Erie, Michigan, USA, Aug 2018 - MoveRoll Oy, a Finnish provider of innovative roll handling equipment, recently gave a one-day onsite technical seminar at Automatic Handling International in Erie, Michigan. Mikko Rantanen, Founder of MoveRoll Oy and Juha Lahtinen, North American Sales Manager of MoveRoll Oy spoke with Automatic Handling engineers, toured the 150,000 sq foot manufacturing and engineering campus and answered in-depth technical questions regarding their line of roll handling products.
The Automatic Handling's heavy duty roll handling solutions for paper, tissue, non-wovens, and converting customers include slat-chain conveyors, belt, and belt over roller conveyors, chain driven live roller conveyors, heavy-duty shuttle conveyors, upenders, lowerators, automatic carts, and overhead crane systems, but did not include a floor level horizontal conveyor such as MoveRoll has developed.
"I was motivated by the positive atmosphere of all the employees and engineers," said Mr. Lahtinen. "All of the facilities were very impressive."
"The MoveRoll products give us another tool in our toolbelt," said Andrew Pienta, Regional Sales Director at Automatic Handling International, Inc. "When we help our customers with system solutions, we want to be able to give them the best solution for their facility."
The collaborative visit allowed both companies to understand each other's strengths better. Automatic Handling International, Inc recognized the unique solution that Moveroll uses to move paper rolls through paper mills and asked to integrate that solution into recent designs for two North American paper mills.
About MoveRoll Oy
Based Finland, MoveRoll supplies innovative paper roll handling equipment. To make MoveRoll products globally available, MoveRoll cooperates with multiple system integrator partners, including Automatic Handling. MoveRoll’s product offerings include conveyors, kickers, receivers and braking pads. All MoveRoll roll handling products reduce the costs of investment and ownership through increased safety, productivity, and reliability as well as through decreased costs for installation, maintenance, and energy. Learn more at www.moveroll.com
About Automatic Handling, Intl.
Automatic Handling® is a worldwide manufacturer of custom and patented handling and packaging systems. Using these technologies, Automatic Handling strives to improve their customers' production efficiencies, limiting waste and boosting production times as well as protecting valuable machinery and increasing overall productivity through automation. Additional information about the company and its systems is available at www.automatichandling.com
Congratulations on your 20th work anniversary, Keith!
We can’t say enough about you and the work you do…but we’ll try our best anyways!
“Keith is always there to lend a hand and is one of the hardest working people I know…I wish had five more just like him.” – Jason Eck
“Keith’s bark is way worse than his bite.” – Many AHI Employees
“Keith is one of the kindest and most thoughtful individuals that I’ve ever met. He will do anything that is asked of him. I feel blessed to have gotten to know Keith and can truly call him a friend.” – Keith Mainzinger
“Keith does not know how to fail or quit. He is among the very hardest and skilled workers I have ever known. He has been and continues to be one of the most valuable and versatile employees to have been part of our company. Keith wasn’t really looking for a job when I approached him with an offer 20 years ago, and over the years I’ve thought about how fortunate I was to have been part of bringing him aboard.” – Steve Reese
It has been an honor and a pleasure having you as part of the AHI Team for twenty years. You’re an indispensable part of the team and a wonderfully talented individual, we’re lucky to have you!
Automatic Handling's turnkey solutions flawlessly tackle all of the unique challenges inherent to bale handling. We provide fully automatic bale management systems with multi-lane infeeds, traversing robotic destackers, manual and automatic dewiring functionality, integrated magnetic wire detection inspection stations, along with custom buffer charge and pulper feed conveyors. We are proud of our mixed recipe management data tracking systems for market pulp bale handling and de-wiring systems.
Erie, Michigan - Aug 2018 - 20 years ago the University of Toledo created a mandatory co-op program to help UT engineering students thrive in their careers. Automatic Handling, an international supplier of heavy-duty custom engineered and manufactured automation systems, has been a champion of UT's innovative co-op program. In the last ten years alone, Automatic Handling International Inc. has had over 52 official co-op placements, with 12 of those being permanent hires after graduation.
Dr. Brian Randolph, Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at the University of Toledo College of Engineering toured the campus of Automatic Handling in Erie and met with a host of alumni and current students. Each of the current co-ops gave a short presentation related to their experiences at Automatic Handling, their knowledge gained, and how their contributions fit into the business's general project cycle within their operational department.
During the tour of the 150,000 sq ft facility, Dr. Randolph was able to observe the testing of roll handling equipment and learn more about how engineers couple their coursework and co-op experience.
"It’s not often that I get to visit with our co-op students and alumni at their employer," said Dr. Randolph. "Automatic Handling is an impressive company and offers some unique opportunities for our students. And it’s great to see them being mentored by successful UT Engineering alumni on such interesting and complex projects."
"The mandatory co-op program is one of the coolest parts of the University of Toledo's engineering program," said Mary Hillegas, former co-op placement, 2017 UT Alumna, and current Automatic Handling Project Manager. "It is one of only eight engineering programs in the U.S. with such a co-op program."
To learn more about UT's Program visit http://www.utoledo.edu/engineering/co-op-and-careers/
About Automatic Handling, Intl.
Automatic Handling® is a worldwide manufacturer of custom and patented handling and packaging systems. Using these technologies, Automatic Handling strives to improve their customers' production efficiencies, limiting waste and boosting production times as well as protecting valuable machinery and increasing overall productivity through automation. Customer success is the foundation of their business model. Additional information about the company and its systems is available at www.automatichandling.com.
Congratulations to our 135+ member team for achieving over 800 days of safety. This number may go do down someday, but our efforts to improve through discipline, teamwork, and vigilance will never diminish.
Multiple layers of a thin film do not protect against abrasion and that only a thick layer of material, like our Edge Gard, will adequately protect the roll ends. AHI’s patented Axial Radial package with Edgegard is an extraordinary film wrapping technology. When abrasion resistance is required, thicker is better, and many thin layers with no bonding between layers will merely abrade off.
Package Quality - Design
The design of the package to protect rolls at reasonable cost is one of the most difficult issues that a paper mill can tackle. The package must be able to withstand all types of handling and multiple types of shipments. We have been working with a number of paper mills that have different package types and found out that each mill has different problems with their package.
Automatic Handling's axial and radial wrappers and integrated labeling systems come in all different sizes to create a complete protective wrapping. These unique systems result in consistently high-quality wrapped rolls, regardless of size.
This high-speed wrapper is a fully automated system designed from a space-saving, compact layout. Read More...
The Automatic Handling Core Joiner is a fully automatic system for gluing recycled cores into new cores.
Every year the paper industry uses millions of cardboard and paper cores during the papermaking process. These cardboard tubes come in all different sizes and of different grades. In a typical parent core handling system for the Tissue Industry, these cores can weigh in at 100 pounds with a 16-inch diameter and each of these industrial-strength cardboard cylinders can carry a parent roll of paper up to 30 feet in circumference. Paper manufacturers reuse these cores repeatedly to avoid the high costs of disposal and replacement. Traditional methods of crushing, repulping, making board and cores are costly.
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Brown Bag Lunches
At AHI, we offer "Brown Bag" lunch internal training programs for our 125 employees. We call this AHI University and it serves to cross-train all of our employees so that they are familiar with the other jobs in the company. Of course, a one-day class doesn't take the place of years of training and experience. However, it can go a long way toward improving how employees in different departments view one another.
At AHI, we have employees in sales, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, controls engineering, purchasing, fabrication, machining, painting, electrical and mechanical assembly. By giving our employees a working knowledge of what the other departments face on a typical day, we give them the tools they need to respect each other, as well as help create systems and solutions that increase production and efficiency across departmental lines.
Improving Morale and Efficiency
Some of our programs are taught in a classroom, while others take employees out in the plant or in the field. And, of course, we encourage employees to bring their lunch. Each class features an open, informal format with plenty of time for questions and answers. We tackle a different topic each week and we're proud of our very successful employee participation.
Culture of Automatic Handling
Any company can talk about culture. However, at Automatic Handling International (AHI), we put that talk into action. We feel strongly that good, integrated training is essential for a cohesive work environment where people in all departments and in all jobs treat one another with respect.