Materials Handling

The material handling technology area encompasses systems and equipment for handling coil, sheet, plate, profiles, tube and pipe, raw materials, and scrap. It also covers peripheral accessories such as C-hooks, clamps, die storage systems, hoists, lifters, and sheet stackers and destackers.

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Cutting costs automatically with automated material handling

November 30, 2015

Schletter Inc., a producer of solar mounting systems, invested in an automated sheet metal storage and handling system from Volz-Stopa America Inc. for its Shelby, N.C., manufacturing facility.

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Portable scissor lifts transport heavy loads between workcells

November 25, 2015

Verti-Lift has introduced a line of portable scissor lifts for moving heavy loads between workcells. They are available as electric hydraulic with push-button hand pendant or manually foot-operated. Features include heavy-duty cylinders, lifetime-lubricated bearings, safety maintenance blocks,...

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Dorner opens office in Ontario

November 19, 2015

Hartland, Wis.-based Dorner Mfg., a manufacturer of industrial and sanitary conveyor systems, has opened a new office in Burlington, Ont. Supporting the Canadian operations are Tony Dell’Unto, conveyor applications specialist; Ron Heasman, national sales manager - Canada; and Dan Nasato, vice...

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UniCarriers Americas announces new local supplier

November 18, 2015

Material handling equipment manufacturer UniCarriers Americas Corp. (UCA) has announced that its supplier, Shanghai Leading, has opened a U.S. branch, Leading Harness Americas, on UCA’s Marengo, Ill., campus. Tokyo-based Shanghai Leading Electric Co., a provider of assembly and wire harness...

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Illinois Material Handling acquires Servicemax Inc.

November 18, 2015

Wolter Group LLC, Brookfield, Wis., has acquired material handling distributor Servicemax Inc. of Bolingbrook, Ill. Servicemax will join forces with Illinois Material Handling, a member of the material handling sector of Wolter Group LLC. “As our seventh acquisition in the last five years,...

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Oval suction cups designed for sheet metal handling applications

November 5, 2015

Fipa Inc. has introduced two new series of oval suction cups for sheet metal handling. The SM-OF (flat) and SM-OB (bellows) series provide slip-free handling of dry and oily metal sheets in a variety of automotive, metal processing, and mechanical and plant engineering applications. Suitable...

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Lifting device offers 660-lb. capacity

November 3, 2015

Gorbel has announced the availability of its new Easy Arm® 660 lifting device. With load capacity up to 660 lbs., the unit addresses a variety of application needs from placement of automobile engines to loading of large plates in CNC machines. This freestanding, plug-and-play system...

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UniCarriers Americas announces President’s Award Winner

October 30, 2015

Material handling equipment manufacturer UniCarriers Americas Corp. (UCA) has named Select Equipment, a provider of forklift sales, repair, and training in Buena Park, Calif., as its President’s Award winner. Introduced in 1990, the President’s Award recognizes a single dealership from among...

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Is manual material handling necessary in the structural steel fab shop?

October 28, 2015


The days of relying on operators to oversee the transfer of structural steel sections one at a time and convey each member to the proper lineal position for movement to the next operation are numbered. Automation technology is poised to make manual intervention in material handling a thing of the past.

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Truck’s maneuverability allows for narrow aisles, increased storage space

October 28, 2015

The Raymond Corp. has introduced the Raymond® model 7310 4-D® Reach-Fork® truck with four-directional travel capability, allowing increased storage space and aiding operators in handling long, bulky loads. Designed to fit in small spaces, the truck can help reduce aisle widths to create up...

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Intelligrated opens district office in Southern California

October 27, 2015

Intelligrated®, an automated material handling systems provider, has announced the opening of a district office in Ontario, Calif., as part of its western regional sales and operations. Dave Stinson, vice president, western regional sales and operations, provides overall leadership and...

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Eriez launches videos on metalworking applications

October 21, 2015

Eriez®, located in Erie, Pa., has produced a variety of videos focused on metalworking applications, particularly in filtration and fluid recycling. The video series can be viewed on the company’s YouTube channel at Two of the most recent instructional...

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Eriez earns trademark registration on color orange for lifting magnets

October 19, 2015

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., has been granted trademark registration on the color orange for its line of lifting magnets from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Trademark Registration No. 4,780,593 was issued for the color orange for industrial machines, namely magnetic separators in the form of...

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Manual turntables aid pallet loading/unloading

October 14, 2015

Verti-Lift manufactures an array of manual turntables, suitable for loads that require pallet loading and unloading. The low-profile turntables feature heavy-duty construction and a 4,000-lb. capacity. The standard turntable top is 0.5-in.-thick steel, with optional conveyor top available....

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Lift magnets lift up to 6,600 lbs.

October 5, 2015

Techniks offers EZ-Lift magnets for loading and unloading ferrous stock, including plate, block, and round steel and press molds. The user centers the magnet on the metal to be lifted and turns the lever to engage the magnet. The units feature rare-earth magnets rated to lift up to 6,600 lbs....

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