Solutions Spotlight

SOLUTIONS COMMUNITY

New and Improved: Solutions Community Aims to Be Resource for MHI Members, User Community By Brian Reaves, MHI Executive Vice President Come together, right now, for efficiency. Well, that’s not exactly how the famous Beatles lyric goes, but in the case of the MHI’s three solutions groups, it makes perfect sense. When the MHI Solutions Community was created this past ...

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Overhead Crane Manufacturers Put Emphasis on Uniform Quality and Performance

If there is one thing that sets the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) apart from other industry groups, it is the preparation and marketing of its standards.  The group takes this extremely seriously and is working to be the go-to resource for crane information and expertise.  Recently, MHI Solutions spoke with industry stakeholders to better understand how leading crane ...

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Caster Technology Improving Workplace Ergonomics

In the beginning of the 1900s, the first ergonomic concepts to help workers operate more productively were introduced. At the time, industry demanded a great deal of physical exertion from workers. Today, caster manufacturers continue to study human abilities, limitations and other characteristics relevant to product design in hopes of reducing workplace stress and injury. Recently, the Institute of Caster ...

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Pushing for Collaboration between Automation Solution Suppliers and Users

Early last year, the Automation Solutions Group (ASG) of MHI was shaped out of the former Integrated Systems and Controls Council (ISC). ISC brought together companies that supplied automated material handling solutions as well as companies providing related products and services. As ISC, the leadership team realized that they could do more in the way of educating customers about automation ...

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Understanding the Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems of Tomorrow

In virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are employed. Equipment and controls that handle, store and retrieve materials under a defined degree of automation continue to grow in demand. To better understand what companies are looking for when it comes to selecting an AS/RS solution from the relatively simple manually controlled order-picked machines ...

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Not Your Grandfather’s Lift

While there are many standard lifts being manufactured by the industry, there are also applications using lifts that the industry may not think about. Today, it is not just about palletizing and de-palletizing. Recently, MHI Solutions spoke with lift manufacturers and asked them how day-to-day use of lifts has changed. Bob Clark, vice president of sales for MHI member Bishamon, ...

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Protecting Your People and Your Wallet with Protective Guarding

Across the country, new and innovative protective guarding products are being designed to protect personnel, equipment and inventory in industrial facilities. Recently, we spoke with industry leaders to learn more about new technologies around electronic guarding and how they can be used in conjunction with traditional guarding for a robust overall solution. Aaron Conway, president of MHI member Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, ...

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Improving Loading Dock Safety and Productivity

Loading docks are busy areas. There is a constant flow of trucks, pedestrians, lifting devices and a plethora of other equipment. It is important to identify common causes of loading dock mishaps as manufacturers ensure the loading dock area of facilities are more accessible and safer when it comes to the movement of goods. Jeff Schulze, vice president of national ...

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Your Opportunity to Innovate and Collaborate

If you have not read the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, let me play the spoiler and give you the keys to where solutions reside. In the report, which is based on comprehensive surveys of more than 400 supply chain professionals ranging from engineers to CEOs, the following comment is made: “The number one barrier to investing in new technologies ...

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Making Cranes Clairvoyant: Advancements in Diagnostic Monitoring

Many of us, from early on, are captivated by the feats cranes can accomplish— from the monstrous machines towering over construction sites like modern-day sauropods to those swingy, jerky (and more than occasionally confounding) arcade claws. The earliest cranes date back to ancient Greece. Imagine what those industrious minds would make of today’s machinery, which has now evolved to the ...

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