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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Space-saving storage system offered

May 4, 2004

Kasto Maschinenbau offers the KASTOlift, a space-saving standardized storage system that's suitable for a variety of applications, including storing barstock, sheet metal, fixtures, and boxes.The...

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Carts designed for delivering parts for line-side assembly

May 4, 2004

Kinetic Technologies LLC has introduced nonpowered carts designed to deliver small to medium-sized parts for line-side assembly. Carts may be built with modular tube frames configured for gravity flow...

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Parts handling system designed for worker safety

May 4, 2004

The FM-250 gravity-feed container system by Powell Systems Inc. is designed for handling in- and out-of-process parts in manufacturing. The system is free of protruding corners, channels, or lugs that...

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Replacement vacuum cups fit almost any vacuum equipment

April 8, 2004

Vi-Cas Mfg. offers replacement vacuum cups to fit nearly any type of vacuum equipment, including lifters, manipulators, pick-and-place systems (for sheet stock and scrap), vacuum hold-downs, packaging...

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Table positions container height, angle with single mechanism

April 8, 2004

The Z-Lift Tilter® from Southworth Products Corp. is designed to position a container's height and angle independently but with a single mechanism.The machine is suitable for applications that...

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ATR-Strothmann, Nachi partner as robotic systems integrator

April 8, 2004

Cambridge, Ont.-based ATR-Strothmann has been selected by Nachi Robotic Systems, Novi, Mich., as a licensed robot integrator for North American Nachi customers. The partnership adds Nachi's multi-axis...

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RIA honors Delmia Corp. executive

April 8, 2004

Delmia Corp., a Dassault Systèmes company in Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced that company executive Robert G. Brown has received the Robotics Industry Association's (RIA) Joseph F. Engelberger...

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Handling appliance steel

November 20, 2003

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Savvy stampers are purchasing new equipment or modifying and retrofitting existing equipment to include prefinished materials features. By paying close attention to equipment, tension practices, material processing methods, and material handling, stampers can participate in the market for surface-sensitive materials.

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The importance of storage planning

October 23, 2003

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Material and equipment storage can be a major concern for fabricators. Therefore, it is important to establish the purpose of a storage system and understand clearly what it needs to accomplish.

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Roll out the shelving

August 28, 2003

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Just as office managers look for the most efficient way to store files, shop managers must look for efficient ways to store heavy, expensive dies. Many offices have file cabinets with an index system for locating files quickly. The shop equivalent for storing and retrieving dies may be air-powered rollout shelf units.

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Lifting the load

April 10, 2003

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Manufacturers face relentless challenges in their efforts to meet changing demand. In their materials handling operation, these challenges include moving materials in tight spaces, providing just-in-time (JIT) delivery to production areas, and ensuring that lift trucks are available when and where they are needed. Maintaining production efficiency requires sturdy, dependable lift trucks that are maneuverable, easy to operate, and easy to maintain.

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Instant Lube: The basics of automatic lubricating systems for overhead conveyors

January 16, 2003

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Less than half of the overhead conveyors stampers use have automatic lubrication systems.

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Metamorphosis: Topeka fabricator automates to emerge

October 10, 2002

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A contract manufacturer of railroad and telecommunication signal house enclosures had long relied on job shops to supply the sheet metal parts, which it then assembled. But the president, Patti jon Christensen, wanted to bring all the manufacturing under her own roof so she could build the company's future on parts that met her company's quality standards and timely deliveries. The company installed a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) from Finn-Power in March 2000 and has achieved its goals, to the point that it plans to add a second FMS.

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Power-and-free conveyors provide critical path through the manufacturing course

February 14, 2002

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This article describes how power-and-free conveyors are used in manufacturing. It outlines new themes in conveyor design, systems design, control systems, and simulation software.

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A Case For Scrap Chopping

January 10, 2002

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This article describes applications for chopping scrap from stamping operations and how to use recycling for cost containment -- as opposed to to profit building -- through more concentrated scrap hauling, better use of floor space, and enhanced employee safety.

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