to 1,024 ppr in an IP54-rated housing. They require a 4.75-30 Vdc supply voltage. The encoders are ideal for most light- to medium-duty applications in the material handling, packaging and printing in...
Sealing choices offer flexibility
When specifying piping systems for industrial plants, engineers have an important role in addressing and alleviating challenges for the contractor and the owner, both during project design and construction and throughout the facility's life cycle. Mechanical pipe joining is a method used on a variety of utility service and process piping applications in thousands of industrial manufacturing fac...
Sucking the waste from housekeeping practices
Five ways industrial vacuum systems add to the bottom line
IP67 power connectors
A-size 3- and 4-pin 7/8 16UN powerfast connectors provide up to 600 V and 15 A of power in a modular wiring design. The IP67-rated connectors are designed to handle high-current applications for machine power distribution, while delivering resistance to vibration commonly associated with conveyors, motors and material handling applications.
Cooling for electrical enclosures
These cooling units for industrial electrical enclosures are offered in NEMA Type 12, NEMA Type 3R/4 and stainless steel NEMA Type 4/4X designs, with operating voltages of 115 Vac, 230 Vac or 460 Vac for a total of 18 new models.
Slow movement toward predictive maintenance seen in Tennessee study
Production throughput and being cost competitive are as important as ever. Understanding what is attainable and implementing reliability and maintenance best practices can provide that opportunity. This benchmarking study is a repeat of a similar effort performed in 1991. It will be published in two parts.
A line of vacuum system components for building and repairing robotics, automation, pick-and-place and EOAT includes a variety of suspensions, fittings, brackets, and suction cups.
Selecting the right low-voltage power fuse
Users have a variety of criteria to consider when choosing fuses
Machine communications a response to workforce shortage?
Communication has been a function of plant machinery for a long time. Machines communicate when there’s a problem, alerting operators of the issue. Machines communicate data on their condition or the level of production. They can communicate with each other about any number of things. Is the next step for them to take action on issues?
Using ERP to make lot tracking a precise process
In pharma manufacturing, getting to the source of a problem is critical
Storage systems integrator, manufacturer join forces
Boston Rack International, Inc., an integrator of material handling equipment solutions based in North Easton, MA, is joining forces with storage solutions company Base Manufacturing, Monroe, GA, to become a full-service integrator and warehouse storage solutions manufacturer.
Record numbers achieved at ProMat 2009
The well-attended biennial event brought a thaw to the brisk Chicago winter and showed that maybe, in some sectors, the frigid economy may be beginning to thaw as well.
Hoisting innovation for safety, productivity and ergonomics
In this age where manufacturers constantly search for ways to cut costs while increasing production, initiatives such as Lean manufacturing, ergonomics and safety influence their needs. They demand tools that can accommodate multitasking, that are designed to handle product swiftly and securely without damaging it and protect workers from repetitive motion injuries, but also are built with oper...
What a ride!
It would be an understatement to say that 2008 was quite a tumultuous year. From a massacre on a university campus to the election of a new president to the troubles in the U.S. economy to the near-extinction of the major U.S.-based auto makers – what a ride!
Technology, workforce, education on ProMat 2009 menu
Looking for new ways to move inventory throughout your facility or finished product out the door to distributors and retailers? If so, ProMat 2009 may be a good place to start looking for solutions. The biennial event, sponsored by the Material Handling Institute of America, returns to Chicago's McCormick Place Jan.
Dense phase conveyors
CycloLok dense phase conveyors are designed to handle highly abrasive and friable materials, and to withstand harsh environments.
Construction, Buildings & Grounds
Barrier system The Spanguard safety barrier can stop up to 200 pounds of force with minimal deflection. Designed to separate and define work areas, the system features a 36-inch-tall curtain that stands 48 inches off the floor when in use. The system is engineered for easy installation and relocation; one person can operate it.
‘Slim’ pickings for order fulfillment: Vertical lift modules elevate Lean distribution goals
For many companies, achieving a Lean distribution environment begins with reducing lead times and lot sizes while increasing flexibility to achieve consistent results. With a flexible operation in place, companies can respond to changing market needs rather than rescheduling orders and inventory within a traditional optimization plan.
Next-generation PC control software
This version PC control software supports development, deployment and operation of high-value automated control systems for material handling and manufacturing.
Products, sustainability and market conditions drive NA 2008 attendees
Over its first two days, the NA 2008 Material Handling and Logistics Show, held April 21-24 at Cleveland’s I-X Center, enjoyed good size crowds in the morning that seemed to dwindle slightly in the afternoon.
AC motor brakes
UNIBRAKE AC motor brakes are spring-applied and feature fewer moving parts to reduce downtime for stop/hold applications found in material handling and food processing, among others.
Line of rollers includes cushion rollers, solid versions, finned, and drives roller designs.
Kaman subsidiary acquires Industrial Supply Corporation
Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation recently completed its acquisition of Richmond, VA-based Industrial Supply Corporation
Products, sustainability, and market conditions drive NA 2008
The show on material handling and logistics featured some new product introductions and a focus on a topic that is rapidly gaining interest throughout industry: sustainability
Picking robotic tooling for palletizing
Today’s manufacturers have started looking downstream more and more for automation opportunities. And when they do, more of them are choosing robotic systems.
Toyota to manufacture tractors at Indiana plant
Toyota announced this week that its Columbus, IN-based manufacturing plant, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc., will begin manufacturing the company’s line of diesel tow tractors.
Kaman to acquire Industrial Supply Corporation
Kaman Corp. recently announced that its subsidiary, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Richmond, VA-based Industrial Supply Corporation.
The Mini-Unscrambler conveyor orients cases into a single-file line at rates of up to 100 cartons per minute for induction into high-speed material handling systems. It has a standard length of 15w feet and edge-aligns cartons to deliver them in a single-line orientation. Applications include uses in pre-sorter induction areas, manual or automated de-palletizing cells and manual repack areas.
Brushless AC motor
The HypAC brushless permanent magnet AC motor features an integrated controller, accepts 24 to 80 VDC inputs and provides output from 1 to 5 kW.
The ST70L and ST100 are part of the Presto ST Series of multi-purpose robots. Designed for use in mounting spot welding guns, their wrist torque supports large material handling grippers. The robots have a 60,000-hour MTBF and an optional integrated dress package. Nachi Robotic Systems Inc. www.nachirobotics.
Fuel cell refueling time reduced, Raymond study finds
The Raymond Corporation announced yesterday that its research into hydrogen fuel cell-powered lift truck performance has led to some interesting findings. The research commenced in January, at its Greene, NY, manufacturing facility.
Seeing a better future: Simulation software renders optimal plant layout before construction
MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, a heavy-duty truck manufacturer based in Munich, Germany, is substantially cutting the cost of building a new production facility by using the simulation capabilities of the DELMIA Process Engineer software package from Dassault Systemes.
Top Plant: GEMA: Sticking with the game plan
Rows and rows of CNC machines stretch through the 1.1 million square foot Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance facility in Dundee, MI. Hundreds of yards of conveyors cut a path through – and in some cases over – the manufacturing floor.
Tomorrow’s factories will evolve in design, function
Today’s industrial manufacturing facility is a marvelous integration of process and facility. Before we analyze its current state and theorize about its future, let’s take a moment to recall its history and evolution. Near the start of the 20th century, architect Albert Kahn became one of the early inventors of the automobile factory, and in 1914 was commissioned to design Henry For...
Motor control center data offers maintenance insight
One piece of equipment that is increasingly being incorporated into a plant’s network is the motor control center.
White paper examines role of ergonomics in integrated Lean strategies
A recent publication by Material Handling Industry of America emphasizes the importance of integrating Lean and ergonomic concepts with material handling equipment solutions.
Molded M27 multifast 26- and 28-pin connectors provide power and signals to factory automation equipment in the automotive, semiconductor and material handling industries. The cordsets and receptacles are suitable replacements for D-Sub (DB-25) style connectors in industrial settings where DB-25 connectors are limited to 30 V and low current.
Integrated programming software
RSLogix v16 programming software allows GuardLogix users to control multiple axis robot applications. It features user-defined add-on instructions; and integrated drives configuration for faster setup, improved accuracy and easier drive maintenance. Robot control allows users to manage material handling, processing equipment and robot with one architecture.
FAST Suite Enterprise is a software tool that provides access to critical operational data about automated material handling systems. The software allows users to make informed decisions on how to improve efficiency and throughput by allowing access to operating information. Features include the ability to secure access to real-time operational data, enhanced operational statistics, browser-bas...
Manufacturing leaders mark milestones in 2007
PLANT ENGINEERING’s 60th anniversary celebration isn’t the only major commemoration in manufacturing in 2007. Many companies reached important milestones as well. The Raymond Corporation: 85th anniversary The Raymond Corporation rededicated its Muscatine, IA plant in September as the company’s only Class III lift truck manufacturing facility in North America.
The Perpetual Merge system features increased throughput with continuous-motion in-feed and consistent product merging. The system runs at a slower constant speed, which meets the required throughput rate and results in less maintenance and a longer service life. The system has a small footprint and requires a small amount of floor space due to the elimination of the accumulation conveyor, whic...
The age of Wal-Mart, and the future of waste
There was an interesting front page story recently in the Wall Street Journal about Wal-Mart. The point was fairly straightforward – the age of Wal-Mart has come and gone. As you would expect, the article detailed some of the global retailer’s difficulties of late. But the real centerpiece was the claim that the age of supplying goods at the lowest prices, the Wal-Mart credo, has co...
MHIA affiliate presents awards
The College Industry Council on Material Handling Education recently announced the winners of the 2007 Outstanding Material Handling & Logistics Content Award Competition
FreeFlow disposition options keep inventory moving in harmony with the sales channel
When SanDisk, a Milpitas, Calif.-based manufacturer of flash storage card products, received MP3 players back from its sales channel, it sought to clear the inventory rather than hold it or reprocess it. It turned to inventory asset management services provider FreeFlow for assistance. “As is often the case in such situations, manufacturers want to differentiate these types of products f...
Chem Show, Automation Fair highlight October trade events
Occupying the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Chem Show 2007 features the nanotechnology and nano-bio convergence symposium and workshop, a gathering to discuss the continuing emergence and application of this cutting-edge technology. Some of the top nanoscientists and business leaders in the world will be on hand to discuss the ramifications of nanotechnology and ...
Warehouse management system offers raw materials visibility throughout processing
Targeted particularly for consumer packaged goods, food and beverage manufacturers, the system offers raw material controls throughout production and finished goods.
NACCO Materials Handling Group partners with Intermec to sell lift truck technology
Intermec has entered into an aftermarket reselling agreement with NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), to provide vehicle-mount computers, handheld bar-code scanners and RFID technology equipment for NMHG's Hyster and Yale brand lift trucks.
Caterpillar investment in China, plans to build small and medium diesel engines
The company has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Wuxi National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone outlining a significant, multi-year investment to develop and manufacture Perkins and Caterpillar-branded engines in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China.
Trade show season heats up
As the heat and humidity of summer begins to fade to the cool and arid conditions of fall, the trade show and conference season really begins to heat up. Whether your primary interest is maintenance, wireless technology or a turnkey solution for a process; safety; electrical or mechanical engineering; automation or something else; there's certain to be a show or a conference in the coming month...
FKI Logistex opens technology and education center
The facility features demonstrations of new sortation innovations, picking technologies and controls and software solutions and allows visitors to test their own products and containers on the equipment.
MHIA names Forger new senior VP
Gary Forger, previously editorial director for Reed Business Information publication Modern Materials Handling magazine, has been appointed senior vice president of professional development for Material Handling Industry of America. He has covered the material handling and logistics industry and the use of its technology in warehousing, distribution and manufacturing since 1984.
Suitable for conveyor, small motor and material handling applications, three and four-pin M16 powerfast connectors provide up to 15 Amps of current in a small molded body. The cordsets are available with a tray-rated, exposed-run PVC flexlife cable, and all connectors provide IEC IP67 protection and are rated for 600 VAC/VDC.
Mini soft starts
Altistart 01 mini soft starts come in three different performance levels to meet the needs of fractional and low-horsepower single-phase and three-phase asynchronous motors with varying horsepower.
Material Handling Industry of America makes Forger senior vice president
Former Modern Materials Handling editorial director covered material handling since 1984.
The Kapton heater kit has thin, flexible heaters with adhesive backing to conform to most flat or curved surfaces.
MHIA co-publishes guide for ergonomic manual material handling operations
The Material Handing Industry of America, in conjunction with four other organizations, has co-published Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling . The 68-page guide offers tips for recognizing hazardous manual material handling applications and offers alternative procedures to reduce physical requirements. Click here for more information about the guide.
RIA researches hybrid sensor technology for material handling
Combining multiple sensors delivers better information
MHIA releases 2007 forecast, outlines key issues
The latest Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing (MHEM) forecast was released at the Material Handling Industry of America ’s Roundtable of Industry Leaders, held in February in Naples, FL. In addition to releasing the forecast, the roundtable outlined a number of issues facing the material handling and logistics industry. An overview of the market in 2006 showed new orders growing 10% over 2005, setting a record high for the series at $26.3 billion. Shipments grew 13.7% in 2006, the report said.
When source capture isn’t an option
Source capture and ambient systems for collecting contaminants include hoods, ducting, air-cleaning devices and air-moving devices like fans, along with separate hoods and ducting. Capturing contaminants at the point of generation before they can escape into the ambient air is always the recommended approach, but many factors in plant layouts can make a source capture system impractical.
The SLB Silver Series lever hoists features a light-weight construction and impact resistance for durability. The lever hoists are suitable for a variety of material handling and industrial applications, including maintenance and repairs, utilities, oil refineries, steel mills and foundries, shipbuilding and general construction.
MHIA offers Lean tips, case histories
Lean manufacturing is the management philosophy of reducing waste in manufactured products or any type of business. Achieving the beginning stages of Lean is fairly easy; it's taking it to the next level that requires hard work, dedication, and in many cases, the right equipment. "Lean manufacturing is all about managing your processes with the goal being a measurable return-on-investment for your efforts at implementing change, however simple or sophisticated that change may be," said Dick Ward, executive vice president, Material Handling Industry of America . "You can achieve the first steps of Lean relatively easily, and then you reach a point where you have to look for the next opportunity." In “Slimming Down with Technology,” the Material Handling Industry of America cites six companies that successfully implemented Lean techniques in their material handling operations.
New catalog offers more products for unplanned needs
Grainger's expanded product offering is featured in the company's newly redesigned catalog. The 2007 edition features more than 138,000 facilities maintenance products. With more than 3,000 pages of product and technical information, the catalog offers enhanced search and selection tools to help customers quickly find the products they need. “Our customers told us they turn to our catalog as a reference tool for sourcing facilities maintenance products,” said Kevin Peters, senior vice president of supply chain management for Grainger.
January’s ProMat deemed successful
As a harbinger of the continued economic vitality of the material handling and logistics industry, U.S. and international attendees registered in record numbers for ProMat 2007 at Chicago’s McCormick Place South. Attendance at the show and conference, sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America , grew three percent to more than 35,000. Reflecting the growing global nature of the event, attendees from 100 countries and six continents were welcomed by ProMat's International Visitors Center. "Visitors and exhibitors agree that ProMat 2007 was a tremendous success for them.
Automation, Lean join forces to keep products moving
Ever since Henry Ford perfected what has become the modern-day assembly line, manufacturers have attempted to improve the concept. It continues today as companies demand their plant personnel to continually do more with less. Whether it’s through installing new machines to increase throughput, incorporating new controls and components to make those machines run more efficiently or reconfi...
Discovering the right time and the right place
If manufacturing is organized chaos, then the warehouse is where that organization lives – or where the chaos lives. The process of making things works only if you have someplace to receive the raw materials, and then someplace to send the finished goods. The ingress and egress of materials through a plant is critical to the process itself, and it is that process that brought plant manage...
Driving quality through process consistency
A recent MESA Webcast discussed the importance of consistency in material handling and processing activities in the plant to the overall product quality. Manufacturing Business Technology was the media sponsor of this Webcast, which can be downloaded from the MESA Website by clicking here .
MHIA provides outlook on industry, offerings at ProMat
It was a steadying message coming from the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) during its press conference, held Tuesday as part of the ProMat 2007 trade show being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Following MHIA’s CEO John Nofsinger’s opening remarks, Brian McNamara, executive chairman, Material Handling Industry and president of Southworth International Group, detailed where the material handling industry has been over the past year and where it’s headed in the years ahead. “Like any other industry, like any other market segment, we have cycles. We have our ups, we have our downs,” said McNamara, as he cited growth the industry has seen over the past three years. Through October 2006, new orders grew at an annual rate of 8.6% to close at $26.4 billion, and shipments grew 14.7%, closing at $25.8 billion.
Blog! Five Fast Things For January 10, 2007
1. Successful warehouse management: A presentation by the Aberdeen Group at the ProMat Show in Chicago Tuesday highlighted the results of their new study that focused on best practices in warehousing. The study’s findings were discussed at a Webcast conducted by our sister publication, Modern Materials Handling, and that Webcast will be available at their Website, www.mmh.com .
Blog! Five Fast Things for January 8, 2007
1. Welcome back to 2007! The opening show of 2007 is this week’s ProMat Show in Chicago’s McCormick Place. For those of you who spend your year on the road at trade events, you know it’s the start of another busy year on the road.
Contactless energy transfer: Mobile power on the go
Many plant engineers or production system designers can tell you that electrical wiring is the bane of their existence. From installing the wires to rewiring as production lines need to be changed to repairing damaged cables and connections, electrical wiring represents an ongoing cost and risk for downtime in manufacturing plants.
When a plan comes together
Imagine this: you manage a major automotive manufacturing plant where every two-seat roadster and every SUV that the company sells worldwide is manufactured. Two vehicles on opposite ends of the continuum, right? It's not unusual to have two vehicles that differ so much roll out of the same plant. Now imagine this: both of these vehicles roll off of the same assembly line.
Driving continuous improvement
We have the same equipment as our competitors, said Tom Zawacki, general manager, general administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc., Kentucky (TMMK). “We use the same raw materials. They come from the same suppliers.” “When people come here, they ask, 'What’s that silver bullet? What’s that thing that makes Toyota different?’” added Rick Hesterbe...
Toyota raises bar with environmentally friendly 8-Series lift truck
Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. unveiled Thursday its line of 8-Series lift trucks. The line includes models featuring load-handling capabilities ranging from 3,000 to 6,500 pounds, internal combustion cushion and pneumatic tires.
The Lifter-2 portable worksite lifter is suitable for positioning loads where they are needed. A rugged design that is easily maneuvered, the winch-operated jib crane can lift loads of up to 500 pounds. Standard features include an all-welded-steel construction with a painted finish, a removable lifting platform and boom and swivel casters and push handles for maneuverability.
2006 Finalists Product of the Year
The best of 2006’s product innovation are presented in the 19th annual PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year balloting. Picking this year’s winners is now in our readers’ hands. Literally. This year’s balloting will be conducted electronically. Each of PLANT ENGINEERING’s qualified subscribers – those who have told us they have buy/specify responsibilities in...
Grainger opens first master branch in China
Grainger, a North American provider of facility maintenance products, announced Tuesday the opening of its first facility in China. Located in the Shanghai suburb of Minhang, the facility will initially stock approximately 20,000 products. Guaranteed availability of products in multiple categories will make it easy and convenient for customers to get the right solution when they need it, the company reported. Grainger also recently published a Chinese language catalogue featuring all the products carried in the master branch and has launched a Website at www.grainger.com.cn, making it easy for customers in China to find and order everything they need from one source. "Grainger is honored to be a part of the rapidly expanding economy in China," said Richard L.
Material handling manufacturing outlook favorable through 2007
The forecast for material handling equipment manufacturing (MHEM) will continue to be favorable through 2007, according to the latest Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) quarterly MHEM History and Forecast.Material handling equipment manufacturing new orders grew at a record pace of 28.1% in 2005. MHIA forecasts continued growth of 11.0% to 13.0% in 2006, followed by slower growth in 2007 in the 3.5% to 5.0% range, closing out the most recent expansion phase of the MHEM business cycle. Material handling equipment manufacturing shipments grew 25.6% in 2005, while consumption grew 24.9%.
ProMat 2007 arrives at Chicago’s McCormick Place Jan. 8-11
ProMat 2007, sponsored by Material Handling Industry of America, will feature more than 700 exhibitors in the South building of Chicago’s McCormick Place from Jan. 8-11. Exhibits will represent all segments of the material handling and logistics industry, from traditional, manual equipment to computerized, automated systems.
Robin Moody named manager of MHIA conference programs
Richard E. Ward, executive vice president of professional development, Material Handling Industry of America, recently announced the advancement of Robin Moody to manager of conference programs. "I am extremely pleased to announce Robin's promotion. It is a position she has justly earned and one her seven years at MHIA have prepared her for,” Ward said.
AMT, Shafi reach software support accord
Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., a supplier of factory automation design, engineering and process consulting services, recently entered into an agreement with Shafi Inc, to provide engineering and software services and support for Shafi’s RELIABOT PC 3D vision software products. The effort is part of AMT’s ongoing machine vision initiative, providing integrators and end use...
Product of the Year deadline is Sept. 8
There will be two new categories when the 2006 Product of the Year nominees appear in the November issue of PLANT ENGINEERING . The Material Handling category has been expanded to include both Material Handling Systems and Manual Material Handling, and the Software category has been split to include Maintenance Software and Productivity Software. “The expanded categories reflect changes in the industry. This also gives us a better chance to honor more of the best innovations in plant floor products,” said PLANT ENGINEERING editor Bob Vavra. Entry deadline for the 2006 Product of the Year competition is Sept.
The endless journey
For some manufacturers, Lean manufacturing is a goal. For others, it is a destination. It shouldn’t be either one. Lean, like business itself, is a journey. It’s an ever-evolving way to get somewhere. It is not something like a goal or a destination; it’s not something you can achieve.
Top Plant, Product of the Year entry applications on Website
Fewer than two months remain before nominations close for PLANT ENGINEERING ’s two programs honoring the best in manufacturing. Application forms for the 19thannual Product of the Year competition and the third annual Top Plant award are now available online at www.plantengineering.com . Also available on the home page are stories about Hewlett Packard and S&C Electric, winners of the 2004 Top Plant award, as well as DaimlerChrysler, the 2005 winner. Also featured on the Website are all Product of the Year winners from the past two years. Receiving these awards meant a lot to the 2005 recipients. “We are delighted and honored to receive this Grand Award for Product of the Year 2005,” said New Standard president Michael Brown at this year’s award gala.
Toyota marks production of 250,000th lift truck
Toyota celebrated the production of its 250,000th lift truck Toyota executives, including Sonny Toyoda, president of TIEM; Tatsuo Matsuura, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Toyota Material Handling Group and Shankar Basu, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc., participated in the ceremony. The first lift truck rolled off the line at the Columbus facility in 1990. Since then, the plant has grown to nearly 800 associates, increased production more than 10-fold and tripled in physical size. "Toyota remains committed to serving the North American market," said Basu. "We thank our customers, dealers and associates who have helped Toyota achieve this important milestone.".
Infrared vs. gas-fired heat? Examine space to make the right choice
Large structures such as manufacturing complexes and warehouses present unique design challenges when it comes to developing heating system concepts. These buildings not only cover large areas, but they tend to be high-bay structures and have the potential for many overhead doors at the perimeter. Fixed equipment such as machine tools and conveyors can get in the way of heat distribution systems.
Myths and realities of asset optimization
Fueled by the introduction of intelligent field devices and automation platforms capable of collecting and reporting asset health information, much has been written about asset management and asset optimization recently. Consequently, there are a number of perceptions and misconceptions about what these terms mean, what they do and what is driving demand for them.
Stainless Steel Continuous Vertical Conveyors from TKF Inc. provide high speed up-and-down service with up to 40 loads a minute, have proven ideal for the packaging, food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. The conveyors offer numerous cost-efficient benefits, including simple, low-maintenance design, a wide selection of standardized units from modular components, and fully automatic oper...
Grainer adds to product catalog
Grainger is adding more than 39,000 products to its new 2006 catalog launching April 3. The expansion brings the number of products offered through its catalog to more than 115,000. The expanded offering consists of some 30,000 different fasteners such as screws, bolts and nuts and an additional 10,000 products spread across diverse product categories including electrical, cleaning, material handling, plumbing and ventilation. To celebrate the announcement the company commissioned a large fastener sculpture by well-known Chicago sculptor Erik Blome.
Manufacturing expansion seen into 2007
The manufacturing sector should be able to withstand some deceleration and continue its expansion through 2007, according to the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Industrial Outlook that analyzes 27 major industries. In a sign of consistent strength in manufacturing, fourth quarter 2005 figures show that 20 of the 27 industries tracked in the report had inflation-adjusted new orders or production above the level of one year ago, the third consecutive quarter that 20 industries have shown improvement, and thus indicating broad-based growth in the industrial sector. Top industry performers in the fourth quarter, recording year-over-year double-digit growth, were mining and oil and gas field machinery (32%); ventilation, heating, air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment (28%); communications equipment (26%); material handling equipment (23%); oil and gas well drilling (20%); electronic computers (19%); navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments (18%); aerospace product and parts (15%); and electrical equipment (11%). , writes that 11 industries are in the accelerating growth (recovery) phase of the business cycle; nine are in the decelerating growth (expansion) phase; six appear to be in the accelerating decline (either early recession or mid-recession) phase; and one—iron and steel products—is in the decelerating decline (late recession or very mild recession) phase of the cycle. “Consumer goods manufacturing grew at a moderate rate in the fourth quarter, material industries declined, but the capital equipment industries were very strong,” said Daniel J. Meckstroth, Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Chief Economist and author of the analysis. “High- tech manufacturing also grew rapidly in the fourth quarter.” Three industries are expected to enjoy double-digit growth in both 2006 and 2007:10%/10%). In addition, two other industries should see double-digit growth in 2006, communications equipment (19%) and navigation, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments (14%). The Alliance expects some deceleration in manufacturing industrial production, with import penetration bearing some responsibility as many industries continue to compete with foreign producers.
Educational conference, executive form to highlight NA 2006 in Cleveland
An education conference featuring a free executive forum will highlight the opening of NA 2006, sponsored by the Material Handling Institute of America. The event at Cleveland's I-X Center will offer expertise from industry leaders on breakthrough achievements in high performance supply chains. In addition, more than 60 free show floor educational seminars, an RFID education center, two detaile...
The ACS150 component drive line from ABB features innovations that don't require specialized drive knowledge. Offered in a 0.5 hp to 5.0 hp range and operating in V/Hz mode, the user interface incorporates the same logic as that found in higher-powered drives. The integrated control panel is designed for ease of use, with a backlit LCD display and ergonomically designed keypad buttons.
Four major events in two weeks offer knowledge and innovations
March comes in like a lion — and goes out with four major trade events in the final two weeks of the month. Each offers an overview of the latest technologies for general manufacturing as well as specific market segments, and each offers a chance to gain knowledge of the latest techniques in the industry.
NA 06 to look at supply chain achievements
When the 2006 Material Handling & Logistics Show and Conference (NA 2006) opens it's doors on March 27 at Cleveland's I-X Center it will include an Educational Conference featuring a free Executive Forum that will provide expertise from industry leaders on breakthrough achievements in high performance supply chains. In addition, over 60 free show floor educational seminars, an RFID Education Center, two detailed educational workshops and a two and one-half day short course outlining leading-edge equipment and technology solutions will be offered during the NA 2006 Educational Conference. Featuring top supply chain executives from Lucent Technologies, The Limited and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the NA 2006 Executive Forum will detail how they successfully transformed their supply chain and the bottom line achievements they attained as a result. Topics will include strategic decision-making, assessing and managing risk; and how to define and measure the returns from capital investments in supply chain infrastructure.
News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of February 6
NAM study warns of innovation gap Downward trends in U.S. manufacturing innovation pose a serious threat to America’s long-term economic growth and living standards, according to a new report released today by the Council of Manufacturing Associations and The Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers. “Our nation can not afford to lose its manufacturing innovation edge and the wealth that it generates throughout our economy,” said Jerry Jasinowski, president of The Manufacturing Institute, at a press conference Feb. 1. “One bright ray of light is U.S.
News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of Jan. 30
Study finds global growth potential in belt, chain drives market Rapidly expanding markets of Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific offer tremendous growth potential for manufacturers of belt and chain drives in North America. The challenge before manufacturers is to ensure a timely footprint in the emerging markets without losing focus on the established ones. Toward this end, proportionate allocation of resources in line with balanced growth strategy becomes imperative. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan ( www.powertransmissions.frost.com ), North American belt and chain drives market, reveals that revenue in this market totaled $2.09 billion in 2004 and projects to reach $2.79 billion in 2011. Another crucial issue is the rapid commoditization of belt and chain drive products, which leads to adverse price pressures and compels manufacturers to lower product prices. “Differentiation of the offerings in terms of better after-sales service and technological advancements can help mitigate the effects of price pressures,” says Frost & Sullivan power transmissions team leader Bhavdeep Virdee.
Register for NA 2006
Both registration and booth space are filling quickly for NA 2006, sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America. The event is slated for March 27 through March 30 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. NA 2006 focuses on the productivity solutions provided by material handling and logistics. The four-day event is designed to offer productivity solutions and information by showcasing the products and services of over 400 material handling and logistics providers. Industry professionals from the United States, Canada, Mexico and around the world are expected to attend.
News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of Jan. 9
Gouhin named ISA executive director Patrick Gouhin has been named executive director of ISA, and began with the organization on Jan. 3. “Pat's experience and aptitude make him an excellent choice to help our organization in this exciting period of renewal,” said ISA president Don Zee.
When preparing painting surfaces, touch all the bases
What makes a good paint job? Certainly, a well-specified coating system is one part of the equation. Another part is proper application of the coating. But don't forget what's underneath it all. It is estimated that up to 80% of all coatings failures can be attributed to inadequate surface preparation.
Registration open for NA 2006 conference
When the 2006 Material Handling & Logistics Show and Conference, known as NA 2006, opens its doors on March 27 at Cleveland's I-X Center, it will include an educational conference featuring a free executive forum that will provide expertise from industry leaders on breakthrough achievements in high performance supply chains.
DaimlerChrysler: Building cars, building teams
The last Dodge Neon rolled off DaimlerChrysler's Belvidere, Illinois Assembly Plant in September. Eight weeks later, employees were ready to begin assembly of the new Dodge Caliber, due for introduction at the Detroit Auto Show next month. A decade ago, when Chrysler changed over from the Dynasty to the Neon, the assembly line changes took approximately four months.
Maverick acquires GE Automation Services
Maverick Technologies has acquired the automation services division of General Electric, expanding Maverick's reach into new markets. "We are very excited about this acquisition," said Maverick chairman and CEO Paul J. Galeski P.E. "The purchase of GE Automation Services represents a strong strategic addition to our mix of automation, business and reliability solutions, and is an integral part ...
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Conveyor reducer has flange mounting
CFA700 Series direct mount, conveyor speed reducer has an output flange mounting style and eliminates loose parts normally required for installation. This compact unit eliminates mounting hardware and chain maintenance. The unit reduces maintenance costs by eliminating chain stretch and sprocket changeovers.
MAVERICK acquires GE Energy’s automation services business
MAVERICK Technologies, a US-based global systems integration and operational consulting company, announced the acquisition of the Automation Services business of GE Energy, expanding MAVERICK’s reach into new markets and augmenting its overall service offering. Paul J. Galeski, P.E., CAP, MAVERICK Chairman and CEO said, “The purchase of GE Energy’s Automation Services represents a strong strategic addition to our mix of automation, business and reliability solutions, and is an integral part of our long-term strategy for sustained growth. Also, the acquisition will allow us to take advantage of the many cross-selling opportunities to our expanded customer base, broaden our national footprint and enhance our global presence in the semiconductor, power generation, water and wastewater, pulp and paper, and automotive markets. “The primary benefit of this acquisition,” Galeski continued, “is the talented group of engineering, management and administrative professionals who will be coming on board as part of this transaction.
The many faces of Lean Maintenance
Lean Maintenance is the application of Lean philosophy, tools and techniques to the maintenance function. It has the same goals as the application of Lean principles to the manufacturing function: eliminating wasted time, effort and material (and resulting cost) while improving throughput and quality.
Material Handling – 2005-08-01 – 2005-08-01
Soft conveyor chain FlexLink conveyor chain is gentle on soft products and offers increased efficiency and service life, even in environments where dust and particulates are a problem. The chain features smooth surfaces and link interfaces for improved gentleness and minimum dust generation in product handling. The link interfaces are also designed to minimize dust intrusion to the conveyors. FlexLink www.flexlink.com Write 312 on PE card Modular rack security The company offers a new security option for its modular racking systems that provides part-containment when point-of-use racking systems are unmonitored on the plant floor.
Manufacturer’s alliance/MAPI report: Growth slows, but some sectors stay strong in 1Q
The quarterly Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI report on the health of the manufacturing sector offered a mixed bag of news for the first quarter of 2005. While it sees slowing growth in the sector over the next two years, only four of 27 industries surveyed showed declining business activity in the first quarter.
Demand conditions favor sellers
Among 19 industries that contribute to our factory equipment and tools price index, 13 saw their average industry prices increase in 2004 at an accelerated pace. However, after averaging all these price hikes together, the PLANT ENGINEERING tools price index increased only 2.8% in 2004, up from a 1% inflation rate in 2003.
Manufacturing recovery on track, MAPI report finds
The manufacturing recovery continues on track and should be sustained through 2006, according to the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries. Fourth-quarter 2004 figures show that 24 of the 27 industries tracked in the report had inflation-adjusted new orders or production above the level of one year ago, equal to the number of indus...
Solutions – 2005-02-10
Cutting with pipe nipples Problem : How can I quickly put bolt holes in replacement flange-type gaskets when a gasket cutter is not readily available? Solution : Take a pipe nipple with an ID close to the diameter of the bolt holes required and chamfer the end until sharp. Put the gasket on a piece of wood and strike the nipple with a hammer or use an arbor press to create the hole. This tip was originally published in September 1997 Gripping the slot Problem : Installing screws without having the screwdriver tip fall out of the head slot is often difficult. How can the screwdriver get a good grip? Solution : Place a socket over the screwdriver tip and insert the screw.
Success of ProMat 2005 Signals Improving Business Environment
Signaling an improving business environment, U.S. and international attendees registered in near-record numbers for ProMat 2005-the material handling and logistics industry's premier trade event. The Show and Conference is sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). Participation in ProMat 2005 matched ProMat 2003 at just over 36,000.
Winds of inflation blowing strong
Smell the whiff of inflation? In the 12-month period ending September 2004, the average cost to make factory equipment and tools jumped 5.6%. That's a sharp detour from the no-to-low inflation trend that had characterized the past 10 yr. By comparison, costs to make equipment and tools increased just 1.
Advancements in busways
Busway consists of a grounded metal enclosure, contains factory-mounted bare or insulated conductors, and is an effective means of distributing power. Busway was introduced in the early 1900s as a way to solve the automotive industry's need for a flexible power distribution system.
Selecting space heaters
Is the heating bill for your plant or warehouse too high? What about cold dock door areas and unbalanced temperatures? Is negative building air pressure a problem? Have you experienced employee complaints and lost productivity from heating or indoor air quality problems?
Solutions – 2004-03-10
Pipe freeze plug Problem : A pipe is leaking, and it is difficult to get to the valve to shut off flow. How can the leak be stopped until the valve can be reached and flow stopped? Solution : Wrap a piece of rubber around the leaking pipe. Clamp both ends around the pipe.
Reader Feedback – 2003-11-01 – 2003-11-01
Process industry automation users dissatisfied with production management strategies Today's automation users — regardless of vendor — are simply not getting the high-quality, in-context information needed to improve performance, make informed business decisions, and effectively manage risks, according to a recent study jointly performed by Invensys and Fieldbus, Inc.
Solutions – 2003-10-10
Safety First... In all cases, even if not specifically mentioned in the writeups, verify that the tip does not violate any relevant code, standard, or practice. Always use the appropriate safety equipment and procedures when applying the maintenance tips.
Do you ever feel like General Brooks at one of those Iraq war CENTCOM briefings? You know, you're trying to explain a complex project and the people in your audience keep asking those same, dumb, unrelated questions? Are they stupid, or ignorant, or just not listening, or what? Or are they trying to use your platform to advance their own agendas? If it hasn't happened to you, I know you've seen...
Material Handling – 2003-04-28
Heavy load mover WeightCaddy is a walk-behind, battery-powered device designed to lift and move heavy loads around the shop.Unit can lift and haul loads to 2500 lb at speeds to 3 mph. DJ Products, Inc. djproducts.com Write 311 on PE card Bridge crane kits Overhead Crane Component Kits include everything necessary to build an overhead bridge crane except the structural cross girder, and are designed to let users do their own assembly.
Humidifiers Humid-A-Ware is humidifier software that takes the guesswork out of sizing and selecting humidifiers. This easy-to-use, interactive software works with Windows 9X, NT (4.0), 2000, and XP. It overcomes critical obstacles in building humidification schedules.
Motors industry to raise prices
After rising sharply in November, prices for motors and generators (SIC 3621) retreated 0.14% in December 2002. Prices for fractional horsepower engines, down 0.8%, led the deflationary charge. On the cost front, per-unit spending on manufacturing rose 0.3% thanks to a 1.4% jump in wages paid to factory floor workers.
Power Transmission – 2003-02-15
Maximize productivity The Reliability Maintenance Institute (RMI) program is a comprehensive offering of training courses designed to help plants eliminate machinery problems and achieve maximum reliability and productivity. Subjects covered include bearing maintenance and reliability, proactive reliability maintenance skills, and condition monitoring. Full-time schools are located in Philadelphia and San Diego.
Material Handling – 2003-01-15
Heavy load roller Tri-Glide three-point heavy load moving system creates a stable, secure platform to safely move heavy, cumbersome equipment. Steerable front swivel unit and adjustable-width, dual rear dolly units handle loads up to 6, 12, or 18 tons, depending on model. Steering/tow handle is easily removed for towing by lift truck.
Instead of loading dock, think material transfer zone
Plants today can no longer think of the loading dock in isolation. Instead, companies will benefit by treating the dock as part of a material transfer zone (MTZ) that plays a critical role when working to improve safety and productivity in the dock area.
Material Handling – 2002-11-15
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HVAC – 2002-11-15
What you see Training program is dedicated to educating participants in Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) principles and applications in preparation for ASNT Level I and II certification. Boiler and pressure vessel codes all require NDT/Visual Testing technicians to meet ASNT's training requirements (SNT-TC-1A) recommended practice or similar guidelines. Everest VIT everest.com Write 325 on PE card Ducting applications A 16-p Flexible Hose & Ducting Guide catalog features a wide range of thermoplastic hose and ducting products for evacuating dust, dirt, and chips as well as light material handling applications.
Solutions – 2002-11-15 – 2002-11-15
Waterproofing wire connections • Problem: Many times, wire connections have to be made in underground or other damp locations. Is there a simple way to waterproof the connection and eliminate shorts or corrosion at the connection? • Solution: After twisting the wire connection together, squirt a little silicon cement into the wire nut. Make the connection as usual.
PLANT ENGINEERING magazine depends on people like you to share their knowledge and insights for ensuring production capacity. Since its first issue in 1947, PLANT ENGINEERINGhas stood as the leading problem-solving information source for America's industrial plant engineers. It has won virtually every readership study in its field over the past 20 years and well over 100 studies in all.
Between March and June, prices for many key commodities have been on the rebound. The result: inflation has started to rear its ugly head, creating cost control concerns for many industries that make the equipment and tools that plant engineers use. For example, with prices for steel heating up, makers of materials handling equipment are beginning to experience an upturn in manufacturing costs.
Handbook discusses materials selection
The Handbook of Materials Selection explores the full range of materials being used today, including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites. Analytical approaches to materials selection and extensive information about the following are supplied: materials available in the marketplace, sources of properties data, procurement and data management, properties testing procedures and equipment,...
Literature Offers – 2002-08-08
Pavement maintenance A pavement maintenance products catalog features a variety of asphalt and concrete coatings, crack sealants, line striping, marking and stenciling products, recreational color surfacing, tools, and safety supplies. The catalog is designed to help those responsible for maintaining parking lots and driveways with current projects and budgeting for future needs. Maintenance, Inc. maintinc.com Write 316 on PE card Bolting solutions "Solutions to Bolting Problems" contains technical information on mechanical stud/bolt tensioners, including high temperature designs, updated installation and removal procedures, and several application examples.
Melding certainty and change
Future Capable Company must manage certainty by establishing, accepting, and following standards of performance. When activities conform to well-established and clear standards, errors, disruptions, and crises are rare. Change is expected and is responded to smoothly. In the Future Capable Company, nobody believes Murphy's Law.
Achieving cost savings through lift truck fleet management
How much does the lift truck operation cost a company? If the first answer that comes to mind is equipment cost, you are in the majority because that is the initial reaction of most people when they consider how much was paid for their lift trucks. Companies do not always take into account the cost of operating, servicing, and administering the lift truck fleet.
Price inflation affects limited area
Pressure to hike prices remains relatively low. In the 12-month period ending March 2002, product price inflation accelerated in only four industries from the PLANT ENGINEERING factory equipment and tools roundup. Average prices for other hand and edge tools rose 5.6%, tags for pumps grew 2.7%, welding apparatus prices rose 1.
What every plant engineer should know about selecting software
Because of features such as improved ease of use, web-enabled functionality, the ability to integrate applications across the enterprise, and much more, software is providing plant engineers with excellent assistance for everything from project management to stress analysis, and from CMMS to CAD.
Product Intros – 2001-08-01
LED lamps have screw bases S6 candelabra-screw based LED lamps are designed to replace S6 candelabra-screw based lamps in miniature industrial control panels. The lamps are offered in two types: single and multichip, which provides light even if one or more emitters fail. Colors available are green, white, blue, yellow, red, and orange.
Partnership to improve automation controls and plant line inspections
Entivity and Cognex to integrate PC-based automation and control software with machine vision sensors
Literature Offers – 2001-06-01
Horizontal carousels A 6-p brochure describes how an organization can increase order picking throughput up to 600% with nearly 100% accuracy, while reducing cubic storage space requirements 40–60% with horizontal carousels. These carousels are horizontally rotating shelves suspended from guide tracks that move at the operator's command.
Improving ergonomics with workstation cranes
Key concepts Ergonomic equipment must be properly applied to create a workplace where employees can comfortably and safely perform their duties. Enclosed-track bridge cranes provide effortless movement of loads throughout the horizontal axis. There are several factors to considering when selecting a workstation crane, including type, capacity, suspension/mounting, motorized or manual, and h...
Fundamental steps in safe door operation
Key concepts High-speed doors boost productivity, while helping isolate specific plant areas. Quicker forklift travel and faster-acting doors create safety concerns. Industrial door accidents fall into four categories: entrapment, downward impact, lateral impact, and secondary impact. It happens time-after-time in plants across the country.
Machine tool accessories prices rising
Of the 19 industries tracked here as manufacturers of equipment and tools used in factories, average prices went up in 11 industries, fell in 4, and were flat in 4 others.
Suggestions and Solutions – 2001-02-01
Get the scoop on construction Facilities Construction Cost Data 2001 is available in book and CostWorks 2001 CD-ROM format.
2001 The National Plant Engineering Show
As part of National Manufacturing Week (NMW), the 2001 National Plant Engineering MRO & Management Show bands together with three others-National Industrial Enterprise IT, National Industrial Automation, and National Design Engineering-to offer the very best in the manufacturing industry as a whole. Last year, NMW attracted almost 56,000 manufacturing professionals. More than 94% of those in attendance planned to return for the 2001 event. The "Plant Show" is the premier showcase for buyers and sellers of products related to the plant engineering market. And what an event it will be! Pavilions Eight specialty product pavilions are contained within the Show. Buildings and grounds-This pavilion highlights the latest technology and solutions designed to make this critical maintenance task easier, faster, and more efficient. Energy management and power-In this pavilion, find out how to keep power quality high and energy costs low.
Strong demand may cause supply problems
Plant engineers may find that buying factory equipment and tools is getting a bit tougher these days.
Buyers should target hoists & pumps
Plant engineers can find some excellent negotiation opportunities among suppliers of factory equipment. That's because slowing end-market demand and high margins make suppliers vulnerable to the aggressive buyer.
Applying modular plastic conveyor belts
Key concepts These belts handle corrosion, tracking, and sanitation problems. Speed, impact resistance, application temperature, and required life help determine the proper belt design.
Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #17
Draining batteryProblem: A lift truck battery (or any other) has a component causing a slow power drain. How can I find the problem? Solution: Put a test light with the same voltage rating as the battery in series. The light will come on, then pull fuses out until the light goes off.
Lift trucks – 2000-03-01 – 2000-03-01
The G/D40S series of LP and diesel-powered pneumatic tire lift trucks are featured in an 8-p brochure. The vehicles contain large engines that provide high torque at low speeds, making them well suited to heavy-duty material handling jobs.
Implementing a successful crossdocking operation
Key concepts The best way to reduce costs and improve efficiency is to eliminate a function, not just improve it.
A new line of all-welded carts and trucks helps users to select application specific solutions to material handling problems, such as transferring heavy dies, delicate instruments, or cartons. Lyon Metal ProductsBoo
Portable drum handlers
A line of multifunction, portable drum handlers is featured in a 28-p catalog. The units move and handle drums in sizes from 30-55-gal. The publication provides product photos, dimensional drawings, performance data, and benefits.
Carts offer material handling solutions
A line of all-welded carts and trucks addresses a wide variety of common material handling applications. The carts enable users to select application specific solutions to material handling problems.
Industrial Supplies Buyer's Guide offers more than 2000 pp of information on safety supplies. The catalog is a one-stop resource for all safety needs, including hand tools, first aid, storage, material handling products, and more.
Material handling carts
A line of nonmotorized carts is designed to handle a variety of material handling needs. The carts consist of plasticw decks mounted on steel frames for maximum durability. Rehrig Intl.www.rehrig.com
Steel over wood and plastic
Payback Pallet is constructed of galvanized steel to meet the material handling needs of almost any industry.
Exploring Plant Engineering’s Biggest Show
The 51st annual National Plant Engineering MRO & Management Show & Conference is geared to help engineering professionals explore the future of industry.
Material handling hose
Brochure describes the advantages of using hose as an alternative to steel piping for material handling applications. The hose offers longer wear, vibration absorption, self-alignment, corrosion resistance, and easy installation. Linatex, Inc.
Handle heavy-duty drums
Model 6100 drum handling, fork lift attachment has a carbon steel frame and exclusive clamping mechanism for handling loads up to 1000 lb.
A 6-p brochure provides technical information for a 4000-lb capacity all-purpose walkie lift truck. The vehicle is designed with many features for operator comfort, including a new control handle with ergonomic twist grips.
RCFA + RCM = formula for successful maintenance
Over the past few years, I have heard many people say they were interested in performing reliability centered maintenance (RCM) or root cause failure analysis (RCFA) on a piece of equipment or a system.
Control monitors overload on conveyor drive
Jam Manager control senses motor current draw to allow a chip conveyor on a metal cutting machine tool to automatically reverse to clear minor jams caused by a buildup. The control reduces downtime and minimizes operator/maintenance time.
Got a lift? Get a part
LiftPartners is a lift truck parts program with real answers to today's fork lift realities. Parts for all makes and models of lift trucks, whether it's a heavy-duty reach truck, low-lift pallet jack, late model, or old workhorse, is available.
Lift trucks – 1999-10-01
Material Handling Solutions guide features specifications for 90 lift truck models designed to handle loads from 200-33,000 lb. The product line includes electric and internal combustion trucks with pneumatic or cushion tires.
Material handling equipment
Catalog highlights a wide variety of material handling products, including drum handling equipment, hand trucks, lift equipment, platform trucks and carts, and related products.
Storage and handling
An 8-p brochure combines actual warehouse photography with detailed diagrams to display numerous material handling storage systems. Product listing offers a wide range of options for creating a system for any storage application.
Plant engineering and beyond
Last month's Web Update ("Your resource for a better you") called attention to resources available on or through Plant Engineering Online (www.plantengineering.
Carts and shelving
A 40-p catalog describes a variety of material handling and storage systems, including heavyweight wire carts and shelving. Gillis Associated Industries
Exposing the hidden costs at door openings
In the competitive global market, efficiency is no longer a luxury -- it is a critical component of successful companies.
Janitorial supplies of all kinds are the subject of a 116-p catalog.
An indepth review of capabilities, products, and services for conveyors and material handling is provided by a 6-p brochure.
Information on the web
Plant Engineering Online offers information on a wide variety of topics of interest to plant engineers.
Supplies and equipment
A 580-p catalog covers a broad range of supplies and equipment.
Charger handles flooded and sealed batteries
SCRFLX chargers recharge flooded lift truck batteries, The chargers can be upgraded at any time to recharge absorbed electrolyte sealed, maintenance-free batteries. The 43 models in single and three-phase power have amp-hour ratings from 260-1450.
Is lost seniority reclaimable?
When 16-yr veteran maintenance employee Floyd Loftis was diagnosed with a heart condition 3-yr ago, he was transferred on his doctor's recommendation from his heavy material handling job to a non-union clerical post.
Hoists for heavy-duty Class D and E crane applications are shown in a 4-p color brochure. The hoist units depicted are available in capacities from 10-150 tons and have an open winch design that is easily adapted for special lifts and needs.
Software automates, manages inventory
AutoTrak full-featured warehouse management system is designed for manufacturing and distribution facilities. The system automates and manages inventory and labor tracking using radio frequency data collection devices and bar code technology.
Without safety shorts you’re exposed
Short, attention-grabbing safety videos not only save time and money, but are proven to help reduce accident rates as much as 90% within 1 yr. The videos run 5-7 min.
Flexible conveyor features simple design
TBC-24 zero-pressure accumulation conveyor features a plug-and-play design for maximum layout flexibility and easy, low-cost startup and maintenance. Each unit in the modular conveyor system is self contained, with its own drive and control.
Material handling – 1999-04-01
A brochure describes how a company's automation expertise is being applied to material handling needs. Skills listed include project management, simulation analysis, software engineering, value engineering, and financial analysis.
Batteries increase lift truck zip
Absolyte sealed, maintenance-free batteries are used to power narrow-aisle lift trucks.
Spotlight On Chicago
The 50th annual National Plant Engineering Show is more exciting than ever, with new pavilions, first-rate conference program, and exciting speakers and special events.
Series 1.700 conveyor rollers feature a polyethylene surface that prevent the pickup and hardening of problematical litho inks, glue, and dust from freshly printed cartons and provide maintenance free operation in packaging operations.
Power and free conveyors
Rapid Flow-Plus 434 power-and-free conveyor systems can be configured for virtually any material handling need. The conveyor features accumulating heavy-duty flat wheeled free trolleys and free track.Rapid Industries, Inc. www.rapid.
Meeting OSHA fork lift regs
Three video-based training packages that meet OSHA requirements cover the safe operation of sitdown rider, standup truck, and pallet trucks.
Material handling plus
A 580-p catalog lists supplies and equipment for material storage and handling, shop use, safety, shipping, dock areas, maintenance, and office use.
Ladders and lifts
A 32-p catalog profiles 10 lines of ladders and over 300 OSHA-compliant products. Included are work platforms, portable stacking racks, cylinder cabinets, partitions, aerial lift platforms, and carts.
Material handling – 1999-01-01
A 416-p material handling catalog is packed with products to stack, store, move, and organize virtually everything in the workplace. Included are carts, shelving, cabinets, dock equipment, shipping supplies, and more. Lab Safety Supply, Inc.
Lift truck maneuvers in tight space
Space Champ lift truck has a tight turning radius, allowing operators to maneuver well within small aisles and confined areas. Wet-disk brakes are entirely maintenance-free and withstand severe loading over long periods without wear or fading.
A 692-p catalog covers maintenance tools, equipment, and supplies.
Safety interlock switches are undefeatable
Hinge safety interlock switches provide undefeatable protection in material handling and assembly operations. The switches initiate a machine-stop sequence when applied to hinged guard doors and protective access flaps. Allen-Bradley
More than 50 new storage and workplace additions to an already extensive line are introduced in a 148-p catalog.
What’s stopping you?
Granted, some association websites require membership to access certain information, but don't let that stop you from browsing around a site. Many sites offer plenty of valuable content well before any encounters with a registration page.
A 49-p brochure covers a line of ergonomic material handling systems.
Have pallet will travel
Pallets Move the World...With Your Help is a 10-min training video on the proper way to move, stack, and store pallets using fork trucks.
Locks without keys
Autolock password system limits access to material handling equipment such as lift trucks, walkies, narrow aisle trucks, construction equipment, and personnel carriers to authorized employees only.
AGV material handling equipment is presented in a 6-p brochure. A full line of modular-design AGVs is covered, including unit load, fork-type, towing, and low profile.
Conveyor chain pins reduce stretch
Smooth-Link (TM) conveyor chain pins have a smooth wear bearing surface to reduce chain stretch. Benefits include longer chain life, no breakin period, and exact pitch location, which results in lower maintenance costs and reduced downtime. Frost, Inc.
Material handling – 1998-08-01
A 40-p material handling and storage products buyer's guide includes a wide variety of items.
Sprockets and gears
A 12-p maintenance and troubleshooting guide covers chain and gear drives, couplings, synchronous drives, V-belt drives, and screw conveyors.
A product selection guide details a full line of custom designed below-the-hook material handling equipment. Along with illustrations and brief descriptions, the 4-p piece references free technical data sheets available for each type of product.
When you need a pallet
The 1998 NWPCA Buyer's Guide helps pallet, container, and reel users locate suppliers who can provide solutions for their material handling needs.
Conveyor keeps a low profile
An 8-min video features standard low profile conveyor capabilities for innovative material handling solutions. The video highlights actual applications showing conveyor benefits in a metal stamping operation, packaging system, and clean room.
New tire technology
A new bead seal technology allows material handling and industrial tires to be fitted for the first time with tubeless radials on tube-type rims.
Conveyor system offers limitless combinations
Flow-Plus 4X4 power-and-free conveyor system components can be arranged in a limitless number of combinations to create a system for virtually any material handling need. The conveyor features accumulating trolleys which control carrier movement.
Producer prices continue to fall
Trends in the government's Producer Price Index (PPI) continue to make a mockery of concerns about inflation. The PPI for finished goods declined 0.3% in March, and was 1.8% lower during March 1998 than in March 1997.
Belts with backings
Polyurethane timing belts for conveying, positioning, and material handling applications come with a wide variety of heat bonded backings to provide wear resistance and resilience.
Lift truck brakes
The lift truck industry's only oil-cooled disc brake system is described in a 4-p brochure. Significant improvements in braking efficiency, added stopping power, and reduced maintenance costs are detailed.
Narrow aisle truck offers improved performance
NR-AD standup, narrow aisle lift truck is available in capacities from 3500-4500 lb.
Trade deficit expanded, but export growth still strong in 1997
Last year was another bad one for the nation's balance of payments. The trade deficit increased to about $114 billion, its highest level since 1988.
Parts bins, material handling containers, storage files, specialty items, and accessories are detailed in a 42-p catalog. The publication provides comprehensive specifications and samples of four container materials. Convoy, Inc. www.convoycontainers.
Operating safely overhead
The Fundamentals of Overhead Crane Safety training program includes a 45- min video and nine other essential items necessary to successfully develop an inhouse safety program.
Moving loads safely
Employer's Guide to Material Handling Safety is a 40-p booklet containing up-to-date information on equipment, maintenance, and procedures.
Power and free conveyor
Rapid Flow-Plus 434 power and free conveyor system can be arranged into an unlimited number of combinations to handle virtually any material handling need. Trolleys carry loads up to 2400 lb. Rapid Industries, Inc. www.rapidi.com
Heavy-duty, tow-line conveyors are designed to handle a wide range of material handling needs. Webb-Stiles Co. www.webb-stiles.com
Push back racks
A 6-p foldout brochure explains the benefits of push back systems over traditional selective racks and drive in, drive through approaches. Storage space improvements of as much as 100% are shown.
Get a one-track mind
Guidelines For Specifying...Automated Electrified Monorail Systems is a 15-p publication that serves as a guide in the selection, design, planning, and implementation of automated electrified monorail systems. The Material Handling Institute
Hose and cable carriers
Sizing information, dimensions, and specifications for hose and cable carriers designed for machine tool, robotic automation, and material handling applications are presented in a 6-p brochure.
Taking A Systematic Approach To Planning Plant Moves
Conducting a plant move is an enormous undertaking from both a mental and financial point of view. Many factors and requirements must be considered. This article offers guidelines on how to plan, execute, and manage a facilities move via truck.