INTRODUCING POWERFOIL D: THE INDUSTRIAL DIRECT-DRIVE HVLS FAN PERFECTED

 

 

Big Ass Fans Powerfoil D

Big Ass Fans has unveiled Powerfoil D, the product of 10 years’ experience and purpose-built design.

The exceptionally engineered Powerfoil D is the first and only direct-drive overhead fan designed for harsh industrial environments. Powerfoil D illustrates the company’s continued commitment to building premium-quality products specifically designed for customer spaces.

Powerfoil D delivers strength and performance required for industrial applications, but with virtually silent operation and aesthetic appeal to thrive in any commercial or public setting.

“We’re leading the industry in direct-drive technology,” says John Gerhardt, Big Ass Fans product manager. “We designed Powerfoil D with the same premium materials and safety features as every fan in our Powerfoil line. As the only industrial fan with a standard IP66 rating, it’s every inch an industrial product.”

For more information, visit bigassfans.com or call 877-244-3267.

Steel King Announces Self-Closing Safety Gates

Adds versatility to steel guard railing systems

 

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency, announces a line of self-closing safety gates. Made of heavy, 11-gauge corrugated steel rails, the safety gates are designed to fit a 48-inch post-to-post center line within a protective railing system. They are available for both the Steel Guard® and Armor Guard® railing systems.

Featuring a yellow powder coat finish that is highly visible, durable, and UV resistant, the new line of safety gates offers easy installation, with no cutting, welding, or drilling required. The versatile safety gate can be turned or flipped to achieve the desired opening direction.

Part of Steel King’s industrial guard rail product line, the self-closing gates are available in standard sizes as part of the company’s 48 Hour Quick Ship program.

For more information about the safety gates and how they add versatility to your steel guard rail systems, visit: https://www.steelking.com/products/safety-gates/.

NEW RAYMOND COURIER™ 3030 STACKER UTILIZES SEEGRID VISION-GUIDED TECHNOLOGY TO ADDRESS INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Next-generation automated vehicle ideal for handling, transporting products between connected manufacturing and warehouse facilities

GREENE, N.Y. — The Raymond Corporation has launched a new, next-generation automated lift truck stacker, the Raymond Courier™ 3030 stacker, which utilizes Seegrid vision-guided technology and combines horizontal transport and vertical pallet lift. Supporting Raymond’s introduction of intelligent warehouse solutions, the Courier 3030 stacker is designed to automate stacking from pick to delivery locations.

Ideal for handling and transporting products between connected manufacturing and warehouse facilities, the Courier 3030 stacker automated lift truck helps maximize workforce productivity and drive down labor costs. With a second-level vertical reach capability of up to 72 inches and a weight capacity of 2,500 pounds, the automated stacker is ideal for pickup/drop-off, end-of-aisle and end-of-line applications, as well as conveyor picking.

“Warehouses are constantly driven to address industry challenges like rising labor costs and workflow management. It can be easy to overlook the need to optimize operations before turning to automation,” said Michael Field, CEO, The Raymond Corporation. “The Courier 3030 stacker was built with flexibility and versatility in mind to address customer challenges in the supply chain and logistics industries. Leading-edge technology like the Courier 3030 stacker helps keep customers’ operations functioning at higher efficiency and productivity levels in an on-demand world that is always on.”

The Courier 3030 stacker is able to transport different pallet sizes and types. Additionally, the reverse-motion and auto-engagement functions optimize workflow and increase productivity, helping warehouses work better and more efficiently. With the help of the Courier 3030 stacker, workflow is shared between man and machine — allowing more time for forklift operators to learn additional, more engaging skill sets.

“For nearly a decade, Seegrid and Raymond have strategically partnered to combine Seegrid’s market-leading expertise in automation with Raymond’s end-to-end warehouse solutions and lift truck proficiency,” said Jeff Christensen, vice president of product, Seegrid. “Seegrid’s powerful and proven Vision technology enables vehicles like the Raymond Courier 3030 to autonomously solve the biggest challenges in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment to create real value for customers.”

To learn more about the new Raymond Courier 3030 stacker, visit www.raymondcorp.com or call 800-235-7200.

Interroll’s production capacities in Atlanta to double

Sant’Antonino, Switzerland/Atlanta, USA, May 10, 2019. Interroll has announced the creation of extra capacities in the United States of America. An additional plant next to the existing one will be built in Hiram near Atlanta, Georgia. The company is investing a total of around US $11 million in this extension, and completion of the second factory is expected by the end of 2019.

At Interroll, the Americas region continues to see a high level of project activities, with 2018 sales resulting in double-digit growth. At the same time, the company is introducing innovative solutions at a fast pace to meet the market’s ever-evolving demands. Important business trends such as increased automation for warehouses and airports as well as the rise of e-commerce continue to support this positive outlook.

“We continue to see high demand for Interroll solutions in the Americas,” says Richard Keely, Executive Vice President of the Americas region. “Because of this, we are preparing ourselves by raising capacities in order to ensure fast delivery times for our customers and end users in the years to come.”

The planned investment volume will amount to approximately US $11 million (approximately CHF 10.9 million). The project adds 121,500 square feet (approximately 11,300 square meters) of available floor space of which 15,000 square feet (approximately 1,400 square meters) will be used as office space.

“Our extended capacities will allow us to further develop our lean and agile production and increase the level of automation in our factories,” says Keely.

Interroll is now introducing a new version of its oil-free drum motor based on the new and improved Interroll Drum Motor Platform.

Already back in 2010 Interroll introduced the first oil-free drum motors. Since then, thousands of oil-free motors have been installed and are currently in use as a proven solution for many applications, in particular in the food industry. The oil-free drum motors now being introduced into the market are drum motors based on the new and improved Interroll Drum Motor Platform that has been on the market since 2017. Synchronous oil-free drum motors are by nature very efficient, which means fewer heat losses and a much higher power density, as opposed to asynchronous oil-free drum motors which are prone to overheating and power reduction and therefore a loss in torque.

Compared to standard drum motors, the oil-free motor’s performance is only minimally impacted by the different type of lubrication. Also, compared to a standard asynchronous motor, oil-free synchronous motors are stronger and better performing. But they require a frequency inverter and speed and torque are slightly reduced compared to a standard synchronous motor lubricated with oil. However, high-speed applications are still possible if the belt pull force is sufficient. This is also true for low-speed applications. Typical oil-free motor applications include transportation and packaging of lightweight goods such as candy, chocolate or pralines.

No leakage issues in sensitive production processes

Food manufacturers who have to comply with certain restrictions regarding food contamination benefit from this new option. Oil-free drum motors can be used for any application where the belt moves slowly (i.e., when the production process is in steps and accuracy is of paramount importance, like portioning and cutting for instance). When installed correctly, Interroll Drum Motors have no leakage issue. The oil-free drum motor makes the entire production flow safer as it eliminates any potential risk of oil contamination. It works well in cool temperatures, which are often a requirement in the food manufacturing sector. In certain industries such as fish processing, the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) recommends the use of oil-free motors.

Polygon Announces Range of Custom-Engineered and Standard PolyLube Composite Bearings for Construction, Mining and Agricultural Equipment

Advanced composite reduces maintenance costs and lowers equipment repair warrantee claims

Walkerton, IN Polygon Company, a leading producer of composite tubing, bearings, and pneumatic cylinders, announces its line of PolyLube® high-performance custom-engineered and standard composite plain bearings (bushings), ideal for challenging applications in construction and mining equipment such as wheel loaders, excavators, backhoes, and compact track loaders, as well as other applications requiring pivot joints with a very long life expectancy. Featuring high load-bearing capacity, low frictional values, and corrosion resistance, the Polygon composite bearings are self-lubricated, requiring no greasing. This reduces maintenance labor costs and increases the maintenance interval before maintenance is required on rental equipment. It can also lower the number of greasing locations, ultimately resulting in fewer equipment warranty claims.

Polygon composite bearings are also an excellent choice for high-cycle agricultural equipment, including implements, foraging and harvesting equipment, applicators, carts, and spreaders. The greaseless bearings also help maintain cleanliness inside warehouses, avoiding any potential contamination of the work area by pallet lifting equipment.

Polygon composite bearings are made of continuous filament-wound glass fibers, polymer resins, and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fabric liners. The fiberglass filament and epoxy resin combine together to form a high strength backing. This precise filament-wound fiberglass structure allows for thin-walled, lightweight bearings. The bearings are typically retained through outside diameter (OD) interference fit.  Experts tailor material to fit customer requirements and provide engineering consultation and expertise.

The field retrofittable Polygon bearings can replace existing metallic bushings without changing mating parts, so they can be used to improve wear material without requiring complete equipment redesign. Availability of small-batch/short-run drop-in replacements means customers can increase bushing OD and length without a large tooling investment.

Working closely to help determine the right product for the application, Polygon engineers specify the proper bearing dimensions for the given available space, interference fit, clearance fit, and any limiting factors associated with retention, bearing OD/ID, axial stress, and hoop stress.

For more information visit www.polygoncomposites.com.

CMAA Crane Safety Conference Provides Education and Professional Development

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CMAA Crane Safety Conference Provides Education and Professional Development
Thursday, May 02, 2019

The CMAA Crane Safety Conference, held Wednesday April 11, 2019 at ProMat, was attended by over 50 industry professionals who were trained on crane safety and design topics.

A speaker from OSHA’s Safety and Health Specialists identified the top areas of deficiencies cited by OSHA as crane safety infractions. The top five areas are:

  • Not performing the required periodic inspections
  • Issues with Crane Pendant Controllers
  • Not performing required frequent / daily inspections ( I.E. Chains, wire rope and hooks )
  • Lack of proper load capacity rating labels on the crane
  • Improper securing of the loads

The speaker also outlined what proper crane inspections should address.

In addition to proper operator training for safe use of cranes, the crane safety conference topics included fall protection, braking, diagnostics, mobile technology, and automation.

Attendees received seven professional development credits and a copy of the CMAA Specification 78 (Guidelines for Professional Service) and CMAA Specification 79 (Crane Operators Manual).

For more information about the CMAA Crane Safety Conference, ordering CMAA specifications, or other crane questions, visit mhi.org/cmaa.

About CMAA
CMAA is the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc., an independent trade association affiliated with the Material Handling Industry. CMAA traces its roots to the Electric Overhead Crane Institute, known as EOCI, which was founded in 1927 by leading crane manufacturers of that time to promote the standardization of cranes as well as uniform quality and performance. The voluntary association was incorporated as the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc. in 1955. Member Companies, representing the industry leaders in the overhead crane industry, serve the United States market from operations based in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Hyster Company Introduces Power Match to Help Companies Evaluate Power Sources and Improve Operations

When evaluating opportunities to improve efficiencies, many operations often overlook the power source of their materials handling equipment. With the introduction of new advanced technologies and improvements on existing power sources, there are compelling reasons to look again at better matching a power source to an application.

Hyster Company is offering a dedicated Power Match team to help customers determine the best power solution based on their application and specific needs. The Power Match team can help navigate the complexities of today’s power needs and implement a range of power sources from a variety of brands. Selecting the best power source involves researching and calculating several variables, including shifts, utility prices, space requirements and operator discipline.

“It was only a few years ago that were really starting to explore alternative power solutions,” said Steven LaFevers, vice president for motive power and telematics at Hyster Company. “Today the accelerated adoption and widespread availability of power sources like lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells are transforming how operations think about their materials handling equipment and overall cost of operations.”

Hyster Company offers the broadest range of power options across its full line of lift trucks, including internal combustion engine, lead acid battery, lithium-Ion battery and hydrogen fuel cell.

Interested customers can start a free evaluation of their power source needs by scheduling a consultation with their local Hyster® dealer or by emailing PowerMatch@hyster.com.

About Hyster Company
Hyster Company is a leading world-wide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 lift truck models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with one of the widest capacity ranges in the industry — from 2,000 to 105,000 lbs. Supported by one of the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer networks, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features, accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support.

Hyster Company is a division of Hyster-Yale Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ more than 7,700 people worldwide.

Investment in Supply Chain Technologies to Increase Dramatically in 2019 as Hiring Qualified Workers Continues to Be Biggest Challenge

Investment in Supply Chain Technologies to Increase Dramatically in 2019 as Hiring Qualified Workers Continues to Be Biggest Challenge

MHI supply chain technologies

MHI presented the sixth in a series of MHI Annual Industry Reports developed in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting LLP at ProMat 2019.

Chicago, IL – MHI has released the sixth in a series of MHI Annual Industry Reports developed in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting LLP. The 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report, titled “Elevating Supply Chain Digital Consciousness” provides new insights into trends and technologies that are having a dramatic business impact on supply chains and the people who run them.

Eight out of ten survey respondents believe digital supply chains will be the predominant model within just five years. The survey results also suggest that investment in supply chain innovation is at a critical inflection point, with a trend of declining investment from 2015 to 2018 being more than countered by a 95% increase in projected spending for 2019.

  • 57% of respondents are planning new technology investments totaling more than $1 million over the next two years (up 10% over last year’s survey)
  • 34% plan to spend more than $5 million
  • 22% plan to spend more than $10 million.

Manufacturing and supply chain professionals are facing many challenges but, according to the report, the top one continues to be hiring qualified workers (65 percent).

This year’s report provides updates on the innovative technologies MHI predicted would have the most potential to transform supply chains. The report also covers the potential of these technologies to disrupt the industry as well as their adoption rates and common barriers to adoption. The eleven technologies covered in the report are:

  • Blockchain
  • Robotics and automation
  • Predictive analytics
  • Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Driverless vehicles and drones
  • Wearable and mobile technology
  • Inventory and network optimization
  • Sensors and automatic identification
  • Cloud computing and storage
  • 3D printing

These eleven technologies work together to create next-generation supply chains that can meet these challenges because they are digital, on-demand and always-on.

“The pace of supply chain innovation over the six years of our survey is truly astounding, creating real and measurable competitive advantage for early adopters,” said George Prest, CEO of MHI. “With supply chain complexity showing no signs of slowing, the risk of inaction is only growing. Leading manufacturing and supply chain executives agree that technology is the key to future success.”

Potential to disrupt and create competitive advantage

The top technologies respondents say can be a source of either disruption or competitive advantage are:

  • Robotics and automation (64 percent)
  • Predictive analytics (59 percent)
  • Artificial Intelligence (55 percent)
  • The Internet-of-Things (IoT) (52 percent)
  • Driverless vehicles & drones (51 percent)

Adoption Rates

Cloud computing and storage has the highest current adoption rate (56%). Adoption is expected to grow to 79% over the next two years, and to 91% over the next five years.

Over the next five years, Predictive Analytics is expected to reach an 87 percent adoption rate, followed by IoT at 80 percent, Robotics and Automation at 72 percent, Artificial Intelligence at 55 percent and Driverless Vehicles and Drones at 51 percent.

Top Barriers to Adoption

The top three barriers to adoption of these technologies are:

  • Tackling the supply chain skills gap and workforce shortage (65%)
  • Customer Demands for lower prices (56%)
  • Customer demands for faster responses times (54%)

Supply Chain Talent Gap

A highly-skilled and increasingly digital supply chain workforce is needed to implement these technologies. This has been a theme in all six annual reports and the talent gap is growing as the adoption of these technologies increases.

The top critical skills needed to compete in the next-generation supply chain according to the survey and consistent with previous years; analytics/modeling/visualization (40%), strategic problem solving (37%) and general business acumen and cross-functional knowledge (31%).

Four Stages of Digital Adoption and the Supply Chain Digital Consciousness Index (DCI)

It is clear that data and technology will empower supply chains in the future, but it’s not a single technology-it will be a combination of the 11 highlighted in the survey.

The report defines a pyramid of digital adoption that has four technology stages, starting with the collection of data through digital connectivity, and then moving up the pyramid to generate increasing supply chain value and insights from that base data through automation, advanced analytics, and ultimately artificial intelligence.

The report includes a Supply Chain Digital Consciousness framework, developed by MHI and Deloitte, to help organizations assess their digital mindset and gauge their progress on the journey to becoming more digitally conscious.

The Supply Chain Digital Consciousness framework characterizes a supply chain on four levels of awareness – from dormant to elevated – and across five digital categories
The five digital categories span all dimensions of supply chains, from leadership, talent development and workplace culture, to technology and innovation adoption, to customer experience.

This framework can help companies understand their current level of digital adoption and then identify gaps and next steps to boost digital consciousness and supply chain performance.

Within this framework, the report includes an assessment tool companies can use to measure where they are on their digital adoption journey via a Supply Chain Digital Consciousness Index (DCI).

The Supply Chain DCI measures progress regarding the five digital categories:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation/Technology
  • Customer Engagement
  • Talent
  • Workplace Environment

The Supply Chain DCI quantifies the current level of supply chain digital consciousness, as well as measuring progress made toward the desired end-state. It helps firms determine the current state of their digital consciousness, determine and prioritize gaps in order to develop a comprehensive strategy for digital consciousness that meets their unique business goals.

“Leading companies are elevating their ‘supply chain digital consciousness’ to drive the kind of innovation that enables them to gain competitive advantage and thrive in today’s always-on economy,” said Prest.

The report also provides real-world case studies of digital supply chain technologies and recommendations for leaders for developing strategies to implement these innovations.
“As digital capability fuels customer expectations to unprecedented heights, NextGen supply chains must be proactive, predictive and prescriptive, with all of its links interconnected and synchronized to the same drum beat of consumer demand,” said Scott Sopher, principal, and leader of the global supply chain practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

“As the pace of supply chain innovation escalates, so does the price of inaction. Leaders will outpace their competitors faster than ever,” added Prest.

The findings in this report are based on survey responses from over 1,000 manufacturing and supply chain industry leaders from a wide range of industries. Sixty percent of respondents hold executive-level positions such as CEO, Vice President, General Manager, or Department Head. Participating companies range in size from small to large, with 59 percent reporting annual sales in excess of $100 million, and 10 percent reporting annual sales of $10 billion or more.

Download the complete report at mhi.org/publications/report.

Zebra Introduces Flagship MC9300 Mobile Computer Ideal for On-Demand Economy

Zebra Technologies Corporation, an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, today announced the ultra-rugged Android™-based MC9300 mobile computerTC8300 touch computer and ATR7000 RTLS reader. As the next evolution of the MC9000 series, the world’s best-selling enterprise-class mobile computer, the MC9300 enables businesses to modernize their mobile solutions to keep up with the growing demands of e-commerce while shortening training time, improving fulfillment speed and accuracy and increasing productivity by as much as 10 percent compared to competing devices.

Designed to give a performance edge to those on the front lines of business in warehousesmanufacturinglogistics and back-of-store retail environments, the MC9300 is ideal for inventory management, receiving/put-away, returns processing, cross docking, quality control, parts tracking and price audit applications. Its advanced scanning technology can read direct part marks (DPM), dot peen and laser-etched barcodes and quickly capture 1D or 2D barcodes in virtually any condition and from three inches to as far as 70 feet, providing the flexibility to scan items in small bins or pallets on the uppermost warehouse racks. In addition, the MC9300’s PowerPrecision™+ 7000mAh battery delivers the most battery power in its class, maximizing worker efficiency and productivity by reducing downtime.

The MC9300 is Zebra’s most powerful handheld platform and the most rugged device in its class. It is also virtually water-, drop-, dust- and tumble-proof. For challenging cold-storage environments, one MC9300 model features a system of heaters and a freezer-rated battery for frost-free operations. A Class 1 Division 2 (C1D2) model for use in hazardous locations is also available.

“With more than 3.2 million MC9000 mobile computers sold since 2003, Zebra took its best-selling and most trusted enterprise-class mobile computer and made it better by providing businesses with an easy migration path from Windows to Android,” said Joe White, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Mobile Computing, Zebra Technologies. “We improved the ergonomics and added more than 20 new features to enhance application and accessory performance, user comfort, ease of use, ruggedness, data capture flexibility and device management.”

BUILDING ON THE HERITAGE OF THE MC9000 SERIES

The MC9300 has a familiar and well-recognized design, improved performance supported by the Android operating system (OS), physical keyboards and a full touch screen. The MC9300 mobile computer features a 4.3-inch touch screen protected by ultra-strong Gorilla Glass™ and a choice of six keypads offering flexibility to run a diverse set of business applications that leverage both input methods. The device includes the latest Qualcomm™ chipset that supports an extensible platform for application development and assures a minimum of two Android OS upgrades for a significantly lower total cost of ownership (TCO). It also has an optional front and back camera to capture highly detailed photos and videos to document proof of condition and proof of compliance.

As Microsoft prepares to end support for existing Windows® Embedded Handheld/CE 7 devices in 2020 and 2021 respectively, the MC9300 provides the best path to transition from legacy Windows OS to Android. The MC9300 also comes pre-loaded with a Terminal Emulation (TE) application designed to take advantage of the graphical capabilities of the device while easily supporting traditional “green screen” use for seamless migration and reduced deployment times.

The MC9300 is available with Zebra’s Mobility DNA™ suite of end-user applications, application development tools and utilities that transform Android into an enterprise-ready OS. This allows businesses to maximize the return on investment of their Zebra mobile devices by increasing worker productivity, simplifying management, strengthening security and reducing training and adoption time. With a Zebra OneCare® contract, businesses can leverage Zebra’s LifeGuard™ for Android software security solution that provides predictable security/patch updates that match enterprise hardware lifecycles, simplifies OS transitions and extends the life of mobile investments.

Based on Zebra’s commitment to sustainability, the rugged MC9300 was designed to maintain its reliability through longer component lifecycles, longer lasting batteries as well as its survivability, availability, and support over many years. With the objective to re-use rather than to replace, the MC9300 is backward-compatible with existing charging infrastructure via an adapter reducing electronic waste.

ALSO ANNOUNCING THE NEW TC8300 TOUCH COMPUTER AND ATR7000 RTLS READER

Leveraging the same innovative design and form factor as the TC8000 to reduce muscle effort and increase productivity, the TC8300 is optimized for picking and new augmented reality (AR)-based applications. It also uses the same Qualcomm chipset as the MC9300 for an extended lifecycle and is available with the Mobility DNA software suite and LifeGuard for Android support as well as DPM capabilities.

Designed for asset tracking applications in warehouses, manufacturing plants and other large indoor facilities, the new ATR7000 RTLS reader identifies and analyzes the coordinates of all passive RFID tags in its coverage area, providing real-time visibility into the pinpoint location of all tagged assets. With the ATR7000, businesses can see where inventory, forklifts, equipment and even workers are located, if they are on the move and in which direction they are moving helping improve workforce productivity and operational efficiency. The ATR7000 is easy to configure and install and covers up to double the area of competitive readers, effectively cutting the number of readers and hardware costs in half and making it ideal to cover everything from a single dock door to every inch of a warehouse or manufacturing plant.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • The new MC9300 is an evolution of the world’s best-selling enterprise-class mobile computer enabling businesses to modernize their mobile solutions to deliver on the growing demands of e-commerce while reducing training, improving fulfillment accuracy and increasing productivity by 10 percent compared to competitive devices.
  • The MC9300 provides the best path to transition from legacy Windows OS to Android offering the Mobility DNA software suite, LifeGuard for Android for extended security support and a pre-loaded TE app to support “green screen” apps for seamless migration and reduced deployment times.
  • Zebra also announced the new TC8300 touch computer and ATR7000 RTLS reader providing companies with a performance edge through improved worker productivity and increased real-time visibility into business operations in industrial environments.