Material Handling

How to Automate a Batch Size of One

This shop discovered how to use a high degree of automation integrated with a sheet metal storage system to quickly turn around a wide variety of power distribution systems for the electrical trade and switchgear production.
Below-the-Hook Equipment

Air Powered Vacuum Lifting with 180 Degree Flip

This air powered vacuum lifter with 180 deg flip from Anver enables one person to seamlessly lift, tilt, and flip over long, bulky loads and is ideal for inspecting common sheet metal and heavy plate panels.
Forklifts

The Truth About Electric Lift Trucks

Though electric lift trucks are not suitable for every application, economic and environmental changes are advancing their opportunities. This review of those changes analyzes the impact they might have when considering an electric lift truck for your shop.
General Lifts

An Application Guide for Scissor Lifts

To select an appropriate scissor lift for a specific application, here is the basic information that must be considered, including capacity, the nature of the load, the means of loading and unloading, the travel and lowered height, the platform size, speed requirements, power and duty cycle requirements, and more.
Robotics / Automation

Gaining a Competitive Position

Integrating material positioners into their operations enables this manufacturer of HVAC products to deliver quick job turnarounds at lower costs.
Material Handling: Products

Automatically Secure Loads to Pallets

Developed to increase speed and improve efficiency in packaging and material handling, the Tornado Perfect Storm from TAB Industries wraps common pallet loads in 15 seconds, versus the 60 seconds or more for horizontal turntable wrappers, and requires only a single operator.

FABTECH 2016: Welding (Part Two)

Take a closer look at some of the welding technologies that will be exhibited November 16-18 on the show floor in Las Vegas.

Heavy-Duty Tool Cart for the Job Site

The customized American Flag Mobile Tool Cart from Strong Hold Products is a heavy-duty workhorse for transporting tools and maintenance equipment.