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Thursday March 9, 2017
Here is the April 2017 Material Handling Wholesaler  issue of Material Handling Wholesaler .  If you or someone in your company who would like to receive the magazine digitally on a monthly basis  click here to subscribe. ...
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
April 2017 Calendar of Events
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
Solve for X - ProMat 2017
Monday March 20, 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. ...
I annoy phone scammers
Art Sobczak
Monday March 20, 2017
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
Caliper Corporation
Monday March 20, 2017
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, ...
Looking forward
Garry Bartecki
Monday March 20, 2017
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” ...
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.
Eileen Schmidt
Monday March 20, 2017
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 ...
SWOT before you set that goal!
Dave Baiocchi
Monday March 20, 2017
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 ...
The eight question procurement cost audit
Helping managers become rock stars
Wednesday March 15, 2017
Many managers of schools, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and office buildings have never taken the time to see if their procurement strategies are saving or costing them money.  Several studies indicate that just one invoice can cost as much ...
Nuts & Bolts
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 25, 2017
Wednesday March 29, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 25, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 526,471 carloads and intermodal units, up 12 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
Terex announces sale of Terex Equipment Private Limited to Manitou BF
Tuesday March 28, 2017
Terex Corporation announced that it has agreed to sell its India-based compact construction business to Manitou BF (Manitou). Manitou is a leader in all terrain material handling products. Terex Equipment Private Limited (TEPL) manufactures and sells ...
OptoForce brings sense of touch to U.S. Robots
Monday March 27, 2017
Robotics company OptoForce opened a U.S. office missioned with bringing a much-needed sense of touch for robots. Already used successfully in medical and service sectors and other difficult-to-automate assembly tasks throughout Western Europe and ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 18, 2017
Monday March 27, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 18, 2017.  For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 495,281 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last ...
Rail industry sets new safety record
Thursday March 23, 2017
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 ...
BTS statistics release: January 2017 North American freight numbers
Thursday March 23, 2017
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $88.0 billion in current dollars as all five major transportation modes carried more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in January 2017 compared to January 2016, according ...
Global automated guided vehicles market analysis & trends - industry forecast to 2025
Thursday March 23, 2017
The Global Automated Guided Vehicles Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 8.9% over the next decade to reach approximately $6.7 billion by 2025. Some of the prominent trends that the market is witnessing include rising utilization of robotics ...
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s survey of economic activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index
Thursday March 23, 2017
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 ...
Caterpillar closes Iowa facility
Friday March 17, 2017
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 ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 11, 2017
Wednesday March 15, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 11, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 510,638 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent compared with the same week last ...
Dematic announces Egemin Automation integration plan
Plan will create world's leading provider of automated guided vehicle technology
Monday March 13, 2017
Following the acquisition by the KION Group, Dematic , supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announced plans for integrating Egemin Automation into its organization. The integration, which ...
Manufacturing technology orders dropped in January
Monday March 13, 2017
U.S. manufacturing technology orders declined in January, dropping 40.7 percent compared to December and 11.4 percent compared to January 2016, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report fromAMT – The Association For ...
BTS statistical release: 2016 North American freight numbers
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Four out of five major transportation modes – truck, pipeline, vessel and air – carried less U.S. freight and with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico by value in 2016 than in 2015. Rail is the only major ...
A3 announces finalists in Automate Launch Pad Startup competition
Wednesday March 8, 2017
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3),  global advocate for the benefits of automating and producers of Automate 2017, announced the eight finalists in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition. The competition highlights the industry’s ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 4, 2017
Wednesday March 8, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 4, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 521,607 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.8 percent compared with the same week last ...
Barcoding advises on 2017’s top supply chain trends 
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Barcoding, Inc. , provider of supply chain efficiency, accuracy, and connectivity, predicts the top supply chain trends to affect the market in 2017. Chase Sowden, head of Supply Chain Architecture by Barcoding, believes traceability, technology adoption ...
2017 MHI Innovation Award finalists announced
Wednesday March 8, 2017
MHI just released the list of finalists for the 2017 MHI Innovation Award. After receiving a record 153 submissions for this years awards, seven judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry completed the initial ...
The rental revenue forecast strengthens
Rental Penetration Index steady in 2016
Friday March 3, 2017
The  American Rental Association's  (ARA)  Rental Show  has concluded in Orlando FL this week but the optimism of the 2017 rental industry remains very upbeat for 2017. The ARA five-year forecast for equipment industry revenues ...
Law enforcement officials searching Caterpillar offices
Chris Kaergard and Matt Buedel Journal Star reporters
Thursday March 2, 2017
Update: Caterpillar Inc. CEO Jim Umpleby sought to reassure employees reeling from a federal raid of the company's global headquarters late Thursday, expressing surprise at the timing of the search warrants but not a full understanding of what ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for February and week ending February 25, 2017
Thursday March 2, 2017
AAR reported weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for February 2017. Carload traffic in February totaled 1,044,040 carloads, up 6.7 percent or 65,141 carloads from February 2016. U.S. railroads also originated 1,068,439 containers and trailers ...
New ELFA infographic highlights why businesses lease and finance equipment
Wednesday March 1, 2017
The vast majority (78%) of U.S. businesses lease or finance their equipment, and today the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association  (ELFA) released a new infographic highlighting why this method of equipment acquisition is so popular. The “8 ...
Camso introduces five new forklift tire solutions 
Wednesday March 29, 2017
Camso , formerly Camoplast Solideal,  introduces five new forklift tire solutions. The new Solideal PON 775, a press-on tire designed for highly intense applications, will be launched later in 2017. This new tire provides reliability ...
Roll-up fence portable barrier is first of its kind in the U.S.
Wednesday March 29, 2017
For use anywhere pedestrians need to be directed or segregated from hazardous work zones, R•U•F (Roll-Up-Fence) from Omega Industrial Products offers protection at dangerous worksites and pedestrian traffic zones. This simple solution saves ...
New wireless camera system now available at TVH
Wednesday March 29, 2017
TVH in the Americas (TVH), provider of quality replacement parts and accessories for the material handling and industrial equipment industry has introduced a new wireless camera system that can dramatically improve the safety and productivity of your ...
Delta-Q Technologies introduces new lithium-specific battery charger 
Tuesday March 28, 2017
Delta-Q Technologies (Delta-Q), provider of battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and machines, announced the release of their first lithium-specific battery charger – the ICL1200. The new ICL1200 is a 1200-watt charger, ...
Eliminate time-consuming heat shrinking when terminating heating cables 
Tuesday March 28, 2017
EasyHeat , a trusted Emerson brand, is helping field engineers terminate self-regulating heating cables faster, cleaner and more cost-effectively with its new low-profile quick connections kits. Utilizing quick-setting silicone and slip on connectors, ...
Hinges with safety switch in stainless steel offered by J.W. Winco
Thursday March 23, 2017
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
Thursday March 23, 2017
 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
Wednesday March 22, 2017
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
Tuesday March 21, 2017
  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
Tuesday March 21, 2017
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
Monday March 20, 2017
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
Friday March 17, 2017
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
Friday March 17, 2017
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”) ...
New explosion proof C rails & light crane systems
Friday March 17, 2017
J D Neuhaus , supplier of air hoists, cranes, trolleys and monorail hoists, is now introducing a range of C rail and light crane systems for operation with the company’s established and successful mini air hoist range. Both the C rail/suspension ...

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