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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Prab launches Spanish-language website

January 6, 2016

Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Prab, a manufacturer of engineered conveyors, chip and fluid management, and wastewater systems, has launched a comprehensive Spanish-language website at The website offers information on methods for automatically processing all types of metal scrap and...

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The impact of lean manufacturing on structural steel fabricating

January 4, 2016


As fabricators strive to eliminate waste in the modern structural steel facility, the fab shops have taken on a new look. This definitely is not your grandfather's structural steel fabricating.

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Suction cups offer stability at high speeds

December 30, 2015

Piab has introduced XP DURAFLEX® cups (0.39 to 4.33 in.), designed with a single bellows. According to the company, the cups stay stable when in motion, allowing users to run their robots or production lines at high speeds while maintaining accuracy and precision. The suction cups combine firm...

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Low-profile gravity rollers introduced

December 24, 2015

Creform Corp. has introduced a new, low-profile version of its wide Placon® gravity rollers and conveyor mounts. The rollers, available in two styles, are 80 percent of the height of the standard wide Placon conveyor. The rail base is 1.25 in. compared to the 1.57 in. for the standard variety....

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UniCarriers Americas launches new website

December 17, 2015

Material handling equipment provider UniCarriers Americas Corp., Marengo, Ill., has launched a new website at, offering mobile-friendly content, search function, and updated equipment information. The new site also features an improved dealer portal, putting all of...

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Yale three-wheel stand named Plant Engineering Product of the Year finalist

December 16, 2015

Yale Materials Handling Corp., Greenville, N.C., has announced that its ESC030AD three-wheel stand has been recognized by Plant Engineering as a finalist for Product of the Year. The competition awards innovation and recognizes new product designs that help improve productivity in manufacturing...

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Southworth Intl. Group acquires Marco Group AB

December 14, 2015

Falmouth, Maine-based Southworth Intl. Group, a provider of ergonomic material handling equipment, announced the acquisition of Marco Group AB, a European manufacturer of similar lifting and positioning technologies in Ängelholm, Sweden. The acquisition accelerates Southworth’s presence in...

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FlexArm earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

December 10, 2015

Wapakoneta, Ohio-based FlexArm Inc. has received ISO 9001:2008 certification. The company manufactures and distributes tapping machines, assembly arms, grinding arms, and ergonomic material handling systems....

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Conveyor system can be positioned horizontally or vertically

December 3, 2015

Destaco has launched the new Camco iQue™ conveyor, powered by iTrak™, for packaging, material handling, manufacturing assembly, and testing. The system can be positioned horizontally or vertically with an axial or radial configuration. Capable of asynchronous and synchronous movement,...

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Cutting costs automatically with automated material handling

November 30, 2015

Schletter Inc., a producer of solar mounting systems, invested in an automated sheet metal storage and handling system from Volz-Stopa America Inc. for its Shelby, N.C., manufacturing facility.

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Portable scissor lifts transport heavy loads between workcells

November 25, 2015

Verti-Lift has introduced a line of portable scissor lifts for moving heavy loads between workcells. They are available as electric hydraulic with push-button hand pendant or manually foot-operated. Features include heavy-duty cylinders, lifetime-lubricated bearings, safety maintenance blocks,...

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Dorner opens office in Ontario

November 19, 2015

Hartland, Wis.-based Dorner Mfg., a manufacturer of industrial and sanitary conveyor systems, has opened a new office in Burlington, Ont. Supporting the Canadian operations are Tony Dell’Unto, conveyor applications specialist; Ron Heasman, national sales manager - Canada; and Dan Nasato, vice...

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UniCarriers Americas announces new local supplier

November 18, 2015

Material handling equipment manufacturer UniCarriers Americas Corp. (UCA) has announced that its supplier, Shanghai Leading, has opened a U.S. branch, Leading Harness Americas, on UCA’s Marengo, Ill., campus. Tokyo-based Shanghai Leading Electric Co., a provider of assembly and wire harness...

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Illinois Material Handling acquires Servicemax Inc.

November 18, 2015

Wolter Group LLC, Brookfield, Wis., has acquired material handling distributor Servicemax Inc. of Bolingbrook, Ill. Servicemax will join forces with Illinois Material Handling, a member of the material handling sector of Wolter Group LLC. “As our seventh acquisition in the last five years,...

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Oval suction cups designed for sheet metal handling applications

November 5, 2015

Fipa Inc. has introduced two new series of oval suction cups for sheet metal handling. The SM-OF (flat) and SM-OB (bellows) series provide slip-free handling of dry and oily metal sheets in a variety of automotive, metal processing, and mechanical and plant engineering applications. Suitable...

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