Product Roundup: Material handling is moving forward

Tools that assist plant floor transport.

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Orders for material handling equipment increased by 22% in 2010, and they’re predicted to increase another 11-12% in 2011 and 2012, according to the Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Forecast (MHEM) released by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA, www.mhia.org).

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"Industrial production activity is increasing and factory operating rates, or utilization, are rapidly improving as demand is shifting from recovery mode to near normal levels," says Hal Vandiver, MHIA executive consultant. "MHEM will benefit from demand for more efficient use of capacity in warehousing, distribution and manufacturing in the near term and expanding residential and non-residential building sectors in late 2012 and early 2013."

In addition, shipments of material handling equipment grew by 6% in 2010, and they’re forecasted to grow another 12-13% in 2011 and 2012. Domestic demand, shipments plus imports less exports, grew amost 4% in 2010. Domestic demand will likely be similar to shipment growth in 2011, and exports should be stronger than imports in 2011.

The MHEM forecast of material handling equipment manufacturing is released each quarter by MHIA and looks 12-18 months forward to anticipate changes in the material handling and logistics marketplace. The MHEM represents more than $20 billion or approximately 12-15% of the estimated $156 billion U.S. material handling consumption. The MHEM history and forecast is available in its entirety to MHIA members. It includes economic specifics on conveyors and conveying equipment; overhead traveling cranes, hoists and monorail systems; industrial truck, tractors, trailers and stacker machinery; and other material handling equipment.

Ingersoll Rand's CLK-Series air chain hoists operate 800 full-load hours between overhauls

Ingersoll Rand's CLK-Series air chain hoists operate 800 full-load hours between overhauls
Designed for production applications and loads up to 1100 lbs, the CLK-Series is the latest addition to Ingersoll Rand’s line of air chain hoists. With an ASME HST-5 rating of A5 (FEM/ISO mechanism classification of 1Am/M4), the CLK Series hoists are engineered to operate 800 full-load hours between overhauls.

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Raymond's Models 9300 and 9400 sideloaders feature AC drive and AC lift

Raymond's Models 9300 and 9400 sideloaders feature AC drive and AC lift
Raymond's Models 9300 and 9400 sideloaders can be used for transport and rack storage. Featuring AC drive and AC lift, the Models 9300 and 9400 offer Raymond’s ACR System. The Raymond sideloaders feature a high voltage system powered by two 24-volt batteries.

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Kinetic Technologies' rotational pick and delivery carts feature a four-shelf design with 1,500-pound total capacity 

Kinetic Technologies' rotational pick and delivery carts feature a four-shelf design with 1,500-pound total capacity
Kinetic Technologies' custom rotational pick and delivery carts are designed for plants, distribution centers and warehouses. The 43-inch-by-52-inch cart frame is engineered for narrow aisle elevated pick operations and for in-plant delivery locations.

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