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Billy Joe of PFI Fashions Inc. 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 purcha
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 their dynamic 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
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 Swift TM . 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 Swi