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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Get Comfortable With Lift Trucks

February 19, 2010 11:07 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Greenville, NC) has launched a new series of lift trucks with lifting capacities of 55,000 to 70,000 lbs. The H550-700HD models are ideal for steel manufacturing, loading general cargo, and stacking loaded or unloaded containers. The newly designed models feature the ComforCab II operator compartment, which enhances operator comfort to maximize productivity.

Lead-Free Submersible Pumps

February 16, 2010 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America (Tarrytown, NY) has announced compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61-Annex G for their submersible pump motor line-up. The Annex-G standard (Weighted Average Lead Content Evaluation Procedure to a 0.25 Percent Lead Requirement) was developed in response to California’s Low Lead Plumbing Law, which mandates a maximum lead content of 0.

A Fluid Pump That's A Bit Eccentric

February 11, 2010 8:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EnvironGear Sealless Gear Pumps, made by PeopleFlo, are now avilable through Springer Pumps (Telford, PA). The pumps are designed to handle a wide range of fluids, with features like high-strength spindlers, one fluid chamber, and an internally adjustable integral relief valve.

Hop Aboard The Cleanroom Trolley

February 11, 2010 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The David Round Company (Solon, OH) offers a new series of stainless steel trolley products for clean room use, designed to meet the needs of food processors, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and electronics producers. Manual, hand-geared, and motorized stainless steel trolley products are available to position chain, strap, or wire rope hoist products in the plants.

Light-Duty, Not Light-Featured

February 11, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Revvo Caster Company, Inc. (West Seneca, NY) introduces its new range of Flexello brand D Series light-duty swivel casters for a variety of applications, such as carts, dollies, work cabinets, and tool boxes. The casters are offered in four sizes (2”, 3”, 4”, and 5”) with load capacities ranging from 110 to 220 lbs.

Drum Lifting And Sealing

February 9, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Material Transfer and Storage (Allegan, MI) now offers the hydraulic Lift & Seal System, which is an explosion-proof drum discharging and feeding system. The system seals the drum outlet to a dust-tight pour cone for a clean working environment. The Control Link Rotation System provides 180° drum rotation for a maximum product discharge, and a docking transition module supports a rotary valve feeder and a tool-free flexible connection to the screener inlet.

Liquid Magnetics

February 9, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has launched a new Tapered-Step design model in the plate-style series of their Magnetic Liquid Trap product line. The new style is structured to hold ferrous debris against its solid tapered step to prevent wipe-off of tramp iron, even in high-density applications.

Transporting Electronics, Safely

February 8, 2010 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new transit rack case, the E-TR, for the safe and reliable transport of electronic systems, is now available from Optima EPS (Fremont, CA). The E-TR cases are available in 4U and 12U heights. Optima’s transit rack cases are compliant to MIL-STD 810F and rated to IP65, along with being stable in temperatures from -40°F to +158°F.

Steering On Any Wheel

February 8, 2010 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kinetic Technologies, Inc. (Wickliffe, OH) introduces the ProFlow TrakSteer series of 4-wheel-steer industrial carts for towing loads up to 2,000 lbs. The steering improves tracking of carts in long trains and is helpful for cornering or maneuvering in tight aisles. The carts have a one-piece formed flat steel deck with welded stiffeners, an 11” deck height, and a quiet operation.

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