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.
Kinetic Technologies, Inc. (Wickliffe, OH) has introduced a double 48” x 96” flat deck cart for towing up to 4,000 pounds. The four-wheel steering improves tracking of carts in long trains, which helps cornering or maneuvering in tight aisles. The one-piece, 7-gage deck is laser cut and rides 15” off the ground.
The XE-3 from Chemineer (Dayton, OH) is a high-efficiency axial flow impeller for heat transfer, blending, and solids suspension applications. The XE-3 impeller is as much as 10 percent more efficient than the HE-3 model in turbulent mixing, which can reduce energy costs in both new and retrofit applications.
The E-Z Tec DSP Metal Detector Standard Conveyor Systems from Eriez (Erie, PA) provides users with protection against ferrous and nonferrous metal contamination. The standard conveyor system includes a continuously-welded 304 stainless steel frame, wash-down drive, variable speed control, UHMW slider bed, and more.
The AquaPruf 7400 Ultimate Series from Dorner (Hartland, WI) has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the only modular conveyor approved for the meat and poultry industry. The 7400 Ultimate comes with several advanced design benefits, such as: The ability to go from fully assembled to completely disassembled in less than two minutes, without tools, for fast and effective sanitation.
Bushman AvonTec (Milwaukee, WI) has developed a coil grab, which easily handles densely-packed slit coils. The adjustable coil lifter has flexible lifting legs that fit between the coils and rotate into the I.D. for a safe lift. The hooks are adjustable in two-inch increments to permit handling coils of varying thicknesses.
JLG Industries, Inc. (McConnellsburg, PA) has announced that it is re-launching its vertical mast lift, the T26E. The mast boom lift features a vertical telescopic mast with a jib that enables operators to reach above and around obstacles. The lift is ideal for plant maintenance applications, heating, HVAC, and workers in automotive plants, according to the company.
Linde Material Handling—North America Corporation (Summerville, SC) has introduced its new RX60 series of electric counterbalanced sit-down lift trucks. The eight models in the series have capacities ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 pounds, and are ideal for any manufacturing businesses with a need for emission-free, high-performance trucks.
The OHAUS VN Series Floor Scales and Platforms from OHAUS Corporation (Pine Brook, NJ) offer a high-quality construction to minimize distortion under heavy loads, thereby ensuring years of dependable use, according to the company. The VN Series makes use of welded steel ribs and a thick top plate design to provide structural stiffness, while the cross-hatch surface pattern increases slip resistance.
TKF, Inc . (Cincinnati, OH) now offers overhead monorail and power and free conveyor systems, which are ideal for small manufacturing plants, according to the company. The systems can accommodate products weighing up to 6,000 pounds. In addition, they can reduce material handling between sequential processes while accommodating static work station operations.
MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has recently added two new styles to its family of miniature conveyors. The compact motorized systems are designed to perform precise, automated short-run conveying in machine building, as well as in testing and inspection applications. The new models include: The CVSMA — Flat Belt Single Track Mini Conveyor (70mm) — with a built-in motor drive between frames.
Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) has introduced a smaller-sized bin and new rack design for its Easy Flow Gravity Hopper system. The smaller and lighter 31620BLUE hopper has a six-gallon holding capacity. According to the company, the other features of the system includes: A large, angled top opening that allows for easy filling.
The ZE series of 600 bar electric pumps from Enerpac (Milwaukee, WI) have been engineered to save power and increase reliability by reducing the number of moving parts it incorporates, according to the company. The enclosed, fan-cooled electric motor supplies extended life and stands up to harsh industrial environments.
The LS Barge pump, built by Ruhrpumpen (Tulsa, OK) is a vertical, self-contained pump with a primary self-priming first-stage impeller capable of handling products for efficient stripping. The vertical unit requires minimal space and handles a large variety of petroleum distillates and other materials.
Dorner (Hartland, WI) has developed the new 3200 Series iDrive belt conveyor, which offers faster speeds, increased weight capacity, and indexing capabilities, according to the company. The iDrive Series integrates the motor, gearbox, and motor controller all within the frame of the conveyor, which allows the design to fit into tight spaces without worry.