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Alternative Materials Guide - 11/5/2014
Locate the ideal pallet for your unique application. This guide is the most complete list of non-wooden pallet alternatives including best practices for using plastic, metal, corrugated or composite pallets.View/Download Attachment
Union Grove Now Offers Large Selection of Knives and Inserts - 4/4/2016
Union Grove Saw & Knife, founded in 1983 by Ed Bissell with the intent to become a regional tool company known for its service and quality saw products, today serves over 500 customers, including its original ten accounts. The company gladly shares that it is known for its competitive pricing and high standard of workmanship and quality products. Its goal is to form long-term partnering relationships with its customers who seek to gain a competitive advantage thru better management of their cutting tool resources.
Union Grove Saw & Knife says it is committed to helping customers achieve better management and efficiency of their tooling which results in a lower total cost of ownership and utilization. The company is offering more complex cutting tools and solutions with the installation of more advanced production equipment. It says that it began working with new suppliers and industry leading experts on the development of carbide grades, saw blade geometries, and other tooling enhancements dedicated to providing more value to its customer base.
To insure its long-term success, Union Grove is making significant changes in 2016. The company has installed a large selection of highly specialized equipment in its Union Grove facility because of a partnership created by Ed Bissell and Anthony DeHart, both individuals with extensive experience in the cutting tool industry. Bissell has a passion for the production environment and quality control, while DeHart enjoys helping customers and brings a strong sense of front office skills to the table.
This new company now has over 125 pieces of specialized equipment, all dedicated to servicing cutting tools. The company indicates that it is now fully equipped to handle the secondary woodworking industry just as effectively as it has serviced the primary markets in recent years.
Union Grove Saw & Knife has expanded its ability to provide indexable carbide insert knives, both new and replacement, to the overall market. It offers insert knives in multiple carbide grade configurations and has coating capabilities where some improvements have been shown to be very effective. Union Grove offers carbide insert knives for all standard applications, ICK knives and planer knives for all standard tool bodies.
Union Grove Saw & Knife lists its strengths to include consistently reliable delivery, technical support and training, development of application specific cutting tools refined to individual production requirements, and total lower cost of ownership.
For additional information on Union Grove’s products and services, call 828/217-3739 or email Anthony@sawandknife.com. Visit its web site at www.sawandknife.com.
Key Feature with Release of Best Pallet Latest Version - 4/4/2016
White & Company LLC, a consulting and software development firm, has recently released versions 3.2 of Best Pallet™ pallet design/analysis software and Best Load™ supply chain simulation software. Now users have the ability to load any shipping mode with mixed sized empty pallet stacks and mixed unit load SKUs for LTL and MTL shipping efficiency.
No more calculations by hand to determine how many of each pallet or unit load size will fit in a designated shipper. The chosen designs will automatically be arranged to maximize space utilization and the area of any void space will be computed for load bracing materials.
For more information about the newest software upgrade, contact White & Company LLC at 855/552-1158 or visit www.whiteandcompany.net
Sort-Tech Pallet Sortation and Lifting System - 4/4/2016
Looking for a way to enhance recycling productivity and reduce worker strain and injury concerns? Universal Machinery Sales is introducing a fully adjustable pallet lifting attachment for the versatile line of vacuum tube lifters it offers. These devices allow one person to effortlessly handle pallets for sortation and repair operations.
The VT-PLA pallet lifting attachments enable one person to safely and easily lift and move pa pallet without bending, stretching or straining. Featuring a quick-release mount, the attachment can be easily swapped out with the full range of vacuum pad that are available to handle boxes, pails and a wide variety of other items.
Fully adjustable for handling standards 48 inch sq. and other pallets, the VT-PLA attachment is made of durable extruded aluminum and replaces a manipulator at a fraction of the cost. Providing a 10% duty cycle and a special valve which creates an air tight seal when the load is attached, this lifter operates with an overhead crane system.
The VT-PLA lift attachment can allow one person to also lift and stack multiple pallets using the vacuum up/down controls. This attachment provides faster handling than a hoist-based system or two people stacking. It also is interchangeable with a wide variety of adjustable quick-connect vacuum pad attachments. Equipped with built-in controls in the handle, a vacuum gauge and a 360 degree swivel top for unrestricted rotation, the lifter has a 100% duty cycle for instantaneous starts and stops.
Use this lifting system to reduce worker strain and injury and increase productivity, for more information, call Mona Tracy at 855/298-8890 or visit www.universalmachinerysales.net.
PRS Releases Newly Designed Optimax Trim Saw - 6/9/2016
The PRS Group proudly talked about its 25th anniversary newly redesigned Optimax trim saw at the recent EXPO Richmond. Called the model OM-3, this single end-trim saw has variable speed feed and comes standard with four length stops. It cuts material up to 2” thick at a rate of 3,000 boards per hour.
The redesigned Optimax OM-3 trim-saw has a 7.5 hp saw motor and a 1 hp feed motor. For more information on the new OM-3 trim-saw or the other PRS trim-saws visit PRS’s website at www.prsgroupinc.com or call 866/546-8864.
D&M Steel Newly Designed Crane Mat Drill - 6/9/2016
D&M Steel is introducing its new crane mat drill to the industry. Crane mats have been a growing market that competes on the low-grade lumber market. Seeing the need for a crane mat drill, D&M Steel has released its low cost, low maintenance, hydraulically powered drill for building mats.
It is advertised as being fast with two employees easily building 30+ mats in a shift. It is designed to be efficient to both drill and counter bore in one pass. D&M says it’s economically priced, starting at only $32,000.
For more information, call D&M Steel at 618/231-1595 or 618/927-4974.
Oak Lane Machine Releases High Production Deduster - 6/9/2016
Ever since the introduction of thin-kerf bandsawing in the 1980s and its growth in the 1990s, our industry has worked to reduce or hopefully eliminate the fine sawdust that was causing an issue on pallets. Oak Lake Machine, a new entry in the pallet machinery arena, is now introducing its OLM-800 deduster. It is designed to dedust boards from one, two, four, or six-head band resawing systems.
Oak Lane lists a number of features to its new deduster, including variable speed from 250-800 linear feet per minute, an hydraulic actuated bump gate, five hp 3-phase motors on brushes, a 10 hp three-phase hydraulic pack, and hydraulic forward and reverse feed. It reportedly adjusts to thickness changes in less than five minutes. It is U.S. manufactured using dodge bearings and American workmanship. Its standard material length is five feet with an option of up to ten feet.
For more details call Oak Lane Machine at 989/826-2181.
New Smetco Powered Carriage Option for Single Head Notcher - 7/5/2016
The Smetco single head True-Cut notcher has been a proven machine for years as a rugged and dependable notcher. Smetco now provides a powered carriage option that allows for increased safety as well as a slight increase in production, while reducing the fatigue from manually moving the carriage over the cutters.
The operator loads the carriage with up to three 2x4s and then depresses the two push buttons on the pedestal next to the machine. The wood is clamped and the carriage extends over the cutters and returns and unclamps in a couple of seconds. The operator slides the wood over and repeats the process.
For more information, call Smetco at 800/253-5400 or visit Smetco’s web site at www.smetco.com.
West Salem Introduces New Titan Trommel Screen - 7/5/2016
The new Titan trommel screen from West Salem Machinery (WSM) is an ultra-heavy-duty rotary drum screen specifically designed and manufactured for severe duty screening applications requiring high throughput and reliable long term operation. It is available in drum sizes of 6 ft., 8 ft., and 10 ft. diameters with lengths from 25 ft. to 63 ft. long. The Titan trommel is a “revolution” in trommel design and construction with design features and build quality that delivers exceptional performance and reliable long term operation.
What makes the WSM Titan trommel different? Precision manufactured trunnion rings with heavy duty raised steel rings that are machined and include integrated lifter attachments – providing superior drum integrity and concentricity. It has a massive steel support frame with machined mounting pads and laser-aligned trunnion wheel mounts. This allows long drum lengths with consistent distribution of loading.
The Titan trommel is modular and has interchangeable dual trunnion wheel mounts with self-adjusting pivot point to handle shock loading and allow for easy access and maintenance. It comes with simple modular cleaning brushes with external adjustment for improved screening efficiency. A modular screen design for use of wire mesh or perforated plate screens allows multiple screening zones and quick screen changes.
Cooper Machine Represents New Pallet Machinery - 7/5/2016
Cooper Machine Company in Wadley, Georgia has been building sawmill equipment for the pallet industry for decades. Cooper Machine has specialized in designing and building scragg mills for cutting low-grade logs into pallet stock.
Cooper is excited to announce that it is expanding its offerings to represent several pieces of MIT pallet machinery. In addition Cooper is also offering a variety of MIT heavy duty resaws with bands from 1” to 12”.
The three pieces of MIT pallet machinery that Cooper now provides to the pallet industry include a carousel block cutter to cut blocks for block pallets, a chamfering machine to chamfer and stack pallet decking, and a pallet trimmer.
Cooper’s carousel block cutter has ten clamping stations to make blocks. For cants up to five inches the manual regulation cutting head comes with digital measure. Block height can be adjusted from two inches up to eight inches. The block cutter comes with a 7.5 WEG head saw motor, a belt conveyor for outputting blocks, and a power and control panel. Cooper says that it can cut up to 90 blocks a minute.
The MIT chamfering machine functions with a manual lumber infeed onto the cartridge. The head has double cutters to chamfer the decking and is able to chamfer up to 25 boards a minute. It automatically stacks the lumber after chamfering.
Multi-head trim saws are popular in pallet manufacturing plants. The MIT multi-head trim saw models have from four to six sawing heads. They include a special flat 7.5 hp WEG motor on each head with mobile heads and band brakes for all heads. The saw comes with two lines of 81X chain with dogs and VDF for variable speed.
GoFast Continues to Expand Its Line of Pallet Machinery - 9/1/2016
Go Fast has supplied machinery for the pallet industry for a number of years, but its growth into an expanded line of products seems to have grown. At first Go Fast was known to us for its deduster, but it has grown to feature a much wider spectrum of products. This partial list includes many of Go Fast’s machines with a few details of each.
The Go Fast dedusters feature a hydraulic driven board knocker to prevent jams, variable speed up to 700 feet per minute, a board thickness feature in under 60 seconds, and a side deburring brush option.
Go Fast resaws have a powered belt return, quick air tension system, heavy duty arbor bearings, an enclosed hydraulic pack, and add band heads.
Go Fast double-end trim saws come standard with 20” blades standard, variable infeed chain speed, precision laser guides, a turn of the handle adjustment for length of cut, and inclined waste conveyor options. Go Fast chopsaws come standard with 24” carbide blades, 6x10 capacity, 7-1/2 hp motor, and both manual and automated models. Options include 26” blades and 10 hp motors.
Go Fast grade systems come standard with 16”x16”x16’capacity, 30 hp grade resaw, 30” bandwheels, computer control setworks, saw position digital display, and heavy-duty frame. Go Fast stacking racks comes with strap channels forklift access, casters, and custom sizes. For more information, call 800/854-7439 or access www.gofastmfg.com.
Rotochopper Introduces New Key Knife Chipper Package - 9/1/2016
The new Key Knife chipper package lets Rotochopper owners diversify into chip markets without the hassle of a typical chipper conversion package. The Key Knife package allows horizontal grinder owners to chip and grind with a single machine.
The chipper knife package is a bolt-in option that works with the same patented replaceable mount rotor for the Rotochopper B-66 and B-66 E. This chipper knife system makes it simple to diversify into chipping applications without a complex conversion kit or a second machine.
"Unlike other grinder to chipper conversion packages, the Rotochopper Key Knife System is simple, reliable and adds more flexibility to our B-66,” said Steve Marks of Marks Lumber in Clancy, Montana.
Marks added, “Because this system is simple, there are fewer problems the operator has to deal with when downtime occurs. Also, with this system we can add more value-added products to our line of products made with our B-66. Simply said, as with other Rotochopper equipment, there is great value in the Rotochopper Key Knife package.”
To switch from grinding to chipping, the operator does not need to swap the whole rotor drum or assemble a complex overlay onto the grinding rotor— the operator simply swaps the grinder tooth mounts with chipper knife mounts.
An operator can switch from grinder teeth to chipper knives quickly and easily:
• No rod pullers or other specialized tools required (just a torque wrench)
• No need to swap rotors, re-align sheaves, or re-tension drive belts
• Just two bolts per knife mount and two bolts per knife clamp
This system utilizes patented Key Knife® technology to minimize knife replacement costs. Key Knife shipping inserts are indexable (reversible). By simply loosening the knife clamp bolts, the operator can flip the knife to utilize a second chipping edge. A Key Knife insert uses significantly less steel than a traditional chipper knife , making handling and replacement easier. The chipper blade on each mount is much narrower than traditional chipper knifes, helping to minimize the maintenance costs that can result from rocks, metal, and other contaminants.
For more information call Rotochopper at 320/548-3586 or visit www.rotochopper.com.
Iron Bull Self-Dumping Hoppers Provide Material Handling Benefits - 9/1/2016
The pallet industry can use Iron Bull self-dumping hoppers to assist in its materials handling requirements. They can be used to handle shavings, wood chunks, and cut stock parts. Iron Bull has focused on engineering its material handling hoppers for maximum ease and efficiency of operation.
Iron Bull self-dumping hoppers are available in up to 10 yard capacities. Open-ended slab wood hoppers are designed for fast, efficient and safe handling of sawmill and pallet shop waste. A forklift driver can dump waste without leaving his forklift seat because of the automatic dump-from-seat option.
With Iron Bull’s new EZ-load fire wood hopper, almost any operator is said to be able to load a pickup without sending firewood pieces flying. For more information, call Iron Bull at 765/597-2480.
Best Ideas to Improve Your Operations - 10/3/2016
Looking to improve your pallet or sawmill operations? This guide to the best ideas from the pages of Pallet Enterprise is a must-read for those simple ideas that can save you lots of time and money. Get inspired learn from what other industry leaders are doing.View/Download Attachment
New Hopper-fed Trim Saw Introduced - 10/4/2016
Designed for anyone looking to cut to size new or reclaimed lumber, the new Universal Machinery Sales hopper-fed double end trim saw eliminates constant monitoring of a hand-fed machine. It features two 10” blades and can come with a 12” blade option. The machine has a 5hp motor on each blade and a 1hp motor on feed drive.
The trim saw is designed to accommodate 1/2” to 2” board thickness and is crank adjustable to cut 20” to 60” lengths. Mona Tracy, president of Universal Machinery Sales, explained, “Our new double end trim saw can process 47 boards per minute and is an efficient way to cut boards to size…This is our standard machine, but we can meet your custom specifications.”
See the video online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNOOPFeR_-0.
Available now to order, call Mona 855-298-8890 or visit http://universalmachinerysales.net/
PRS Introduces Nail It Pallet Assembly Jigs - 10/4/2016
PRS Group Inc. continues to develop innovative products that help boost the productivity of pallet operations. PRS has recently introduced the NAIL IT pallet assembly jigs. These economical, simple and productive nailing fixtures add flexibility and ergonomics to hand nailing pallets. NAIL IT pallet assembly jigs produce pallets from 24” x 24” up to 52” x 52” with quick and easy changeover.
These fixtures are built to handle two, three and four stringer pallets, plus wing types. Standard with eight board stops and six stringer stops, it is constructed from structural steel. This jig will work with both new and recycled lumber. For more information on NAIL IT jigs call PRS today at 217- 291-0009 or visit www.prsgroupinc.com
Wood-Mizer Releases Vortex Sawdut-Removal Bandsaw Blade - 10/20/2016
Seeking to revolutionize sawdust removal for sawing operations, Wood-Mizer LLC has released its groundbreaking Vortex™ sawdust-removal bandsaw blade. Available now in North America, this blade is engineered for lumber and pallet producers who need boards to be as free from excess sawdust as possible.
Developed by long-time, hands-on Wood-Mizer blades specialist Chris Vogel, the Vortex blade
removes dust while sawing in order to minimize or eliminate the need for sawdust removal after the
lumber is processed. According to Wood-Mizer, this extremely unique blade profile has generated positive results in highproduction pallet factory tests.
The Vortex design was tested at Coomer & Sons Sawmill in Indiana. Pallet producer, Jeff Coomer claimed, "The Vortex blade was getting 98 to 99% of the dust off, so it was impressive on how much dust it took off [compared to] a typical saw blade.”
Additionally, Paul Smith of Smith Sawmill Service in Texas said, “The new Vortex blade does a great job of getting the sawdust off the wood. It’s going to be an asset for companies trying to produce a clean pallet.”
The Wood-Mizer Vortex™ blade is now available to order in .042 x 1 ¼ at any length. Call 800-522-5760 or visit www.woodmizer.com/vortex for more information.
Mid Continent Nail Makes Key Staff Additions and Changes - 12/2/2016
Focused on expanding its sales reach in the pallet sector, Mid Continent Nail Corp. recently named Bruce Kennedy as its sales manager for industrial fasteners. Kennedy has a wide range of experience in the building materials industry. He began his career with job-site sales and service and then later on worked his way to sales, sales training and sales management. Kennedy’s motto is “Do the right thing, try hard…everyday!”
In addition, two long-term employees have been promoted. Brenda Norman has been with Mid Continent for over eight years and has over 30 years of sales and management experience. She has been promoted to the inside sales manager for industrial fasteners and will still handle customer service representative coordination as well.
Norman enjoys working with customers directly and with the sales and service reps in her division. According to Mid Continent, “Norman’s goal is to ensure that the needs of customers are more than just met, but that we exceed their expectations and provide the best quality nails & fasteners and excellent customer service.”
Finally, a well-known member of the sales team, Marsha Libla has been promoted to U.S. sales logistics/customer service manager for the parent company, Mid Continent Steel & Wire. She will continue working out of our Poplar Bluff, Missouri office and will take on additional responsibilities of developing customer service departments for the other divisions of Mid Continent Steel & Wire. Libla also will maintain her current role as customer service manager for Mid Continent Nail.
All of these change are designed to help the company improve its sales and outreach to the industrial market. For more information on Mid Continent Nail, call 800-TOP-NAIL or visit www.magnumfasteners.com.View/Download Attachment