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Quality | The Impact of Warranty in the Manufacturing Industry

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The True Cost of WarrantyWarranty is defined by the dictionary as a written guarantee of the integrity of a product and of the maker’s responsibility for the repair or replacement of defective parts. It’s something we all deal with in our manufacturing companies, but are we truly prepared for it? What warranty is goes far beyond the definition and deserves further inspection. In this blog article, we’ll further examine warranty and the true cost underneath.

A Closer Look at Warranty
It’s easy to give a simple definition for warranty when you are only looking at the big picture, but it’s extremely difficult when you start getting into the details. Part of the reason for this is because there are many types of warranty; Limited, Lifetime, Implied, and Satisfaction Guaranteed, just to name a few. What is important to note is how a company stands behind its warranty statement. What warranty can mean to one person, can mean something completely different to another; it’s all based on perspec…

Quality | Preventing Forklift Tire Walk-Offs

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Understanding & Preventing Walk-OffsYour warehouse is in full swing. Forklifts are zipping in and out, moving products. Everything is going to plan, that is until a forklift operator experiences a walk-off. They don’t happen often, but when they do, walk-offs can be a serious safety hazard. You can easily wreck the transmission system if the wheel turns in or drop a load if the forklift comes to an immediate halt. Just think about the situations the operator could be in. Is the operator carrying a heavy load or up in the air on a scissors lift? From the forklift to the operator, to others in the surrounding area, walk-offs affect the entire operation and deserve a further discussion on preventative practices.

How and Why Walk-Offs Happen
Walk-offs occur for two main reasons. To understand these two reasons, you need to first understand the basic breakdown of a forklift press-on tire. We’re going to be looking at three main components: the hub, the band, and the urethane. The urethan…

Safety | Not just a Tire

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Going Beyond the Tire with SafetyHappy National Forklift Safety Day! Forklift safety is something to keep in mind throughout the entire year, but with the help from the International Truck Association (ITA), we can utilize this day as a reminder and learn something we didn’t know about forklift safety along the way. Throughout this week, ITA will be connecting with policymakers and government officials in improving forklift safety laws while manufacturers and dealers will be taking the opportunity to retrain their forklift operators. Did you know though that forklift safety extends far beyond the people involved but to the equipment itself? The tires we use on our forklifts can make a huge impact on safety. 

A tire is not just a tire when it comes to the safety of your employees.

Why?
In today’s fast paced economy, products are being shipped out faster than ever before with shorter and shorter delivery times. Material handlers are expected to keep up causing them to move towards harder t…

Trade Show | MHEDA Convention & Exhibitor Showcase

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All you need to know about the MHEDA Convention & Exhibitor ShowcaseCome visit Stellana in person at the MHEDA Convention & Exhibitor Showcase. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about about forklift wheels and tires. Our solutions will reduce the cost to your customers and increase your profits. Everything you need to know beforehand about the showcase is listed below.

Where?
Loews Miami Beach Hotel 
1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

When?
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Show Exhibit Hours
Saturday, May 5: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday, May 6: 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday, May 7: 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 8: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday, May 9: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Where is Stellana?
Booth 607 in the Tabletop Pavilion


Who Will be There?

Sales Manager - Aftermarket
Vannessa Neubauer | 262.348.5520
vannessa.neubauer@stellana.com

Sales Manager - OE & Key Accounts
Dave Brocklehurst | 814.706.6520
dave.brocklehurst@stellana.com

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Trade Show | MODEX 2018

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All you need to know about MODEX 2018Are you attending MODEX? Did you know Stellana is an exhibitor? MODEX is a great way to connect with new contacts in-person and find innovative solutions. To make sure you're prep for MODEX, check out our Q&A below.

Where?
Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

When?
Monday, April 9, 2018 - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Show Exhibit Hours
Monday, April 9: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PMTuesday, April 10: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PMWednesday, April 11: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PMThursday, April 12: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where is Stellana?
Booth # B1769 in Hall B

Who Will be There?
Director Global Sales & Marketing
Michael Scoon | 262.348.5575
michael.scoon@stellana.com

Sales Manager - OE & Key Accounts
Dave Brocklehurst | 814.706.6520
dave.brocklehurst@stellana.com

Sales Manager - General Industrial
Tim Rodgers | 814.688.1989
tim.rodgers@stellana.com

Sales Manager - Aftermarket
Vannessa Neubauer | 262.348.5520
vannessa.neubauer@stella…

Quality | Understanding & Reducing Hysteresis

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Understanding and Reducing Failures: HysteresisPolyurethane is one of the most versatile materials.1 Physical properties can be adapted to solve challenging problems. Polyurethane is formed by reacting a polyol (ether-based or ester based) with an isocyanate (an MDI or TDI). It is then cured at a specific temperature for the optimal time to reach desired physical properties. Properties are altered based on the polyol and isocyanate and the application impacts the function. It is critical to choose the ideal material based on the application and the conditions the product is expected to withstand.

What is Hysteresis? Hysteresis is a time-based dependence that relies on present and past inputs. Polyurethane is an excellent insulator and absorbs and stores energy, which will then be converted to heat. If heat generation is greater than heat dissipation, the polyurethane will melt internally, resulting in a buildup in pressure as the material expands. The increase in temperature will change…

Make Your Vote Count

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Make Your Vote Count: MODEX 2018 is giving exhibitors one minute to convince every single attendee that they need to come to their booth. View and vote for Stellana's video by clicking on the link above.




Engineering | What is Polyurethane?

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Poly What?Polyurethane; a material we have all heard of in the material handling industry, but what do we really know about it? In the following, the history of polyurethane and its uses in the material handling industry and other areas will be explored.

History
Polyurethanes were invented in the 1930's by Professor Dr. Otto Bayer as a much needed replacement for rubber in World War II. Alongside replacing rubber, polyurethane coatings were used for the impregnation of paper and the manufacturing of mustard gas resistant garments, high-gloss airplane finishes, and chemical & corrosion-resistant coatings to protect metal, wood, and masonry. 

After the war, polyurethane began to expand to a much larger scale. It started expanding through industrial applications, such as coatings. Today, polyurethane can be found it almost every material. 

Polyurethane in Everyday Applications

Polyurethane applications include, but are not limited to:

Thread in apparelRigid foams for refrigerators &…