Daifuku North America Blog

Why Visit FABTECH?

Posted by Chelsie Spencer on 11/8/16 10:02 AM

FABTECH provides a convenient venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. The annual event will offer more than 1,300 exhibitors and 28,000 attendees full access to over 550,000 net square feet of floor space.

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Conveyor, FABTECH

How to Accurately Track and Gently Sort Cartons of Various Sizes and Configurations

Posted by Gordon Hellberg on 7/26/16 11:24 AM

There are several solutions to track and sort cartons of various sizes and configurations but have you heard of a Sliding Shoe Sorter? Meet our AS30 Sliding Shoe Sorter - It’s a high-speed, positive divert sorter that handles high volumes of products, while mitigating wear and tear since it has no moving parts. The result is a divert station that provides high throughput rates for heavy duty applications, lasts longer, extremely quiet,  and requires less overall maintenance.

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Topics: Conveyor, Sortation

What Makes FABTECH the Largest Finishing Event of the Year?

Posted by Brent Brosch on 11/11/15 9:48 AM

Every year around this time, North America hosts the largest metal forming, fabrication, welding and finishing event of the year – FABTECH! We’ve been exhibiting at FABTECH for 8 years, each year is bigger and better then before. The exhibition welcomes over 1,500 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees. One of the biggest highlights are the 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations during the event. This year we have the pleasure to introduce a new product at the show, the Unibilt Inverted Three-Rail (ITR) Conveyor.

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Topics: Chain Conveyor, Conveyor, Jervis B. Webb, FABTECH

The Story Behind the Cars at Detroit’s Auto Show

Posted by Noel Dehne on 1/14/15 2:06 PM

Right now, the North American International Auto Show is celebrating its 27th year here in Detroit. As I walk around the show floor, I feel proud to know that our systems help build many of the vehicles I’m seeing here today. And while everyone is buzzing about the latest vehicle unveilings at the auto show, I am reminded of my company’s 100-year history providing material handling innovations that improved the automotive manufacturing industry.


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Topics: Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Systems, Automotive, Conveyor

What is FABTECH?

Posted by Brent Brosch on 11/5/14 1:04 PM

If you’re in the metal forming, fabricating, welding or finishing industry, FABTECH is a must-see event! FABTECH takes place in Atlanta, November 11-13 2014 with 1,400 exhibiting companies and over 100 educations sessions. We’ll be one of the exhibiting companies!

The show hours are:

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Chain Conveyor, LubriPin, Conveyor

Top Reasons Automotive Assembly Plants Need Friction Drive Conveyors

Posted by Noel Dehne on 7/11/14 10:06 AM

The automotive industry has come a long way since Henry Ford first installed a forged rivetless conveyor way back in 1919. With new products and new assembly processes, the automotive industry is constantly advancing. The new and improved Chrysler Sterling Heights Plant (SHAP) has recently upgraded to a fully robotic body shop, world-class paint shop, and a new metrology center. One of the largest improvements was the $60 million project featuring a Daifuku Webb friction drive conveyor system. Instead of using chain conveyor to pull the automotive bodies through the eight mile long paint shop, the plant made an innovative decision to install miles of friction drive conveyor.   Friction drive conveyor utilizes a drive wheel that comes in contact with a load bar to move loads on a carrier. Inverted friction drive system is being used in the body paint process, as well as for delivery of car bodies between the paint shop and general assembly system. The friction drive conveyor has many benefits including:

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Topics: Automotive, Conveyor