Category Archives: Engineering

When Exactly Should I Use a Jaw-in-Shear (JIS) Coupling?

Lovejoy JIS Coupling

Could your plant benefit from using jaw-in-shear (JIS) couplings?  This flexible coupling is very powerful, and solves a number of operational challenges. “The jaw coupling is one of the most widely used flexible couplings in the power transmission field,” said Charlie Mudra, the Distribution Channel... Read More

New Custom Pallet Unloading System from IBT Prevents Injuries

Are you concerned about your staff unloading heavy, 50 lb. bags from full pallets?  IBT’s new Custom Pallet Unloading System can do the heavy work for you—and prevent injuries along the way. Handles Loads Up to 4,000 lbs. IBT’s Custom Pallet Unloading System is designed... Read More

IBT Provides Palletizer for Nebraska Plant

Synopsis: A global manufacturing company and IBT recently designed, built and installed a robotic gantry system for palletizing boxes onto pallets at the company's Nebraska plant. The company worked in conjunction with IBT Material Handling and Systems Integration (MHSI) Group and an IBT Sales Representative... Read More

Argument for Engineering

It's early 2009 and the world economy has seen better times. Despair is not rampant - but it isn't hard to find. Economic conditions don't adjust overnight, so managers have to target their efforts for the long and short term. Strategic planning for the future... Read More

Your Path to Engineering Career

IBT Engineering staffers have been at IBT for as little as six months or as long as 35 years. They have studied math and physics, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering and management science. Their prior experience ranges from engineering for... Read More

The Humorous Side of Engineers

There are a lot of jokes dealing with engineers, probably because many of us deal with engineers on a regular basis. In some of the jokes, engineers are the butts of the joke. In others, they are shown to be clever, admirable and wonderful people.... Read More

Moving Wheels

A plant that manufactures wheels for passenger vehicles has installed an elaborate conveying system to move work in process through its plant. IBT Engineering Services and IBT Material Handling Group designed, built and installed the system that relies heavily on Hytrol® components. IBT Sales Representative... Read More

IBT Builds Robotic Palletizer System

IBT Builds Robotic Palletizer System for Dairy Products Working in a cool (35° F/2° C) environment, stacking dairy products on pallets is a job, to be sure, but not necessarily a fun one. When a large dairy products company wanted to improve productivity and reduce... Read More

Real Customer Service

I noticed that the weather was a little odd on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. I was at Home Depot that afternoon and the ominous sky made me wonder whether I should head for home in a hurry. Dark sky or not, I didn't expect... Read More

Ten Tips to Doing Right the First Time

Managing the process of any complex job can be a bear. Failing to manage it, however, can make a nightmare seem like a welcome respite. The key is to start out on top of things and stay on top of them, all the way through.... Read More