Material Handling

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Guest columnist Dean Dueck of Vidir explains how the rack and pinion drives, simplified controls architecture and ergonomic loading/unloading design of the latest generation of automated vertical lifts for sheet metal storage enable smaller shops to improve safety and minimize downtime.

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.
Material Handling: Products

Revolutionary Battery-Operated Lifting Magnet

The BEELift uses a built-in degaussing feature for removing residual magnetism, as well as an option for a hand held wireless remote. The lifter comes in standard sizes of 500 lb, 1,000 lb, and 2,000 lb units.  
The BEELiFT from DocMagnet uses push button technology, anti-demag safety mechanism to prevent accidental release of the load, a lithium-ion battery, external battery charger, low battery alarm, tilt sensors, and an auto-on function for remote operation. 

Material Handling Showcase

A material transport trolley (shown here) from Kemper Storatec transports sheets to a loading and unloading station via a rail system. Using a suction unit, the gantry transfers the sheets onto the shuttle table for cutting machines where the sheets are processed further. After the cutting process, the finished sheets are automatically taken by means of a computing unit from the shuttle table and placed on a staging table to guarantee a completely unmanned operation and assures reliability during processing.
Our review of some of the latest sheet metal handling systems and related components.

Automated VRC for Conveyor Systems

The XpressLift Automated VRC meets ANSI/ASME B20.1 Safety Standards for Conveyors and quickly transfers material weighing up to 75 lb at speeds up to 350 fpm up distances to 18 ft high. Local vertical and horizontal jog control and lift diagnostics simplify troubleshooting and preventative maintenance. 
This innovative design from Wildeck incorporates vertical lifting capability into automated material handling conveyor systems.