Plant and facility equipment refers to a broad range of equipment or machines used in manufacturing, assembly, and material handling and processing applications. The products in this category are designed to enhance plant efficiency, control, and organization.
Products like conveying systems, forklifts, and cranes efficiently transport materials, while clean rooms, dust collectors, and automation equipment provide exceptional quality and environmental control. Manufacturers can also keep their facilities clean and tidy with palletizers, balers, and cranes. Plant and facility equipment is utilized in industries like the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, automotive, semiconductor, electronics, telecommunications, and marine industries, but this kind of equipment can be utilized in almost any industry.
Automatic guided vehicles, or AGVs, are robotic transport units that use lasers or markers to navigate industrial facilities without human supervision.
These vehicles are primarily utilized in industrial settings as a means for material handling and transportation, but they also find use in military and clean room applications. For applications that involve heavy lifting or highly repetitive actions, automated guided vehicles provide an efficient and cost effective alternative to human labor, and since they are programmed to repeat the same task, AGVs also help reduce common problems associated with human error. Developments in automation has introduced many types of automatic guided vehicles, and have also greatly increased the range of applications for which they can be used. There are three basic types of AGVs, those being, the tow, the fork, and the heavy load carrier. The tow type can be used to pull loads that weigh several tons across a warehouse floor. This greatly reduces the hazards associated with moving heavy equipment and finished products by manpower. Typically, these machines are capable of handling anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 pounds from point A to point B. The distance that these machines can carry these loads depends on the tracking abilities of the machine. Learn More
Air pollution control equipment removes and eliminates a wide variety of pollutants, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) including sulfuric fumes, gases, odors and vapors from the atmosphere.
VOCs and HAPs cause serious environmental and biological damage resulting in smog, acid rain, carbon emissions and global warming, but they are reduced or eliminated by air pollution control equipment. To remain in compliance with federal emissions regulations, facilities must install emission control systems to keep air pollution output below levels specific to facility size and pollutant type. Oxidizers perform a process in which air pollutants such as hydrogen sulfide are broken up and reformed into safe, non-toxic carbon; this process, called oxidation, is performed by burning air pollutants and is at the heart of most of these systems. Depending on the type of air pollution being controlled, facilities may also use wet scrubbers or dry air scrubbers, mist collectors, electrostatic precipitators, odor control systems or simply air filtration systems. Automotive, agricultural, petrochemical processing, mining, pharmaceutical and most industrial manufacturing facilities require air pollution control systems to regulate air purity inside the facility and without. To recuperate the some of the cost of running this equipment, many manufacturers use heat recovery systems as well. Learn More
Assembly machinery is a large category of machinery that encompasses all computerized machines used in the manufacturing industry.
One of the biggest perks to using these machines is the brief amount of human contact required to run one. Therefore, assembly machinery is more cost effective then a machining system that requires constant surveillance.
Assembly machinery is used in the production, assembly and packaging areas of the manufacturing industry. Assembly lines use automation equipment for all parts of making a product and getting it ready to ship, usually with a computerized machine for each step of production. Computer controlled machines are also referred to as CNC machines, specifically CNC manufacturing when they are programmed to produce sellable goods. Assembly machinery is used in the production, assembly and packaging areas of the manufacturing industry. Assembly lines use automation equipment for all parts of making a product and getting it ready to ship, usually with a computerized machine for each step of production. Computer controlled machines are also referred to as CNC machines, specifically CNC manufacturing when they are programmed to produce sellable goods. Learn More
Industrial blowers provide air and gas movement in ventilation, circulation and drying applications.
Pneumatic conveying systems depend on blowers and vacuums to convey bulk materials, and drying and dust collecting stations within a bulk material handling system use blowers at multiple stages as well. Blowers and fans are used in every context in which people working indoors require access to clean air at comfortable temperatures. Because these conditions need to be met in every workplace, every commercial and industrial setting requires a means by which air can be circulated and treated. For this reason, exhaust and ventilation fan systems account for much of the demand for industrial blowers. Every modern commercial building and most residential homes utilize blowers of some sort to move air for the comfort, health, and safety of the occupants. The Air Movement Control Association (AMCA) was established to make sure those objectives are met. The Heating, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation (HVAC) industry provides the components and services.Learn More
Conveying equipment is incredibly useful for material handling and transportation in industrial settings. Manufacturers use conveyors to efficiently move products from workstation to workstation and can even be used to carry parts through the different stages of automated manufacturing processes.
There are many different kinds of conveyors like belt conveyors, spiral conveyors, and overhead conveyors. Modern conveyor systems can even incorporate magnets, rails, and levers to lift, divert, and sort products and packages. Conveyors are usually motorized, but some conveyor types, such as ball transfer and chute, are gravity conveyors. Pneumatic conveyors also assist in transporting materials, but these tubular air-powered conveyors specialize in bulk powder solid transportation, a different type of conveying. Manufacturers and package handlers in almost every industry make use of various types of conveyors or conveyor systems, especially food conveyors and industrial conveyors, to transport parts, products and packages through various processing systems. In a setting, such as a manufacturing business, conveyors may be set up between work stations.Learn More
Cranes come in a variety of different shapes and these items are ideal for moving a range of materials.
Cranes excel at transporting very large loads and cranes are ideal for applications that require linear movements. One very common type of crane is known as the gantry crane.
This crane is used in shipyards and rail yards to move large containers onto trains and ships. Most cranes can be customized to a specific application and for heavy duty material handling; cranes are often the preferred choice. Crane manufacturers offer many different varieties of cranes. They are made for a wide range of lifting and positioning applications and vary in load capacity up to nearly 1,000 tons. Bridge cranes, which in some cases are known as track cranes, are stretched across building structural beams and used as permanent fixtures in manufacturing or distribution facilities, operating from a set of overhead rails. Gantry cranes are bridged between two movable supports, often on wheels, and are typically used outside in large industrial construction applications.Learn More
Deburring machinery are machines that are used during the secondary machining process in order to achieve a smooth final surface. This can be after a number of different manufacturing techniques such as drilling, forging, stamping, molding, machining, or just about any other form of material manipulation that leaves behind a rough and unfinished surface. The reason being that these processes often leave behind a raised edge, sharp edge, bump, burr or seam that can sometimes interfere with the overall task of the object. This interference could lead to operational damage, or even injury. This is why having proper deburring machinery is crucial for a wide range of industries and applications. There are a number of different processes at play within deburring machinery, from buffing and polishing to vibratory finishing. All of which are utilized in order to remove any burrs or imperfections on the surface of a part or product. There are a number of different processes at play within deburring machinery, from buffing and polishing to vibratory finishing. All of which are utilized in order to remove any burrs or imperfections on the surface of a part or product. Deburring machinery itself is a rather broad term as you can find large, industrial sized machinery all the way down to small hand-held pieces of machinery which get the job done within certain applications. These hand-held tools are great for products or intricate parts which are rather fragile and would risk damage by going through an industrial sized deburring machine which has everything from wheels to belts and vibratory tools. Deburring works on a wide range of materials from metals to even wood, no matter what material you are working with it is important to achieve a smooth finish in order to prevent injury and ensure that the product will be able to perform within its own application to the best of its abilities. Learn More
Dust collectors are devices that are utilized to capture hazardous particles.
The unwanted particles are pulled into a filter or separator and then the clean air is released. This equipment comes in a variety of styles including bag houses, jet dust collectors, cyclone dust collectors, and more. Dust collecting systems address this problem by drawing air away and trapping harmful particles, and in some cases releasing clean air back onto the work floor. Dust collecting systems are used in various applications such as dust capturing, separating and filtering explosive media, metalworking, woodworking, toxic media, product recovery, scrap metal recycling, chemical processing and steel sintering. Industries that utilize dust collecting systems include coal handling, cement fabrication, metal manufacturing, mining, chemical processing, furniture, recycling and agricultural industries, among many others. Although dust collecting systems can take up a lot space and are not easy to reconfigure once designed, the benefits of employing effective, efficient dust collecting systems can improve equipment longevity and worker health. Many dust collecting systems involve an assembly of dust collection equipment such as overhead ductwork, capture arms and suction hoods which hang over the workspaces where dust is formed, and a central suction unit which pulls the air into one or more dust collectors. A single dust collecting system may employ just one type of dust collector or multiple different types of dust collectors, such as bag houses, jet dust collectors, settling chambers, baffle chambers and cyclone dust collectors. As the most common dust collector design and often the most efficient, baghouses draw dirty air in through ducts to a hopper-shaped baghouse containing fabric filters. The air is pulled through the fabric bags by a vacuum-creating fan, leaving behind dust, smoke and particles; clean air exits through the fan at the outlet, while dust particles settle into an airlock at the bottom of the hopper. Jet dust collectors are a specific type of baghouse which use jets of reversed air to shake the dust-caked fabric bag filters free of dirt. Learn More
Heater elements are the heating components within all electric heaters. With critical applications in residential, commercial and industrial process applications, heater elements are manufactured in a variety of materials and configurations. Heater elements are capable of providing heat from room temperature up to over 1300° F. Heater elements are widely used, as most appliances that require heat to perform their processes use a heater element of one kind or another. In fact, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, electric furnaces and other industrial, commercial and consumer appliances use heater elements extensively. Heater elements are widely used, as most appliances that require heat to perform their processes use a heater element of one kind or another. In fact, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, electric furnaces and other industrial, commercial and consumer appliances use heater elements extensively. Industrial processes use heating elements in countless process heating applications in various types of industrial electric heaters. In addition, radiating types of heater elements such as immersion heater elements, quartz heater elements and infrared heater elements are used to heat liquid or air in industrial ovens, storage tank heating, pressure vessel heating, steam generation, boilers, water treatment facilities and many other applications. Some of the more common types of heater elements include tubular heater elements, ceramic heater elements and heater coils. Learn More
Hose reels are cylindrical devices around which any variety of hoses can be either mechanically or manually wound.
Also known as automatic hose reels, various types of mechanical means of winding or unwinding the hosing from the reel include electric, spring and pneumatic power. In terms of manually-powered hose reels, most feature a side-mounted handle for winding and unwinding purposes. On its most basic level, a hose reel is a cylindrical piece of equipment that holds the purpose of store hoses and other lengthy materials. Due to its design, it quickens the process of winding and unwinding hoses with great ease by ensuring a tangle and kink free means of storage. Reels come in a variety of materials with the most common ones being plastic, fiberglass, or metal. They range in size to fit a wide demographic of needs as well, and can be used to hold anything from a simple garden water hose to a heavy duty industrial sized fire hose. In some cases, a hose or cable reel can be used to hold large amounts of rope and cable, and provide a connection to an electric current as well. Learn More
Lubricators apply controlled amounts of lubricant to areas of friction on moving or rotating mechanical parts.
Lubricating systems are vital to manufacturing and industrial companies, since bearings, dies, chains, cables, spindles, pumps, rails and gears need to be lubricated to make equipment run smoothly and reliably. As essential components of industrial applications such as manufacturing, assembly and processing, lubrication equipment is used to apply controlled or metered amounts of lubricant to certain areas of equipment in need. Lubrication equipment, such as a chain oilers, air lubricators and grease pumps, are useful in a wide range of industries including: packaging, for the lubrication of packaging machinery and equipment; pulp and paper, for the lubrication of printing equipment; food and beverage, to lubricate processing and packaging equipment; mining, for the lubrication of stationary and mobile mining equipment; and automotive, for the lubrication of power transmission and other parts. In addition, many lubrication equipment manufacturers are capable of providing custom lubrication equipment to suit lubrication requirements outside of the norm. Some examples of machine parts requiring lubrication include chains, cables, gears, pumps, large blowers and fans, turbines and industrial centrifuges. Learn More
Mezzanines are raised, often un-walled platforms that are used in a diversity of settings; they can be used to store unused materials, provide working space for equipment and seat people in auditoriums, among many other uses. Industrial mezzanines, however, are used only for purposes related to industrial operations. Manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and service companies all make use of mezzanines. Mezzanines can store unused materials, provide a work platform for equipment, walking space for facility guests, and seat people in auditoriums, among many other uses. Mezzanines can also provide a floor space or a ceiling for offices. A small, in-plant office, for example, could be built beneath a mezzanine; in which case, the mezzanine floor can simultaneously provide the office ceiling and a platform for storage. Conversely, an office could be built above, at mezzanine level, allowing the space below to be used for storage or for other uses. Learn More
Modular buildings are a broad class of prefabricated buildings that have become increasingly popular in recent years.
They serve as an economical and effective solution for those seeking permanent, long-term, or temporary facilities, such as military barracks, booths, disaster relief housing, temporary medical treatment facilities, schools, libraries, universities, gyms, storage buildings, construction site offices, modular offices, and churches. Modular buildings are built to provide long-term temporary or permanent shelter. They can be found in the form of complete standalone buildings, space partitions, building extensions or small booths and guard houses. They serve as facilities and structures for all sorts of applications, including: church, school and university, modular home, classroom, cleanroom, gym, hospital, construction site office, inplant office, commercial modular building, disaster relief housing, storage building, medical/dental office, emergency medical center, security guardhouse and military barrack.Learn More
Storage racks are stands or frameworks that are used to display, store and organize products, parts, equipment, tools, materials, boxes and pallets for the efficient use of space within warehouses, manufacturing facilities, shipping areas and product assembly rooms.
Storage rack systems are used primarily to save space and to provide a means of inventory organization for ease of product and material accessibility. Industries using storage rack systems include the food and beverage processing, restaurant, electronics, pharmaceutical, farming, plastics and metal fabrication, medical and construction industries, among many others. Most systems are made out of metals like steel, aluminum or titanium because they are strong, durable and can withstand harsh industrial conditions. Some rack systems are mobile, and can be moved with the use of casters or are on a system of tracks, allowing each shelf to move in a linear direction. Efficiency, effective use of space and organization are the three main factors when designing a storage rack system. Workers must be able to quickly and safely load and access the items when needed. The racks must be large enough and the appropriate configuration to hold the certain type of items, and strong enough to support their weight continuously for long periods of time. Learn More
Ultrasonic cleaners are relatively new cleaning tools that rapidly remove soils and contamination after large particle cleaning.
More efficient and environmentally-friendly than older methods, ultrasonic cleaners form tiny bubbles in a solvent from high-frequency sound waves, usually pitched around 18 kHz. These tiny bubbles remove particles by performing scrubbing action from otherwise inaccessible areas, whether they are out of reach, as are hidden parts, or too narrow, as are grooves, with consistency and exactness. There are a wide variety of different of ultrasonic cleaners. Some of these systems are categorized by application. Examples of these include ultrasonic blind cleaners, ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, golf club cleaners, ultrasonic gun cleaners and ultrasonic degreasers. Ultrasonic blind cleaners, as their name suggests, are designed to clean and remove contaminants like fingerprints, dirt, grease, and nicotine from blinds and shades of all kinds. Likewise, jewelry cleaners clean jewelry, golf club cleaners clean golf clubs, and ultrasonic gun cleaners clean guns. Degreasers clean the grease buildup found on automotive equipment and in parts processing. Other ultrasonic parts washers, such as industrial ultrasonic cleaners, immersible ultrasonic cleaners, and fully-automated ultrasonic cleaners, are categorized more widely. Learn More
Workbenches and work stations are equipment or furnishings that create an efficient space in which people perform a set of specific duties, whether in offices, plants or manufacturing processes.
Ergonomic workstation design remains important in order for workers to accomplish given tasks effectively.
Workstations and work benches are manufactured for a variety of facilities and processes; industrial workstations and industrial workbenches provide workspace for machinists, assembly workers and many other industrial manufacturing processes. Custom industrial work stations can be portable stations made from lightweight materials, or they may be permanent workstations fabricated from steel or wood, depending on the needs of the industrial job site or garage workshop it is made for. Suitable for use in areas with water, dust, vibrations and wide temperatures are apart of the environment, industrial workstations can be used as clean room tables, light tables, drafting tables, packaging tables, laboratory tables, and more. They can be built for rugged durability and harsh work environments and can be made to fit packing, process control, shipping, factory automation or laboratory requirements. Learn More