A fully powered C-frame style vacuum upender 180° flipper from Anver Corp. (Hudson, MA) lets one person lift, inspect, and reposition wood, plastic, and composite sheets. The Upender allows operators to place sheets and panels in jigs for assembly or secondary operations with eight double spring-loaded vacuum suction pads to assure even loading and stress-free handling.
The new Thomas & Betts (T&B — Memphis, TN) Hi-Tech 38kV Trans-Guard OS Short Backup Current-Limiting Fuse provides the greatest risk reduction of disruptive transformer failure. The system is designed for use in 26.4 to 34.5kV distribution while significantly reducing fault energy and offering high interrupting capability for protection against ever-increasing available fault currents.
A lack of innovation on the part of American companies is one of the biggest reasons behind the economy's struggles, or so argues Michael Mandel, the former chief economist at Business Week. And according to a National Science Foundation study, a mere 9 percent of American companies are committed to "innovating.
I’m a fairly avid listener of podcasts at work. They help me concentrate in the office, and, at times, they can be good inspiration for whatever I’m working through my mind at the time. I’ve been listening to NPR’s Planet Money podcast for a good six months now, ever since I heard their exposé on the recent collapse of our economy through the abuse and failure of subprime mortgages on This American Life .
Food Manufacturing 's inaugural Smart Sourcing Award winners showcase overwhelming returns on their equipment investments. Regardless of their background or area of expertise, every Food Manufacturing reader struggles with how to stretch limited purchasing budgets in keeping their operations moving as efficiently and profitably as possible.
Chloride Systems (Burgaw, NC) offers advanced technologies in emergency lighting with the CMF/TMF/ZMF Series, which provides a fixture that is versatile enough to meet egress code requirements in industrial applications. The series is available in 6, 12, or 24 volt, 25-450 watt units with high-performance MR16 lamp head assembly options.
The Mobile In-House Sign Shop (MIHSS) is now available from Visual Workplace, Inc. (Byron Center, MI), giving users the ability to quickly create their own signs, banners, and other visuals either from scratch or with existing templates without the wait of purchasing from an outside vendor.
Southworth Products (Portland, ME) has designed its Dandy Lift line of lifter/transporters for more convenience and comfort to make work faster, safer, and easier. The hydraulic systems in the Dandy Lifts offer infinite height adjustment (within range) and a 20:1 mechanical advantage. In addition, they are available in seven models with a wide range of capacities (330 to 1,760 pounds) and lifting heights (29” to 49.
The most up-to-date hazardous materials regulations have been combined in MANCOMM ’s (Davenport, IA) forthcoming DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations, Oct. 2010 Edition . The publication will be made with RegLogic, which is a two-color graphical approach that takes the difficulty out of navigating and reading regulations, according to the company.
With the continuing trend of increasing energy demand and rising energy costs, conserving energy in warehouse facilities should be extremely important to industrial distributors. Efficient warehousing and distribution centers are integral components of a business’ supply chain strategy, especially in today’s competitive global economy.
The Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AR) has recently added additional designs to its Baldor Reliance Super-E line of efficient motors, which will be compatible with almost any configuration for specific applications, according to the company. The Super-E motors include 26 premium efficient ratings designed for the heating, venting, and air conditioning industry; more than 50 washdown, paint-free, and all stainless premium efficient ratings; and more than 70 premium efficient unit handling ratings.
The Bryant line of manual motor controllers (MMC) is now available from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA). The controllers are UL-listed as “suitable as motor disconnects” due to a compact design that uses thermoset bodies to provide high resistance to electrical arc tracking. AC-rated silver alloy contacts extend life and increase conductivity.
Acme Industrial Company (Carpentersville, IL) has announced a new thinwall threaded insert product line: the Swage-Sert. The design allows the product to be used with minimum boss requirements to help reduce weight and increase strength. The inserts are used to repair stripped, damaged, or worn out threads, but can also be deployed in original equipment to strengthen threads and extend thread life.
Falcon Electric, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) has announced a new line of SSG-RP Series Ultra-Wide Temperature UPS, with models from 1kVA to 3kVA, which are designed to operate reliably in temperature environments beyond standard UPS products (-22° to 149°F). The LCD display has been replaced with a high-temperature display, internal components have been upgraded, and special batteries with a wide operational temperature range have been incorporated.
Supervisors play a key role in the management of injuries, return-to-work, and reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While supervisors may be well trained in the functional aspects of maintaining a safe workplace, reporting injuries, or investigating injuries, many fall short in their interaction with injured employees.
I am writing this on an airplane... One of those sinus-frustrating sojourns from the west coast, seemingly airborne for days... The business that jetted me across the skies was in San Diego, attending the National Safety Congress & Expo, in order to get the first glance at new technologies relating to the safety arena (I also saw a ten foot tall robot on the show floor, but I digress.
When manufacturers see their operations grow in size and complexity, they should consider system solutions or upgrades that offer more adequate and extensive capabilities. Cedarlane Natural Foods offers an easy solution for home-cooked wholesome meals with a wide variety of all-natural frozen foods.
Just last week, Berkely Bionics unveiled eLEGS, which they describe as "an exoskeleton for wheel-chair users who are committed to living life to its fullest." The bionic legs will hopefully allow paraplegics to be mobile even after their accident. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Kit Kat turns 75 this year, so CNN 's Ayesha Durgahee visited a factory in York, England to learn about their secret to success even after three-fourths of a century. The bars you buy today are the same Rowntree recipe that was used decades ago, so no flavor has been lost over the years. As an added bonus, chocolate appears to be relatively recession-proof — despite increases in the price of cocoa, consumers are almost always willing to maintain their chocolate habit even as pursestrings tighten.
Workers are trying to turn the chemical tide to stanch the flow of toxic sludge in the rivers flowing toward the Danube River. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.