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RUGGED PALLET RACKS SK3000 rack is a cost-effective storage system for drive-in, drive-through or selective pallet storage. The rack offers structural angle frame bracing and high-strength, dual-bolt beam connections.

SK3000 rack is a cost-effective storage system for drive-in, drive-through or selective pallet storage. The rack offers structural angle frame bracing and high-strength, dual-bolt beam connections. The wraparound connection plate and two-bolt connection help square the rack structure. The 90-degree inside angle with the column creates a tight connection that increases movement capacity. Steel King Industries; www.steelking.com, 715-341-3120.

GENERAL-PURPOSE PHOTOELECTRIC SENSOR

The Series-28 universal photoelectric sensors are available in diffused mode with background suppression and in polarized retroreflective mode with foreground suppression. Features include adjustable-sensitivity, high-intensity LEDs visible from 50 feet, and response time of 0.5 milliseconds. Rated for temperatures as low as -40 degrees F. With through-hole or dovetail mountings and UL and CSA approved. Pepperl+Fuchs; www.am.pepperl-fuchs.com.

INTELLIGENT MANIPULATORS

The iLift lifting and balancing manipulator features a float mode that has vertical speeds to 4.9 feet per second. Operators can handle loads quickly, applying just over two pounds of physical force to move a 150-pound load. It can be installed on existing and new rail configurations. Cobotics Inc.; www.cobotics.com, 847-425-1200.

MAINTAIN INK JET PRINTERS AUTOMATICALLY

The Auto Maintenance system needs no personnel interaction, eliminates lengthy start-up procedures and print distortion. It automatically primes each printhead, forcing a small amount of ink through the channels, expelling trapped air and debris that cause ink “drop out.” Priming cycles are programmed at the plant level. FoxJet; www.foxjet.com.

GET IN CONTROL

The Simatic Rack PC 840 installs in 19-inch rack mounting consoles. There’s a separate display monitor for human-machine interfacing tasks, data acquisition and processing, and PC-based control. It can come with a choice of processors, RAM capacities, drive configurations, power supplies and operating systems. USB and Profibus compatible. Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.; www.sea.siemens.com, 800-964-4114.

AVOID SPILLAGE

The Cargotainer Rack-Shield protects palletloads from accidental spillage, slippage or dislocation while being stored or retrieved from rack bays. Wire mesh panels attach to the rear opening of pallet rack rows and prevent the palletloads from edging out. The rack-shields come in custom sizes to individual pallet rack requirements in powder-coat gray or metallic aluminum finish. Adrian Fabricators Inc.; 800-221-3794.

HAND PALLET FOR HEAVIER LOADS

The PTH 50 Series hand pallet truck has a capacity of 5,000 pounds and a lower fork height of 2.9 inches for easy pallet entry. It offers an entry and exit system that uses metal ramps to position pallet boards onto the rollers. The handle offers several ergonomic features. Tubing for the handle is large for a more comfortable grip. The handle’s upper corners have a more rounded shape to ensure the operator’s hands are not squeezed when traveling longer distances. The truck’s frame stays strong because of the boxed end forks, rolled steel edges and weldments between the forks. Crown Equipment Corp.; www.crown.com, 419-629-2311.

ERGONOMIC SIDE-TILTING CAB

The ability of the cab on the Comfor-Cab II to tilt sideways makes it easier to service. The cab pivots to the right, letting operators access the engine, transmission and service check points. The cab design features full-suspension, adjustable contoured seat, multi-position tilt, telescoping steel column and Monotrol pedal. The console offers 16 indicator lights, five gauges and a dual-function LCD. Hyster Co.; www.hysterusa.com.

ACCURATE CONTAINER COUNTING

The Superprox Model CT1000 ultrasonic counting sensor accurately counts containers on single-file conveyor lines. Its dual-transducer design maintains accuracy even when the line stops or reverses. The sensor works with separated and back-to-back containers at line speeds to 2,000 per minute. If containers move past the sensor in the reverse direction, then the sensor remembers not to recount the containers when they move past the sensor in the correct direction. Containers can be of any material, shape, color and style, and can be sized from 1.5 to 12 inches in diameter. The sensor’s output works with most counters or totalizers. Hyde Park Electronics Inc.; www.hpsensors.com, 937-252-2121.

ACCURATE CONTAINER COUNTING

The Superprox Model CT1000 ultrasonic counting sensor accurately counts containers on single-file conveyor lines. Its dual-transducer design maintains accuracy even when the line stops or reverses. The sensor works with separated and back-to-back containers at line speeds to 2,000 per minute. If containers move past the sensor in the reverse direction, then the sensor remembers not to recount the containers when they move past the sensor in the correct direction. Containers can be of any material, shape, color and style, and can be sized from 1.5 to 12 inches in diameter. The sensor’s output works with most counters or totalizers. Hyde Park Electronics Inc.; www.hpsensors.com, 937-252-2121.

STRETCHWRAPPERS

Line of stretchwrappers includes features such as resettable speed, powered turntables, variable speed and pre-stretch. The machines have easy-to-use control, low-maintenance components and powered pre-stretch dispensers. Advance Lifts; www.advancelifts.com, 800-843-3625.

LAYER-FORMING ROBOTIC PALLETIZER

This hybrid palletizing solution combines row- and layer-forming technology with a robotic palletizer to stack layers of lightweight products at high rates. The system features a floor-level row former and layer table working with the robotic palletizer at speeds of 40 to 50 bundles per minute in a 13-case pattern. The robot can place tie sheets between product layers. It can be combined with the automatic Model 704 pallet dispenser for staging up to 18 pallets. Columbia Machine; www.palletizing.com, 800-628-4065.

WIRE DECKING AND DIVIDERS

Wire construction decking has reinforced channels and can enhance efficiency and safety. It provides high visibility for inventory inspection and better air circulation; the mesh improves water penetration of overhead sprinklers. Available in powder-coated or hot-dip finishes. ITC Manufacturing & Powder Coating; www.itcmfg.com, 602-415-1400.

SMALL-FOOTPRINT AUTOMOTIVE PALLET

The Structo-Cell plastic pallet has a footprint of 32 by 38 inches. For use in automotive applications, it is compatible with 12" x 7.5", 12" x 15" and 12" x 30" totes. Its one-piece construction is due to foam-molded ALN-120, a poly-propylene resin that matches the weight-bearing stiffness of high-density polyethylene. Each pallet weighs 31 pounds and has a static-load capacity of 20,000 pounds. Cookson Plastic Molding Corp.; www.cooksonmhd.com, 888-738-8800.

FASTER STRETCHWRAPPING

The SXT straddle stretchwrapper automatically attaches and cuts film, letting lift truck operators drive up, position the load, start the machine with a lanyard switch and drive away without leaving the truck. The system is suited for tall, light, unstable and heavy loads. Maximum load weight is determined by floor capacity. The 12 rpm wrap arm can

wrap up to 35 loads per hour. Lantech; www.lantech.com, 800-866-0322.

PUT LOADS IN THEIR PLACE

The AccuLoad Pallet Positioner lets users pinpoint loads to 3,000 pounds. It puts a load anywhere up to a 30-1/4-inch raised height. The platform is made of solid 3/8-inch steel mounted on a heavy-duty sealed bearing system. The base is 24 by 48 inches and supports a 3/8-inch by 43-inch rotating platform. A foot pedal provides the user with hands-free control of platform height. Presto Lifts Inc.; www.prestolifts.com.

HIGH-SPEED CASE SEALING

The Little David LD-16R random case sealer seals tops and bottoms of 10 random-sized boxes per minute depending on box variance and stability. An indexing gate automatically sequences boxes one at a time into the machine. The servo drive drops the head to properly determine box height. A flight bar propels the box past the top and bottom pneumatically controlled tape cartridges, sealing the box. Loveshaw, an ITW Co.; www.loveshaw.com, 570-937-4921.

PRINT AND APPLY

Model 2038 Print and Apply printer-applicator is compatible with most label printers. It applies labels using tamp, tamp blow or air blow labeling technology. It can apply labels at any angle. Maximum label size is 4.5 by 6 inches. It can apply labels at speeds to 100 products per minute. Label-Aire Inc.; www.label-aire-inc.com, 714-441-0700.

LASER CODING

The DSL 1 scribing laser is powered by a sealed CO2 laser. It marks crisp, clear, permanent codes on a variety of material including paper, cartons, plastics, glass and paint. Speeds can reach to 1,300 feet per minute while maintaining high-resolution image quality. It can be installed in any orientation and codes stationary and moving objects. Windows-based software lets users create serial numbers, batch codes, bar codes, 2D codes, logos and graphic designs. Domino Amjet Inc.; 847-244-2501.

STAINLESS STEEL PALLET HANDLING

Heavy-duty pallet conveyors and systems are designed for sanitary warehousing operations. The components handle full pallets, including transportation, accumulation and reversing conveyors, right-angle transfers and gravity roller conveyors. Laughlin Corp.; www.laughlincorporation.com, 817-232-9404.

BUFFER FOR STORAGE AND ACCUMULATION

The MSS II serves as a short-term buffer and vertical sorter. It accumulates low- to medium-volume items, reducing the number of needed dedicated conveyor lines. It holds boxes or totes until an order is complete, then sends the order out in precise sequence. Average cycle time is 15 seconds. Eskay Corp.; www. eskay.com, 801-359-9900.

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