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Tutorial Guide – New Style vs. Old Style Teardrop Pallet Racks

 In this short tutorial, Material Handling veteran Jason Dieter shares some insider insights about the different styles of beams that work with the many versions of teardrop style pallet rack. Jason not only demonstrates the difference between old style and new style racks, but also reveals some of the hybrids found in the marketplace as well.

A View of the rack from up top

Old Style VS. New Style Teardrop Pallet Rack

 

Video Guide to Pallet Rack Quick Ship – Pallet Rack Beams – Sizes & Capacities

Tutorial Guide to Pallet Rack Quick Ship – Pallet Rack Beams – Sizes & Capacities

In this short  video tutorial, Eric Moen gives a quick tour while reviewing the many sizes & capacities of beams available for quick 48-hour ship  via SJF’s “Quik-Ship” program.
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Vance Haugen Featured on the Cover of Modern Material Handling Magazine?

Vance Haugen’s dream of being featured on the cover to Modern Materials Handling finally came true last month. Well sort-a!

Vance stopped by their booth during ProMat this year and the gang there did this mock up conveyor for him to take home and put in his office. While it’s not exactly the April issue, everyone here thinks you look great on the cover Vance.

March/April Scrap Steel Price Trends

Comments provided courtesy of SteelOrbis

The Chicago Shredded Scrap finally posted down $20/ton from the prior month at $388/ton ending a long month of uncertainty and severe shifts in overall market sentiment. At one point in the last month, it looked as if scrap would “fall off the cliff” as mills were buying virtually nothing and demand in the market was non-existent. Then without notice, in the last week, the market reversed course stabilized and in several areas and grades even improved to reach where it finally settled. Much like the month prior, while there was not much demand for scrap, there also was no much supply due to the frigid winter causing collection problems.

Now that  petitioners were successful in levying a duty, watch for import prices to increase dramatically.  The anticipated surge of import to “beat” the April 18th deadline did not appear as dramatic as originally anticipated as few volumes being recently booked. Lagging sales in the last 6 weeks with the season and weather coupled with pricing that offers no new advantages have soured most big buyers appetites and nothing has been concluded.

Blame China?

Originally Posted by Katie Memmel via Steel Orbis

Although US Steel’s year of seemingly never-ending layoff notices isn’t news within the US steel industry, the trend has apparently caught the notice of mainstream news. In an editorial earlier this month, the Washington Post argued that US Steel’s downsizing is a direct result of the Chinese steel industry.

Again, blaming China for all the US industry’s woes isn’t news, but reporters with little experience in the industry who rely on corporate press releases and corporation-friendly news sources (such as the Wall Street Journal, which was referenced in the Post’s article) to make sweeping generalizations should be.

The most obvious argument against the assumption that Chinese imports are the primary reason for US Steel’s “pink slip spree” is to look around at other major US steel producers. Nucor, AK Steel and Steel Dynamics Inc. have not dominated the headlines with layoffs this year. Then again, with a few exceptions, Nucor, AK Steel and Steel Dynamics Inc. have reported generally positive quarterly results in the last few years, while US Steel has reported net losses nearly every time.

Miserable quarterly and yearly results were the impetus for the company’s Carnegie Way strategy announced two years ago, which seeks to streamline operations to become the most efficient US steelmaker, if not the largest. And part of this streamlining, naturally, takes the form of mass layoffs—the most recent, this week, includes over 2,000 employees at its Granite City facility.

That’s not to say that the global market has not been a factor—US Steel has idled several pipe and tubular plants this quarter  after plunging oil prices decimated pipe demand in the US, along with competitive imports of OCTG and line pipe from Korea and other sources other than China. As such, blaming China exclusively is almost as short-sighted as the Post’s proposed resolution to the problem: petition the US government for a dumping investigation, which US steel producers have already been doing for years.

US Steel’s layoff notices might sound lamentable, but the reality is that the company is doing exactly what it meant to do when it announced its Carnegie Way initiative in 2013. It’s unfortunate for the workers of course, but they might be able to do more than the Post’s directive to “figure out something else.” Namely, applying at one of the many US steel producers who aren’t purposely downsizing.

SJF CREW VISITS PROMAT 2015 IN CHICAGO, IL – Pictorial Review

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Promat 2015 – Material Handling Equipment Show Images

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