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Parts identification for extreme environments

September 8, 2015 | By Tim Heston

A marking technology—which involves the interaction between a laser, coating, and metal substrate—is designed to withstand harsh processing environments, including blast cleaning and hot-dipped galvanizing.

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Moving big fabrications

September 2, 2015 | By Jeffrey Dean

Delivering a large fabrication in some ways is almost as difficult as creating the piece in the first place. In many instances, the fabrication is awkward in shape and a challenge to move even a short distance. Like everything else, fabricators figure out how to do it, and these are their stories.

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Transfer crane streamlines powder coat oven cure

August 25, 2015

TC American Monorail has supplied a custom-configured LOWERATORTM transfer crane to carry large loads directly into a 450-degrees-F powder coat oven, without setting the load down. The crane uses a carrier that attaches directly to a large workpiece and travels with it through the assembly...

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Walkie/rider pallet trucks withstand harsh environments

August 24, 2015

UniCarriers Americas Corp.’s Platinum RPX series walkie/rider pallet truck is designed to perform in harsh working conditions. The 5.2-HP, AC-powered truck is available in 6,000- and 8,000-lb. capacities. The RPX’s fork design features the company’s push-type linkage and tie rods to absorb...

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Combilift breaks ground on $45 million manufacturing facility

August 21, 2015

Material handling equipment manufacturer Combilift has broken ground on a new $45 million, 495,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility and global headquarters in Monaghan, Ireland. The multifunction facility will include a dedicated R&D building, testing area, and adjoining administration offices....

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Hoist Liftruck expanding to Indiana

August 20, 2015

Hoist Liftruck Mfg. Inc., a manufacturer of high-capacity material handling equipment, has announced plans to expand its manufacturing operations into Indiana, creating up to 500 new jobs by 2022. The company is purchasing a 550,000-sq.-ft. building in East Chicago, Ind., expanding a majority...

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UniCarriers Americas announces winners of 2014 Aftermarket Excellence Awards

August 19, 2015

Material handling equipment-maker UniCarriers Americas Corp., Marengo, Ill., has announced the winners of its Aftermarket Excellence Program Awards for the past fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. The awards recognize dealers who have achieved the highest standards of aftermarket service in eight...

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Bluff appoints VP of operations

August 12, 2015

Fort Worth, Texas-based Bluff Mfg., a manufacturer of material handling systems, dock and warehouse equipment, storage structures, and safety barriers, has hired Lane Moss as vice president of operations. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Moss previously worked as a plant manager...

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Mayfran Intl. names VP of sales and marketing

August 10, 2015

Mayfran Intl., a Cleveland-based manufacturer of conveying systems for a variety of industries, has appointed Frank Sraj as vice president of sales and marketing. Sraj has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and customer relations, having worked for companies within and outside...

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UniCarriers Americas announces Supplier Excellence Award winners

August 5, 2015

UniCarriers Americas (UCA), a manufacturer of material handling equipment in Marengo, Ill., has honored six of its suppliers with Supplier Excellence Awards. All winners were nominated by UniCarriers employees. Awards were presented to suppliers who met the overall performance requirements,...

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J-tec to open third facility

August 5, 2015

J-tec Industries Inc., a custom manufacturer of material handling racks, carts, and tugger systems, will mark its 10-year anniversary with the grand opening of a third manufacturing facility in East Peoria, Ill. The 82,000-sq.-ft. facility, to be opened at the end of September 2015, raises the...

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AGV designed for tight turns, narrow-aisle material handling

August 5, 2015

Creform’s Tite-Space BST AGV Tugger is designed for use in facilities with narrow aisles and tight turns. Suitable for delivering to line-side assembly points with limited space, the AGV has a minimum turning radius of 15.7 in. It features a low-profile, a sleek design comprising a drive...

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MHI, Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift to acquire UniCarriers Corp.

August 3, 2015

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Co. Ltd. are jointly acquiring 100 percent ownership of Marengo, Ill.-based UniCarriers Corp., a provider of material handling equipment with seven facilities across Wisconsin and New...

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Dorner breaks ground on facility expansion

July 24, 2015

Dorner Mfg. Corp. has broken ground on a 25,000-sq.-ft. facility expansion in Hartland, Wis. The expansion was necessitated by years of sustained growth of its low-profile belt conveyor systems and support services. It the past 18 months, the company has added about 65 new employees and added a...

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Small conveyor available with fixed-speed motor

July 22, 2015

Dorner has announced that its smallest conveyor, the 1100 series, now comes with an upgraded, fixed-speed motor that is 50 percent quieter than the previous version and rated for 10,000 hours of operation. Designed for moving small parts, the compact conveyor has a low, 0.75-in. frame height....

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