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Everything you wanted to know about overhead cranes

November 2, 2009

Most fabricating operations have an overhead crane, but just what do these companies know about these material handling tools? This feature provides the answers to their questions.

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Pipe supplier reduces aisle width, material handling

October 26, 2009

Pipe-Valves Inc., a distributor of industrial pipes and valves in Columbus, Ohio, had a small facility and stored all of its products outdoors. The products were prone to weather damage and the storage layout required handling some products two or three times. A move to a bigger facility and the purchase of two Combilift sideloading industrial trucks have made the company approximately 30 percent more efficient.

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Curbing waste at Power Curbers

June 4, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Equipment manufacturer streamlines part flow and drastically reduces WIP and raw stock inventory. Once a part hits the floor, it never goes onto a rack.

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New press? What will you do with the scrap?

April 28, 2009 | By Paul Miner

Scrap handling is one important issue that is sometimes left out of the planning stage, but if not integrated into the project properly, scrap handling can cost you operating time and money. By asking—and answering—these five questions first: Can I install the equipment in the floor space I have? Do I want to drop the scrap through the bolster or convey it away from the bolster? Do I want to convey the scrap to a central collection area or near the press at floor level? What size pit do I need and how will I collect the scrap when it gets to the remote scrap area?—you can prevent costly problems.

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Pallet changer, tower, or shelving system with that laser?

October 14, 2008 | By Michael Bishop

When fabricators decide to automate material handling in their laser cutting operations, they have several choices to make. The decision on whether to automate—and what kind of system makes the most sense—will depend on the shop's capabilities, its production capacity, and available floor space. The options cover the full spectrum, from basic systems that simply unload one pallet and bring in another to large racking systems that maintain a full inventory of raw material and cut parts and can transfer those parts to other machines in the shop.

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Material Handling Conveyor

Conveying flexibility

September 30, 2008 | By Matt Jones

Manufacturing companies must walk a fine line between choosing a conveyor system suited for the application, while maintaining flexibility so the system can handle future jobs.

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A new look at lift trucks

July 15, 2008 | By Dan Davis

California is on the leading edge of environmental protectionism, and because it is such a large industrial market, the state's environmental regulations are influencing what metal fabricators might be drivng in their facilities.

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The finer points of coil handling for fineblanking

May 13, 2008 | By Eilert Bruns

Fineblanking operations require a heavy-duty press and special tooling. To produce straight, flat strip for the press and feed, stampers need a coil cradle, coil end peeler, debender, and hold-down arm, straightener, loop control.

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Conveyor Maintenance

Extend conveyor life with maintenance, modification

November 6, 2007 | By Kim Stoll

To the naked eye, conveyor design doesn't look looks it has progressed much in 40 years. The conveyors of today are engineered with unique design elements and innovations that make them more versatile than ever for today's metal stamping applications. A conveyor with the latest technologies is good only if it is running properly. Simple preventive maintenance techniques can save stampers time, money, and a lot of headaches.

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5 ways to leaner die handling

August 8, 2007 | By Ed Romaine

Using conventional rack and shelving systems to store and retrieve dies is inefficient and can cause damage to dies. Five critical areas of concern are space utilization, worker productivity, potential for die damage, ergonomics and cost justification. Shops can reach new lean levels by improvements in these areas.

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Vibro Slugger Model 850B

Move heavy loads with less cost

August 8, 2007 | By Vibro Industries

The rugged-duty "Slugger" Model 850B Transporter Conveying System, by Vibro Industries, has been reengineered to provide several distinct benefits that improve quality and reduce operating costs.First, the Slugger 850B now provides 100% oil-less operation and is 100% air operated (no springs)....

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Select the right storage rack system for your needs

August 8, 2007 | By RIDG-U-RAK

The storage requirements for warehouses and distribution centers are unique to each operation. The most productive and cost-effective system may necessitate several different types of rack-storage working in unison. After analyzing customer needs, the optimum system is designed, manufactured and...

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Saw loader

Better safe than saw awry

July 10, 2007 | By Dan Davis

When a machine operator cut a bundle of barstock open to load into a saw, the bands popped, moving the blocks that were put there to safely contain the bars. The bars fell on the operator's foot and trapped it. Not wanting to duplicate that nightmare, engineers at Kirsan Engineering, Kenosha, Wis., set about to create a method of loading barstock that relied on lift trucks, not cranes.

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Packaging finished stampings

July 10, 2007 | By Greg Yahn

Proper packaging is an essential part of the manufacturing process that often is overlooked. For stampers who outsource final part finishing, it is an even greater concern. This article explains why proper packaging is so important and gives several options for keeping part quality intact during shipping.

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Combilift material handler

Improving warehouse operations for tube, pipe

July 10, 2007 | By Frank Rubury

Analyzing your warehouse layout might reveal severe inefficiencies. Do you have the most frequently picked items scattered around, or are they located near the packing station? Organizing the warehouse so that the most frequently picked items are close to the packing station and the least frequently picked items farther away can cut the transit time significantly.

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