Vac-U-Max (Belleville, NJ) manufactures the Vacuum Conveying Equipment and Systems, which are constructed of USDA-approved materials. The vacuum conveyors range in rates from 500 pounds per hour, to 5,000 pounds per hour, and beyond. They can also be equipped with loading tablet press machines, mix tanks, and blenders.
Cyclonaire Corporation (York, NE) offers a tool for conveying a wide range of dry solids with the FlexFlite Flexible Screen Conveyors, which use steel augers and flexible tubes to move materials at rates as high as 3,600 pounds per hour. They are portable — according to the company — and are ideal for conveying products from bags, bins, hoppers, or weigh stations.
Hammond Manufacturing (Cheektowaga, NY) has added nine sizes to its 1550 family of die-cast aluminum enclosures, which provide robust mechanical protection and good EMC attenuation levels. The tapped holes and machine screws used to secure the lid make them suitable for use where interior access will be required on a regular basis.
EnKon Systems — the new brand name for Herkules Equipment Corporation ’s (Walled Lake, MY) scissor lift tables — has coupled a hydraulic scissor lift with a tilting conveyor. The system allows for loading and assembling components before sliding the piece to another assembly cell.
The Full Stroke PTFE Diaphragm from Wilden (Grand Terrace, CA) can be used on all of the company’s AODD pump lines. They offer considerable suction capability, along with increased flow, and are designed to withstand common steam sterilization temperatures. According to the company, they fully comply with FDA material compatability requirements.
Wheelift Systems (Waverly, IA) has announced its space-saving, self-propelled trailers (SPT) in capacities to 100 tons. According to the company, the trailers are ideal for in-plant operation in congested, confined areas, and narrow intersection aisles. In addition, they include computerized independent steering, on-center rotating front axles, remote control operation, a low-profile design, and onboard power generation.
The Guidelok SL, from igus (East Providence, RI) is designed for vertical cable carrier applications operating on storage-and-retrieval units in high-bay warehouses, as well as elevators and material handling equipment. According to the company, it is compact and easy-to-install, even when being retrofitted into an existing system.
Hyster Company (Greenville, NC) has unveiled its next generation of tough and durable electric lift trucks with the E30-40XN series. They deliver lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. By using AC motors and transistor controller technology for both the traction and hydraulic systems, the cost of maintenance is reduced, according to the company.
The Holley Transfer Pipe from Kochek Company (Putnam, CT) can efficiently move water from dump tanks to drafting tanks, replacing lower volume, more complicated, and labor-intensive methods of transferring water. The “all-in-one” system requires no assembly, with an integrated intake hole, a jet siphon port, a support bracket, and a handle for easy transport.
JLG Industries, Inc. (McConnellsburg, PA) has announced a new model in its line of boom lifts: the 340AJ. The new lift has a lift height of 34 feet, with 20 feet of horizontal reach and a 17-foot up and over reach, all with a low gross vehicle weight of 9,700 pounds. In addition, the new lift features steel hoods to increase its durability, and has a 500-pound capacity at its maximum reach.
The competitiveness among companies in the highly automated metal fabrication industry is tough in these days of global economical slowdown. Efficient production along with a high output of the line(s) is crucial for plants, as those with low productivity will quickly disappear. This paper looks at the problem of slipping suction cups on oily metal sheets and the best methods to manage and avoid design mistakes.
The Hyster Company (Las Vegas, NV) has created the H190-360HD2 heavy-duty pneumatic lift truck series, with lifting capacities of 19,000 to 36,000 pounds. Each uses a Cummins QSB 6.7 Tier 3 industrial diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler. The mated three-speed autoshift transmission allows for precise inching and smooth shifting.
Decade Products (Grand Rapids, MI) has developed a 48x48 Fixed-Wall container, constructed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) structural foam. The bins are strong, yet lightweight, and offer corrosion resistance. According to the company, they require virtually no maintenance. Unlike other types of containers, the Decade products meet USDA/HACCP standards for direct food contact.
The FLA 1650 AGV, from Amerden, Inc. (Augustine, FL), provides a flexible material handling link between production lines and warehousing. The vehicle provides automatic pick-up and drop-off of unitized loads, and laser guidance for ease of installation and maximum flexibility within a plant’s given layout.
The prominent buzzword in material handling today is undoubtedly sustainability. However, merely relegating it to buzzword status almost does a disservice by distracting from the tangible benefits of sustainability. Fewer materials, lower energy bills, and cleaner integration of components are all realized gains that, directly and indirectly, impact the bottom line. Nevertheless, sustainable initiatives require an in?depth understanding of what technologies are available and how to integrate them into your system.
Shifting loads and loose cargo are not a problem for the Inter-Stacking (ISP) Cases, according to Pelican-Hardigg (Torrance, CA). The IPS cases are engineered with “wave design” stacking ribs (on their lids) and molded in-discs (on their bottoms) that lock the cases together in a stack.
The engineering department at Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. (Hamilton, OH) has unveiled the next generation in swivel technology — the HPI. Hamilton Precision Integrated can be found on select series of Hamilton’s heavy-duty forged steel casters with load capacities from 600 to 23,000 pounds per caster.
TurboTorch (St. Louis, MO), a subsidiary of Thermadyne, has introduced a durable and lightweight tote for HVAC professionals, which helps to store the essentials on the jobsite. The tote is mounted on rollers and has a telescopic pull handle that allows the owner to roll a heavy bag filled with equipment, including an acetylene “B” tank.
The zoned accumulation conveyor from TKF (Cincinnati, OH), with roll-to-roll chain-driven live rollers (CDLR), is designed to handle medium- to heavy-duty loads. The zone lengths can be designed to coincide with the product lengths, and the entire length can be driven by a single power unit.
The Transformer Dolly, from Tiiger (Mt. Juliet, TN), is a high yield strength steel system that allows for the safe and easy handling of a pole-mounted transformer. The compact design allows it to be used in small spaces, but it can accommodate various sizes. To use, position the Hook Brackets with the chain to accommodate for transformer size, and then push the dolly forward to allow the brackets to attach to the transformer.
JLG Industries (McConnellsburg, PA) has announced that it is installing steel hoods on several of its engine-powered boom lifts, beginning with the 600S, 800S, and 800A models. The hoods will reduce the cost of ownership and provide improved long-term value, according to the company. They can help provide additional protection from weld sprawls and other damaging elements, which adds to the new low cost of ownership, and helps keep maintenance costs down.
A&H Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc. (Cerritos, CA) now offers the Shop Lift as an ergonomic solution to the problem of heavy materials handling in a confined space. The Shop Lift is designed to fit through most standard doorways, but is capable of carrying up to 600 pounds of payload.
Southworth Products Corp. (Portland, ME) has redesigned its PalletPal Level Loader to make it more ergonomic. A smaller base makes loading and unloading pallets faster, safer, and easier because it allows users to step closer to the unit’s platform. According to the company, its use can eliminate injury-producing bending, lifting, reaching, and stretching common to pallet-loading applications.
Carts and trucks covered with the covers/caps from EDGECO (Little Ferry, NJ) will keep odors contained and will not spill, according to the company. Material options for the covers include a fire-, bacterial-, and water-resistant vinyl or a heavy-duty nylon in a variety of sizes and colors. A shock cord in the hem provides for a snug fit.
The Series CU hose reels from Reelcraft (Columbia City, IN) are designed for lighter-duty applications that require longer lengths of low-pressure air/water hose. The reels are hand cranked with a balanced brass swivel and inlet. The four available models come with the ability to handle up to 100’ of 3/8” or 1/2” I.