Material Handling


Keyless ignition automates checklist

Model 501 LCD programmable keyless ignition is a vehicle management and comprehensive safety system for forklifts and other moving equipment. System prevents untrained operators from starting the vehicle, schedules maintenance by date or hour-meter reading, makes abusive operators accountable for speeding and damage, monitors engine conditions, shuts down vehicle as programmed, and provides code expiration when recurrent training is due.

Keytroller, Inc. : , TO VOTE, WRITE 3 ON BALLOT For more information, write 3 on card

AGV guided by laser

Odyssey is a line of laser-guided automated guided vehicles (AGV). Features include laser guidance, onboard Pentium-based PC, point-and-click guide path changes and navigation technology, precise maneuverability, continuous radio frequency (RF) communication, operator diagnostics, dynamic vehicle routing and allocating, and deadlock prevention.

AGV Products, Inc.; Automated Systems: , TO VOTE, WRITE 10 ON BALLOT For more information, write 10 on card

Lift operates in cramped spaces

Easy Arm is an intelligent lifting device integrated into an articulating jib design. Device combines intelligent lifting technology with the versatility of an articulating jib for safe, ergonomic lifting in work cells with low headroom and major obstructions. Preassembled unit has simple 4-bolt pattern that allows flexible placement without pouring expensive foundations or making costly modifications to equipment.

Gorbel, Inc. : , TO VOTE, WRITE 26 ON BALLOT For more information, write 26 on card

Pallet truck blends automatic and manual operation

HyBot is an automated laser-guided pallet truck designed to automate long-distance travel in the plant, while allowing for manual pickup and drop-off of loads. Vehicle features pallet-handling forks, 4000 lb lift capacity, ergonomic manual control arm, and onboard PC for automated travel. Laser guidance technology provides precise, automated travel and minimizes installation time.

Hyster Co.; Warehouse Products Div. and FMC Technologies, Inc. : , TO VOTE, WRITE 53 ON BALLOT For more information, write 53 on card

Belt eliminates jams

Series 400 Angled Roller belt is a modular plastic belt that aligns or centers product at approximately 12 deg from the direction of belt travel. Belt eliminates jams, resulting in zero downtime, zero mistracking, and zero maintenance, and makes aligning and centering systems simpler to build, operate, and maintain.

Laitram, LLC; Intralox Div.; Material Handling Team : , TO VOTE, WRITE 55 ON BALLOT For more information, write 55 on card

Light system shows pickers the way

QuickPick is a pick-to-light system that directs picker to the individual cell from which a pick should be made. System features an optical transfer display that is mounted in a shelf liner placed under each tote. When the operator of the horizontal carousel requests a specific SKU, the liner under the tote containing the correct SKU illuminates to indicate the item's location.

Remstar International, Inc. : , TO VOTE, WRITE 57 ON BALLOT For more information, write 57 on card

Software anticipates feed rate

Q.i material transfer control software optimizes batch, blending, and filing control operations. The software combines predictive adaptive control (PAC) technology with a material transfer controller. Program measures the flow rate of material at specific points, builds a mathematical model of the process, and predicts how the delivery system will react when instructed by the control system to complete the material transfer.

Mettler-Toledo, Inc.; Industrial Div. : , TO VOTE, WRITE 106 ON BALLOT For more information, write 106 on card

Storage unit resists corrosion

Roll-Top Hardcover storage units provide protected storage of up to four drums with room for pumps and funnels, or one IBC. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, the corrosion-resistant roll top keeps containers safe and secure. Lockable doors and roll covers provide access without opening entire unit. Storage units can be transported by forklift with drums or IBC in place, providing mobility without having to unload contents. Built-in sump collects leaks and spills.

Interpak and New Pig Corp. : , TO VOTE, WRITE 115 ON BALLOT For more information, write 115 on card

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System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
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April 2018
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February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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