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October 8, 2013

INDUSTRY NEWS

Konecranes to Feature Ergonomic Workstation Cranes at 2013 CMTS Show: Konecranes will feature its ergonomic workstation cranes at CMTS, the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show, to be held September 30 through October 3, 2013 at The International Centre in Mississauga, ON. Konecranes’ workstation lifting systems (WLS) have been designed to improve ergonomics and productivity and feature a variety of efficiency-boosting elements to suit your material lifting needs. They are also available with the latest Konecranes lifting devices, which include the CLX electric chain hoist, the ATB AirBalancer, and the ATL Vertical Column Lifter. The CLX is the next-generation electric chain hoist from Konecranes. Read full article


Cintas & Carhartt Launch 3rd Annual Cold Crew Contest: The search is on for the toughest winter workers in the 3rd annual Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest. We want to see how you “Outwork Them AllTM.” Cintas launched the campaign in 2011 to recognize individuals in the U.S. and Canada who withstand the toughest winter working conditions. Contestants are encouraged to share their stories and explain why Carhartt, a brand for hard-working people, is essential to their jobs at http://www.cintas.com/carharttcoldcrew for their chance to win free merchandise and a grand prize trip for two. Entries are being accepted now through February 28, 2014, at which time Cintas and Carhartt will select finalists and begin public voting at the contest website. Read full article


TMI Acquires Simplex Isolation Systems: TMI International, LLC, a Pittsburgh, PA-based, leading international supplier of workplace environmental management systems and other PVC-based products, announced today that they have acquired the assets of Simplex Isolation Systems. Since 1979, Simplex, headquartered in Fontana, CA has been a manufacturer of PVC strip doors, industrial curtains and custom cleanroom environmental control and data center energy management systems and accessories. “We are pleased to welcome the Simplex group into the TMI family,” said Frank Mummolo, TMI’s President & CEO. Read full article


Burns Industrial Equipment Expands Hyster Distribution, Acquires Ohio Materials Handling: Hyster Company announced the acquisition of Ohio Materials Handling (OMH) by Burns Industrial Equipment – a transaction designed to enhance coverage and strengthen support for Hyster® lift truck customers in the Northeast territory. Now part of the Burns Industrial Equipment group of companies, OMH’s Cleveland sales and service territory will continue to operate under the name of Ohio Materials Handling (OMH) from its Macedonia, Ohio, location. OMH president, Jim Orenga, will continue in his role to oversee operations. “By combining OMH with the expertise and resources of Burns Industrial Equipment, our customers can expect an even higher level of service and support,” said Orenga. “We couldn’t be happier about what the future holds for all of us.” Read full article


Hamilton Launches New Website | CartsandTrailers.com: Hamilton Caster announces the launch of cartsandtrailers.com. This all-new website is dedicated to Hamilton’s entire line of stock and custom-engineered carts and trailers. The new site includes extensive product information and specifications to help customers learn about Hamilton’s complete line of products for the material handling industry. You’ll also find a custom gallery with fresh photography. Plus, a blog with interesting stories and case studies of some of Hamilton’s biggest and most unique creations for mega manufacturers. An interactive quote request page makes starting even complex jobs as easy as filling out a quick form. The website also highlights Hamilton’s experience with the aerospace, defense, and heavy manufacturing industries. Read full article


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SAFETY CORNER

safetycorner_oct13.jpgTop 3 Areas of Concern at the Loading Dock: It’s easy to come to the conclusion that the loading dock area can be one of the most hazardous areas of your operations. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that 25% of all accidents occur at the loading dock. The majority of these accidents result in the dreaded back injury that, according to OHSA, ultimately ends up costing U.S. companies upwards of $80 billion dollars annually. And with staggering numbers like these, not even the largest and safest companies have any doubt that the loading dock is potentially dangerous, but with adequate safety measures to address these top areas of concern, it can be a safer place to venture. 1.) Loading dock door drop offs. 2.) The all too familiar slips, trips and falls. 3.) Trailer creep. Read full article


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PRODUCT PREVIEWS

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Acuity Brands Expands P Series LED Downlights Family: Acuity Brands, Inc. has extended its line of P Series LED Downlighting Modules from Lithonia Lighting®. The family now features 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch LED modules that deliver an expected service life of 46 years* for a wide range of applications. Designed to fit almost any manufacturer’s recessed can-style housings (4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch) for no-hassle retrofitting, the new P Series LED downlights offer more flexibility with the most popular downlight sizes for residential and light commercial applications. Additionally, the new 4-inch P Series LED downlight offers the same light output as a 65-watt incandescent lamp, to deliver more illumination from a smaller fixture size. Read full article

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Magnetek’s Anti-Shock Technology Increases Safety and Control: Magnetek, Inc., a leading supplier of digital power and motion control systems for the material handling industry, today announced the addition of an Anti-Shock feature to its IMPULSE®•VG+ Series 4 crane controls. Magnetek’s state-of-the-art Anti-Shock technology automatically stabilizes loads by detecting and minimizing rapid increases in motor torque, thus reducing the potential for crane damage caused by operator induced “load shock.” This proactive approach not only protects the crane and building from excessive stress conditions, thereby reducing maintenance costs, it also increases operator safety by reducing the risk for mechanical failure. Read full article

quantum_pp_oct13.jpg Quantum Storage Systems Partners with Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation!: Quantum Storage Systems is very excited to announce its new Susan G. Komen program. “We’ve decided to partner with this Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation and will be selling eight sizes of our plastic bins in PINK to do so,” explained Ed Granger, Director of Sales. “With each sale of our ‘pink’ bins, Quantum has committed to donate 15% of these sales back to this foundation. It is our goal to not only make a substantial contribution to this cause, but to establish good will and additional brand recognition through this venture.” Quantum has begun running inventory on 8 bin sizes in the new “pink” color which is the darker of the two patented “BREAST CANCER PINK” colors. Read full article


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