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BCMPA hails show success

The BCMPA says it  was delighted to host 24 of its members at the Contract Pack & Fulfilment (CP&F) zone at Packaging Innovations & Empack at the NEC as retailers, brand owners and entrepreneurs continued to seek the support of UK contract manufacturers, packers and eCommerce/fulfilment providers.

CEO transition and plans for the future

WHITTAN GROUP, a leading UK manufacturer of storage solutions, has unveiled a series of exciting plans for the organisation. As Richard Moss settles into his new role as CEO, the Group has announced its focus on driving innovation and progress.

Bespoke electric winch system for ‘wet room’

HOIST & WINCH says among many notable recent successes it has come to the assistance of a large UK plant rental company with a very specific request. The company wanted a bespoke electric-powered winch lifting system to raise and lower large vinyl-type sheets in a purpose-built ‘wet area’. With no challenge too demanding, Hoist & Winch says it stepped up to the task.

‘Energy saving features a key’

Hart Industrial Doors has completed a contract to supply and install a Speedor Storm at the new Kidderminster facility for TVH UK, global parts and accessories suppliers.

Quality turntable trucks now available from First Mats

Industrial equipment specialists First Mats are thrilled to announce the addition of Turntable Trucks to its extensive product range. This new range complements First Mats’ existing lineup, which includes top-quality matting, various types of trucks, and spill control products tailored for commercial and industrial workplaces.

Upgraded loading dock keeps deliveries on track

Railway fastenings manufacturer Pandrol has installed a THORWORLD modular loading dock and ramp to replace its previous Thorworld solution, which had successfully delivered 15 years of service at the company’s Worksop facility. The new solution, tailored to Pandrol’s needs, offers enhanced throughput and safety benefits.

Warehouse management system

International supply chain solutions provider TOUCHPATH has announced it is launching the latest version of its ‘Touch WMS’ warehouse management system, for which it is claiming a number of industry firsts centred on performance optimisation.

Hart sees 2023 as a year of opportunity

Hart Door Systems, the original British manufacturer of the high-speed door concept, is confident that there are considerable prospects for another successful year for the Speedor brand.

Large construction project completed

HOIST & WINCH says it has recently completed a challenging project for one of the UK’s biggest construction companies involved in large-scale new home development projects. Faced with a demanding and highly technical brief, Hoist & Winch rose to the task, providing a turnkey lifting system solution to ensure complete success for its client.

Large-capacity hoist installations

Supplying, installing, load testing and LOLER certifying a wide range of manual and powered hoist units, HOIST & WINCH says it has extensive experience and expertise in all kinds of industrial lifting operations. However, certain projects require special know-how, such as the installation of large-capacity, electric-powered wire-rope hoists in challenging and restricted access applications. And yet even in these situations, Hoist & Winch says it has a proven methodology to ensure a high-performance, efficient, safety-certified outcome for customers.

Fast-to-market mobility solutions

Supply chain hardware, software and services company RENOVOTEC has formed a partnership with enterprise mobility solutions specialist Social Mobile, the two companies announced recently. Renovotec says the move will support its rapid expansion in doorstep delivery and field service markets.

Brandsafe modular approach for improved industrial workplace equipment security

Improved safety and security of power control systems, equipment and products in industrial workplaces is provided with a range of modular cages and enclosures now availablefrom impact protection equipment specialist, Brandsafe.

Hart storms ahead with new Speedor variant

Hart Door Systems, the original British manufacturer of the high-speed door concept, is stream-lining its Speedor range with the introduction Speedor ECO which will complement Hart’s very successful Speedor Storm, Speedor Mini and sub brands such as Speedor Conveyor and Speedor Cleanroom, further strengthening Hart’s overall high-speed door offer.

Cementing the benefits of specialist services

The varied and specialist services available from HOIST & WINCH have come to the rescue of a cement industry customer that was looking to replace a large rotor used in its production process. Thanks to the design, manufacturing, test, certification and installation services offered by Hoist & Winch, the cement works was able to avoid the long lead times associated with buying original OEM equipment, and successfully complete a highly complex and challenging lifting operation.

Red Dot award for industrial robot

ABB’s IRB 390 FlexPacker industrial Delta robot designed for ultra-fast packing has been chosen for the Red Dot Product Design Award - the second ABB robot to receive the prestigious award in two consecutive years.

Hart’s largest Speedor Storms’ order

HART DOOR SYSTEMS has secured its largest order for its Speedor Storm door, the high-performance exterior roller door designed for frequent use in high traffic situations and constructed to withstand harsh environments including 90mph for wind class 5.

Rental and leasing schemes for storage systems

RANDEX a leading vertical storage lift company has announced it is introducing rental and leasing schemes for its range of ‘Compact’ vertical storage systems: both include full technical support and maintenance for the life of any agreement. Under the scheme a lease can be converted into full ownership at any time after 24 months, converting the Compact system into an asset, while rental is available from as little as three months to handle seasonal spikes in demand.

Virtual reality system launched

RANDEX, a leading vertical storage lift company is launching a virtual reality (VR) system that simulates vertical storage space and performance. The ‘Randex VR’ system, for which the company is claiming an industry first, uses VR and BIM (building information modelling) technology to graphically test and demonstrate in-building vertical storage lift location and the picking throughput that the Randex Compact vertical lift supports. Randex VR generates digital models that show best machine fit and the optimum picking speeds that can be achieved in a ‘what if?’ scenario.

Charging ahead

Paul Bowers, Toyota Material Handling’s counterbalance specialist, considers some of the factors driving the rise of the electric-powered forklift market.

Electric utility vehicles are just the job

Issues such as limited range are still causing somewhat of a roadblock for the electric vehicle industry. However according to Ramsy Labassi, marketing manager at BRADSHAW ELECTRIC VEHICLES, whilst charging, or range-induced anxiety is understandable when considering the switch to electric, such concerns often don’t consider one vital factor – what the vehicle is being used for.

Automated labelling system

PANDUIT has introduced the compact semi-automatic, “PLA-100/E” WrapID automatic labelling system offering significant increases in productivity for medium to high-volume label applications.

Hart Doors reveals its super- advanced security shutter

With a history of developing its own range of advanced industrial doors such as its Speedor high-speed doors, demand from South East Asia has led Hart Doors to develop a new version of its Typhoon security shutters range which can withstand wind speeds of circa 165mph.

Warehouse networking leadership

RENOVOTEC, a leading supply chain hardware, software and services company, has announced it has struck an ‘Elite Solution Provider’ agreement with wired and wireless communications expert Commscope (NASDAQ: COMM) and its recently acquired Ruckus Networks subsidiary. Renovotec says the agreement will give it access to Commscope Ruckus’ Wi-Fi, switching and other networking technology and expertise for its supply chain customers, while Commscope will benefit from Renovotec’s high penetration of warehousing and industrial environments.

Plant Hire from Nexus Vehicle Rental

For over 20 years, Nexus has supported some of the UK's largest fleets by enabling direct access to the largest rental supply chain across all vehicle groups; cars, vans, HGVs, electric, commercial and specialist vehicles.

Better stability and safety

Highly modern industrial trucks, such as the electric high-lift truck ERD 220i from Jungheinrich, are required to keep the time and material expenditure as well as the environmental impact as low as possible when loading and unloading goods. For this specific high-lift truck, the German hydraulics specialist WEBER-HYDRAULIK developed a compact undercarriage stabilisation cylinder to improve stabilisation.

Compact vertical storage system

RANDEX, a leading vertical storage lift company, has announced it is launching a new version of its ‘Compact’ system, built using its industry-benchmark automated vertical storage technology. New features of this latest system include a modern, updated HMI* touchscreen that is highly intuitive and user friendly according to early feedback from Randex users.

Robotic handling solutions on show

ABB has announced it will showcase its latest advanced automated handling and robotics solutions at MACH 2022 (NEC Birmingham, 4-8 April), including a high payload collaborative robot, machine tending systems to suit every production need and a magnetic levitation-based conveyance system.

Know-how and experience in the hire market

Alongside its wide portfolio of lifting and handling equipment for sale, HOIST & WINCH says it is currently promoting its extensive know-how and experience in the hire market. The company says it is an expert in turnkey hire projects involving air- and electric-powered hoists, overseeing installation, commissioning, testing and certification tasks as part of a complete service package that provides genuine market differentiation.

Lifting equipment services

HOIST AND WINCH says it has come a long way in a short space of time. From humble beginnings in 2007, the company today offers a full spectrum of lifting equipment services to the UK and global marketplace. The Hoist and Winch portfolio now comprises product sales, installation, service, inspection, repair and hire, with a special emphasis on project work. With increasing demand, the reputation and corporate profile of this ISO9001-accredited business is rising fast.

Welsh mineral water company chooses Hart

Radnor Hills Mineral Water has chosen HART DOOR SYSTEMS to supply a further high-speed door for its Radnor-based mineral water plant.

Vertical storage lift online planning service

RANDEX, a leading vertical storage lift company, is claiming an industry first for its rollout of a free online service that organisations can use to generate CAD drawings and specifications for their automated handling using vertical storage.

The electric truck that does it all

MITSUBISHI FORKLIFT TRUCKS has announced it has launched a game-changing addition to its award-winning EDiA range

Two more Speedors for British Salt

Hart Doors has completed the installation of two Speedor Storms at the Middlewich, Cheshire, plant of British Salt adding to the range of Hart doors already on site.

Online conference supports training

Following the success of last year’s webinar, the Association of Industrial Truck Trainers recently hosted another illuminating online conference.

Foray into pallet labelling

At this year’s PPMA Show on Stand D72, digital coding innovator Clearmark says it will celebrate its 20th anniversary by making its foray into the logistics labelling space with the launch of the innovative ICE Vector Pallet Labelling System. The company says the ICE Vector brings to the marketplace a new high performance, low maintenance tertiary option that is exceptionally easy to integrate with line and warehouse management systems. ICE Vector completes Clearmark’s coding portfolio, enabling customers to benefit from joined-up coding solutions across their primary, secondary and tertiary operations paving the way for the factory of the future.

Key changes announced to guidance

Key changes have been announced in the latest update to the materials handling industry official guidance notes on how to comply with the legal obligations for Thorough Examinations.

Material Handling & Logistics Conference (MHLC) “BEYOND” Set for September 13-15

36th Annual Conference will be held Virtually, World-Wide for  the Second Consecutive Year

Dealership is going for growth

From its Patchway base, BRISTOL FORKLIFTS has announced it is to further expand its operations throughout the Westcountry with the recruitment of one of the country’s most respected sales specialists.

How to map work orders effortlessly via video

Understandable work instructions are one of the most important adjusting screws in warehouse logistics. Only if employees know which tasks they have to perform and how, the error rate remains low and the often high workload is mastered. In reality, a lack of previous knowledge, incomplete explanations and language barriers often make everyday work more difficult. The software solution developer how.fm supports companies in creating catchy and visually supported work instructions.

Crane construction kit

Material handling specialist, DEMAG, has announced it has added new components to its universal KBK crane construction kit, allowing users to create even more versatile lifting systems with higher load capacities, improved use of the available space and reduced installation work.

A Speedor Storm at Erwin Hymer

HART DOORS has recently completed a contract for Erwin Hymer’s Consett, Co Durham, plant where a range of Hart’s industrial doors from roller shutters to Speedor Storms, Speedor Minis and a combination of a Speedor Storm and roller shutter were installed.

Key supplier celebrates 75 Years

A key supplier to advanced manufacturing and technology firms, STREET CRANE COMPANY, is celebrating its 75th year of continual innovation in crane technology.

Plastic pallet eco-rating system

EXPORTA, a UK product handling expert, has introduced a new plastic pallet eco-rating system. This system allows customers to purchase a pallet with full visibility of its environmental impact.

Hart launches Speedor Lite

HART DOORS, the Newcastle-based designer and manufacturer of industrial door systems including high speed roller doors and commercial roller shutters, has completed the installation of its first Speedor Lite, a new variant of its famous Speedor range of high-speed doors.

Speedor Storms for major manufacturer

Hart Doors has recently installed a pair of its high-speed Speedor Storm doors at a major manufacturing/recycling plant in the Midlands. The plant, which annually supplies over 275,000 tonnes of polythene products, also recycles over 95,000 tonnes of UK waste from industrial, commercial, agricultural and domestic sources.

Specialist fast-action doors

One of the UK’s leading producers of quality pet food, GA Pet Food Partners (GA), has joined forces with specialist fast-action door suppliers and an automated vehicle manufacturer to meet a growing worldwide demand.

UK distribution deal

Supply chain hardware, software and services company RENOVOTEC has struck a distribution deal with Custom SpA, an Italian multinational group and hi-tech solutions company, the two organisations announced recently. Custom was founded in 1992 and has extensive experience in retail POS (point of sale), kiosk and self-service solutions.

Expansion of operations

TLV ENGINEERING says in a move that will present fewer Brexit-related issues for its customers, increase its stock holding and strengthen ties with its parent company in Japan, steam solutions specialist it has expanded its UK operations with the opening of a new 6,000 square feet warehousing facility in Cheltenham.

New wheeled rucksack

C.K MAGMA says following the successful ongoing development of its award-winning wheeled tool case derivatives, it has taken the logical step of expanding its popular rucksack range with the exciting addition of the Wheeled Rucksack Plus (MA2654).

Palletising robots for improved handling

Increased automation, adapting to new labour-saving manufacturing practices and the consequences of COVID-19 is accelerating the demand for effective robotic solutions. This is especially the case in industries where logistics are key such as food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics where there is increased urgency to improve efficiencies by automating the packing and stacking of individual products.