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August 27, 2013


Fowl, Football and Forklifts: Hyster Company Brings A&E’s Duck Dynasty Cast Members to College Football Dynasty: Jep and Jessica Robertson of the hit A&E TV series Duck Dynasty will be in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, when the Oklahoma Sooners take the football field for their 2013 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. The opening game is being sponsored by Hyster Company, a leading forklift manufacturer. “We’re excited to kick off the 2013 college football season in Norman,” said Mark Hoch, director of sales for Hyster Company. “Toughness is a common theme between Hyster, the cast of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and the OU football team, so Hyster is sponsoring this season opener to highlight our durable lift trucks.” Jep and Jessica will be attending OU Fan Fest as part of the football pre-game festivities from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Hyster® Forklift Interactive Tent for pictures. Read full article

Applied Energy Solutions Launches Corporate Rebranding: Applied Energy Solutions, LLC, a premier industrial battery charger manufacturer, announced that it has rebranded. With the adoption of its new brand, logo and product logos, Applied Energy Solutions has simultaneously launched their redesigned website. The rebrand is the outcome of the company’s growth over the past few years. The rebranding will foster clearer company recognition and will give the company a cleaner more modern look. The new website is geared towards easy navigating to find the right product for any material handling need. The homepage is graphic-centric and displays customer testimonials as well as company news. Read full article

Adaptive Speed Control in Conveyor System Design: Conveyor systems have long been the heart of the modern material handling industry. They have been implemented through various vendors and integration teams throughout the industry. The advancements in technology have allowed them to continually improve the accuracy and speed at which product can be moved. Rudimentary design philosophy for a new system requires that system to be planned to handle a customer’s current production capacity plus any near-term future increase in production capacity that the customer plans to see through growth. Many times systems are designed to run continuously at a customer’s desired rate once the system’s start button is pushed. This works well for systems that run consistently at or near their design capacity without a lot of throughput fluctuation. Read full article

Learn How to Solve Tough Processing and Packaging Challenges, at PACK EXPO 2013: Kollmorgen will be interplaying and educating Pack Expo Las Vegas 2013 attendees about motion technologies in booth 3118 on September 23-25, 2013. Again this year, Kollmorgen is setting the stage so that visitors can have some fun while they get hands-on product knowledge. In honor of Las Vegas, Kollmorgen has a new Servo Boxing interactive demo that will showcase boxing “servo – style”. It includes our next-generation AKD™ PDMM® programmable servo drive with the versatility, communications, power and bandwidth you need to build higher throughput, greater precision and more capable features into your machine. Kollmorgen will feature a large scale Servo Tennis video game where participants can rally for the highest score while learning about AKD Drives and the R2A Linear Actuators. Read full article

Custom Storage Containers Enable Growth and Optimize Operations: After expanding operations eight times to meet customer demand since 1989, PK USA is expanding again as its customers add new vehicles in the U.S. that had previously been assembled overseas. But to continue growth PK USA, a primary supplier of metal body, chassis, and plastic injection parts for domestic and international automotive companies, had to optimize its operations. The parts supplier, which stores up to 1,000 stamped parts and components between its stamping and assembly processes, had been using eight different types of containers for storage in existing warehousing. But this arrangement was not sustainable with continued production growth. Read full article

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Creamer's Corner – The Little Stowaways!: Recently I was reminded of an incident that occurred many years ago when the Tennant Model 265 Sweeper was discussed with a customer. First, let me give a little history regarding the Model 265. This was Tennant’s first sweeper using hydraulics throughout the machine. An example would be the main broom. In previous sweepers the main broom operated using v-belts and pulleys. Needless to say, an owner used a lot of v-belts. Another advantage was the power unit. Tennant used the four-cylinder Ford Industrial engine with a full 47 horse power. This replaced a multitude of two cylinder engines that was used. These were, from my recollection, Kohler, Wisconsin and Onan. There was one more engine they used, but the name escapes me. Read full article

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Yale Launches High-Capacity, Zero-Emissions Electric Lift Truck Series Built for Customer: Yale Materials Handling Corporation has launched the new Yale® ERP080-100VM electric-powered lift truck series in the North American market. Built to exceed customer expectations, the sit-down, electric-powered, pneumatic tire lift truck series is available in 8,000, 9,000 and 10,000 pound models, and offers an environmentally friendly option for industries that have historically been powered by internal combustion engines (ICE). “For tackling both indoor and outdoor applications that require high-lifting capacities while producing zero emissions, this electric truck fits the ticket,” said Bill Pfleger, president of Yale Distribution. Read full article


Trelleborg Wheel Systems increases range to include large OTR solid tires: Trelleborg Wheel Systems, market leader in industrial tires, announces plans for the global roll out of its Brawler range of large off-the-road solid tires. The Brawler range includes specialist tires for the most demanding environments of waste, recycling and underground mining. The range perfectly complements Trelleborg’s existing range of premium tires for materials handling applications and develops the company’s already successful presence in the construction segment. Roberto Zampieri, Construction Business Development Manager Europe for Trelleborg Wheel Systems, Industrial Tires, says: “Brawler is particularly suited to the waste and recycling industries. Many customers in these industries are making the switch from either pneumatics or foam filled pneumatics to solid tires on large applications. Read full article

ptbtrans_pp_sept13.jpg PTB Manufactures a 15 Tons Dies Transporter for the German Automotive Industry: PTB Special Equipment supplied a custom built heavy duty electric truck for the handling of injection molds. This machine will be used for the transport of Mercedes Benz injection molds in Germany. In cooperation with the consultants and engineers of PTB, this heavy pallet truck has been developed. The custom built machine has a lifting height of 400 mm and is very ergonomic to operate by the application of an electronic steering device. This machine is also, compared to a standard forklift, very compact and highly manoeuvrable. The required operating space is minimized, resulting to optimal use of valuable storage space in warehouses and small areas. Read full article

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