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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Lifting device handles heavy material in confined spaces

November 10, 2009

A&H Eng. and Mfg. Inc. offers the Shop Lift™ device for handling heavy material in a confined space. Built to fit through most standard doorways, the unit can carry a payload up to 600 lbs. and deliver it to a machine, storage rack, pallet, loading bay, or onto a truck.The device weighs 700...

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MPI signs master agent agreement with Eclipse Magnetics

November 10, 2009

Magnetic Products Inc. (MPI), a provider of magnetic and nonmagnetic material handling systems in Highland, Mich., has been named master agent of Eclipse products in the U.S.Eclipse Magnetics Ltd., based in Sheffield, U.K., manufactures more than 20,000 different products, including magnets, magnet...

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KardexRemstar introduced

November 4, 2009

Kardex AG, the parent company of Kardex Remstar International, having acquired Kardex Systems Inc. of Marietta, Ohio, at the beginning of 2009, has now fully merged their operations together, renaming the new organization KardexRemstar Inc. The company is a provider of automated storage and...

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overhead traveling bridge crane

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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Slim, dual-arm robot handles heavy, unwieldy parts, trays, or pallets

October 13, 2009

Motoman's new SDA10D robot has two robot arms that can work together on one task to double the payload or handle heavy, unwieldy parts, trays, or pallets. According to the company, the robot can perform assembly, handling, machine tending, packaging, and part transfer applications that formerly...

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Portable rack scale weighs, transports pipe, rod, bar stock weighing up to 12,000 lbs.

October 13, 2009

Alliance Scale Inc. offers a portable rack scale designed to weigh and transport pipe, rod, and bar stock weighing up to 12,000 lbs. in-plant or on-site. Featuring a pedestal-mounted Rice Lake IQ Plus 590-DC weight indicator with 1-in.-high, six-digit LCD, it is powered by six C-cell alkaline...

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Press Room Equipment acquires Norwalk Innovation

October 13, 2009

Press Room Equipment Co., a division of American Products LLC, has announced the acquisition of Norwalk Innovation Inc.Press Room Equipment, a manufacturer of press feeding, material straightening, and coil handling equipment, will continue to build and support Norwalk's Un-Coilers and Lever Lift...

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Bystronic hires sales engineer

September 22, 2009

Bystronic Inc. has hired Darren McCarthy as sales engineer for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.McCarthy has 23 years of experience in sales, sales management, and customer service in the machine tool industry. Seventeen of those years focused on the metal fabrication...

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Bystronic Canada celebrates one-year anniversary

September 21, 2009

Bystronic Canada celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 2, 2009 with its new service and spare parts location in Mississauga, Ontario. "Bystronic Canada has had a very successful first year in providing a quick service response and spare parts availability to its Canadian customers. The...

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Nosebar tail improves small part transfers between conveyors, integrated machinery

September 9, 2009

QC Automation Series low-profile belt conveyors now are available with a nosebar tail designed to improve the transfer of small parts between two conveyors or other integrated machinery.In most cases a nosebar tail can be added to an existing conveyor without even removing the belt. It is fully...

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Dock lifts feature galvanized construction for longer life

September 9, 2009

Available in 5,000 lbs. and 6,000 lbs. capacities, Dura-Dock™ lifts from Southworth Products feature corrosion-resistant, galvanized base and legs as standard. For higher capacities (up to 20,000 lbs.) galvanized construction is optional. All Southworth dock lifts work from grade level to a...

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Vacuum lifter engages from hoist action

September 9, 2009

Anver Corporation, Hudson, Mass., has introduced a redesigned mechanical vacuum lifter that requires no compressed air or electricity.The mechanical vacuum lifter is self-powered and features a mechanism that creates a powerful suction when lowered onto the load by a hoist. Available in capacities...

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Nissan becomes first automaker to deploy methanol fuel cells for material handling equipment commercially

August 25, 2009

Nissan North America (NNA) has become the first vehicle manufacturer to commercially deploy methanol fuel cells to power its material handling equipment (tugs) at its Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant. The methanol fuel cells from Oorja Protonics, OorjaPac™, provide an energy-efficient process...

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Magnetic fanners handle sheets up to 1/8 in. thick stacked 14 in. high

August 11, 2009

Eriez® Hi-Powr permanent magnetic sheet fanners separate and fan light- or heavy-gauge steel to eliminate doubles when feeding material to presses, brakes, and shears.The sheet fanners do not pry or mar polished and painted sheets, the company states. The enclosed magnetic circuit withstands...

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