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Its showtime for Stellana!
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 over 150 educational seminars
take place throughout the show.
Why should you attend LogiMAT?
LogiMAT is the largest annual intralogistics fair located,
conveniently located in the heart of Europe. This three-day event revolves
around material flow and process improvement within every sector of the supply
chain. Similar to MODEX, the fair provides a bustling environment filled with
face-to-face interaction with existing customers, potential leads, and industry
Why do we attend MODEX and LogiMAT?
While we serve several industries, we see ourselves as a
partner of the industrial forklift industry as we supply drive wheels, load and
support wheels, and rollers to the top manufacturers of industrial forklift
trucks worldwide. We are best known for our role in the material handling
industry, but there are numerous wheel applications within the manufacturing
and supply chain industries that complete our portfolio. These include:
Material Handling - Forklifts,
Pallet Jacks, AGVs, Industrial Robots, and ASRS Solutions
General Industrial - Conveyor
Systems and Production Systems
Caster Applications - Industrial,
Institutional, Carts, Heavy Duty
Come see us and learn how we can accelerate your business!
We try to make doing business with Stellana as simple as
possible. With manufacturing locations in Sweden, the United States, China, and
Sri Lanka and a global distribution center in Germany, we are strategically
positioned to efficiently serve our customers throughout the globe.
We pride ourselves on our material expertise as we supply
polyurethane, rubber, and TPU wheels to many of the world’s top material
handling OEs and aftermarket dealers. We prioritize innovation as we find it to
be a key component to fueling our growth. For that reason, every location is
equipped with a dedicated engineering department responsible for R&D,
design and more. Our solution-oriented products are engineered to increase
equipment uptime and efficiency.
Where can you find us?
At MODEX we will be located at booth #2208 in
theManufacturing & Assembly
At LogiMAT we will be located at Hall 10 | Stand
We wish you a successful show and look forward to seeing you
there! If you are planning to attend, reach out to your sales manager to set up
Stellana is the leading global manufacturer of VULKOLLAN®,
polyurethane, rubber, thermoplastic, and TPU wheels. With more than 60 years of
industry experience, we are the material handling industry's largest global supplier
of polymer wheels. Strategically located in Sweden, Germany, the United States,
China, and Sri Lanka, we offer a comprehensive range of wheels and tires. Learn
more at www.stellana.com.
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…
What application comes
to mind when you think of polyurethane wheels and tires? I would bet forklifts
do for many of you. While a countless number of our polyurethane wheels and
tires are used on forklifts, our materials excel within a variety of other applications.
Our engineering expertise and manufacturing experience allow us to produce
high-quality polyurethane for a variety of industries that you may not have
imagined. Stellana is one of the
world’s largest manufacturers of molded polyurethane products. Our engineering
team consists of mechanical and chemical engineers who have a unique
understanding of polymer formation. This department is equipped to tackle
product design, tooling, material selection and carry out a variety of
performance analytics. Whether it is a new design or one in need of
improvement, our engineers find a way to offer the best solution. 7 Surprising
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How long will a polyurethane tire last? This is a hard question to answer, and the best answer would be "it depends" because the life is not the same for any two products. Our engineers can calculate estimates for how long they should last, but the material, tire size, load, speed, floor, and environmental conditions all play a factor.
The pictured tire may be an outlier, but its life span is pretty impressive. Bill Rohan, Parts Manager at Trupar America, sent us this photo of a diamond grooved Gmax™ tire that was just shy of turning four years old while on the job. After being placed on the equipment October 15, 2015, this tire just retired July 2, 2019, with total usage of 9190.40 hours.
This tire's life in hours equates to 1 year and 18 days of use, but it was not running continuously. Impressively though, it was working around the clock approximately 47 hours a week over the last 193 weeks. This number, 9190.40, is over double a 4,000.00-hour life – which would be c…