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The course of the river At the beginning of every year most companies take an assessment of their progress over the preceding 12 months, and set goals and objectives that if obtained in the ensuing year, most likely will require managing a change of some type within the organization. Everyone who has been in this business for a while is aware that there are a myriad of “holes” into which your profits can fall if the practices within the organization allow it. The process of managing change has become its own science in today’s world. Usually the choice to change is marked by a long standing, albeit outdated or inefficient process. No doubt the people executing the current process find it familiar and easy. In many cases these long standing processes have dug a watercourse into the culture and practice of your business. L.C. Rockhill was the Director of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1921. In the 1920’s Mr. Rockhill was dedicated to what we now call “change management.” This is a quote from one of his writings: “Nature is prone to follow the easy way. The river follows in its natural channel to the sea, but if you want to start a mill you must dam up the river, or change its course. So it is with human nature. We are prone to run along in the customary grooves which we have worn, or which someone has tramped out for us. But if we would have a big harvest, we must cultivate hard the good tendencies, and uproot the bad. We must change the course of our activities into new paths.” L.C. Rockhill – Director of the Goodyear tire and Rubber Co (1921) Changing the course of a river is a task fraught with difficulties. There are several ways to START the process, but my experience has been that the task is usually underestimated, and that the difficulty of the task is in direct proportion to the length of time that the existing procedure has been in place. The steps in most cases follow this pattern: • Step 1 - Assess the current state of operations. • Step 2 - Identify the limiting steps that must change in order to improve. • Step 3 - Draft a plan to address the deficiencies. • Step 4 - Implement the plan. • Step 5 - Relentlessly enforce the changes. Step 1 through Step 3 are normally the easiest and fastest steps in the process. The reason is simple. These steps don’t require anything from the people who will actually execute the change in procedure. I think that must have been the inspiration for Robert Burns when he wrote over 200 years ago “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” It’s clear to me that all of our efforts to cogitate and investigate, 12

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are cancelled out by our inability to communicate. This goes right back to “turning on the buy-in switch” that I wrote about back in December. For all of the fantastic digital tools at our disposal, aftermarket organizations in our business are still reliant on the ability of PEOPLE to carry out the policies and procedures we want to embrace. This is why I think it would be smart to revise the list of steps in making changes. • Step 1 - Assess the current state of operations. • Step 2 - Identify the limiting steps that must change in order to improve. • Step 3 - Draft a plan to address the deficiencies. • Step 4- Get input from staff members on the best ways to meet the goals. • Step 5- Adjust the plan based on this input. • Step 6 – Communicate the plan in its entirety to all participants. • Step 7 - Implement the plan. • Step 8- Relentlessly enforce the changes. Building new processes from the inside out takes longer in the planning stage, but can generate significant dividends in implementation. The processes are much easier to install when your people not only understand the nuts and bolts of the tasks to be accomplished, but also understand why the change is necessary, and what benefits can be obtained by adopting the changes instead of simply enduring them. This gives the crew a personal stake, and ties them to the process. Even with everyone on the same page, many times it can still be difficult to keep that river from finding its original channel. This is why you cannot cheat on step number 8. The final step by all measures will be the most difficult step, and the one that, if left unfinished, can undo all the hard work accomplished in step 1-7. Step 8 truly is the arduous task of redirecting the river. In many cases, even after you have properly communicated and gotten consensus, it takes several months, sometimes up to a year of relentless enforcement in order to solidify the process. New processes also may affect people that sit outside your direct influence. It is always important to include ALL stakeholders in both the planning and the execution of a new process if possible. Getting their buy-in may be more difficult, but they must ALSO benefit from the changes. If your new process only makes it harder, or more expensive, for another department, it’s only reasonable to expect that they will seek to undermine what you have worked so hard to accomplish. Outside influences aside, the primary obstacle you will face is your own crew’s familiarity with the current

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But when they won’t let you persuade them, then you will need to compel them. Sooner or later the new way, will become the way we do it, and now it begins to carry its own familiarity and comfort. Imagine that! Dave Baiocchi is the president of Resonant Dealer Services LLC. He has spent 33 years in the equipment business as a sales manager, aftermarket director and dealer principal. Dave now consults with dealerships nationwide to establish and enhance best practices, especially in the area of aftermarket development and performance. E-mail to contact Dave.

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The future is NOW! I have to quit reading all these publications I receive on the various email accounts I have open. They keep giving me crazy ideas how to make more money in this industry, but at the same time disrupt the status quo. For example, I am looking at an article that appeared in Equipment World... and I am telling myself that I am looking at the future of most of the equipment industry. Let me show you the headline for the article I am reading: Texas shop remanufactures pickups in under 48 hours, sells them for half price. Wow... I say... are they kidding me? And I look again at a picture of a nice looking F150 and say what will that sell for ....$20,000- $25,000? If so, quite a deal, especially when you receive a three-year, 75,000-mile warranty as part of the deal. The rebuild includes rebuilt engine, transmission, drivetrain and any necessary interior and body work. The article does not spell out if a core is required or how they get the trucks they rebuild. The company name is Vehicle Reman and the website is So the obvious question is... if we can do this for F150’s... why can’t we do it for lift trucks? And the answer is... we can and probably in line with a similar timetable to the F150 rebuild. Where I work in the rental industry we have been refurbishing (not remanufacturing) units for about 30-60 hours that adds another four or five years of time utilization to a rental unit. All I would need to do is basically replace the engine with a rebuilt engine and I am pretty close to the F150 model. So, if you were a customer would you look at a remanufactured unit for a 40-50% discount? I think many would be willing to give it a try, which is why I believe this extended-life equipment scenario is going to disrupt the standard OEM/dealer supply chain as we know it today. Should this disruption continue, fewer new units will be required to the extent that many OEM’s would have their supply chain materially disrupted. OEM’s would do great selling parts, but still require a reduction in fixed cost to cover their current financial commitments. The used equipment market would firm up because you would have rebuilders looking for core units to remanufacture. If they are dealers they would have attractive parts pricing which will help offset the loss of gross profit margins from selling new units. Who knows, OEM’s may have to compete in this business themselves and most likely compete against their own dealer network.


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So far this sounds very feasible... if not for the appraisal and financing aspects of the transactions. This probably requires a new category within the used equipment sector so that these remanufactured units receive a reasonable valuation in terms of their extended useful life. I imagine a buyer would have a file supporting all the work done to the unit, along with the cost of the remanufactured unit being purchased, that supports the expected time utilization similar to what a new unit would deliver. All we have to do now is convince a bank or appraiser that we have a transaction that supports financing similar to what a customer would get when financing a new unit (similar being the key word). The loan terms may not exactly duplicate new unit terms but should be close, with residuals being another key issue to deal with until a history of these remanufactured units is established. In any event, both banks and appraisers will have a hard time trying to segregate remanufactured units into a new category for reporting and analysis purposes. Dealers with the capacity to manage their shop to do this type of work should find it quite profitable compared to new unit margins. OEM’s would need to adopt their supply chain to one with fewer new sales but higher parts sales, which may work out ok since parts sales are quite profitable for OEM’s. And, it is entirely possible that lift truck rental units (as opposed to customer owned units) could make up for missed sales opportunities. Take a look at that crystal ball in front of you and tell me what you see. Do you see your dealership getting more into rental units, refurbished units and possibly remanufactured units? I see equipment costs going higher and higher each year with customers looking for cheaper solutions to what they have now. Look closer, you may see yourself being a remanufactured unit OEM. Garry Bartecki is a CPA MBA with GB Financial Services LLC. E-mail to contact Garry.

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Is 2017 the year robots finally take over? Hollywood has produced no shortage of films about robot rebellion over the years, but in the early days of scifi cinema, the malevolent robot was usually just a metallic version of the rubber-suited monster. It had no agenda beyond smashing stuff and kidnapping a helpless damsel with an inclination for screaming and fainting. That all changed with the arrival of HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the movie, HAL, a computer with artificial intelligence, is meant to support and interact with astronauts on a mission to Jupiter. HAL malfunctions, of course, and tries to do in the crew by shutting off life-support systems and being generally uncooperative. While that film may have been, in part, a cautionary tale about overreliance on technology, it wasn’t until The Terminator (1984), a film featuring a time-traveling robot assassin, that AI really got scary. In the Terminator series, we learn that a computer network called Skynet has achieved self-awareness, and, upon deciding that humans are a threat to its existence, goes on the attack via an army of killer machines. For the first time, technological malfunction is not the cause of the robot takeover. It’s a technological breakthrough that causes the conflict. Which leads us to McDonald’s kiosks (naturally). You may have read that the fast-food giant has begun rolling out order-taking kiosks in certain locations, presumably with the goal of eventually converting all of its restaurants. The kiosks allow customers to punch up their own meals (similar to ordering pizza online), thus eliminating the need for counter staff. Robot arms to prepare and bag the food are also being considered. One day in the near future, if you get pickles you didn’t want on your Quarter Pounder, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself. You pressed the wrong button. These kiosks are causing quite a stir, not because people are worried the machines might uproot themselves and come after us with laser guns, but because of what they say about the future of employment. It’s no secret that automation technology has been replacing human workers for a while now, and advances in AI are only going to accelerate that shift. Amid the inevitable workforce upheaval, however, some fields that still require people will grow. Which is good for a company like Caliper that specializes in pre-employment personality assessments. Frankly, robots don’t have personalities, which means they don’t have hopes and dreams. And that is why they will never be as valuable as people. What makes companies successful is bringing people together from different backgrounds – with different experiences, motivations, ideas and interests – and then seeing what magic they create together. Automation may be a tool that people use to achieve human goals, but it does not exist for its own sake. 22

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How to revive cold leads Last month I was interviewed for an article on how to revive leads that have gone cold. In case you didn’t see that article online, I shared some useful info that might apply to you, so here are the suggestions I gave in response to the author’s questions. Q. When is it a good idea to approach a cold lead? When should you leave them alone? Art: I suggest the more time and the further you have gone into a process the more emphasis should be placed on revisiting a lead. You’ve already done a lot of heavy lifting, another attempt might break the logjam. Q. Is there typically a lot of business to be had from leads that have gone cold? Haven’t those leads gone cold for a reason? Art: There could be, if the “lead” truly was good to begin with. If a salesperson doesn’t do a good job of qualifying and getting a person interested and engaged, then there never was potential to begin with, therefore there might not be any potential. Q. What should you change about your approach when you’re re-engaging a cold lead? Art: It depends. If you are having a difficult time getting any response, then I suggest trying all modes of communication to get a response. Phone, fax, email, handwritten note, FedEx, carrier pigeon…whatever. Otherwise, a call is the fastest, cheapest approach. Q. What is the biggest mistake made by reps who are following up with cold leads? Art: Not having anything new to bring to the table than, “Uh, I’m just checking back with you.” Q. What should a rep do first when reestablishing contact? Art: Remind them of what they were interested in previously, and then bring some new possible value to the table to re-engage them. Q. How can you approach your lead without risking their annoyance? Art: See the previous answer. Have new possible value.


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Q. When should you cut bait on a lead? Art: It’s a case by case decision. Depends a lot on the possible return vs. investment of time, figuring in the futility of attempts to this point. Q. How should it be done? Is there a way to cut bait that still leaves the door open for contact in the future or should a rep just wash his or her hands of that prospect for good? Art: Leave a voice mail reinforced with an email that says, “I’ve attempted to reach you multiple times, and I’m a bit puzzled since I thought that we were in agreement that (x-solution) would help you to (benefit). There’s just a few letters difference between ‘persistence’ and ‘pest’ and I don’t want to cross that line. If this is something that is no longer a priority, I understand. Could you please simply hit reply in the email I’m sending to let me know how I should proceed?” Q. What is the biggest mistake made by reps who are giving up on a lead? Art: Not EVER calling or keeping in touch. Things change. Reps should have some type of long-term nurture campaign that initiates some contact of value at least a couple times a year… reports, videos, anything they might find useful that keeps your name in front of them. Q. Is there an ROI on cutting bait? Art: Of course, time is more important than money. We can make more money, not time. Q. Any other tips? Art: Ask for and get decisions… commitments on next steps in the sales process. This minimizes leads that go cold. A NO today is better than following up repeatedly on a black hole. Art Sobczak helps sales pros prospect, sell and service accounts more effectively by using conversationally, non-sales messaging, and without “rejection.” Get a free ebook of 501 telephone sales tips at Email editorial to contact Art.

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medical and pharmaceutical, commercial, and consumer markets, according to the business. “Akro-Mils is dedicated to providing innovative, quality products that help customers improve inventory control and overall efficiency,” the website says. The AkroBin® remains “the industry leading hanging and stacking bin,” according to the business. A focus on “rigorous quality standards” and “bestin-class” customer service has also been part of the seven decades of operation, business leaders say. The company has also honed a wealth of expertise on organization, offering a blog and other articles to consumers on the subject available at In one case study, the plant manager of a 562,000-square-foot distribution and fulfillment center in Kentucy explained why Akro-Mils’ 35230 Nest & Stack Totes were selected. They ride well on the conveyors, greatly increase efficiency, and only a small number of totes have required replacing over the years. “It’s clear that no one else could supply the product Akro-Mils did,” the manager said in the Akro-Mils report. “To be honest, we rarely think about the totes because we never have any problems with them,” he said. For those looking to better organize their operations this year, Akro-Mils recommends the use of the 5S Lean process – sort, set, shine, standardize, sustain – in organization. “Organizations that invest in a 5S process gain productivity, create higher quality products and lower operating costs by simply implementing a system of waste removal, visual identification and efficient use of space,” Akro-Mils reports. Eileen Schmidt is a freelance writer and journalist based in the Greater Milwaukee area. She has written for print and online publications for the past 12 years. Email editorial@ or visit to contact Eileen. 

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Columbus McKinnon to acquire STAHL CraneSystems Columbus McKinnon Corporation, designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, technologies and services, announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase STAHL CraneSystems (“STAHL”), a business of Konecranes Plc. STAHL is a manufacturer of explosion-protected hoists and crane components and is well known for its custom engineering of lifting solutions and hoisting technology. STAHL serves independent crane builders and Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) firms, providing products to a variety of end markets including automotive, general manufacturing, oil & gas, steel & concrete, power generation as well as process industries such as chemical and pharmaceuticals. Konecranes is divesting STAHL as a result of the European Union anti-trust review related to their pending acquisition of Terex Corporation’s Material Handling & Port Solutions business.

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Capitalizing on the Aftermarket rollercoaster Dave Baiocchi The role of aftermarket sales in the equipment dealership is changing. Join Dave Baiocchi, Wholesaler Aftermarket columnist, as he reviews the history and state of the industry. He’ll discuss changes in salesman training, marketing, value proposition and sales activities within the dealership and the ever-changing needs and desires of your customer base.

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Financing and leasing Garry Bartecki Garry Bartecki, Wholesaler Bottom Line columnist and his team discuss the current methods and options regarding renting and leasing material handling equipment. Learn how to educate and present renting and leasing options to customers and how the new lease accounting rules will impact both dealers & lessees.

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Industry personnel and organization news

Mr. Shrinkwrap named Master Distributor of Express Heat Tools Global shrink wrap supply and service company Mr. Shrinkwrap announced its newly formed relationship with Express Heat Tools. Mr. Shrinkwrap will represent the line as one of a select few North American Master Distributors. Kevin Comerford, President of Mr. Shrinkwrap explains, “The Express Heat Tool brand is a strong complement to our offering as we are known for carrying high-quality heat tools to satisfy a variety of customer demands. The Express line of tools fills a void in the market for a well-designed, very high output heat tool that makes heating very large areas of shrink wrap much faster.” Mr. Shrinkwrap will offer the Express Hornet heat tool at a 10% discount through the end of 2016 to mark the new product line.

Denso names new director of OE sales, marketing and strategic planning DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has promoted David

H. Williams to director of Original Equipment Sales (OES), marketing and strategic planning. In the newly created position, Williams oversees all aspects of DENSO’s original equipment service sales, product development and original equipment service parts while continuing to manage the company’s Marketing and Strategic Planning departments. Williams has played a key role in DENSO’s alignment of its global and North American aftermarket growth plans since he joined DENSO in 2013 as manager of the Strategic Planning Department.

TVH certified as a healthy organization TVH in the Americas (TVH), a leading provider of quality replacement parts and accessories for the material handling and industrial equipment industry, was recently named a Certified Healthy KC Organization by the KC Chamber of Commerce. Healthy KC is an initiative of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, that recognizes organizations focusing on health and wellness in the workplace. To qualify for this certification, companies are judged on four pillars of health: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation and work/life integration. TVH achieved a silver level certification based on efforts to improve the health of employees.

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Crown Equipment opens new sales and service location in Wisconsin Crown Equipment Corporation announced the opening of a new sales and service location near Milwaukee. The new facility will help meet growing customer needs in the Eastern Wisconsin (including Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay) and Northern Michigan regions. Crown has served customers in this region since 1996, and the new facility is three times larger than the previous location. Situated at 5150 South Towne Drive, New Berlin, Wisconsin, near Interstate 43 and Highway 41, the facility offers customers convenient access for quick and efficient service. A complete selection of Crown forklifts, warehouse solutions equipment and design services, and the Integrity Parts and Service System™ are available, along with Crown’sInfoLink® fleet management system, which enables fleet managers to wirelessly stay connected to their fleet and operators.

BEUMER adds new divisional director for logistic systems Stephan Heessels is the new BEUMER Group global director for logistic systems, based out of the BEUMER headquarters in Beckum, Germany. In this role, he controls and coordinates the international center of competence for this division. Originally from the Netherlands, he is responsible for worldwide sales of the broad product portfolio and the strategic development of the international CEP (Courier-Express-Parcel), mail-order business and retail distribution markets. For BEUMER Group, Stephan Heessels is a great asset and team player with years of experience in this field. From 1999 to 2001 he worked as a project manager for Crisplant a/s, the Danish world market leader for sortation and distribution technology that has been a part of BEUMER Group since 2009. Stephan Heessels was responsible among other things for airport projects in Madrid and Paris and the Spanish fashion chain Zara. He then gained experience as an Engineering Manager, as well as Managing Director for a marketleading supplier of integrated material handling systems for airport luggage, warehouse and production equipment and as General Manager for a dominant Danish refrigeration and heat technology company. Since 2013, Heessels has held a leadership position at BEUMER Group in the logistic systems division. He completed his studies in the Netherlands, and received degrees in mechanical engineering in Hertogenbosch and in business administration in Utrecht.

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The Raymond Corporation launches the Pick2Pallet™ LED light system designed to help improve customer productivity and reduce picking errors. With a focus on providing end-toend warehouse solutions for addressing customer productivity needs, Raymond developed this latest system based on a customer demand for better A-B picking. “Customers aren’t just looking for new technology in products, they are looking for solutions that solve their unique business challenges and application needs. They are looking for a company that understands their needs and can partner with them,” said Sue Rice, product manager of pallet trucks at The Raymond Corporation. “At Raymond, we work directly with our customers, seeing and understanding their pain points, allowing us to continuously improve and provide innovations that deliver results.”

UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) now offers a poly-block stability casters option for its WLX series pallet trucks. The new stability casters help provide additional balance when handling taller or off-center loads for steadier operation and more confident load handling. Features for the new stability casters option include: Swivel bearings designed for high strength, longer wear and impact resistance. Tapered roller bearings absorb vertical and horizontal forces to provide smooth swivel action and superior durability. A polyurethane spring block provides softened cushioning for more comfortable operation over small debris or floor variations, with cushioning stiffness increasing in response to higher caster deflection or a higher speed turn. Load wheel with dual, sealed ball bearings to allow the wheel to rotate freely without any binding or interferences.

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Crown Equipment Corporation announced the new Crown MPC 3000 Series order picker. Combining the versatility of a counterbalance forklift and a pallet truck, the MPC Series features a high-lift mast that provides operators the flexibility to order pick, stack, replenish and transport pallets with the use of one lift truck. The Crown MPC Series can perform across a variety of applications – ranging from unloading at the dock to transport and put-away – which helps to save time and increase throughput. Operators can raise and lower the forks as they build pallets at a comfortable height, minimizing back strain and saving time. Overhead visibility is improved thanks to an overhead guard design providing a better view for operators who need to position forks and loads at height.

EnerSys®, provider of stored energy solutions for industrial applications, recently expanded its charger product portfolio to include new Express®EnCore™ high frequency modular fast chargers. Express® EnCore™ modular fast chargers are engineered with the latest digital power control technology that allows batteries designed for fast charging to be safely charged anytime during the shift-day. With high charge rates, most two-shift and some two- to threeshift operations can avoid changing batteries during the shiftday. Express® EnCore™ modular fast chargers offer intelligent charging with high efficiency and flexibility, while packaged in one of the industry’s most compact sizes.

TVH presents new collision and pedestrian sensor TVH in the Americas (TVH is excited to announce they have added a high quality collision sensor to their vast lineup of safety products. The sensor can not only detect machinery like forklifts and lift pallets but also detects pedestrians which can dramatically reduce collisions and injuries. This hightech sensor is programmed to detect motion within 25 feet in both directions using state of the art infrared motion detectors. It is equipped with highly visible LED lights placed on both sides of the devise. The lights will begin to flash when the sensor detects motion coming from both directions to warn both the forklift drivers and pedestrians of an anticipated collision.

Mezzanine Safeti-Gates offers Tri-side safety gate design Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc., an innovator in the design and manufacturing of industrial safety products for warehouses and distribution facilities, announced that its Tri-Side safety gate is available in several new configurations to accommodate various applications, including platform extensions on doorways and areas with limited overhead space. The Tri-Side safety gate model is engineered to reduce the potential for accidents associated with pallet drop areas on mezzanine levels. The dual-gate system creates a completely enclosed workstation providing protection for both the worker and materials during loading and off-loading operations. When the U-shaped rear gate is lifted up allowing access to the workstation, the ledge gate automatically closes to the deck, ensuring there is always a gate between the operator and the ledge.


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New 94’ long truck trailer unloading conveyor Multi-Conveyor recently built a long conveyor system that’s sole purpose is to remove heavy sacks of a dry goods product from the inside of a semi-trailer to internal storage. This mild steel constructed system consists of one 10’ long extending conveyor section and two nonextending sections stacked over one another totaling 94’ in length when fully extended and 45’ in length when retracted. An attached overhead articulated crane with an air driven chain hoist is mounted overhead as a bag picking device that picks up to 180 lbs. of bagged of product while the operator guides the load onto the system.

APEM announces new switch family from MEC APEM introduces the first in its newest series by MEC Switches: the low-profile Ultramec 6C. The Ultramec 6C is an excellent low-profile pushbutton option for handheld devices or in applications that are limited in both space and height. With significantly smaller dimensions than the previous range of Multimec switches, the new Ultramec 6C tactile switch features an 8x8mm footprint, maximum height of 2.5mm and standard J-bend terminals. Environmentally sealed up to IP67 and offering a long lifecycle of 3 million actuations, the Ultramec 6C offers the highest technical specifications all wrapped up in a small package. The Ultramec 6C’s specifically designed floating cap option features a round, concave keycap for easy alignment of the PCB and front panel.

Yale new Every Two program offers flexible lease options Inflexible lift truck lease agreements can threaten productivity and drain budgets as operations struggle to adapt to rapidly-changing business demands. Yale Materials Handling Corporation introduces New Every Two, a leasing program that allows operations to adjust fleet composition and upgrade to the latest technology while controlling costs. Yale will upgrade qualifying trucks leased through the program with new replacement units featuring the latest technology every two years. Operations can even fine-tune fleet size and configuration with different truck models and quantities according to changing demands. The New Every Two program also extends factory warranties and includes comprehensive maintenance coverage to minimize the risk of unplanned downtime.

New CM Weblok™ assembly features double load pin retention Combining the CM Hammerlok® coupling link with a CM web sling attachment, Columbus McKinnon Corporation introduces the CM Weblok™ Assembly for synthetic sling lifting applications. Unlike any of its competitors, the CM Weblok features a double load pin retention system, using both traditional and bolt/lock nut retention. The unique design prevents the load from backing out during extreme use – delivering the highest degree of load securement on the market. This innovative product is part of Columbus McKinnon’s commitment to designing the safest and most efficient lifting equipment in the industry.

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