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Conveyors Get Dynamic, Cool

April 16, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynamic Conveyor (Muskegon, MI) offers a rapid part cooling system used in conjunction with a DynaCon modular conveyor system that provides instant cool air in the hottest environments, such as production lines, manufacturing processes, injection molding, and others. The unit creates cool air up to 25 degrees below room temperature, and provides up to 60,000 BTU/hour.

Actuate Higher Reliability

April 15, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) offers a new line of CE- and CSA-Approved reversing, quarter-turn actuators, designed for use with all ball and butterfly valves up to 24” in size and torque outputs from 300-13,500 in. lbs. The EPM actuators include a modular design that utilize US-manufactured modular PC boards to eliminate 90 percent of internal wiring for higher quality, reliability, and easier maintenance.

Conveyor Belts Go Stainless Steel

April 12, 2010 7:11 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Belt Technologies (Agawam, MA) now offers a line of stainless steel indexing belts to pair with the high-speed conveyors used to assemble multi-component assemblies. The steel belts resist stretching, provide good repeatability, and allow for the exact positioning of tools and parts.

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An Electric Pick-Me-Up

April 12, 2010 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Greenville, NC) has introduced the E30-40HSD2 series of electric stand-up lift trucks. The three-wheeled truck delivers lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 lbs. and anti-fatigue mats that absorb and reduce the transmission of vibration and shock to the operator by 25 percent.

Bubble Wrap Goes 'Green'

April 9, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bubble Wrap brand from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) now offers recycled-grade cushioning with a minimum of 50 percent pre-consumer recycled content, the highest in the market. The material combines the recycled content with Barrier Bubble technology, which helps the cushioning retain air longer and promote reusability, according to Sealed Air.

LEGO-Like Crane Kits

April 8, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Demag Cranes & Components (Cleveland, OH) offers pre-engineered single girder crane kits in either top running or under running configurations that allow installers to do their own on-site assembly. The kits are shipped with all necessary components except the steel beams.

Get Bent — It's A Good Thing

April 6, 2010 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Compact Spiral hose from Parker Hannifin Corporation (Wickliffe, OH) offers 5,000 and 6,000 psi performance in a compact design. The hoses are available in a variety of sizes. The inner tube within the hoses allows for ½ the bend radius and a 30 percent smaller O.

Prevent Pallet Damage

April 1, 2010 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Polymer Solutions International, Inc. (Medford, NJ) introduces its ProStack Double Leg Ratchet pallet as a material handling solution for companies tired of forklift and pallet jack damage that leads to piles of scrapped pallets. Additional features on the pallets include: Telescoping double legs for twice the forklift damage protection.

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ShipShape For Tip-Top Handling

April 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

ShipShape bulk containers from Meese Orbitron Dunne, Co. (Ashtabula, OH) feature durable covers that establish a sturdy seal with the container to safeguard against dust and vapor release. The molded covers protect the products or materials inside the container from contamination and spillage during transport.

Know Your Lifting Limits

March 23, 2010 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller’s (Tampa, FL) Weightroller 100 and 100+ are hydraulic scales accurate to within 2 percent of the lifting capacity of the machine. They now provide a forklift operator with a visual (flash) and audible (beep) at the approach of unsafe overload conditions.

Cranes Tell You Where It Hurts

March 23, 2010 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SMARTON from Konecranes (Springfield, OH) is an overhead crane designed to minimize total lifecycle costs and maximize productivity, along with being rugged and flexible in challenging industrial environments. The SMARTON can lift loads ranging from 30 tons to more than 500 tons.

Inventory Management Fits Anywhere

March 23, 2010 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Absolute E-Z UP (Charleston, SC) offers the ISP-11 inventory management solution, with an innovative driving system that maintains a 57” outside turning radius and allows the platform to rotate a complete turn on its axis. The ISP-11 can be operated in locations with high-density shelving systems and congested aisle-ways, and features a platform capacity of 187 pounds and the ability to drive over a 35 percent grade.

Deep Conditioning... Of Bulk Bags

March 19, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Material Transfer (Allegan, MI) now provides application-specific bulk bag conditioning solutions for a wide range of industries. A new system utilizes hydraulically-actuated pivoting conditioning arms and a rotary lift table to safely and efficiently return solidified materials to a free-flowing state.

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A Different 'Shuttle' Program

March 19, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Midbrook, Inc. (Jackson, MI) announces a new material handling conveyor called the “Shuttle Pro Conveyor,” a pneumatic transport (shaker) conveyor that is driven by air bellows technology. The bellows allow the Shuttle to reliably move scrap, finished products, or other materials.

Riding On Electricity

March 18, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yale Materials Handling Corporation (Greenville, NC) has launched two new electric rider lift truck models — the 3-wheeled ERP030-040VT and the 4-wheeled ERP030-040VF — both of which provide lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 lbs. Dual AC drive motors rotate the drive tires in opposite directions, which creates the zero turn radius.

Where's Your Inventory?

March 16, 2010 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) has a new Level 5 NTC (Networkable Tool Control) system that allows users to manage a virtually unlimited number of lockable tool storage units simultaneously. Critical tools and assets are tracked and the risk of potentially catastrophic foreign object damage.

Sorting Made Easy

March 16, 2010 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intelligrated (Cincinnati, OH) now offers tilt-tray and cross-belt sortation solutions to its product portfolio. Intelligrated now designs and manufactures the complete line of Crisplant sorters, and offers them as standalone sub-systems or as parts of larger automated material handling systems.

Tubular Dock Lifts, Man

March 12, 2010 3:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advance Lifts, Inc. (Winnebago, IL) announces the Instant Dock 6568 as the newest addition to its complete line of dock lifts. The new system uses all tubular legs for maximum rigidity, and also offers stainless steel, galvanized, FDA epoxy, and enamel finishes to fit the customer’s needs.

Rotating And Tilting On Scissors

March 12, 2010 3:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Herkules Equipment Corporation (Walled Lake, MI) has designed and built a new Scissor lift Table that tilts and rotates, which was requested for an application that raises, spins, and tilts large containers during the production process to improve ergonomic conditions for workers.

Keep The Corrosives Safe

March 2, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of corrosion- and chemical-resistant tanks and containers are now available from Assmann Corporation (Garrett, IN). The tanks are made from high-density crosslink or FDA-compliant linear polyethylene and can be used to store or transport corrosive and hazardous materials.

Please, Continue Engine-Braking

March 2, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Warner Electric (Rockford, IL) introduces a new heavy duty Gen2 electromagnetic packaged clutch/brake UniModule for use in conveyor applications. The Gen2 modules feature two significant design modifications: first, larger bearings provide a dynamic load capability increase of 47 percent.

Loading Docks, Made Easy

March 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vestil Manufacturing Co. (Angola, IN) offers a trailer lock system that is designed for installation directly in front of the loading dock, with an electric hydraulic system that lifts the hook bar to capture the ICC bar on the back of semi-trailers. To ensure safety, the system comes standard with an accumulator that allows the dock to follow the trailer up and down as it is loaded or unloaded.

DC Motors For Any Application

March 1, 2010 9:50 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The IronHorse permanent magnet DC 56C-frame motor line from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) features enclosed non-vented and totally enclosed fan-cooled models. The motors are constructed of a rolled steel frame in sizes ranging from 0.33 to 2HP. The IronHorse DC motors are ideal for conveyors or turntables.

The Wonderful World Of Material Handling

February 25, 2010 10:41 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Sprocket & Gear (Arlington, TX) offers a total package in bulk material handling systems and components, including CEMA standard screws, shaftless screws, dragless conveyors, bucket elevators, cone screws, and ribbon screws. Martin’s material handling solutions are ideal for just about every segment of the manufacturing industry, according to the company.

Cranes In Dry Or Wet

February 19, 2010 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Demag Cranes & Components (Cleveland, OH) is offering the CastMaster crane series, a custom-engineered crane system designed to improve the speed and efficiency for precast and prestressed product manufacturers using the WetCast or DryCast process. The system can result in a throughput improvement up to 20 percent in areas of the manufacturing process, according to the company.

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