The MICROROLLER(TM) electric conveyor roller from Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI) is a self-contained unit that provides drive power to roller conveyor systems, eliminating the need for external drive components such as belts, chains and sprockets.
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Machines in the 880 series of case palletizers from Alvey (St. Louis, MO) employ shaft-mounted drives to reduce the number of sprockets, chains, belts and takeups for such primary devices as the row pusher, apron and hoist.
Nolu Plastics (Aston, PA) has introduced a DOS-based interactive catalog that installs directly onto a standard hard drive. Displays component parts with engineering specifications and recommendations so that material handling, packaging, de-sign and maintenance engineers can select the proper components.