SJF's Material Handling Blog
Steel Prices – SDI (June), USS (July), Nucor (July), ArcelorMittal (July), Severstal – especially Sparrows Point (July) and the conversion mills – The Techs, Sharon Coatings, CSN and Wheeling Nisshin should all be coming out with prices either yet this week or, by early next week.
Steel Business Briefing released The Steel Index of Reference Prices for the week ending May 4, 2008. The new numbers show that the market prices for hot rolled, cold rolled and galvanized have continued to move higher as compared to the week prior.
Hot-rolled prices showed a $5 per ton move to the upside ($.25/cwt). Over the past four weeks, HR pricing has increased by $201 per ton ($10.05/cwt) or 24.8%.
Cold-rolled prices also moved higher. They increased by $11 per ton ($.55/cwt) as compared to the week prior and have moved higher by $190 per ton ($9.50/cwt) over the past four week period or, 20.8%.
Galvanized coil increased by $20 per ton ($1.00/cwt) compared to the previous week. Over the past four weeks galvanized has increased by 19.3%.
Provided courtesy of Steel Market Update ( www.steelmarketupdate.com )
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.
Removing the risks – buying used pallet rack and other pre-owned equipment
Certainly, you can save money by purchasing used pallet rack instead of new equipment. Are there are some risks involved? Yes! Will it likely to have a shorter remaining service life and is there no manufacturer’s guarantee? Not necessarily! A common misconception is that with used equipment you’re not really sure what you’re getting. You can, however, easily reduce and even outright eliminate many of these risks by simply dealing with the right people when entering the used market.
Here is a primer that covers a few of the basics.