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2012 started out fast here at SJF. Sam Sterner and Director of Manufacturing Brian Springer arrived in Phoenix, AZ on January 2 to load out conveyor bound for our inventory here at SJF in Winsted, MN. The goal was simple, load out as much conveyor and conveyor parts as possible. This recent purchase gave us the opportunity to provide usable parts, such as drives and tails, for pieces we already have in stock.
With conveyor spread across the warehouse, it made packaging the material almost a scavenger hunt. Totes full of unknown parts were lining the top levels of the rack, and many contained valuable parts to piecing together conveyor systems. We ended up sending two trucks back to Minnesota, both loaded to the brim with conveyor, drives, nose overs, feeder beds, and other parts usable with most conveyors.
The last two weeks started with a 14 hour day in Worthington, MN. SJF recently purchased 540 pallet positions of Drive-in-Rack from a company located there. Sam Sterner headed down in the morning to assist in the final teardown, banding, and loading of the components. This is truck 1/2 for the day leaving loaded with uprights and rails for the system, headed straight to a customer in Fargo, ND.
The Worthington, MN shipment occurred on Wednesday, December 14. Friday, December 16 and the following Monday were spent in Plymouth, MN installing pallet rack for a new Polaris Industries showroom. The rack was set to allow display of ATVs and accessories for sale.
The week of 12/19 also had the arrival of several trucks from a recent purchase in Jeffersonville, Indiana. These trucks came loaded with rack now available in stock in Winsted, MN. A brief list includes-
48”x20′ Speedrack Uprights – 204 ea
108”x4” Speedrack Beams – 621 ea
96”x4” Speedrack Beams – 528 ea
48”x 20′ Teardrop Uprights – 40 ea
48”x52” Wire Deck – 653 ea
48”x46” Wire Deck – 747 ea
Many other items including many sizes Speed Rack uprights and beams, Teardrop Rack Uprights and beams, Sturdi-built, Palmer Shile, Ridge U Rack uprights and beams, and many other sizes of wire decking. Call an SJF sales representative for more details!
The recent weeks also included the testing for SJF’s carousel software. The first run through should be up and running soon for our first customer here in the Twin Cities metro! This is an exciting new venture in carousel controls, and can drastically improve efficiency in your carousel system. The best part, it works with any and every carousel. Contact us today with more information on this new product!
Four days before Christmas, Sam Sterner headed to Rogers, MN to band up another recent purchase of Sturdibuilt pallet rack. This included 144”x6” and 144”x3.5” Sturdi-Built beams, 48”x10′ Sturdi-Built uprights, and 144”x5” Teardrop beams. These were brought right down the road to our stock in Winsted, MN. These are very nice, heavy duty beams available now!
The month of January looks to be just as busy for us here at SJF. Already in the works is truckloads of conveyor leaving Phoenix, AZ; three carousels we purchased in the Twin Cities; a large warehouse full of structural racking in Ohio; and many more projects around the country, so stay tuned!
SJF Automation Development Team announces Beta Release of Chameleon Carousel Controls for Dual Carousel Control System
02-10-2009 Press Release:
SJF Automation Development Team announces beta release of Chameleon Carousel Controls for Dual Carousel Control System. The new dual control system provides the client the ability to control 2 carousels with 1 Chameleon controller. Single system clients of Chameleon can upgrade to this option simply by having the clients return single system controllers and touch screens to SJF be upgraded to the new Dual program and Screen set. In addition to the software upgrade, a new Input module will replace the customers existing input module.
Winsted, MN – (Dec. 9, 2008) SJF Material Handling of Winsted, Minnesota has announced the introduction of Sure-Pik(TM) Lite Carousel Storage and Retrieval Software. Sure-Pik can be used with any make or model of horizontal or vertical carousel using the original controls or SJF’s Chameleon Carousel Controls.(TM)
Users log in, then use the keyboard or a scanner to enter the part number, SKU or other identifier. Information about the part is displayed on screen, and a click of the Retrieve button brings the part location to the operations area. Full diagnostics are included, and the system can also be run in Bin Location mode, which operates much like manual carousel controls to retrieve parts by location. The View Parts function permits the operator to search for a part with incomplete knowledge such as half a part number, product type, etc.
Included is Sure-Pik Lite Manager, database management software based on Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine. Authorized users can update the parts database by adding, deleting or editing product information, location and graphics.
Sure-Pik Lite is the first off-the-shelf Sure-Pik software release from SJF. More features will be available on future releases, and custom solutions are currently available.
In business since 1979, SJF Material Handling (SJF.com) is a nationwide provider of new, used and “renewed” material handling equipment. SJF services include design, layout, engineering, installation and systems integration of material handling equipment. Headquartered in Winsted, Minnesota, SJF recently added a new Indiana sales office in 2008.
Winsted, MN – (May 5, 2008) SJF Material Handling of Winsted, Minnesota has announced the introduction of Chameleon Carousel Controls™ for use with any make or model of vertical or horizontal carousel. Chameleon can be adapted to any carousel, says SJF’s President Stafford Sterner, even carousels declared obsolete or no longer supported by the manufacturer. Chameleon allows clients to once again utilize older systems they already have and put them back into operation. Chameleon was developed in response to the market’s need for an alternative custom solution that provides the necessary components needed to retrofit existing carousels with a fully functional control panel and touch screen interface.
Users can use the touch screen to select a bin location and automatically bring the part to the operations area. The carousel can also be run in Manual or Jog mode, and the system includes full diagnostics and error messages. Encoder type carousels can be “Homed” automatically, or proximity carousels can be positioned at any location.
“The key benefit Chameleon offers,” says Sterner “is the elimination of the need to purchase unwanted upgrades in order to maintain warranty and support on an existing system.Chameleon Carousel Controls provide an economical option.” For users requiring more sophisticated search and retrieval tools, SJF is currently testing a PC-based software control option due for release later this summer.
In business since 1979, SJF Material Handling Equipment (SJF.com) is a Winsted, Minnesota-based full service provider of new, used and “renewed” material handling equipment & services. Services offered include complete design, layout, engineering, installation, project management and systems integration services.
Read more about Chameleon Carousel Controls™ here.