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Storage Manufacturers Work to Integrate with New Innovations

Solutions Spotlight BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT Autonomous mobile robots in distribution facilities are “the future”—and members of MHI’s Storage Manufacturers Association (SMA) are working to make their products compatible with this emerging technology. SMA members are the industry’s leading suppliers of industrial storage equipment. They supply storage solutions worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector. Industrial storage equipment ...

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ACE Rebrand Signals New Era in Automation and Material Handling

SOLUTIONS SPOTLIGHT BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT MHI’s Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association (ECMA) rebranded in 2023 as the Automation, Controls and Electrification Association (ACE), signifying a new era of innovation in industrial automation and material handling. ACE members are at the forefront of delivering automation solutions across the globe, spanning significant manufacturing and distribution sectors. This includes a range of cutting-edge offerings ...

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Sustainability Practices in Manufacturing Makes Good Business Sense, Say CSS Members

Solutions Spotlight BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT Everyone is focusing on sustainability these days, including the manufacturers of conveyor and sortation systems. Members of MHI’s Conveyor and Sortation Systems (CSS) industry group are making their products—and operations—more sustainable. It’s good for all stakeholders, including their customers and end-users—as well as for the good of the planet overall. MHI member Hytrol Conveyor Co. ...

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Successful Warehouse Automation a Matter of Due Diligence and Investigation

MHI Solutions Community BY CHRISTIAN DOW, MHI EXECUTIVE VP OF MEMBERSHIP AND INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP With the current state of the labor market—and the ever-increasing need for efficiency in operations—questions about making warehouse automation successful abound. Plenty of folks are feeling pressured, yet are still on the fence about what to do, how to do it and even when. As Matt ...

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Creating Standards to Promote Safety for the Crane Industry

Solutions Spotlight BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT Members of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America Inc.—CMAA—are at the forefront of the crane industry. “We’ve been around for a long time—we were founded in 1927 as the Electric Overhead Crane Institute to promote the standardization of cranes as well as uniform quality and performance,” said Dan Beilfuss, CMAA’s president and general manager of ...

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Working Together to Promote Overhead Safety

Solutions Spotlight: Overhead Alliance BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT The latest specifications and standards for cranes, monorails and hoists are coming out from the industry groups within the Overhead Alliance to help customers design, install and operate the most reliable, most dependable and safest equipment possible. The Overhead Alliance promotes the efforts of three industry groups, the Crane Manufacturers Association of America ...

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Making Sense of Overhead Hoists’ Classifications

How can companies ensure that an overhead hoist is designed for optimum performance? It starts with determining the right Hoist Duty Service Classification based on the hoist’s ability to operate properly under varying loading conditions and operating cycles, said Bob Burkey, senior engineering advisor at MHI member Columbus Mckinnon Corp. and a member of the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI). “By ...

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Connecting at the Loading Dock

CREDIT: BLUE GIANT EQUIPMENT CORP. MHI’s Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers (LODEM) Industry Group helps protect workers from potential hazards that could cause severe injuries and even deaths. Loading dock safety took “a completely different turn” in 1980 with the advent of the vehicle restraint industry and, now, all of the major manufactures in the LODEM group offer vehicle restraints, said ...

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The Robotics Group: Fostering Human/Robot Interaction

Want to improve the working relationship between robots and humans? Ask The Robotics Group (TRG). This MHI industry group provides leadership in robotics by inspiring user confidence and fostering adoption of robotic solutions to drive efficiency in supply chain applications.

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