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Story and Photo by Patricia Barrett

Arborg's Home Hardware earned much praise last Sunday from the company's senior management team for its innovative moveable shelving displays and storage units.

Every year, the hardware and building supply company's senior managers and board of directors tour stores across Canada. This year was Manitoba's turn.

Click here to read the entire story on page 19 of the Express Weekly News.

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by Luc Seesing President of SMD Machinery

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General productivity at sheet metal fabricators and machine shops, is measured by how much input is required to get a certain output. Often "O.K-looking" numbers show up. Fair enough. 

But if you look a little closer, at how much capital and space is wasted with poor material storage & retrieval, the landscape changes dramatically. Nice looking numbers turn out to be rather bad looking numbers instead.

Material storage and retrieval is one of the biggest waste factors. Most plants that I have seen (and believe me, I have seen a lot of plants) seriously struggle with storing and handling material. Sheet / plate as well as bar-stock (long-span) material.

Of course, Just In Time delivery of the material to your plant would be great. You would not even have a storage issue. But keep dreaming. Reality is different.

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It feels a little paradoxical, equating lifesaving devices with clutter and their placement with inconvenience, but the standard remains — hospitals are to maintain free and unobstructed access to all exits, minimize fire risk, eliminate pickup parking lots, establish a clear line and destination for bed and patient transport, and maintain the integrity of the means of egress, for starters.

In previous years, The Joint Commission has cited more than 45 percent of hospitals with “insufficient compliance,” noting specific violations in hospital corridors and the storage therein. Crash carts, computers, empty beds and supply carts left unattended in corridors and paths merit such violations, which, in turn, spurs the conversation of reducing clutter in corridors per relevant regulations.

Click here to read the entire story and find out why Vidir's Hospital Bed Storage is the ideal storage solution.

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Up For Grabs

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Guest columnist Dean Dueck of Vidir explains how the rack and pinion drives, simplified controls architecture and ergonomic loading/unloading design of the latest generation of automated vertical lifts for sheet metal storage enable smaller shops to improve safety and minimize downtime.

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Straight Up

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Vertical lifts allow metalforming shops to control inventory safely.

The growing movement toward smaller order sizes and just-in-time delivery has placed very high demands on all aspects of manufacturing, including sheet metal forming.

The technologies for mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic presses used for metalworking have adapted, with improved automation and drive engineering, and extremely fast response times. Many presses have been upgraded for better execution of critical press safety functions by integrating controls and safety into one package for better protection of operators and machines, a welcome addition when running a 500- or 1,000-ton press.

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Santa’s Secret Storage System

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Thanks to Vidir’s Pan Carousel, Santa and his elves can rest a little easier this holiday season.

Our Pan Carousel increases storage space while maintaining or even minimizing footprint. In addition to utilizing overhead storage space to maximize space, our vertical storage carousels are built on the product to operator principle, reducing the need for reaching, straining and bending.

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Vidir Goes Vertical With 2 New Lifts

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Our commitment to maximizing your storage space has gone one step further with our new Sheet Metal Vertical Lift and Bar Stock/Linear Vertical Lift

Vidir’s Vertical Lifts are automated storage and retrieval systems that improves material storage and flow through its ability to deposit and retrieve cartridges and directly deliver them to the operator.

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Stop By And Say Hi

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Until October 16 Vidir will be showcasing our Textile Carousel and Cutter at the IFAI conference in Minneapolis. 

Located at Booth 411, we will be happy to demonstrate our equipment and answer any questions you might have. In addition to being highly customizable, textile carousels not only reduce search and retrieval times, they also make the work environment a safer place for employees by eliminating the need for bending, reaching and lifting. 

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Necessity Breeds Innovation

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For nearly 35 years, Vidir Machine, Inc. has been committed to providing the most innovative vertical storage and retrieval solutions. 

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Employ the use of Vidir’s Textile Carousel, an automated vertical storage solution that stores and retrieves rolled goods quickly, efficiently and in an ergonomically correct fashion.

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Automated Bedlift Gives You More Space

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All of Vidir’s Vertical Storage solutions aim to meet one goal: maximizing your space in the most efficient ways possible. Vidir’s Bedlift is no different. This space saving vertical storage solution is a cost effective way to remove unused “hallway beds” from hospital corridors and store them in a neat and easy to access fashion.

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Keeping Pace

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Maintain the quick pace and high energy of printing production processes with the use of Vidir’s Print Cylinder Carousel and Hollow Core Carousel. These carousels are two printing industry solutions Vidir offers that allow for quicker retrieval times of print cylinders and tooling through automation technology. While decreasing retrieval times, these carousels also maximize storage space and reduce health and safety hazards associated with unsafe retrieval methods.

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Vidir Machine Inc. will be one of the exhibitors featured at the Modex supply chain conference in Atlanta, Georgia. On March 17th, 800 of the leading manufacturing and supply chain industry providers will come together to discuss trending topics of today and industry solutions of the future. As part of the conference, attendees will get to meet with some of the biggest names in the industry and see their solutions up close and personal. Find Vidir at Booth #3127!

The exhibit will feature the Vidir Pan Carousel, which improves time and space efficiency and employee productivity. Its vertical shelving concept brings your product directly to you via the shortest possible path, all with the push of a button. It also features nested shelving, which creates high-density storage and increased stability.

“We are excited to show off one of our premiere storage solutions at Modex,” said Dean Dueck, Marketing Director, Vidir Machine, Inc. “We can’t wait to display the Pan Carousel and discuss it other industry solutions with the attendees and other exhibitors.”

 

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Business is Always Looking Up

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New technology is a company staple that is increasing productivity and bringing the production of previously outsourced components in-house.

Vinyl flooring from Home Depot, Menards, and Lowe’s and bikes from Wal-Mart—there’s a good chance those items have spent time in a vertical storage unit built by Vidir Machine Inc., an international company tucked among the fields, off a gravel road just outside the small burg of Arborg, Manitoba. Vidir designs and builds mechanical and automated systems that help companies reclaim and efficiently use lost space. Think about converting unused cubic feet over a loading bay, above an aisle, or in a hard-to-access basement or upper level into accessible storage areas.

Willie Dueck, who still enjoys walking the plant and watching it grow as he approaches his 90th year, established the company in the 1970s. The family-run business began as a small repair shop serving the local agricultural community and producing cattle equipment, grain wagons, and air seeders. Family members also owned and operated a lumberyard that sold vinyl flooring. The need to efficiently deal with the vinyl rolls laid the groundwork for Vidir’s first vertical storage unit.

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Strict adherence to that age-old business adage “stick to your core competency” may best explain how a rural Manitoba manufacturer grew to become the sole supplier of storage racks to some of the largest big-box retailers in North America.

The company was named after a small Manitoba farming town that today is little more than an old schoolhouse and boarded-up church. In 1979, the pioneering entrepreneur Willie Dueck opened a repair shop for farmers there. It expanded into a lumberyard in nearby Arborg, and today the company operates three manufacturing facilities, has 130 employees and logs up to $25-million in annual revenue.

“It’s been an ongoing theme for us: ‘If it’s not our core offering, let’s outsource it,’” says David Klassen, chief financial officer of Vidir Machine Inc., based in Arborg, Man. “We have to stick to what we’re good at, and we are a good manufacturer.”

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Hollow Core Carousel at Print 13

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The Hollow Core carousel is a highly effective solution for organizing, storing and accessing heavy printer cylinders and hollow printing sleeves.

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Vidir Releases New Pan Carousel

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Vidir Machine, a leading manufacturer and worldwide supplier of vertical motorized storage carousels and display systems, has launched their newest generation of the Pan Carousel. The newest Pan Carousel ‘a vertical shelf carousel concept’ boasts improved stability and performance, as well as a variety of new options and accessories.

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Now Storing Hospital Beds

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Vidir Machine, Inc., leading manufacturer of vertical storage solutions, is releasing for the first time a new vertical storage product, the Bedlift, that is revolutionary to the medical and hospital industry. The innovative Bedlift will allow hospitals and medical facilities throughout North America to save valuable floor space and reduce clutter filled corridors allowing medical personal to focus on patient care.

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ICE USA Converting Exhibition

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Vidir Machine will be displaying at the upcoming ICE USA converting exhibition on April 9-11, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. The company offers two unique solutions for the printing industry - the Print Cylinder Carousel and the Hollow Core Carousel.

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