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April 2017
Preplanning for the 2017 ProMat Show to be held at the McCormick Place, Chicago April 3-6, 2017

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Rail industry sets new safety record

U.S. railroads had the lowest train accident rate on record in 2016, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Derailment rates, which declined 10 percent in 2016 from 2015, as well as track-caused accident rates, are also both...

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s survey of economic activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s  (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their...

Raymond welder awarded gold medal in inaugural Toyota skills competition

The Raymond Corporation was represented by Raymond welder Mark Hartwig at the inaugural Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG) Skills Competition in Takahama, Japan, on March 16, 2017. To showcase their skill sets, participants had to weld a steel...

Yale celebrated 2016 GOOD DESIGN award 

Yale Materials Handling Corporation is honored to accept a 2016 GOOD DESIGN award for the MPB045VG walkie pallet truck with lithium-ion battery, announced at the GOOD DESIGN gala in New York. Since its inception in 1950, the GOOD DESIGN awards remain...

Superior Tire & Rubber hires new EHS manager

Henri LeMeur Jr., President & CEO of Superior Tire & Rubber Corporation announced the hiring of Gregory Latimer as Environmental Health & Safety Manager.  Mr. Latimer will be tasked with providing the safest possible work environment...

IDEC releases world’s smallest safety laser scanner

IDEC Corporation introduces the SE2L safety laser scanner, the world’s smallest, and the world’s first with master/slave functionality and dual protection zones. A laser scanner is a safety device that uses the reflection of laser beams...

Newest design awards lift Crown Equipment to historic achievement

Crown Equipment Corporation has now earned more than 100 international industrial design awards for its forklifts since 1965. “The 100-award milestone is humbling,” said Mike Gallagher, vice president of design, Crown Equipment. “We...

Caterpillar closes Iowa facility

International manufacturing company Caterpillar Inc. will close its Elkader, IA facility by the end of this year.  In a statement released this afternoon, company officials announced plans to consolidate the plant's operations with a location...

Solve for X - ProMat 2017

Discover the latest solutions to move your business forward as the industry’s leading innovators showcase their manufacturing, distribution and supply chain equipment and systems at ProMat 2017 held April 3-6 at Chicago’s McCormick Place....

Hamilton Caster has mastered the key to longevity in business
– a combination of innovation and consistency. This year, the Ohio-based manufacturer of casters, wheels, carts and trailers marks 110 years in business.

Certain aspects of the operation remain the same as when it was founded in 1907. The business is located in Hamilton, Ohio with a decided focus on its roots in American manufacturing, the fourth generation of the founder's descendants are heading up...

I annoy phone scammers

This is hilarious, but maddening at the same time. I listened to a brief call with a guy trying to pull a computer scam on me. I love getting these calls since I get great joy out of screwing with them. This guy was obviously not cut out for this...

Succession planning: It’s bigger on the inside

Doctor Who  is run like a business. On other scripted TV shows, when the actors age out of their roles or audiences get sick of looking at them, the show is cancelled. On  Doctor Who , the producers simply replace the actors with new ones,...

SWOT before you set that goal!

Last month I wrote a column on measurements, and we discussed how important they were especially when treading through difficult times. Good times cover a multitude of sins, and in the intoxication of success we can, many times, find ourselves unhitching...

Looking forward

I don’t know about you but I find today’s financial markets quite confusing, which makes it the tougher trying to plan for the future. Quite frankly, I still suggest keeping planning strategies close to the vest because the “markets”...

Hinges with safety switch in stainless steel offered by J.W. Winco

J.W. Winco, Inc. , supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers 316L Stainless Steel GN 139.5 Hinges with Safety Switch. The RoHS compliant hinges with integrated safety switches are designed for use in monitoring doors...

New PEM® concealed-head self-clinching studs and standoffs for thin metals

 PEM ® concealed-head self-clinching studs and standoffs from PennEngineering ® install permanently in thin metal assemblies to provide strong and reusable threads for mating hardware while preserving a smooth and unmarred appearance...

Advance introduces the next generation automated storage and retrieval system

Advance Storage Products ,  provider of pallet racking solutions, introduces Rover, the next generation of automated storage and retrieval systems.   Rover is a highly configurable, 3-dimensional shuttle-based AS/RS that is cost effective,...

Eighth generation chain design brings new performance and endurance standards

  RS roller chain is the company’s standard, designed to meet the needs of most applications. Heavy duty drive chain is an endurance chain with a high maximum allowable tension for particularly demanding situations. The G8 RS roller...

Industrial crane scale features bluetooth handheld indicator

A wireless crane scale that features a bluetooth handheld indicator which can operate at up to 300 feet away and has a bright, high-contract display is being introduced by Alliance Scale, Inc. of Canton, Massachusetts. The Alliance/CAS Caston II...

IDEC releases world’s smallest safety laser scanner

IDEC Corporation introduces the SE2L safety laser scanner, the world’s smallest, and the world’s first with master/slave functionality and dual protection zones. A laser scanner is a safety device that uses the reflection of laser beams...

Club Car introduces new, upgraded cab for two-wheel drive Carryall® utility vehicles

Club Car has upgraded its extensive portfolio of commercial accessories with an addition to its commercial cab offerings. “Manufactured by Curtis Cab exclusively for Club Car, the new all-steel cab delivers a true seal for excellent cold-weather...

Added flexibility for Dorner’s 2200 SmartFlex® conveyor platform with new 85 mm width option

Dorner’s flexible chain conveyor platform, SmartFlex®, is now available in an 85 mm width standard option. With this addition, SmartFlex conveyors are now available in 4 standard widths: 65 mm (2.6”), 85 mm (3.3”), 105 mm (4.1”)...

March Calendar of Events

March 23: Webinar: How Industry 4.0 and IIoT is Transforming Material Handling & Supply Chain - Register

Rockford Systems announces live webinar on safeguarding standards

Rockford Systems, LLC., provider of machine safeguarding products and services, announced details for the next webinar in its online educational series: Machine Safety Compliance 101 .  This free, interactive webinar takes an in-depth look...

Launching in Europe - The Battery Show 2017

Launching in Europe - April 4-6, 2017 Following continuous growth in North America and high demand from our US partners, we are excited to announce the launch of The Battery Show Europe in Germany,  4-6 April, 2017.  Co-located...

April 2017 Calendar of Events

May Calendar of Events

May 18 : YPN Webinar – PIVOT : The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One May 22-24 : MHI Spring Meetings – Marriot Center City – Charlotte, NC

July Calendar of Events

July 13 : Emerging Leaders Conference – Chicago, IL

August Calendar of Events

August 24 : YPN Webinar: Gaining Influence Without Authority

October Calendar of Events

October 1-4 : MHI Annual Conference – Boca Raton Resort – Boca Raton, FL

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