Tom Hammel 2017-10-03 02:05:06
FROM TABLES TO TELEHANDLERS, THESE MODELS WILL GIVE YOU A LIFT Smart, efficient and safe material handling products can make or break projects from kitchen cabinet construction to football stadiums. Ranging from cable ties to tables and telehandlers, these seven companies can lift, carry and hold the load. ALL MATERIAL HANDLING “There are many influences in the manual hoist market, from regulations and standards to brand loyalty,” begins Peter Brettner, president of All Material Handling. “Basic manual lifting technology and governing standards have not changed appreciably in decades. However, many brands and products have. Legacy product patents have expired, allowing the best technologies to be available from others. When the best designs are retooled, the opportunity exists to make improvements with new materials and processes that can improve function and cost.” This may be the greatest fear for legacy brands, resulting in tactics to retain market share and customer loyalty. Utilizing nondescriptive product numbers is an effective way to eliminate competition. This is not a new tactic but it is an effective way to hide the product configuration. Other tricks of the trade involve assisting customers to develop product specifications that can only be met by their brand. Fortunately, many customers now furnish full descriptions in RFPs and many once-unique features are now available from others. “AMH is one of those ‘other’ companies that takes pride in bringing quality product to market with the best features and price. Our new X5 Series of lever chain hoist is an example of our efforts. The X5 series is one of the lightest and most compact units in the market. X5 series capacities include 3/4, 1 1/8, 1 3/4, 3 1/2, 7 and 10 tons, offered with the best features in the industry. “The X5 name reflects its design factor — the hoist’s ultimate strength is five times its working load limit — which meets requirements of ASME HST-3 Appendix A for chain hoists used in marine and other applications as required by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Take time to compare with the best and you may conclude AMH is the better choice.” AZ LIFTING HARDWARE AZ Lifting Hardware (AZLH) is a wholesale provider of lifting, rigging and suspension hardware to the fastener and specialty tool distribution markets. Through strategic partnerships with global and domestic manufacturers, AZLH offers quality products such as eye bolts, turnbuckles, shackles and related chain and wire rope fittings at competitive prices. “AZ Lifting Hardware can also help you meet your customers’ needs and specifications,” says Charles Smith, AZLH president. “When a standard or stock product will not meet your requirements, we are able to produce what you need at competitive prices with exceptional lead times. Our services include milling, custom finishes, painting, special lengths and threading. “In addition to the product itself, AZLH has superior customer service programs to insure timely delivery, inventory management and even protection against obsolescence. AZLH is a company you’ll come to depend upon.” FORNEY INDUSTRIES “Throughout our 85-year history, Forney Industries has a reputation of operating above and beyond the needs of our customers, delivering innovation and providing the best product mix to the DIY, farm and ranch, automotive and industrial markets,” says Steve Anderson, president and CEO. “We listen to our customers, then design and create products to help them get the job done right. We also recruit and hire talented people who are specialists in their field and can identify innovative products our dealers and consumers need.” Forney recently launched an entire line of cable ties, ranging from ultralight duty to extra heavy-duty. These are ideal for fastening, bundling or holding together wire, cords, cables or a variety of other items. “Our cable tie program encompasses all the sizes, colors and strengths our consumers want. Cable ties are the new duct tape and can come in handy around the house,” adds Anderson. “Our cable ties are packaged in resealable bags which make them easier to hold and preserve for our consumers. They are also hung by a header card to maintain packaging quality, which benefits our dealers.” Forney Industries’ cable tie program offers a huge point of difference to the market. Each cable tie is made from nylon 6.6, an industrial standard material that meets flammability, temperature and UL ratings. LIFTWISE LiftWise, the material handling group at Diversified Products, offers a wide range of products for material handling in assembly, welding and servicing of equipment, as well as other various lifting solutions. Designed for maximum convenience and versatility, the new LiftMaster 4000 lift table can be used to lift and lower a wide variety of parts into the ideal position for maintenance, service and other needs. Featuring a low profile, compact design, the Lift- Master 4000 is a valuable addition to any heavy equipment shop, repair facility or other service operation. “The LiftMaster 4000 has a maximum capacity of 4,000 pounds when raised,” says Ray Fritel, president of Diversified Products. “Fully extended, the lifting table rises to 27 inches. A wide pedestal with vertical protrusions gives the lifting surface a saddle-like feel to allow for safely securing loads. Optional arm attachments can be used to better lift various components, such as pumps, belly guards and engine covers.” Actuated by a hand pump handle, the double-acting pump allows the operator to reach the maximum height in less pumps than competitive units, saving time and effort. Pulling the ergonomic trigger lever gravity-lowers the table to its compact 8.5-inch height. Four oversized swiveling casters (two front with brakes and two rear locking) enhance maneuverability and positioning. ROCKLER Woodworkers need sturdy, precision material handling products, too. Rockler Woodworking and Hardware recently introduced Material Mate, a rolling metal frame that does both and makes handling and using sheet goods much easier. Material Mate works in two modes; as a panel cart and as a mobile, adjustable-height shop stand. In panel cart mode, it can haul 4x8-foot sheets of plywood, sheetrock and other panels up to its capacity of 150 pounds. Material Mate can pass through a 30-inch wide doorway, making it easy to transport panels from a vehicle into the shop. To situate a panel for sawing and other work, the rack support is tilted up and locked, bringing the panel to a horizontal position. To use Material Mate in shop stand mode, simply attach a tabletop to the metal frame and lock it in the horizontal position. With the 4-inch casters, two of which can be locked, the table can be wheeled anywhere and locked in place. The frame adjusts between 31 and 36 inch heights. Even with a tabletop attached, the frame can be tilted down into panel cart mode. “Anyone in the shop knows that maneuvering sheets of plywood and other panels can be prohibitively cumbersome, especially without a helper,” says Steve Krohmer, vice president of product development. “The Material Mate makes it easy to transport panels from your vehicle into your shop, and also to elevate them when you’re ready to use them. The heavy metal frame is also a solid base for a shop table.” SNORKEL LIFTS In February 2017, Snorkel, a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms, launched six new material lifts. Split into two product families, the Snorkel material lifts range includes three ‘MLC’ models designed for heavy-duty construction applications. The Snorkel ML12C has an 11 foot 6 inch (3.5m) lift height with up to 750 pounds (340kg) of load capacity. The largest model, the ML24C, is capable of lifting up to 650 pounds (295kg) to a lift height of up to 22 feet 7 inches (6.9m). The remaining three ‘MLM’ models have shorter mast heights for easy transport through standard doorways. The model ML12M can lift up to 700 pounds (318kg) to a height of 10 feet 10 inches (3.8m). The models ML16M and ML20M machines can lift loads of 650 (295kg) and 600 pounds (272 kg) to lift heights of 14 feet 5 inches (4.4m) and 17 feet 11 inches (5.5m) respectively. “Offering versatility and durability, Snorkel material lifts are built to handle the demands of the rental industry,” states Matthew Elvin, CEO. “Snorkel material lifts feature a dual-handle, shift-on-the-fly, two-speed winch for increased productivity when lifting loads, up to twice as fast as other material lifts on the market.” JLG Telehandler users want features that improve operator confidence, operator comfort and machine versatility. JLG addresses these concerns with features that enhance operator comfort, such as spacious cabs and options that instill operator confidence, including a reverse sensing system, reverse camera, ride control and Smart- Load Technology. “The models 1644 and 1732 are JLG’s first high-capacity telehandlers and the first units in North America available with optional SmartLoad Technology, a bundle of three integrated technologies,” explains John Boehme, senior product manager. “First, attachment recognition allows a telehandler to identify an attachment and display the appropriate load chart to the operator. “Second, a load management information system (LMIS), graphically depicts a load’s location within the load chart, provides an indication of compliance and prevents the operator from violating the chart’s boundaries. “Third, a load stability indicator (LSI) works with the LMIS to limit operation when a load becomes non-compliant. This real-time load data will increase operator confidence and help fleet owners avoid the costly repairs that often result from overloading a machine.”
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