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Local Company Shifts Production to Make Masks for Their Community

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By now, we are all aware there is a PPE shortage for many of the workers who need protective equipment the most. One of the most talked-about items are masks.
We are also hearing how many companies are experiencing an extreme decline in business. A local company, PFI Fashions Inc., took what could be a negative situation and used their open capacity to make a very positive impact on their local community. 
Jodie and Billy Joe Todd, owners of PFI, took it upon themselves to begin manufacturing masks for those in need. Located in Genoa City, WI the full-service company specializes in screen printing, promotional products, and embroidery.

Within the course of a week, they have completely shifted their production focus to making washable, cotton face masks. They have been generously donating them to Aurora Hospital, local EMTs, and the other essential workers who need them the most.

Because of their hard work, we were able to purchase masks to keep our employees safer at Stellana. We want…

Stellana Developed Powerthane® Plus as replacement for Vulkollan®

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Our Task – Vulkollan Scarcity The material handling industry has continued to face a shortage of Vulkollan wheels and rollers.
What is Vulkollan®*? Vulkollan is a cast polyurethane elastomer that is known to offer the ultimate performance under the most demanding applications. The material has gained a reputation for being one of the toughest polyurethanes available, and many members of the industry believe that there are no substitutes for a material of this caliber.
Vulkollan® wheels and rollers are widely used on industrial trucks in Europe. Characterized by theirdynamic load bearing capabilities and low wear and tear, these products minimize the need for service. Many equipment manufacturers count on Vulkollan products to keep their trucks up and running. At Stellana Sweden, we have a state-of-the-art Vulkollan production line that is dedicated to making Vulkollan wheels. However, we too have had trouble supplying these products.

Material Shortage Since the end of 2018, there has be…

Stellana Cancelling Participation at MODEX in Atlanta

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Due to the concerns surrounding coronavirus, Stellana will no longer be exhibiting at the MODEX show. Scheduled to run next week, MODEX takes place in Atlanta, March 9-12, 2020. In addition, we had planned to pull our attendance from LogiMAT held in Germany the same week, but the show has since been canceled.
The health and safety of our employees is our primary concern. As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide and nationally, we have decided that we will not be sending our team members to participate in the MODEX 2020 show.
With an expected turnout of 30,000, the MODEX show brings together many visitors from throughout the United States and overseas, and there is a chance that the spread of the coronavirus will continue here.
While we looked forward to the valuable facetime with our customers, dealers, and vendors, we feel this is the best decision for the health and safety of its employees. Thank you for your understanding!

Its showtime for Stellana!

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In early March, we will be exhibiting at the MODEX show in Atlanta, Georgia (March 9-12) and LogiMATin Stuttgart, Germany (March 10-12). MODEX and LogiMAT are two of the largest material handling and intralogistics shows across the globe.
These shows revolve around the topics of enhancing efficiencies, cutting costs, and improving the technologies used throughout our supply chains. Whether you’ve attended in the past or not, it’s not too late to take advantage of the unique opportunity to connect with thousands of your industry peers under one roof!
Why should you attend MODEX? MODEX is 2020’s largest global material handling show in North America. This four-day convention brings together 950+ exhibitors under one roof to connect, learn, and meet face to face. If you work with members of the material handling industry, MODEX provides a great opportunity to gain new leads, network with existing contacts, and expose yourself to the latest technologies and trends. Beyond that, there are…

Customer Success Story - IAM Robotics

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Customer – IAM Robotics IAM Robotics, creators of the world’s first autonomous mobile manipulation robot, has found a niche in e-commerce order fulfillment. Its robots use highly advanced computer vision and perception technology combined with an articulated robot arm on a mobile base to autonomously navigate warehouse aisles, picking and transporting products just like a human.
Our Task IAM Robotics turned to us for our polyurethane expertise. The company tasked us with the job of providing a wheel material suitable for the typical usage and environments of their mobile picking robots, named SwiftTM. The company designs their robots to work around the clock, continuously moving on the floors of warehouses and distribution centers. Its charging system only requires a 30-second change about once a shift, avoiding any lengthy downtime. The continuous operation made localization a key consideration when selecting wheels for the Swift robots.
The Swift Robot Swift works like a human order pi…

Is eCommerce affecting ordering patterns throughout our industry?

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How many days a week do packages arrive at your household? For some of us, you could even ask how many times a day do packages arrive at your house? Buying habits and expectations have been changing for some time now, and these trends are forcing warehousing and manufacturing operations to adapt. There is little to no room for downtime, and forklift wheels and tires play a crucial role in keeping things moving during the seasonal peaks and shopping holidays such as Cyber Monday.
Current Climate in the World of Ecommerce Ecommerce trends are making order fulfillment more complex. In general, consumers are placing smaller orders more frequently. With the ease of online ordering, it is not unusual that someone places an order, then a few hours later, places another order with an additional item they forgot. With a just few clicks, a passing thought can become a purchase. Seamless operations provide the ultimate convenience for the purchaser, but behind the scenes with each order, invento…

The Effectiveness of Polyurethane Wheels in the Hyperloop Pod Competition and How It Relates to You

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When it comes to extreme applications, Stellana is known to be a leader in the manufacturing of engineered polyurethane wheel solutions. For that reason, we were excited when our involvement in the Hyperloop Pod Competition gave us a new reason to push polyurethane to its limit. We discuss the process we took to make the final wheels and what the competition findings could mean for the existing industries using Stellana wheels. The Process Our task was to engineer polyurethane drive, stability, and clamping wheels that could hold up to ultra-high speeds. Working alongside the student teams, we assisted in hub design, advised material selection, and produced the final wheels.

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Hub Design

Each university team provided us with their proposed hub drawings. Groups aimed to minimize the hub's weight without sacrificing load and speed requirements. The hub design process was iterative and accounted for manufacturing feasibility and the ability to work within the desired size, acceler…