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Wrapped Around Innovation

July 22, 2013 2:38 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Pat and Bill Lancaster believed that pallet loads of product could be better protected — that billions of dollars of unsalable product due to shipping damage could be reclaimed and energy spent recycling, repurposing, or disposing of this damaged product could be regained. Pallet loads could be better stabilized and product should be — and could be — better protected in transit.

An Easy Reach: Industrial Ergonomics

June 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Ergonomics can be thought of as much like a dinner table setting: Everything should be in easy reach and no one should have to reach too far or stretch into an unnatural position to get at what they need, says Ed Metzger, president of BioFit. “By ensuring that workers have the freedom to move comfortably and naturally, companies can prevent many of the musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue that leads to lost time and productivity.”

Lear Assembly Plant Drives Integrated Systems & Quality Assurance

June 17, 2013 3:29 pm | Articles | Comments

Lear Corporation’s 94,000-square-foot, four assembly line seating plant in Montgomery, AL is one of the most modern and efficient facilities of its kind. At peak production, Lear builds approximately 1,000 seat sets per day or 73 sets per hour in 56 distinct combinations of colors and options for the Hyundai Sonata sedan and Santa Fe SUV built at Hyundai’s Alabama plant.


Fast Forklift Charging For Fast-Paced Environments

June 12, 2013 8:05 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Corwin Will is the facility manager of The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire Hathaway company, which has benefited from tremendous savings and safety improvements from installing Minit Chargers across four warehouses. The Pampered Chef warehouses face a daily challenge similar to those of all industrial facilities: trying to pick and ship thousands of items a day in the most efficient way possible.

Robotic Pallet Wrapper

May 17, 2013 11:11 am | by ITW Muller | Product Releases | Comments

The GW- 4100 robotic pallet wrapper boasts speeds of 37 loads/hr and comes standard with a telescoping mast that allows for easy mobility, accommodating loads up to 6 feet, 11 inches.

Drawbridge Shelf Cart

May 17, 2013 11:08 am | by Creform Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The drawbridge shelf cart that is ideally suited for protecting and delivering totes, containers, or unpackaged parts from warehouse to sequential operations in production, says the company.

COFE Starter Kit

May 17, 2013 11:03 am | by VARGO | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

COFE, Continuous Order Fulfillment Enterprise, processes orders within a distribution center using a demand driven waveless approach, says the company.

Narrow Aisle Forklifts

May 10, 2013 11:55 am | by Hyundai | Product Releases | Comments

At 8 KHz high frequency, the ZAPI controller provides smooth and quiet operation along with protection from low and high voltage, overheating, and fault recording.


Euro Drawers Shelving Systems

May 10, 2013 11:46 am | by Quantum Storage Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Heavy duty, high grade gray shelving offers a 400-pound capacity per shelf.

Twin-Wheel Casters

May 10, 2013 11:39 am | by Revvo Caster Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The 2H Series twin-wheel casters feature a secure bolt-on, four-station directional lock that converts swivel casters into fixed casters for straight-line travel.

Aisle Shield

May 10, 2013 11:24 am | by Wireway Husky | Product Releases | Comments

Aisle Shield is the economical answer to aisle safety and the increasing demands of regulatory agencies for fall protection into pallet rack aisles, says the company.

Order Fulfillment Automation

May 10, 2013 11:22 am | by Intelligrated® | Product Releases | Comments

GoKarts are ideal entry-level automated order fulfillment solutions that can be scaled to meet growing order volumes, explains the company.

The Roll Raptor™

May 3, 2013 5:01 pm | by SPS Ideal Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The Roll Raptor™ is the company’s latest design for the roll film industry to replace the wooden pallet/end board method of smaller roll handling.


Support Arm System

May 3, 2013 4:48 pm | by Rittal | Product Releases | Comments

With the 60/120/180 Support Arm System, monitoring units, controls, and specialized devices can be mounted and precisely positioned via an easily adjusted 3-pendant support arm system that can handle loads from 135 to 405 pounds.

Lift Truck Navigation Technology

May 3, 2013 4:43 pm | by Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Three available lift truck navigation technologies today—manual, fully-automated, and hybrid—require key issues for managers to consider when evaluating these systems for their application.

High Speed Pick & Pack Robot

April 26, 2013 4:48 pm | by QComp Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This fast and flexible system is designed to minimize labor-intensive picking and packing tasks and handle the newest package designs, such as stand up pouches.

Pallet Stretch Wrappers

April 26, 2013 4:44 pm | by Phoenix | Product Releases | Comments

From five loads per day to 100 loads per hour, all Phoenix is focused on building a rugged line of pallet stretch wrapper equipment.

Utility Catcher™

April 19, 2013 3:32 pm | by Glove Guard | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Now available with a keyhole, the Utility Catcher™ clip can be hung on a wall in addition to being hung off a belt or slid on a grid-wall.

The New Standard For Heavy Lifting

April 17, 2013 5:20 pm | by Wildeck, Inc. | Videos | Comments

At ProMat 2013, Wildeck introduced the 4XLift™, "the new standard for heavy lifting." The heavy-duty four-post 4XLift includes, as standard, Wildeck's patented AutoSenz® D-Series Overload Detection System that continuously monitors motor current and stops the lift in its tracks should a jam occur.

Parker Tracking System®

April 12, 2013 3:24 pm | by Parker Hannifin | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Durable barcode labels attached to hose assemblies and related products have made identifying and acquiring products faster, easier, and more accurate than ever before, says the company.

Quick Ship

April 12, 2013 3:05 pm | by Tranter | Product Releases | Comments

Customers will now be able to order from a wider selection of plate heat exchangers and have their new unit shipped from the Texas facility within three days.

CLX Electric Chain Hoist

April 5, 2013 12:09 pm | by Konecranes | Product Releases | Comments

The new CLX Electric Chain Hoist is targeted for manufacturing applications where high-speed load transfers and precise assembly work are required.

Portable, Electric Lifts

April 5, 2013 12:03 pm | by Presto Lifts Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

These battery-powered tables roll smoothly on any surface, even carpet, yet can be stabilized safely with a foot-operated floor lock, the company says.

Tradesman Pro™ Organizers

March 29, 2013 1:19 pm | by Klein Tools | Product Releases | Comments

The Tradesman Pro™ Organizer Rolling Tool Bag (Cat. No. 55452RTB) features rugged 6-inch wheels that can easily handle rough terrain. This bag is load tested up to 200 pounds (100 inside and 100 pounds stacked on top).

Palmer Bulk Transfer

March 29, 2013 1:10 pm | by Palmer Manufacturing & Supply, Inc. | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Palmer BTS consists of: storage tanks located in a fireproof room or logical location, pumping system for correct capacity and compatibility, small day tanks for each liquid located at the point of usage, and a properly designed PLC based control system.

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