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Material Handling Industry

 
   
MHIsolutionsmag.com—Revolutionary new features and trends in lift truck design are benefitting the supply chains that rely on them.And the new features are not just operator amenities like integrated cup holders and onboard charger ports for mobile devices, but a variety of features that make these vehicles more environmentally friendly and autonomous while minimizing maintenance. MHI Solutions checked in with some of the leading forklift original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)—all of whom happen to be MHI member companies—to find out more about the revolutionary features and trends in lift truck design.

Visit https://www.mhisolutionsmag.com/index.php/2017/09/15/forklift-revolution-sustainable-easier-to-maintain-and-autonomous/ to view the full article online.

 
MHI Blog—Michael J. Casey, senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, just wrote a thought-provoking article on how blockchains will turn supply chains into demand chains. He argues that the value blockchain technology offers to supply chains will come once other technologies bring major disruption to global manufacturing and delivery networks. He also says that failure to properly strategize and to consider the widest range of design possibilities could eventually prove fatal for many firms.

Visit http://s354933259.onlinehome.us/mhi-blog/future-blockchains-belong-coming-fast-supply-chains/ to view the full article online.

 
Modern Materials Handling—Labeling success stories and horror stories prove the value of testing...and testing some more.

Visit http://www.mmh.com/article/other_voices_learn_from_well_run_projects_learn_even_more_from_poorly_run_p to view the full article online.

 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Vidir Inc.
EBN—Connectivity and cloud computing have become the tipping points in accelerating the digital transformation on the manufacturing floor.

Visit https://www.ebnonline.com/author.asp?section_id=3479&doc_id=283083& to view the full article online.

 
Wartsila—The global shipping industry has come of age with more automation, game-changing technologies and the-internet-of-things. But embarking on this voyage has also made it a prime target for unforeseen, invisible and highly destructive cyber-attacks.

Visit https://www.wartsila.com/twentyfour7/innovation/sailing-in-unchartered-territory?utm_campaign=twentyfourseven_10_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pardot&utm_content=button to view the full article online.

 
Modern Materials Handling—For all the advances in lift truck technology and fleet management, operators will always be the heart and soul of a fleet. As manufacturers and equipment purchasers place more value on that piece, the role of the operator extends from design to daily use.

Visit http://www.mmh.com/article/lift_truck_operators_drivers_of_change to view the full article online.

 
Facility Safety: When a Doorway Isn't a Doorway
Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc.
Upper levels of enclosed elevated platforms often feature a set of doors that appear to be a doorway to another area of the mezzanine. However, if you were to open these doors you would discover that they do not lead to a room or a hallway, but instead lead to open space and the ground level below. This is an instance when a doorway isn’t a doorway, but rather a pallet drop area where a lift truck would load material up to these upper levels. Many times, swinging doors are put in place to enclose the mezzanine for climate or air control, and because there is a door in place, it’s often considered safe, but it is not, and can pose great risk to employees.
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Bloomberg—According to a survey released this week by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, almost two-thirds of European Union businesses that work with U.K. suppliers plan to move some of their supply chain out of Britain because of its withdrawal from the bloc.

Visit https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-06/eu-businesses-plan-to-pull-back-on-u-k-suppliers-amid-brexit to view the full article online.

 
The Hill—The Department of Transportation officially launched a pilot program that will allow states to test new types of drone operations, including package deliveries.

Visit http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/358473-transportation-department-launches-drone-program-to-allow-package to view the full article online.

 
Supply Chain Management Review—The record-setting tons of cargo going through the expanded Panama Canal has been positively impacting many ports along the U.S. East Coast, as well, especially those that have been able to welcome the larger Neopanamax ships.

Visit http://www.scmr.com/article/expanded_panama_canal_may_lead_to_reconfigured_supply_chains to view the full article online.

 
MIT Technology Review—Robo-taxis in Phoenix, AZ, have been navigating the city’s streets without safety drivers since mid-October and will start giving rides to members of the public in the coming months, according to a release by Waymo.

Visit https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/609362/waymo-will-be-first-to-test-robo-taxis-without-safety-drivers-on-regular/ to view the full article online.

 
MHI Blog—The safe use and application of a hoist will go a long way to reducing workplace injuries. All too often, hoist-related accidents could have been prevented by providing comprehensive training to the operators and through proper hoist inspection and maintenance. In recognition of this, the Hoist Manufacturing Institute (HMI) is working diligently to educate the industry on the importance of hoist safety.

Visit http://s354933259.onlinehome.us/mhi-blog/importance-hoist-safety/ to view the full article online.

 
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
Vada, LLC
EBN—Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is growing substantially and OEMs are seeing the value too, as it can be used for prototyping, ramping and assembly.

Visit https://www.ebnonline.com/author.asp?section_id=3219&doc_id=283081& to view the full article online.

 
Logistics Management—The governing boards of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach unanimously approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update this week, despite concerns voiced by logistics and supply chain specialists that the implementation may be unrealistic.

Visit http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/ports_of_la_long_beach_move_ahead_on_zero_emission_mandate to view the full article online.

 
Engineering Innovation
Naylor Association Solutions
SCMP—Blockchain technology and quick-response codes will be used to track the origins of food products, when and if a pilot program being tested by Walmart in China comes to fruition.

Visit http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2118556/walmart-led-pilot-project-can-accurately-trace-food-chinas-farms to view the full article online.

 
MHI’s new Career Forum enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.

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MHI Blog—The next time you DVR a television show on CNN, TBS or TNT, think twice about fast-forwarding through the commercials. Instead, watch the ads and appreciate the handiwork of Juan Ma, who is using data analytics to ensure that the right commercials end up in just the right timeslots.

Visit http://s354933259.onlinehome.us/mhi-blog/think-twice-fast-forwarding/ to view the full article online.

 
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.
Material Handling Industry
8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201 | Charlotte, NC 28217-3957