June 2005 Equipment Round-Up - Material Handling and Lift Trucks

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Reaching new heights

The new Model 7400 reach-fork truck designed combines AC technology and ergonomics to reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase operator productivity. It is available in a variety of weight capacities, from 3,200 lb. to 4,500 lb., in reach and deep reach configurations. Ergonomic design features include universal stance for more efficient, true bi-directional travel; secondary control handle for added convenience and comfort during tractor-first travel; and logical, intuitive controls laid out in a comfortable configuration.

Raymond Corp.; Greene, N.Y.
800-235-7200; www.raymondcorp.com

Heavier-duty trucks

The E7000-E12000 Series are 7,000-12,000 lb. capacity lift trucks in four models. They feature a highly stable platform and expertly engineered controls that provide the capacity retention necessary to carry heavy loads. MOSFET transistor technology in the drive and hydraulic control systems provides responsive performance to improve material handling efficiency. The new lift trucks include ergonomic features such as a full suspension seat, a comfortable seat belt that reduces cinching when turning, and easy-to-reach, cowl-mounted hydraulic levers.

Cat Lift Trucks; Houston
800-CAT-LIFT; www.cat-lift.com

Pick and weigh

The Ergo-1000-OBS allows the operator to automatically pick, lift, weigh and move all contemporary styles of plastic, fiber and steel drums. The weighing device has zero-out, auto shut-off, metric and imperial measurement capabilities and can be ordered with an optional printing feature. Accuracy is within 1 lb. or 0.25 percent up to 1,000 lbs.

Liftomatic Material Handling; Buffalo Grove, Ill.
800-837-6540; www.liftomatic.com

Battery-powered fork

The new electric model 40SE is a battery-powered forklift, a variation on the company’s narrow-aisle LP gas model, which is expected to find applications into the food and pharmaceutical sectors and other locations previously unsuitable for IC equipment. With 4,000 lbs. capacity, the forklift can work both inside and outdoors, eliminating the need for normal counterbalance forklifts and reach or narrow aisle trucks. Solid pneumatic tires fitted to the electric truck also make loading possible in the yard.

Aisle-Master; Plant City, Fla.
(877) 280-4910; www.aisle-master.com

Round and round

Software and hardware improvements are key to the company’s upgrade of its line of horizontal carousels. They offer increased flexibility in the design, specification and maintenance of the carousel systems, and provide an enhanced set of operating controls. The carousels are typically used for product picking in warehouse and distribution center operations and in buffering applications for manufacturing operation.

FKI Logistex; Kenilworth, N.J.
314-993-4700; www.fkilogistex.com

Sanitary and vibratory

The expanded Iso-Flo family of vibratory conveyors satisfy the most stringent sanitation demands in the industry, meeting 3A dairy sanitary standards, USDA, HACCP and FDA requirements, and exceeding NEMA 4X washdown specifications. The new shakers feature scalloped flat bars, sealed isolation springs and a smooth 2B surface finish that discourage bacteria growth. Unlike traditional vibratory conveyors, the new Iso-Flo conveyors feature a patented removable gate that enables the sanitation crew to easily and thoroughly clean the area. Stress contoured arms are standard on all new conveyors.

Key Technology; Walla Walla, Wash.
509-529-2161; www.key.net

High travel-rated conveyor

The FastBack 260E conveyor brings all the advantages of horizontal motion conveying to producers of high flow rate products. The drive unit can handle pans up to 35 ft. long, allowing simple conveyor conversions to suit new plant layouts. It is ideal for frozen French fries and vegetables, snacks and baked products, and even cut lettuce and fresh vegetables. Additionally, a single plug-in power module and easy access to the drive components makes installation and maintenance quick and simple.

Heat and Control Inc.; Hayward, Calif.
800-227-5980; www.heatandcontrol.com

Speedy belt changes

A unique “open side,” low profile conveyor offers what the vendor claims is the fastest belt change in the industry – two minutes or less on small to medium-size conveyors. On large conveyors, the quick-change design allows 95 percent or better time savings. The quick-change configuration allows cantilever-style mounting to just one side of the stand, eliminating obstructions to slide-off/slide-on belt removal and installation.

Conveyor Technologies Ltd.; Milford, Ohio

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