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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Pallet truck attachment helps improve order picking ergonomics

May 8, 2015

The PalletPal Walkie from Southworth Products mounts to any standard electric walkie or walkie/rider pallet truck. It uses a calibrated spring mechanism to adjust the height of a pallet load as boxes are added or removed. The top layer of the load is always at a working height that allows employees...

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Vacuum generator’s pad attachment allows handling of round loads

May 7, 2015

Anver Corp. has introduced a compact, ergonomic vacuum generator with a vacuum pad attachment that mirrors the contour of dome-shaped, round loads with smooth or semitextured surfaces. The VPF series vacuum generator is a below-the-hook system designed for a single operator to safely handle...

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Crane brakes made for frequent start/stop cycles on cranes, conveyors

May 6, 2015

The MagnaShear™ motor brake from Force Control Industries employs oil shear technology to provide long service life in demanding crane applications, especially those with frequent start/stop cycles, the company reports. Oil shear technology transmits torque between lubricated surfaces,...

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Bunting Magnetics adds southern sales representative

May 4, 2015

Bunting® Magnetics Co., a producer of precision magnetic products based in Newton, Kan., has named Harrison Rogers as southern territory manager for standard products, with sales responsibilities for Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Rogers has specific experience in...

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Konecranes Machine Tool Service adds laser metrology equipment

May 1, 2015

Konecranes Machine Tool Service, Springfield, Ohio, has acquired $300,000 in new machine tool metrology equipment from Automated Precision Inc. to advance its ability to serve the aeronautical and aviation industries. The new Rad 50 laser tracker and four new 6-D laser systems enable the company...

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Intelligrated appoints senior VP/general manager for lifecycle support services

April 30, 2015

Cincinnati-based Intelligrated®, a provider of automated material handling systems, has appointed John Sorensen to the position of senior vice president and general manager, lifecycle support services. Sorensen has more than 18 years of experience managing large-scale aftermarket service and...

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Pneumatic-tire, heavy-duty lift trucks available with Tier 4 diesel engine

April 23, 2015

UniCarriers Americas Corp. has announced that its G04 series 8,000- to 11,000-lb.-capacity, pneumatic-tire lift trucks now are available with a GCT ZD30 Tier 4 diesel engine. The engine delivers an approximate 10 percent increase in fuel efficiency compared to the previous engine design and...

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UniCarriers Americas expands campus with 120,000-sq.-ft. facility

April 22, 2015

Material handling equipment-maker UniCarriers Americas Corp. has expanded its Marengo, Ill., campus with the addition of a 120,000-sq.-ft. facility, increasing its manufacturing space by 30 percent and the total campus size by 53 percent. The $2 million facility is across the street from the...

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Lifting magnets lift and transfer up to 10,000 lbs. of steel, iron

April 22, 2015

Eriez® SafeHold® permanent lifting magnets are suitable for carrying semifinished products such as machined parts, castings, press molds, steel plates, bars, and tubes without slings, hooks, or cables. The magnets are available in ceramic and rare-earth models, lift up to 10,000 lbs., need no...

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Battery-operated lifting magnet handles up to 2,000 lbs.

April 16, 2015

DocMagnet offers the Beelift permanent-electro (PE) battery-operated lifter. The lifter features push-button technology, an antidemag safety mechanism to prevent accidental release of the load, a lithium-ion battery, external battery charger, low-battery alarm, tilt sensors, and an auto-on function...

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Vacuum products designed to be economically priced

April 16, 2015

Piab has introduced the Value line of products. It includes 21 suction cups in three different shapes, as well as two small, lightweight vacuum ejectors. The economically priced products are suitable for basic applications in which machine speeds and surfaces to be gripped are less challenging,...

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Michigan Robotics 2015 State Championship to stream live April 11

April 10, 2015

Detroit Public Television will cover the FIRST In Michigan Robotics State Championship with a live web stream of the competition on Saturday, April 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT at http://dptv.org/robotics, as well as a one-hour broadcast of the event on May 6 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Hundreds...

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Chip conveyor integrates coolant-cleaning technology

April 7, 2015

Mayfran Intl. has announced the availability of the CleanSweep-RM conveyor, which integrates coolant-cleaning technology with chip handling and removal. The compact conveyor allows chips and coolants to enter the load area of the conveyor, where large chips are carried by the hinge belt and...

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Forklift Simulator wins MHI Best New Innovation Award

April 3, 2015

Forklift Simulator, Mechelen, Belgium, won the MHI Best New Innovation Award at the ProMat 2015 show. The award recognizes outstanding manufacturing and supply chain products. The simulator is used to train forklift operators. Virtual-reality headgear and a realistic driver’s seat allow...

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UniCarriers Americas acquires Nissan Industrial Engine Mfg.

April 2, 2015

UniCarriers Americas Corp. (UCA), Marengo, Ill., a manufacturer of material handling equipment, has acquired all outstanding shares of Nissan Industrial Engine Mfg. Inc. (NIEM). NIEM originally was jointly owned by Nissan Kohki Co. and Nissan Forklift Corp. North America, now UCA. NIEM has been...

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