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Forklift battery chargers | ProMat 2015 Day 3 observations

Intella launched a new line of forklift battery chargers at ProMat 2015 in Chicago.  Our long time European charger partner, A.T.I.B Elettronica showed off their newly designed models for the North American market.  We’re very excited to be entering the charger business.

Forklift battery chargers
Forklift battery chargers from Intella Liftparts

Our parent company, VanGent Forklift Parts, has been doing business with ATIB for nearly 10 years with great results.  The chargers ATIB sells in Europe are designed for European voltages and standards–a completely new series was introduced for the North American market.  If you’re interested in learning more about chargers please call us at 616-796-1288 or explore more here.

Day 3

On Wednesday, day 3, traffic starts slowing and the energy takes a dip.  For future record, Monday and Tuesday are definitely the best days to take in ProMat from an attendee perspective.  Some might point out that it’s easier to navigate a show when it’s less busy.  Me–I’d prefer to attend when everyone is at peak performance, peak energy, peak excitement.  Let’s face it, 4 days of working a show does get tiring!

Below are some photos of things I found interesting to look at during the ProMat show.  Let’s start with what is perhaps the most interesting company name.

ProMat Daifu-what?
ProMat Daifu-what?

Interesting name, interesting display…

ProMat Conveyors Intella Liftparts
Real live conveyor systems on display

What better way to demonstrate your product’s lifting capability by lifting another one.  Literally!

Combilift parts from Intella Liftparts

MHI 50th Anniversary

Finally, on Wednesday night MHI celebrated its 50th anniversary with a cocktail hour and stand up comedy by Frank Caliendo.  Frank’s known for his celebrity impersonation of notables such as Morgan Freeman, Bill Clinton, Charles Barkley and many others.  He had a great show.

Below photo is from the back of the room, near the bar.  We were quite a ways back but the video screens projected pretty well.

Frank Caliendo | Intella Forklift Parts
Happy hour Frank Caliendo

And that’s all for the 3rd day ProMat 2015 wrap up!

Post by Intella Parts Company, LLC

Blue forklift light @ ProMat 2015 and day 2 observations

At Promat 2015 we demonstrated our BlueSpot® Safety Light which has been a hit since we introduced it in 2012.  Yep, you read that right.  We sold our first blue forklift light in late 2012!

Our model 01291296 features stainless steel hardware and it’s UL listed.  It’s IP67 rate which means it is suitable for outdoor wet applications as well as indoor settings.

If you stopped by our booth you would have seen 8 of these in operation– we had LOTS of blue spots on the floor in front of our booth!

In addition to the BlueSpots we displayed, we also displayed a red version of the blue forklift light.  Check out the floor in the image below and look at all the different lights.  If you look carefully, you’ll see 4 lights mounted on the walls, 2 lights on the Hyster forklift, and 3 more lights on the black counter.

blue forklift light
Blue forklift lights on display at Intella’s ProMat booth

ProMat’s second day, Tuesday March 24, 2015 started with a bang!  Doors opened early as there was a huge crowd awaiting in the McCormick Place foyer.

intella at promat 2015
Large crowds enter the 2nd day of the ProMat 2015 material handling show in Chicago

ProMat 2015 featured nearly 500,000 square feet of exhibits.  Intella has been at ProMat since the 2011 show and this was definitely the biggest ProMat in as many years.

The ProMat show covers all aspects of material handling.  Forklift manufacturer booths are fairly large but fairly straight forward.  Most forklift OEMs feature a large number of their models on the floor along with some chairs/bar area.

Hyster H360, 36,000 pound lifting capacity

It’s interesting seeing the new models of forklifts, wondering what the forklifts will looking like after they’ve been used for a number of years and needing replacement forklift parts.

Conveyor and material handling systems companies tend to have the largest, most elaborate booths at ProMat.  Here’s a picture of one company’s booth: the operating conveyor runs beneath the 2nd story of the booth.

Large booths at ProMat
Large booths at ProMat

Raymond booth with EastPenn in front.

Raymond forklift | Intella liftparts
Raymond forklift booth

Looking for wholesale forklift parts in USA?  Contact Intella Liftparts at 616-796-6638

Post by Intella Parts Company, LLC

ProMat 2015: Day 1 observations #promatshow

ProMat is the largest material handling trade show in the USA.  It happens every two years, typically in March.  Though it’s sometimes been in January, and I can remember a few times it was held over Valentine’s Day so February has been an option as well.

Why early in the year?  I don’t really know.  I wish it was mid September or early October.  Definitely would be better weather in Chicago during those months.  I have a feeling that Mccormick Place is booked during those months.  MHI, the show organizer is based in North Carolina so I would think they would be motivated towards warm weather.  One can hope.

ProMat 2015 was held from Monday, March 23 until Thursday, March 26.  Intella’s booth was 4207, towards the front.  Below is a picture of our booth on Sunday night.    Plastic on floor covers carpet until opening morning.  Thanks  Alta Equipment for use of Hyster 8,000 pneumatic electric.  Definitely would be thinking about electric pneumatic if I was in the market.

Booth 4207
Booth 4207

Forklift battery chargers from ATIB Italy.  Over the week we received great feedback and a ton of interest.

Getting ready for ProMat | Intella Liftparts | Forklift chargers
Getting ready for ProMat | Intella Liftparts | Forklift chargers

Here’s our booth on Monday morning.  Rock and roll ready to go!

Forklift battery chargers
Forklift battery chargers | Forklift parts from Intella Liftparts

On Monday March 23, Chicago was hit with around 4-5 inches of heavy, wet snow.  Airports saw multiple delays and traffic at the show was quite dead in the morning.  In the afternoon we started hearing stories of attendees who had flights diverted, stuck in traffic and generally had miserable drives to the show.  We arrived Sunday (no snow!) so we just had a short cab ride to McCormick Place.

Cab ride to Mccormick Place
Cab ride to Mccormick Place

Cool logos on steps going into McCormick.  Pity that most people take the escalators and missed this

Opening steps | Forklift parts at Intella
Opening steps | Forklift parts at Intella

In late afternoon the snow was already melting.  It still was a sloppy mess on the road.

ProMat 2015 Snow
Snow at ProMat 2015

More to come on Tuesday!

Post by Intella Parts Company, LLC