iwis (Indianapolis, IN) has introduced anti-backbend chains, which are only flexible in one direction, for pushing loads and transmitting forces without the need for a guidance system. The chains are suitable for transmitting tensile and compressive forces, and perform a similar function as linear drives, eliminating the need for an endless, circulating chain drive.
The SMARTON crane system is designed for optimum flexibility and reliability in challenging environments, with a compact design that allows industrial halls to be smaller than before. Konecranes (Springfield, OH) has developed the cranes with capacities from 160 to 500 tons, which makes them ideal for automotive and general manufacturing, automatic storage systems, workshops, and more.
The RingDex, from Dispense Works (McHenry, IL), is an affordable filling system with a unique modular design that can improve previously manual and tedious filling/capping operations. The RingDex allows quick changeovers for low- to medium-volume protection with a removable indexing ring and quick-release tooling to accommodate different size bottles, vials, caps, tips, etc.
The Moyno (Springfield, OH) 2000 Model G3 Progressing Cavity Pump is suited for handling semi-dry, high-solids content or caked substances. By positioning the pump above the auger feed, the bridge breaker device prevents the accumulation of material in the throat of the pump. In addition, this bridge breaker is independently-driven for flexibility in controlling the pump and breaker, which helps meet specific application requirements.
Material Transfer (Allegan, MI) has developed the Sanitary Stainless Steel Hydraulic Container Dumper, which discharges containers of food products into an existing hopper at 63” above floor level. The unit has a sanitary, wash-down duty, tubular 304 stainless steel construction with continuous TIG welds, and no tube penetrations.
Establishing and following good engineering practices, and being prepared to handle spills, are two key elements of a successful Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.
The new P-433 Ship Shape Biohazard bulk container from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabulta, OH) has earned the UN 11H2 design qualification documenting its ability to safely transport hazardous materials. The container is developed for handling clinical waste, oil- and paint-soaked shop rags, and flammable solid materials due to its rugged, rigid plastic container with a seal-tight plastic cover.
The FLA 1650 AGV, from Amerden, Inc. (Augustine, FL), provides a flexible material handling link between production lines and warehousing. They have produced the following video to demonstrate their product in use: To learn more, visit www.amerden.
The recently-introduced line of CABLEflow Tubular Cable Drag Conveyors from Spiroflow Systems (Charlotte, NC) are designed for applications requiring gentle handling and conveying both to and from multiple points in a circuit. They can transfer friable bulk products from single or multiple in-feed points to single or multiple discharge points with little or no damage.
NuStar, Inc. (Shakopee, MN) has developed the new Super Power Pusher, which is a pedestrian-operated, battery-powered pusher with a new handle. It can push, pull, and maneuver almost any heavy industrial load, and can use a range of attachments for handling rolling loads up to 150,000 pounds.
Moyno 500 Grinder Pumps from Moyno, Inc. (Springfield, OH) use compact, lightweight designs that combine a solids reduction unit with a progressing cavity pump. According to the company, they are ideal for environmental clean-up and industrial wastes. The replaceable carbide tips on the cast iron cutter disc rotate against a stationary tool-steel cutter ring.
Hamilton Caster (Hamilton, OH) has released the new 7500 Caster Series, which carries heavy loads over uneven surfaces. The casters use a forged steel design and heavy-duty, semi-pneumatic tires, which offer twice the capacity of a traditional pneumatic caster. According to the company, they deliver a smooth ride, even more rough or broken concrete.
The CB6 walk/ride base, from Cecor (Verona, WI), combines a sump cleaner with powered transport for long hauls between collection and disposal or treatment. The base can maneuver easily through narrow aisles, around tight corners, and provides work positioning. Operators can also walk and maneuver the sump cleaner into tight areas.
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.