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April 2017
Preplanning for the 2017 ProMat Show to be held at the McCormick Place, Chicago April 3-6, 2017

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Rail industry sets new safety record

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...

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s survey of economic activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

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...

Yale robotic lift truck honored for innovation 

As supply chain operations are pressured with increasingly rigorous fulfillment requirements and problems with labor availability and turnover, they need solutions capable of delivering productivity, dependability and reduced total cost of operations....

Honeywell Safety & Productivity Solutions announces new vp of sales

Dave Lowe has joined Honeywell in March 2017 as the vice president of sales for U.S. and Canada for the company’s Productivity Products business. Dave joins Honeywell from Samsung where he spent the last six years most recently as the vice president...

Global automated guided vehicles market analysis & trends - industry forecast to 2025

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...

Raymond welder awarded gold medal in inaugural Toyota skills competition

The Raymond Corporation was represented by Raymond welder Mark Hartwig at the inaugural Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG) Skills Competition in Takahama, Japan, on March 16, 2017. To showcase their skill sets, participants had to weld a steel...

BTS statistics release: January 2017 North American freight numbers

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...

Hinges with safety switch in stainless steel offered by J.W. Winco

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

 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...

OptoForce brings sense of touch to U.S. Robots

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...

I annoy phone scammers

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...

Solve for X - ProMat 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....

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.

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...

Succession planning: It’s bigger on the inside

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,...

SWOT before you set that goal!

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...

Looking forward

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”...

New wireless camera system now available at TVH

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...

Roll-up fence portable barrier is first of its kind in the U.S.

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...

Camso introduces five new forklift tire solutions 

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...

Eliminate time-consuming heat shrinking when terminating heating cables 

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,...

Delta-Q Technologies introduces new lithium-specific battery charger 

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,...

Hinges with safety switch in stainless steel offered by J.W. Winco

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

 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

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,...

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

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

July Calendar of Events

July 13 : Emerging Leaders Conference – Chicago, IL

August Calendar of Events

August 24 : YPN Webinar: Gaining Influence Without Authority

October Calendar of Events

October 1-4 : MHI Annual Conference – Boca Raton Resort – Boca Raton, FL

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