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AS/RS: Innovation and Automation
Automated storage and retrieval systems fulfil a significant number of important functions in the warehouse. Manufacturers are increasingly turning their attention to technology that makes these processes more efficient and effective.
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Ports & Long Beach a case of automation
Six million containers are loaded and unloaded from ships in Long Beach each year. Involvement in the Port of Long Beach can often mean big business for companies operating in the field of overhead cranes and hoists so it’s perhaps unsurprising then to find investment and innovation rife in this sector. Tim Sheahan looks at some of the key projects and developments.
Grasping the rigging opportunity
Health and safety are paramount factors when it comes to investing in new rigging equipment, Tim Sheahan discovers some of the latest innovations in this space.
Crossing the divide
Trade agreements, political instability and fluctuating materials costs are just a few factors impacting crane and hoist manufacturers’ business performance in South America. There is a wealth of construction taking place across the continent however and companies in the sector are discovering increasing opportunities, finds Tim Sheahan
Installing the cyclotron
Dutch firm Heavy Lifting and Handling teamed up with Wisconsin-based Enerpac to install a 250t cyclotron at an academic hospital in Uppsala, Sweden.
US pallet demand will rise 3.5% through to 2017
The number of pallets in use in the US is likely to grow by 2.4 percent annually to 2.6 billion in 2017, with annual demand for new pallets increasing 3.5 percent per year to 1.3 billion units, according to Cleveland based research company, The Freedonia Group.
Also in pallets…..
A round-up of some of the major manufacturers driving key developments in pallets
Avoiding crane collision
Despite the fact that awareness of crane safety is as crucial as ever, many cities around the US have reported a fall in the number of city crane inspectors. In New York alone the number of inspectors has dropped from ten to four in the past few years, a 60% decrease.
Workforce development will bring ‘era of growth’
Our economic future hinges on the ability to develop robust supply chains. Without them, you don’t have a competitive manufacturing sector, and without manufacturing you don’t have a strong economy.
Emerson gives ageing crane new lease of life
Advanced DC drives from Missouri–based Emerson Control Techniques have been selected by Terminal de Contenedores de Yucatán (TCY) to modernise the control system on an ageing ship-to-shore crane in Progreso, México and bring it back up to speed.