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KONECRANES DEMAG UK PARTNERS WITH WES Konecranes Demag UK Ltd has become a partner of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).


ifting equipment manufacturer and service provider, Konecranes Demag UK Limited, has reaffirmed its commitment to providing equal employment opportunities by entering into partnership with the WES. The move is consistent with the company’s objective of promoting the engineering sector to women and recruiting female employees to establish a more diverse workforce. Konecranes Demag is taking an active role within the WES, attending the organisation’s events and adopting best practice procedures. The company will also advertise technical vacancies on the WES website, job boards and newsletters to make job opportunities more accessible to female engineers. WES is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership with industry, the organisation supports and inspires women to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and as leaders. It encourages engineering education and training to help companies meet their gender diversity and inclusion objectives. Konecranes UK HR Director, Karen Winfield, stated: “This is an issue about which I am passionate and I am delighted that Konecranes Demag is working with the WES to inspire and support women in engineering careers. Attracting women to technical roles is a challenge faced by 4

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many engineering companies. Our partnership with WES fits in with our global diversity programme and will enable us to encourage more women to join Konecranes Demag and the engineering sector at large. I am very excited about the community we are building and hope that it will inspire more women to join us.” Mark Goringe, Industrial Service Director UK EMEA Mid-West, added: “Our Industrial Service business is focused on profitable growth. To achieve this goal we need to attract and recruit the right people from across the engineering community. Our aim is to deliver

world class service through our proactive and consultative customer approach. Our success depends not only on our world-class products and tools but on further developing our diverse and inclusive workplace. We have many available service roles within the business, which historically have been predominantly filled by men. Our partnership with the WES is an important part of our recruitment strategy to reach out to women within the engineering community to promote and fill the available roles which are open within Konecranes Demag.” www.konecranes.com



he Fork Lift Truck Association has revealed the theme for this year’s event: Forklift safety. It’s no accident. Managing behaviours to transform on-site operations. The National Forklift Safety Convention will be held on Wednesday 30th October at the Heart of England Event and Conference Centre in Coventry. Particular interest will focus on the presentation from Kanwal Kanda, Head of Transportation at the Health & Safety Executive, who will use the

convention to announce the latest statistics from the HSE on the day of their release. Industry-renowned behavioural safety expert Tim Marsh has been invited back by popular demand to present an extended session as key speaker at the convention. For more information call 01635 277577, email admin@fork-truck.org.uk or visit fork-truck.org.uk/fork-liftsafety/national-fork-lift-safetyconvention




CB has secured a historic deal with Morris Leslie Plant Hire for their biggest ever telehandler order worth £36 million. The deal for 555 Loadalls, ranging from the compact six metre 525-60 up to the 20 metre 540-200, has been placed through dealer Scot JCB. The machines, which all feature JCB Livelink and offer unrivalled fuel consumption and emissions, will be built at JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire. Morris Leslie Plant Hire Managing Director, Graham Ogilvie said: “As the construction market continues to develop, Morris Leslie Size Reduction (2016) Ad (134x178)_Layout 1 is experiencing excellent company

growth. These JCB Loadalls ensure our customers get the best of all worlds – high performing machines with excellent telematic reporting and a great nationwide dealer support network. The sales, service and advice from Scot JCB has also been second to none.” Group Managing Director Global Key Accounts, Yvette Henshall-Bell, said: “Morris Leslie is one of the fastest and largest growing companies in the plant hire industry and we are delighted that they have chosen the JCB Loadall, the world’s number one telehandler, to further expand their fleet.” Morris Leslie Plant Hire is part 27/09/2016 11:53 Page 1 of the Morris Leslie Group which

Pictured (left to right) at JCB World Headquarters are Executive Chairman Morris Leslie, JCB Group Managing Director Global Key Accounts Yvette Henshall-Bell, Morris Leslie Plant Hire Managing Director Graham Ogilvie and Scot JCB Sales Director David Park.

was established 45 years ago in Perthshire, Scotland. The business has now grown to more than 5,000 machines, with an average age of under two-years-old. The company’s founder and Executive Chairman Morris Leslie said: “We are delighted to have placed an order of this magnitude with JCB as our relationship continues to grow in line with the expansion of our business.” www.jcb.com

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ECO-FRIENDLY DISPOSABLE PLATE SPECIALIST OUTSOURCES UK SUPPLY CHAIN The Wholeleaf Company – manufacturer of a unique, ecologicallyfriendly range of disposable plates and cutlery – has outsourced control of its UK supply chain to Walker Logistics.


he Wholeleaf Company uses naturally fallen Indian palm leaves to make disposable plates, bowls or platters. Walker will supply the Wholeleaf Company growing client base – which includes: private members club group, Soho House; The Goring Hotel; organic food recipe specialists, Abel & Cole; and popular restaurant chain, Wahaca – and, in addition, will supply B2C orders placed via the Wholeleaf Company’s online portal.  “With growing concern about the impact of single use plastics on our environment, it is no surprise

that the Wholeleaf Company is enjoying a huge upsurge in demand for its range of environmentallyconscious disposable plates and cutlery,” says William Walker, sales director of Walker Logistics. He continues: “The Wholeleaf owners sought a logistics company that could not only provide the level of supply chain support they were looking but also needed a partner that shared their commitment to sustainability. ““Environmental commitments are an integral part of Walker

Logistics’ day-to-day activities. We are a recent winner of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association’s Environment Award and hold Soil Association accreditation to operate as an organically certified warehouse which means we can process both retail and trade orders that contain organic products, while meeting the high standards laid down by the Soil Association.” The contract will run from Walker’s multi-user fulfillment centre on the outskirts of Reading. www.walkerlogistics.com



llu has placed a great deal of emphasis over the last few years in growing its highly professional dealer and distributor network. Throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa, the US and increasingly SE Asia, the network has continued to grow, enabling customers throughout the world to easily benefit from the unique attributes of the Allu Transformer and Processor ranges. In order to provide customers with the very latest developments in Allu’s increasing solutions portfolio, representatives from five countries came to Thailand in May for Allu’s first ever dealer meeting focusing 6

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on SE Asia. During the meeting, the dealers enjoyed a series of events aimed at providing them with the latest developments and application thinking concerning the Allu product lines. The dealer meeting is part of an ongoing support program Allu intends to hold throughout 2019 aimed at helping its dealers help their customers. Training, product support, applications guidance and pro-active servicing workshops are constantly held throughout the world by Allu specialists for its dealers and customers. The dealers attending

the SE Asia event were: • Alluxindo from Indonesia • Master Engineering from Thailand • Powerram from Malaysia • MB Rock Equipment Services Inc. from the Philippines • Global Heavy Equipment from Vietnam www.allu.net




he Lightnin Series 10 and Series 70 mixers are well proven and renowned for their excellent mixing performance, efficiency and reliability. With its new Compact Series, SPX FLOW, Inc. has transferred the innovative Lightnin technology into a more standardized solution for users who require faster availability. The Compact Series mixers are ideal for open tank applications (e.g. municipal, industrial water or wastewater, and mining & minerals slurry processes) as well as for sealed tank applications (e.g. chemical process applications requiring a mechanical seal). This new series offers many of the features offered on other mixers in the Lightnin range including a choice of high efficiency impellers and a gearbox designed by SPX FLOW specifically for reliability in mixing applications while keeping simplicity of design. The new range also includes the Lightnin True Dry Well which is integrally cast into the gearbox. Critical for drinking water and other applications, the dry well protects against lubricants seeping past shaft seals, which can contaminate process fluids. The Compact Series offers users a highly competitive, straight forward mixing solution which provides the reliability, strength and efficiency associated with Lightnin mixers. The units offer a compact footprint, reduced weight and are easy to install with integrated cast iron feet on the gearbox. They can accommodate double or triple reduction in the same gearbox size, so the same space can accommodate multiple speeds. Their simple construction with parallel shafts in the gearbox further ensures quiet, smooth operation and, with low temperature rise in the unit, long lubricant life. The leading Lightnin impellers are designed to optimize mixing performance by maximizing flow generation and minimizing drive loads. The range covers powers of 0.75 – 55 kW (1HP to 75HP) with speeds of 13-155 rpm, is available with OSHA, CE and ATEX certification and availability of premium efficiency for safe area motors. To ensure excellent customer service and rapid delivery, gearboxes along with the shaft and impeller are assembled in our US facility where SPX FLOW has precision tooling and testing / metrology capability.

Through its Lightnin brand, SPX FLOW provides leading expertise in the science of mixing. The new Compact Series offers customers peace of mind, knowing they have the strength and reliability of a Lightnin solution at a superb cost to value ratio. ABOUT SPX FLOW, INC.: Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX FLOW, Inc. (NYSE: FLOW) is a global supplier of highly engineered flow components, process equipment and turn-key systems, along with the related aftermarket parts and services, into the food and beverage, power and energy and industrial end markets. SPX FLOW has approximately $2 billion in annual revenues, operations in over 35 countries and sales in over 150 countries. To learn more about SPX FLOW, please visit our website at www.spxflow.com.

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he slip sheet is an excellent alternative to heavy, bulky and expensive plastic or wooden pallets, and allow companies to eliminate the use of pallets altogether. Slip sheets are thin pallet-sized sheets made of plastic, laminated kraft paperboard, or corrugated fibreboard, and are used in commercial shipping. The same as a pallet, they are placed underneath a load and are used to push or pull the load on and off the platens of the push pull attachment. Slip sheets are becoming more and more popular as companies start to realise their potential for return on investment. They offer a significant number of advantages over pallets. The slip sheet has huge potential for cost savings as well as productivity benefits for a company. Unlike pallets, a slip-sheet is cheap enough to be thrown away after each use, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be tracked or repaired. It also weighs much less than a wooden pallet. Therefore, you can load more goods on slip sheets into the truck or container, maximising the use of space and minimising shipping costs. It is very thin compared to pallets, taking up much less space when stored. Considered environmentally friendly, slip sheets are easily recyclable due to an increasing number of companies producing them from recycled materials. To enable the use of slip sheets, a forklift truck must be fitted with a specialist hydraulic push-pull attachment. A push pull attachment can be easily installed on a forklift in only a few minutes. UK-based material handling equipment manufacturer B&B Attachments specialises in attachment design and innovation. The company manufactures and supplies push-pull attachments, together with a full range of handling solutions for a variety of industries. Specifically developed for handling slip sheets, the Push Pull attachment from B&B, utilises a gripper bar which clamps down on the sheet and pulls the load onto the platens during the loading process. The driver can then extend the hydraulic pushing grate, while reversing the forklift, allowing the goods to be discharged from 8

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the platens and onto the container or truck trailer. This fork mounted attachment is easily connected to a conventional forklift truck for efficient pallet-less handling. It can then be swiftly disconnected to allow the forklift to return to handling pallets, ensuring the highest truck utilisation possible. It enables safe, productive handling of pallet-less materials in applications such as beverage handling, general cargo handling, bagged goods, fruit and corrugated box handling. Capacities are available in 1600kg and 2000kg and are designed with options of load push, push pull and push pull with sheet retention. Side shift is optional on dedicated models. An alternative solution is the slip-on fork mounted model. This model is designed for applications requiring the intermittent use of a slip-sheet. This attachment can be fitted to the forkliftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original forks within minutes by the truck operator, without the use of specialised tools or hydraulic equipment. It can also be fitted to the truck with a load backrest in place. It provides the perfect solution for when a standard lift truck needs to be converted to a slip sheet forklift. For more information about how slip sheet handling with a Push-Pull attachment could improve your operation, contact B&B Attachments: www.bandbattachments.com or Email: info@bandbattachments.com


DIMERCO DELIVERS CRUCIAL SHIPMENT TO MEET CONSTRUCTION DEADLINE FOR BEIJING DAXING INT’L AIRPORT Global logistics specialist Dimerco successfully streamlined the total freight transportation process for the delivery of components crucial to the completion of the aviation fuel pipeline - the initial stage in the construction of the new Beijing Daxing Int’l Airport.


imerco shipped the vital 33 tons of valves for the pipeline from Milan, Italy to Zhengzhou, China by cross-border train freight, saving the customer nearly three weeks transit time compared to ocean shipments previously also handled by Dimerco. Additionally, the parts were delivered on time to three destinations along the route of the pipeline during a major national holiday in China. On average, train freight is 70% cheaper than air freight, up to 20 days faster than ocean freight and can be GPS tracked more effectively. Utilizing its dedicated Dimerco Value Plus System® and the latest module, ‘eRMS - Railway Freight Management System’, specifically designed to manage crossborder train freight, the company was to coordinate each leg of the journey ensuring smooth end-to-end transition between road and rail, handling complex customs clearance requirements at the borders and keeping the customer informed at each stage. CEO Mr. Edward Lin comments: “At Dimerco we make sure to keep abreast of latest trends and regulations, so that we can provide optimized, efficient and cost-effective solutions for our customers, based on their specific requirements. In this case, we recognized that cross-border train freight would provide the fastest route to destination. However, to deliver a seamless solution, it was necessary to work closely with our long-term trusted strategic partner in Italy and deploy Dimerco’s experience in train freight and technology to manage the complexities involved.” Key to the success of the enterprise was Dimerco’s dedicated Cross-Border Train Freight (CBTF) Task Force Team that monitors and analyzes the performance and freight capacity of each rail route on a weekly basis. Team leader of CBTF, Ms. Lexi Zhang, explained: “We were able to take the initiative to adjust the

Dimerco completed the customs clearance and truck loading for 33 tons of valves one day before National Holiday in China.

documentation, monitor onsite loading and personally oversee customs clearance while communicating closely with the customer and our strategic partners to ensure everything went to plan. As a result, Dimerco’s performance was pivotal in keeping the construction of the new Beijing Daxing Int’l Airport on schedule.” For more information, please visit: http://www.dimerco.com

Tuf-Lok ring grip pipe and tube couplings are rugged, heavy duty, self-aligning and self-grounded couplings with a high end pull. They can be used for almost any application where pipe or tube ends need to be connected. The Tuf-Lok self-aligning couplings install quickly and easily with little effort. Features • Self-aligning • Self-grounding • High pressure rated • Full vacuum rated • Stainless or mild steel • Usable on thin or thick wall pipe or tube • Low cost • Reusable • Absorbs vibration • Externally leakproof

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he X-BOOT is an on-site footwear wash system. It recycles 100% of the water used, enabling a site to utilise the water many times. The X-BOOTs’ filtration system collects the soil and mud for easy disposal via a removable textile bag. The X-BOOT had been made to collect up to 1000 kg of dirt, mud and other contaminates, saving over 20,000 litres of water per week. Seven persons can use the X-BOOT at any given time, using the handy cleaning brushes to ensure that their footwear to properly cleaned. The X-BOOT operates from safe 110v and can be positioned onto site using a forklift truck or telehandler. It is set up for use within a matter of moments. Explaining the decision to purchase the X-BOOT, Gary Mills,


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E. Corr Plant Hire, the Hertfordshire based hirer of a wide range of plant, skips and associated machinery have purchased an X-BOOT footwear cleaning module from Trime UK. E.Corr’s Purchasing Manager said, “We first spotted the X-BOOT during an online search for a foot cleaning system we needed for use on our own premises, here at Elsenham. Mark Taylor from Trime UK came over and demonstrated the X-BOOT and we were impressed by its good design and solid build.” The X-BOOT is already in use and is helping to keep the E.Corr offices and surrounding areas clean, tidy and free from mud. E. Corr Plant Hire is a family business that has been trading for over thirty years. The company is based in Elsenham, Bishops

Stortford. They hire a wide range of equipment from 1 tonne mini-diggers, right through to 30 tonne bulk earthmovers. Trime has significant experience in producing energy and water saving products for the UK construction rental markets. In 2018 their X-SPLASH Wash Bay was given a Green Apple Award by the Green Organisation. The Trime manufacturing plant is based in Cassinetta di Lugagnano, near Milan and the Trime UK is situated in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. www.trime.com




uf-Lok ring grip couplings are low cost, heavy-duty self-aligning couplings for either high pressure, to 150 psig, or full vacuum rated applications. Utilized in all industries where pipe ends need to be connected, they are ideal for pneumatic conveying systems as well as gas and liquid applications. These couplings install quickly and easily, reducing installation costs. They are available in 2-inch (50mm) through 10inch (250mm) pipe sizes and are made for use on plain end pipe or tube, regardless of pipe or tube wall thickness..Other features include self-grounding, vibration resistant, leak-proof, with an extremely high end pull for difficult applications. No machining or grooving is required to maintain pipe integrity. Every coupling becomes a union, providing easy, low-cost maintenance when piping components need replacement. Standard gasket materials are available to meet special design conditions, such as food grade, higher temperatures or special chemical resistant applications. http://www.tuflok.com/primary/products.html

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Other Valves Fight Friction, We Designed it Out Unlike other valves that seal with friction, Posi-flate’s unique butterfly valve uses an inflatable seat to seal with air pressure. Thus it requires less torque and a smaller actuator, resulting in lower cost. Plus, the seat automatically compensates for wear, providing longer life. Some users have reported over six million cycles and the valves are still going strong. • • • • • •

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reshways is the UK’s largest independent processing dairy and provides wholesalers, manufacturers and other businesses such as cafes, hotels, retailers and bakeries with milk and cream products together with a wide range of own-label and branded food including bread, yogurt, fruit juices, cheeses, and eggs. The company produces and distributes some 6 million litres of milk per week from its processing facility in Acton, West London and operates additional retail distribution sites in Leeds, Manchester, Derby, Coventry, Cardiff, Birmingham and Plympton in Devon. The company’s Acton site operates around-the-clock, seven-days-a-week. Raw milk arrives at the facility from UK farms in insulated tankers and is emptied into a number of storage silos before undergoing processing and bottling. Once filled, PET containers or flexible ‘pouches’ are delivered from the bottling line to the adjacent cold store where they are held prior to onward delivery to Freshways’ clients. Palletised loads destined for Freshways’ various UKwide distribution sites are put into waiting refrigerated trailers, while a fleet of over 100 Mercedes Sprinter vans is used to deliver orders directly from the Acton site to retailers across London and the south east of England. 12

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Freshways service some of the biggest purveyors of coffee in the UK and, typically, the Sprinters leave the Acton site destined for coffee shops loaded with two plastic transport containers - or ‘clappers’ as they are known - filled with ‘pouches’ of milk. Historically, Freshways has relied upon a fleet of counterbalanced forklift trucks to load the vans with full containers and unload the empty ones that come back to the Acton site using the van’s side and rear doors. However, the loading and unloading process was resulting in unacceptably frequent damage to the Mercedes van fleet so an alternative handling method was sought. Alex McDougall says: “We were recording high incidents of damage to the vans’ ‘T-bar’, bulk head and floor. We attributed this to the difficulty our lift truck operators were having when loading the first of the ‘clappers’ through the side door and the impact caused when the second container was loaded through the rear doors and pushed into the first unit.” Safety was also a concern. Alex McDougall says: “It is not unusual for a coffee store to return all or part of their order due to order amendments, so vans returning to Acton with product on-board have to be unloaded. Retrieving a full or semi-full container from a van involves

applying a strap to the container which allows it to be pulled out – either manually or by lift truck. The need to add the strap brings an element of manual handling that we are keen to avoid.” After discussing the various issues with the company’s materials handling equipment supplier, Hiremech, Freshways opted to trial JCB Teletruk technology at the Acton site. The JCB Teletruk differs from a conventional counterbalanced forklift in a number of ways but the most obvious is in its use of a telescopic boom mast in place of the standard lift truck’s vertical lift mast configuration. The Teletruk’s unique telescopic mast design gives a forward reach of 2.4 metres, which allows the Teletruk to deliver a pallet or container to the far end of a delivery vehicle without touching the floor or sides of the vans, until the pallet is gently lowered in to position. In this way, the Teletruk greatly reduces the risk of load and vehicle damage and, of course, cuts the likelihood of injury associated with manually handling loads in to vehicles. Freshways experienced an immediate and significant drop in vehicle damage during the trial of the JCB Teletruk, while the exposure of warehouse staff to the risk of manual handling injury was also significantly reduced. In addition, throughput speeds at the site improved noticeably, as Alex McDougall, explains: “The ability to load and unload our van fleet using only the vehicles’ rear doors has speeded up the goods-out and container returns process. When it comes to unloading containers, the Teletruk’s boom mast allows both ‘clappers’ to be removed from the van without the need to apply a shackle strap to the container at the far end of the van as had previously been required.” Following the success of the trial, Freshways has taken delivery of a diesel powered Teletruk from the JCB Logistics range which has been supplied by Hiremech on a five-year service and maintenance contract. Paul Murray, JCB’s Teletruk general manager, says: “As Freshways have realised, one of the most common causes of lost van ‘up time’ is not an engine fault deriving from poor maintenance or damage resulting from reckless driving: it is bodywork damage inflicted by poor load handling and loading techniques. “In simple terms, when it comes to van loading it is common practice for a small counterbalanced truck or pallet truck to be used to lift a palletized load into the back of a vehicle. The pallet is then often ‘slid’ into the van’s storage space either manually or using the forks of the lift truck. “But, as many fleet operators have found to their cost, there is a significant likelihood that a container or other palletized load that is slid into the back of a van will often cause significant damage to the vehicle. “More and more logistics operators and courier firms are eliminating this problem by introducing JCB’s Teletruk technology to their operations.” www.jcb.com

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BIGGEST EVER ORDER FOR BOBCAT DEALER IN CZECH REPUBLIC Prague-based Bobcat CZ, the Authorised Bobcat dealer for the Czech Republic, has secured the biggest deal in the company’s history, with the sale of 68 Bobcat machines to DEK Pujcovna, the rental arm of Stavebniny DEK, the leading Czech building materials company.


obcat CZ has had a long and rewarding relationship with this customer. The new deal follows on from the purchase by Stavebniny DEK over a year ago of an order for 10 off Bobcat E19 miniexcavators from Bobcat CZ. But the latest order is on a completely different scale and comprises 51 Bobcat mini-excavators with operating weights from 0.8 to 8.5 tonne and 17 Bobcat S530 skid-steer loaders. The mini-excavators and skid-steer loaders were produced in the Doosan Bobcat EMEA facility in Dobris in the Czech Republic. All the machines have been finished in the DEK company red colours. WHY BOBCAT? The network of 71 DEK Stavebniny stores extends across the Czech Republic, covering all the cities of regional significance. DEK has over 250 machines up to 25 tonne to rent for groundworks and earthmoving. Michal Švejcar, Director of the DEK Pujcovna rental division, explained why the Bobcat offer was the most attractive: “Bobcat machines were always on our radar as they represent the top in their class. Of course, the business conditions and service back-up are essential elements. In addition, the fact that Bobcat produces the machines in the Czech Republic is important to us! And last but not least, our experience with Bobcat CZ has always been 14

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great and we are happy with the service they provide.” BOBCAT CZ – BOBCAT’S LONG TERM PARTNER IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC Bobcat CZ was founded in 2000 to specialize in the Bobcat range, selling Bobcat skid-steer loaders, miniexcavators and telehandlers as well as more than 100 different attachments for use with these machines. Through its ten easily accessible commercial and servicing centres distributed throughout the Czech Republic and around 50 qualified service engineers in mobile service vans, it performs the sale, servicing, leasing, operator training and supply of spare parts for Bobcat machines, including their attachments at more than 2800 customers in the country. Prague-based Stavebniny DEK’s annual turnover of more than CZK 19.3 billion (approximately EUR 750 million) makes it a major player in the Czech market for building materials. Since 2013, the company has been developing a nationwide network for construction machinery and equipment rental. The DEK Pujcovna rental service, now operating through around 70 branches across the Czech Republic, aims to provide the public, small businesses and construction companies with best quality, modern, state-of-the-art and high specification products. For more information about Bobcat and Bobcat products, visit the website www.bobcat.com





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new ultra-heavy-duty Bulk Bag Filling System from Flexicon receives abrasives, high-density solids and other difficult-to-handle bulk materials from upstream processes or storage vessels, and fills the material by weight into bulk bags. Intended for mining, glass, ceramics and other demanding industrial applications, the system is comprised of heavy-gauge variants of the company’s patented TWIN-CENTREPOST™ filler and FLEXICON® flexible screw conveyor consolidated on a robust skid with integral forklifting tubes for mobility. The filler is equipped with fill head height adjustment to accommodate all popular bag sizes, pneumatically retractable bag hooks and an inflatable connector to seal the bag inlet spout. A feed chute outlet port can be supplied with a filter sock for dust-free air displacement during filling, or vented to an optional BAG-VAC™ dust collector or the plant’s bag house. The FLEXICON® conveyor consists of a steel outer tube with a rugged flexible screw that self-centres as it rotates, preventing material from grinding between the screw and tube wall, while eliminating the need for a bearing at the intake end. Since the screw is driven at its upper end beyond the discharge point, material contact with seals or bearings is eliminated. Once the operator attaches the bag straps and activates the inflatable spout seal, all functions are automatic. The conveyor runs at full rate as the filler’s vibratory deck cycles on and off to densify and stabilise the material. Load cells transmit weight gain data to the PLC, which slows the conveyor rotation to trickle-feed rate, stops the conveyor once the bag has gained its target weight, and releases the bag straps, enabling a forklift to remove the palletised bag. The company also offer REAR-POST bulk bag fillers for pass-through roller conveying, and SWING-DOWN® fillers which additionally pivot the fill head to the operator at floor level for the fastest and safest bag connections. For information contact Flexicon Europe Ltd, +44 (0)1227 374710, sales@flexicon.co.uk, www.flexicon.co.uk

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DEMAG KBK EXTENDING CRANES FOR OPTIMUM USE OF WORKSPACE Optimum height utilisation For lifting and positioning loads beyond the crane runway


emag Cranes & Components has added overhung and extending configurations to its KBK Aluline light crane system. Such solutions are designed for applications where there is a requirement to move loads beyond the crane runway span dimension. They enable operators to perform lifting and positioning tasks between pillars and columns or deposit loads in aisles and free areas between assembly zones and lines. Depending on the load capacity, design and profile section size, the range can be extended by up to 3,100 mm. Crane extensions to either side of the track runway span dimension may also be specified, creating an even greater range of crane coverage. Compared with Demag’s conventional KBK crane kit, this configuration has a lower headroom dimension, allowing users to benefit from 120 to 220 mm more hook path, dependent on profile size, for improved utilisation of space below the crane girders. Extending and overhung components may be added easily and quickly to existing KBK installations to improve productivity, without the need to install additional crane runways. The KBK Aluline system is suitable for a wide range 16

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of operational requirements in production, assembly and shipping applications. The system is based on aluminium sections and smooth running trolleys. The result is a system that provides the operator with hands-on support for the movement and positioning of loads, improved ergonomics and reduced physical effort for material handling. It also facilitates an increased lifting path for enhanced operation of gantry mounted hoist units. The extension length, maximum load capacity up to 500 kg and the crane girder length can be easily selected when designing KBK crane installations. Systems may be designed by Demag’s dedicated engineering team or user specified via the company’s on-line KBK Designer tool. Sales Director, Paul Bartlett, stated: “The KBK lightweight crane system was first introduced over 56 years ago and the fact that it is still used today in a wide variety of workshop and assembly environments is testament to its inherent versatility and efficiency. We have continued to develop the system and this latest innovation will allow us to provide increasingly bespoke material handling solutions for an even broader range of industrial applications.” www.demagcranes.co.uk




clipse Magnetics is delighted to announce the launch of its latest product; the new high intensity hopper magnet designed and manufactured exclusively for the plastics processing industries. Available in both easy clean and fixed options, the hopper guard can be used in most powder or granulate applications to remove ferrous and para-magnetic contamination, including sub-micron sized particles. The magnetic grid unit can be manufactured to any size with any number of rods, in both circular and square designs, and its low profile means it can be installed in existing chute work or machinery with minimal disruption. Typical installation points include free-fall pre-silo feed, post silo on feed to extruder, or moulder hopper feeds. A range of hopper guards to separate metal from polymers and avoid damage to nozzles and hot-runners is also available. Martyn Cotterill, General Sales Manager for Foreign Body Removal Systems at Eclipse Magnetics said: “Following the successful launch of Eclipse Magnetics’ new range of magnetic separators for the plastic processing industries, our high intensity magnetic grids are another fantastic addition. The units are easy to fit

into existing processing lines, and extremely effective at collecting ferrous material and preventing contamination in a variety of powder or granulate applications.” Metal contamination can occur in almost all areas of any plastics processing plant, and can have a significant impact on the overall quality of the finished product. The Eclipse Magnetics range of magnetic separators ensures the purity of a variety of typical plastic processing applications, as well as helping to protect equipment from expensive repairs to blow moulding, injection moulding, extruding and compounding machines. www.eclipsemagnetics.com



he UK’s top forklift truck drivers are invited to put their skills to the test by taking part in a live Forklift Operator Challenge, which is taking place throughout IMHX 2019 (NEC, Birmingham, September 24-27, 2019). Organised by Talent in Logistics in partnership with UniCarriers, the Forklift Operator Challenge will see lift truck operators undertake a series of tests designed to show their skills, knowledge and understanding of the need for safe forklift operation. Ruth Edwards, Business Manager at Talent in Logistics, says: “Forklift operators don’t tend to get highly recognised for their hard work, which is why we want to celebrate these individuals and encourage them to continue their efforts.  “The Forklift Operator Challenge will also demonstrate the importance of skilled, safe and efficient forklift operators to the productivity and profitability of any company.” Any qualified counterbalance lift truck operator can register to take part in the Forklift Operator Challenge

by visiting stand 6B190 at any time during IMHX 2019 or by contacting Talent in Logistics in advance by email at talentinlogistics@capitb.co.uk. Over 400 companies from around the world will be presenting the latest developments in intralogistics and supply chain technology at IMHX 2019, making the show the largest international logistics solutions exhibition the UK has ever seen. Visitors can pre-register to receive a free IMHX 2019 visitor pass at www.imhx.net Bulk Solids Today



IRON SEPARATION TECHNOLOGY AT CERAMICS UK SHOW Successfully removing fine iron from ceramic slips and glazes is vitally important in any ceramics plant. Such iron contamination is removed using high intensity magnetic separators like those on display on the Bunting and Master Magnets stand 1517 at the Ceramics UK show (10-11 July 2019, Telford, United Kingdom).

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unting Magnetics is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of magnetic separators and metal detectors for the recycling, quarrying and mining industries. Their wide range of metal separation and detection equipment is manufactured at their Master Magnets facility in Redditch, just outside Birmingham, UK. Iron contamination causes surface defects (black spots or holes), weakens the ceramic structure to crack, and reduces the whiteness of glaze. Most of the raw materials used to manufacture ceramics contain iron bearing minerals that then enter the ceramics manufacturing process. Bunting has a wide range of high intensity magnetic separators to remove the iron contamination or iron bearing minerals are various stages within the ceramics plant. Raw materials, such as feldspar, zircon and silica sand, are commonly purified at source. Most 18

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non-metallic mineral processing plants include dry magnetic separators such as the Rare Earth Roll Separator and Induced Roll Magnetic Separator. Once entering the plant manufacturing ceramic tiles, tableware, sanitaryware or figurine, magnetic separators remove iron from both the slip, glaze and spray dry powder. The designs include simple Permanent Rare Earth Tube Magnets, commonly configured in a trap or as a grid, and Electro Magnetic Filters. Ultrastrong Tube Magnets attract and hold fine iron, which is then periodically manually removed. High intensity Electro Magnetic Filters attract and hold magnetic to a centrally located matrix, before initiating a selfcleaning sequence to remove all captured contamination. At the Ceramitec show in 2018, Master Magnets secured an order for two large Electro Magnetic Filters from a Turkish ceramic producer on the stand. An Electro Magnetic Filter, Grate Magnets and Neodymium Rare Earth Tube Magnets will be on show on stand 1517. “The UK has such a rich history of producing high quality ceramics,” said Dave Hills, Bunting Group’s Head of Sales, “and it is a great to see a UK-based ceramics focused show. Our relationship with the ceramics and non-metallic minerals industry stretches back to the first days of Master Magnets. We evolved with the industry helping reduce product loss due to iron-related defects. We are looking forward to speaking with UK-based and international ceramics producers at the show.” For further information, please contact us on press@buntingeurope.com or visit our websites www. buntingeurope.com and www.mastermagnets.com


MOBILE MAGNET SYSTEM SEPARATES BOTH FERROUS AND NON-FERROUS METALS Collaboration results in a single separator for waste flows


ooperation between Dutch company Goudsmit Magnetics of Waalre and German company Sortatec has resulted in a mobile metal separator that separates both ferrous and non-ferrous metals from bulk flows. The companies will jointly demonstrate the Goudsmit Mobile MetalXpert at the Recycling Aktiv in Karlsruhe, Germany (outdoor area, stand F356). The magnetic separator is easy to position in the right place and is designed for coarse bulk flows such as shredded wood. Both ferrous parts, such as nails, screws, staples and hinges, as well as non-ferrous parts, such as door handles and strips, must be removed from this waste. The result is three FERROUS separate material flows â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ferrous, non-ferrous and clean (inert) bulk material â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is suitable for reuse. In addition to wood, the mobile machine is also suitable for construction and demolition waste, refusederived fuels and industrial waste, among other things.

parts are removed, the bulk is transported to a two-metrewide eddy current separator. There a powerful 22HI rotor separates the non-ferrous metals from the bulk material. The metal separator has a capacity of 100 m3/ hour and is fed by a 2000 mm wide feeder belt with speed control. The robust ferrite overbelt magnet contains material guide chutes; the eddy current separator has a 2000 mm wide 22HI rotor spinning at 3000 revolutions per minute. Both discharge belts are hydraulically height adjustable. The mobile unit is built on a single-axle trailer and suitable for public roads. www.goudsmitmagnets.com NON-FERROUS


OPERATION A spreading plate provides the infeed and breaks up the bulk. This distributes the material nicely over the angled feeder belt. This monolayer is the ideal situation for use of an overbelt magnet that pulls all the iron parts out of the flow and, if desired, diverts them to the left or right. After the iron

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BIFFA TO INSTALL LIVE CAMERA SYSTEMS FOR NEW FLAGSHIP CONTRACTS Leading waste management company, Biffa, has chosen to equip the vehicles bound for its latest flagship contract wins in East Sussex and Waverley, with live camera systems, in line with the company’s commitment to health and safety.


avid Maidman, Business Director, Biffa said: “The health and safety of our workforce, and the proper management of our vehicles, is of the utmost importance to us. The workplace is becoming increasingly challenging with more traffic and greater demands on drivers and collection crews. Installing these live cameras will provide additional reassurance and security for our staff, and the public.” The contract for the Live camera systems, which are to be fitted to over 80 vehicles, comprising a combination of refuse vehicles, caged tippers and sweepers, was won by UK vehicle safety technology company, Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS).  The RXLite live camera system from ISS is manufactured using premium grade components to minimise any risk of failure and utilises wide angle HD 720p cameras and an HD in-cab monitor for maximum image clarity.  However, it was the company’s after-sales service, including a dedicated installation crew and installation app that particularly impressed decision-makers at Biffa. Added David: “ISS have been very supportive and professional in their approach, and they have the necessary infrastructure to assist us with the mobilisation of the vehicles. We have worked with ISS before on smaller contracts and have always been very pleased with the quality of their products and service.” Oliver Hoadley, UK Sales Director, ISS said: “These are major contracts and we are delighted that Biffa have selected us as their chosen safety technology provider.” The East Sussex contract, for the provision of 60 vehicles, commences on 29 June 2019 and the Waverley


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contract for 20 vehicles commences on 1 November 2019. ISS designs, supplies and maintains a wide range of vehicle safety technology, much of which is manufactured here in the UK. ISS products include Cyclear™ (cyclist safety warning device), Reaclear (HGV reversing safety device), RXLite (live camera system), RX3 Hard Disk Recording camera systems, the LANLink remote footage download, reverse radar, Auto-stop radar and vehicle-tracking systems. For further information about ISS products visit www.iss-international.co.uk or Tel: 01386 630 155. ISS on social media: Facebook - @InnovativeSafetySystemsLtd; Twitter @vehiclecctv; LinkedIN – www.linkedin.com/ company/innovativesafetysystems


CHECKS BOOKED? On-site safety across the waste industry is greatly enhanced if equipment operators are encouraged to follow a few basic vehicle safety and maintenance checks at the start of every shift, says David Banks, JCB’s Sales Manager – Waste and Recycling Sector.


t is well documented that waste and recycling facilities are potentially dangerous places to work. Last year, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) identified poorly maintained equipment as one of the main causes of accidents in the sector and there is no doubt that on-site safety is greatly enhanced if equipment operators follow a few routine vehicle safety and maintenance checks at the start of every shift. Of course, each piece of materials handling equipment (MHE) will have its own specific pre-shift safety regime but there are a number of simple inspections that should be undertaken regardless of the make or model. For instance, before the machine has been turned on, operators should: • Ensure that the tyres have no damage and that the tyre tread is adequate; • Check that the machine’s windscreen is not damaged and visibility through the screen is not impaired; • Make sure that, when entering or exiting the machine, three points of contact are available to avoid slips and trips; • Ensure that the seat belt is in good condition and fits securely; • Test the vehicle’s warning horn. Once the engine has been started, operators should: • Check that the mirror is positioned to offer 360 degree visibility; • Ensure that the reverse alarm is working properly by engaging reverse gear; • Test the vehicle’s lights, front and rear wipers and beacon. And, when it comes to daily maintenance, operators should take time to check their vehicle’s engine oil, hydraulic oil and coolant levels and assess the air filter and washer fluid level at the start of every shift. Any problems identified during the safety and maintenance checks should be reported immediately to the site’s maintenance department. As part of an industry-wide initiative aimed at improving health and safety within the waste and recycling sectors, JCB has produced a series of five films

THROUGHOUT THEIR SHIFT IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT MACHINERY OPERATORS: • respect site speed limits and safe working procedures; • wear correct Personal Protection Equipment • only use the correct attachments • ensure that cab doors and windows are closed where possible to minimize dust ingress inside the cab • operators should have a full understanding of the operator’s handbook and, importantly, know where the handbook is located should they need to refer to it. that promote the safe and efficient operation of handling machinery at waste sites. The films are available to watch, free of charge, via YouTube and other social media platforms and are dedicated to specific machines in the JCB WasteMaster range. They cover essential preshift checks, basic maintenance routines and guidance on visibility and ongoing machine management. The films are designed to be complementary to existing training programmes and the content encourages operators to take responsibility for the machines they work with. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and, it goes without saying that personnel should always be sufficiently trained to operate any specific piece of equipment safely and efficiently, but by taking a series of simple steps, materials handling machinery operators will not only greatly reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident, but also contribute to significant reductions in equipment operating costs. A commitment to safety management is essential at every waste site, and by encouraging MHE operators to incorporate pre-shift safety and maintenance checks into their daily routine, managers will take a big stride towards improving their company’s health and safety performance. www.jcb.com Bulk Solids Today





fter the introduction of this innovative new type of feeder in 2018, the FEEDOS range has now grown into a complete family of feeders for hygienic and basic applications in the chemical, food and pharmaceutical industry. In addition to the volumetric versions also gravimetric adaptations for even better accuracy are now part of the standard program. EASY TO CLEAN, EASY TO MAINTAIN The modular FEEDOS design combines minimum dead zones with good accessibility for cleaning and maintenance. With GERICKEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Easyclean even the most stringent requirements in hygienic applications or frequent product changes can be fulfilled. The swing-hinged feeding chamber option allows even better access to the feeding chamber and intromitter. ALREADY PROVING ITS CONCEPT, EVERY DAY The FEEDOS design has gained very quick acceptance in the market and is already used in various demanding applications, such as infant nutrition, baking ingredients, pharmaceutical formulation and battery production. GRAVIMETRIC OPTIONS For increased accuracy the advantages of the FEEDOS line can also be combined with various GERICKE scale systems. The established Easydos Pro controller supports platform and suspended weighing solutions and allows for superior weighing accuracy. ABOUT GERICKE The Swiss Gericke Group has been designing and manufacturing equipment and systems for modern bulk material processes, as well as providing design and consultation services for 125 years. Gericke bulk materials processing technology can be found throughout the world in many sectors including the food, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics and construction material industries. Gerickeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fully owned group companies employ more than 300 experienced professionals and are located in Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, France, USA, Brazil, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China. www.gerickegroup.com 22

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he GYRO EX bin activating feeder and discharger produces a controlled gyratory motion to positively withdraw granular materials from bins, storage silos and hoppers at any desired feed rate for a more consistent and reliable discharge. At the heart of the GYRO EX bin activating feeder and discharger is the drive that produces a radial force creating a uniform circular motion on both the upper activation cone and the lower discharge cone. It is this annular radial vibratory motion which imparts the force to the material, assuring a more reliable and predictable material discharge. A unique feature of the GYRO EX bin activating feeder and discharger is that the stored material load is completely supported by the upper bin activation cone which has a lower cone angle than the discharge cone, assuring an uninterrupted and positive discharge of the stored material. The GYRO EX bin activating feeder and discharger can also be started and stopped as desired because material is not allowed to accumulate or stagnate in the lower discharge cone which might create packing or plugging problems. Irrespective of the particle size, the GYRO EX bin activating feeder and discharger is well suited for almost any size material and the rate can easily be increased or decreased by

adjusting the gap between the inlet opening and the upper activation cone. FEATURES: A. Low headroom reduces height. B. Material stops due to angle of repose. C. Gap is adjustable to increase or decrease feed rate. D. Circular distance of activation cone creates a wide feed zone. E. Vibrating lower cone is self-cleaning. F. Exterior mounted vibrating motor. G. High strength reinforced flexible connector. http://www.dynamicair.com/products/vibratory/ gyroex.html Phone: 44 1908 622344 Email: sales@dynamicair.co.uk www.dynamicair.com



olids handling specialist, Ajax Equipment, has supplied Brighouse based project engineering, design and consultancy service provider, Projex Solutions Limited, with a handling system comprising collecting hopper and screw conveyor for transferring Nickel and Nickel Oxide powder. The nickel handling system collects the powder from a kiln gas cyclone. The mild steel hopper is vee shaped and steep walled for best flow behaviour. The collecting screw features both left and right-hand flights for efficient central discharge. Nickel is a fine, highly dense powder making it highly abrasive. To mitigate the resulting wear, the flights of the screw have been treated with a hard wearing coating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The original cyclone hopper design had a history of bridging which would cause production delays on

the kiln. Projex were challenged to come up with a design concept to reduce the time delays. Ajax professionally turned the concept of this bridge breaking hopper into an engineered device on time and in budget to fit into a busy kiln refit programme,â&#x20AC;? said Ian Lund, Principal Engineer, Projex Solutions Limited. For more information on Ajax Equipment hoppers or screw feeders call +44(0)1204 386723, Email: sales@ajax.co.uk and visit www.ajax.co.uk. Bulk Solids Today



BIN-WEIGHING IMPROVES PROFITABILITY OF WEST MIDLANDS LARGEST INDEPENDENT RECYCLING COMPANY Jones Skips, now the largest privately-owned recycling company in the West Midlands, has seen a significant impact on profitability since equipping its fleet with bin-weighing.


ndy Yeomans, sales and development Director, Jones Skips: “We used to know if bins were light or heavy but we didn’t know by how much. Then, a couple of years ago, we decided to have bin-weighing equipment retro-fitted to 3 of our vehicles and the difference to our bottom line was immediately apparent. “Now we weigh every bin and print a ticket off where necessary, so it’s there in black and white. If a customer presents an overweight bin we first give them a warning, but if they continue to overfill bins we invoice them for the additional weight. The bin-weighing has paid for itself and made us a much more profitable business.” Jones Skips has grown exponentially over the past 7 years with its fleet increasing from 12 to 42 vehicles and its team expanding three-fold to over 80 employees. The company has now standardised the ENVIROWEIGH bin-weighing system from Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) on its refuse vehicle fleet. Andy added: “We are all about providing a good service so reliability is extremely important. The ENVIROWEIGH system is accurate, reliable and already certified for Pay by Weight services if we decide to offer that service in the future. VWS also provides an excellent after-sales service and they are able to calibrate and, if necessary, re-certify the bin weighing equipment at our premises to minimise any vehicle downtime.” Julian Glasspole, Managing Director, VWS: “We are delighted that Jones Skips have chosen our bin-weighing system for their fleet and that our ENVIROWEIGH technology is helping them to run a more efficient and profitable business.” Jones Skips is committed to lowering the age profile of its fleet and is currently purchasing 3 new Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs) fitted with ENVIROWEIGH and 1 new Front End Loader (FEL). Two of the new refuse vehicles have been supplied by Refuse Vehicle 24

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Solutions Ltd (RVS), one is directly from Dennis Eagle and the FEL has been supplied by Hillend Engineering. For further information about VWS products or services Tel: 0118 946 1900 or email: sales@vwsltd.co.uk or visit www.vwsltd.co.uk. VWS on social media: Facebook - @vehicleweighingsolutions; Twitter - @VehicleWeighing; Instagram - vws_ltd




terling Systems & Controls, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of its Affordable Batching Controller. Sterling is a manufacturer of custom engineered and manufactured micro, minor and bulk weighing and ingredient batching systems, process controls and plant automation. The 45+ years of experience we have in these system and industrial areas has afforded us the ability to provide this Entry-Level Affordable Batching Controller. The Affordable Batching Controller is a semiautomatic batching system that still requires operator

involvement through each step in the batching process, but provides automated operator instructions/ prompting, ingredient validation and lot tracking, automatic weighing with over/under tolerance control, etc. This Affordable Batching Controller will eliminate bad batches that result from operator error and interruption. The operator no longer needs to keep track of where he is in the batching process, the automated Hand Prompt Batching Station does that for him automatically. No missed ingredients! No bad batches! The Affordable Batching Controller’s PC and Touchscreen Display will ask the operator to weigh ingredients. The Sterling Systems & Controls’ Affordable Batching Controller sequences an operator through a formula one ingredient at time. The primary advantage of the system is to ensure that each ingredient is added to the container, is within a programmed weight tolerance, and from the correct ingredient lot before the controller will index to the next ingredient to be added. This will ensure the validity of all batches created by the operator. Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. has 45+ years of experience providing efficient solutions for process equipment, batching, micro, minor and bulk weighing, bag unloading systems, bag filling systems as well as plant automation. Sterling Systems’ designs utilize the latest technology to provide specialized data management, raw material management, along with production data tracking. For more information contact Sterling Systems & Controls at Tel: 1-815-625-0852, Email: sci@sterlingcontrols.com, and at www.sterlingcontrols.com. Bulk Solids Today



AVERY WEIGH-TRONIX DRIVES OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES WITH LAUNCH OF NEXT GENERATION OF PALLET TRUCK SCALE Avery Weigh-Tronix has extended its range of industrial weighing equipment with the introduction of the PTS2000S; the next generation of pallet truck scale which works as part of three innovative solutions designed to drive business efficiencies.


he PTS2000S drives operational efficiencies by making in-motion weighing part of the natural process of moving goods within the organisation. Build features including high quality steel, polyurethane wheels and a shock and vibration resistant scale make it ideal for use in harsh operating environments. While wireless and Bluetooth connectivity allows for the instant transfer of weight data from the scale to the user’s back office system, avoiding manual data input. The PTS2000S forms part of three innovative solutions available exclusively from Avery Weigh-Tronix. Each solution combines mobile weighing and data capture with

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digital dimensioning technology and integrated software to add value for businesses, without creating additional steps to existing processes; REVENUE PROTECTION SOLUTION Designed to protect freight forwarders from underdeclared shipping charges, the PTS2000S is used as part of the Revenue Protection Solution to take an in-motion weight reading as freight is moved through hubs - allowing freight forwarders to check 100% of freight without slowing down existing processes. The Revenue Protection Solution is the only mobile weighing and dimensioning solution on the market with full Legal for Trade status, allowing freight forwarders to legally use the data as a basis for surcharging shippers if weight discrepancies are found. SURCHARGE PROTECTION SOLUTION Businesses shipping goods via freight forwarders can avoid unbudgeted surcharges by using the PTS2000S as part of the Surcharge Protection Solution, to ensure accurate weight and dimension details are provided to freight forwarders before shipments are sent. By taking a weight reading as goods are moved to the dispatch area, shippers can weigh and dimension 100% of consignments before they are shipped, without adding additional steps to existing processes. FAST FREIGHT UNLOADING SOLUTION Businesses receiving inbound consignments can drive vehicle unloading efficiencies by using the PTS2000S as part of the Fast Freight Unloading Solution to take an in-motion weight reading while freight is unloaded from vehicles. By utilising in-motion weighing technology the vehicle unloading process becomes up to 55% quicker when compared to weighing freight in a stand-alone area. Paul Hines, Innovation Director at Avery Weigh-Tronix comments, “Many businesses today are looking for ways to efficiently gather and use data to drive operational efficiencies. Our next generation Pallet Truck Scale includes several innovative features requested by our customers and continues our legacy of delivering forward thinking, differentiated products. The introduction of the PTS2000S signifies a very exciting time for the industry as the built-in connectivity means we can now provide businesses with technology that captures and stores critical data without making changes to their existing processes.” For more information, visit averyweigh-tronix.com/ next-generation


MICRO INGREDIENT MATERIAL WEIGHING SYSTEMS Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. is pleased to announce that it is a leader in the custom engineering and manufacturing of automatic Micro Ingredient Material Weighing Systems.


hese systems can typically include supply bins, feeders, work platforms, automatic or manual bin refilling, raw material bag lift handling equipment, dust collection/control, batched material conveying equipment (pneumatic and mechanical) or transport totes, lot tracking and traceability, barcode scanning, and RFID scanning. Other customized options can also be included. Micro weighing systems are those which have scale weighments up to around 50lbs (23kg). Larger weighments are known as Minor (50lbs up to 100150lbs) and Major (> 150lbs). Often a combination of micro, minor and major weighments are included in a customized micro ingredient material weighing system. High accuracy can be attained, to within 0.001lbs or 0.5g is possible, depending on applications. Sterling Systems & Controls offers a variety of feeding devices for use in the micro ingredient material weighing systems. Typically screw/auger and vibratory type feeders are used. The type used is based upon what the best solution will be for the specific application, including system weighing accuracy required. The scale devices used in the micro ingredient material weighing systems can be of a variety of designs, including hoppers, platforms, conveyors, etc. The scale type chosen depends on application requirements, e.g. scale resolution, accuracy and batch rate. Transfer of the completed batches to downstream processing, such as a mixer, blender or other process equipment, can be done manually or automatically. Sterling Systems & Controls automatic micro material weighing systems are modular in design, allowing for expansion of the systems as requirements change over time. Systems typically range from 6 to 48 storage/ supply bins, with the average being 24 micro ingredient supply bins. It is not unusual to update systems with additional bins after initial system installation. Stateof-the-art automation and electrical controls for the material weighing system can be provided. Sterling

Systems & Controls custom designs each system using standard components. Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. has 45+ years of experience providing efficient solutions for micro ingredient batching, process equipment, material weighing of all kinds, bag unloading systems, bulk bag filling stations, as well as plant automation. Sterling Systems uses the latest technology to provide specialized data management, raw material management, along with production data tracking. For more information contact Sterling Systems & Controls at Tel: 1-815-625-0852, Email: sci@sterlingcontrols.com, and at www.sterlingcontrols.com. Bulk Solids Today


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