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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Intelligent part identification: Keeping track of it all

February 4, 2015

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Modern forming technology has made kit-based part flow much easier. But when you’re dealing with a dynamically nested sheet, with kits of different parts, pieces can get lost in the mix. Fabricators can tackle this problem with intelligent nesting and part identification.

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Overhead cranes can be customized

February 3, 2015

Konecranes offers UNITON™ cranes for heavy-duty lifting and process industries. They can be tailored to users’ needs. Standard features include fabricated box end trucks with 90-degree, MCB-type bearing housings. Two-point drum suspension inhibits deflections of the rope drum from causing...

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Horizontal-motion conveyor removes scrap

January 27, 2015

Prab Inc. has redesigned the Quick Return (QR) horizontal-motion conveyor. It removes scrap or any shape, material thickness, and load from laser machines, plasma machines, and single-press dedicated units. The conveyor also can be used as a transfer system for plantwide applications over long...

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Open-frame steel belt conveyor allows view of carryover

January 27, 2015

Prab Inc. offers a heavy-duty, open-frame steel belt conveyor designed to allow operators and maintenance personnel to see if carryover has fallen between the belt. The removable guard panels allow access to the area between the belt and the bottom cover for removal of scrap. The conveyor is...

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Custom manufacturing offered for clamping, material handling products

January 26, 2015

De-Sta-Co has expanded its custom manufacturing capabilities. Customers can work directly with the company’s engineers to modify any of its clamping, automation, and material handling systems to produce products that are matched to a specific application. Customization and modification...

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Sheet fanners work with hard-to-handle sheets

January 21, 2015

Eriez® sheet fanners feature a magnetic circuit to fan and separate semisticky, oily, bent, and heavy-gauge sheet steel for presentation to presses, press brakes, and shears. No prying is required, and doubles are eliminated. They do not mar painted or polished surfaces. The sheet fanners are...

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Kion North America names new president/CEO

January 19, 2015

The Kion Group, Summerville, S.C., has announced the appointment of Vincent Halma as president/CEO of Kion North America Corp. He previously served as chief sales officer. Halma succeeds Brian Butler, who left the company to pursue new opportunities. Before moving to Summerville, Halma held the...

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Hawk Technology acquires assets of ALM Materials Handling

January 19, 2015

Hawk Technology Inc., Rock Island, Ill., has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary ALM Positioners Inc. has acquired the assets of ALM Materials Handling LLC. Hawk is a designer and manufacturer of tooling, fixtures, robotics integration systems, vision inspection systems, and customized...

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Eriez Wager Road plant achieves more than 1,000 days without a lost-time accident

January 16, 2015

Employees at Eriez®’s Wager Road facility, located in Erie, Pa., have worked more than 1,000 days, since the plant opening in February 2012, without a lost-time accident. “We integrate safety into every aspect of our day-to-day operations,” said Tina Swanson, HR manager - safety and...

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Applied Robotics hires director of sales and marketing

January 16, 2015

Applied Robotics Inc., a provider of specialized automation end-of-arm tooling and connectivity systems in Glenville, N.Y., has hired Kevin B. Drummond as director of sales and marketing. Drummond has 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, encompassing hands-on technical sales as well as...

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Intelligrated launches redesigned spare parts procurement website

January 9, 2015

Cincinnati-based Intelligrated®, an automated material handling systems provider, has launched a redesigned spare parts procurement website at www.ontimeparts.com. The site offers a new design and improved back-end integration to connect customers with an inventory of more than 75,000 OEM and...

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AGV Solutions enters North American market

January 7, 2015

AGV Solutions, a supplier of AGV systems, has opened in Charlotte, N.C. The company’s products include forklift AGVs, unit-load AGVs, and specialty AGVs to handle loads from light duty in hospital logistics to heavy duty in the steel industry. The firm is a collaboration between AGVE, a...

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Circular lifting magnets handle all types of steel

December 24, 2014

Eriez® circular lifting magnets handle all types of steel, especially scrap. These general-purpose magnets are suitable for use in steel mills, steel service centers, and ball mills for furnace charging and other material handling jobs. Featuring computer-designed magnetic circuitry, the...

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Powered walkie stacker has 3,000-lb. capacity

December 24, 2014

The PowerStak model PPS-3000-AS stacker from Presto Lifts offers 3,000 lbs. of capacity with a 24-in. load center. A two-stage telescopic mast enables it to lift loads up to 125 in., allowing it to service racks up to 10 ft. high. Forward- and reverse-drive switches are located on both sides of...

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Vertical lift module offers 2,204-lb. capacity

December 23, 2014

Integrated Systems Design offers heavy-weight vertical lift modules (VLMs), designed to handle up to 2,204 lbs. per tray. A VLM is a column with a series of trays in the front and back, plus an insertion/extraction device that runs in the center of the column, delivering trays to an ergonomic...

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