Roundup: Akro-Mils Nest & Stack Totes, Seegrid Appointments, Orbital Wrapper

Akro-Mils Nest & Stack Totes Now Available In Clear

Akro-Mils, a North American leader in storage, organization and transport products, announces the expansion of its line of plastic Nest & Stack Totes with the addition of new Clear totes and lids.

Available in nine sizes, Akro-Mils’ Nest & Stack Totes are the ideal solution for storage, transfer and shipping applications. The totes stack with or without optional lids and nest when empty to conserve space. The totes high-density, industrial-grade polymers will not bend out of shape even when fully loaded. Its heavy-duty construction provides a longer service life, resulting in lower replacement costs than alternative products.

In addition to the new Clear option, Nest & Stack Totes are available in Red, Blue, and Gray. For more information, visit .


New, Orbital Wrapping Machine Enables Stainless Steel Distributor to Protect Fittings, Speed Packaging, and Cut Costs
For Ta Chen, TAB Wrapper Tornado Blows Away Manual Wrapping, Banding

Bob Hunter felt a hint of apprehension almost every time he shipped an order to a customer. As branch manager for Ta Chen International’s Houston, Texas operations, he manages the comings and goings of more than 1 million pounds of stainless steel per day for the master distributor of stainless, aluminum and nickel alloy coils, sheets, plates, long products, tubes, and fittings. Since one rejected shipment could cost the company tens of thousands of dollars, Hunter’s staff typically took extra precautions to prevent any damage such as using “huge” amounts of plastic film to wrap palletized cartons and applying metal or plastic banding for added confidence. “It’s critical for our customers that every product arrives on spec, secure and intact,” says Hunter. Then he saw on a plant tour how another metals company handled its packaging. “I watched their forklift drivers take the loaded pallets to a new kind of orbital wrapping machine, and it was wrapping the entire load to the pallet automatically while the pallet was on the forklift,” recalls Hunter. “They loved it, they showed me how easy it is to operate, and I had to have one for our plant.”

The machine Hunter saw is the TAB Wrapper Tornado. Designed and manufactured by TAB Industries, LLC, Reading, Pa. (, the orbital wrapper automatically wraps plastic stretch film 360 degrees around and under an entire pallet load to create a unitized, secure load that also protects the cartons from the weather, warehousing, and transportation operations. The TAB Wrapper has eliminated the need for manual wrapping and banding, made a turntable wrapper obsolete and cut the time involved in wrapping each pallet load from two to three minutes to 30 seconds while allowing one person to handle the process instead of two people and savings thousands in material costs. “Financially, the TAB Wrapper paid for itself in a little more than a year,” says Hunter, “But most importantly, it does an outstanding job securing our product to the pallet, and it has really made our lives easier.”
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Seegrid Adds Industry Veterans to Operations and Product Teams

Additions Highlight Sustained Growth for Leader in Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Seegrid, the pioneer, and leader in vision-based autonomous industrial vehicles, has added two industry veterans to its operations and product teams, marking the company’s continued growth and advancement as a leading robotics firm. Tim Spang joins Seegrid as the Vice President of Operations and Sean Stetson as Director of Product Development, bringing more than 40 years of collective experience in technology innovation and business operations.

“We are thrilled to have both Tim and Sean join our team,” said Jim Rock, Seegrid’s CEO. “As we continue to grow as a company, our employees, customers, and products will benefit from the diverse expertise and perspective of two leading industry veterans. We are all excited for what we will achieve next.”

Seegrid finished a record year for growth in 2015 with ten new marquee customers and a 100-percent increase in sales revenue. With demand growing for vision guided vehicles (VGVs) in the world’s largest and most complex distribution and manufacturing facilities, Seegrid is a critical component and strategic partner in helping companies prepare for the next generation of material handling.

Tim Spang, Vice President of Operations     A senior executive with extensive experience in international business, product development, and operations, Tim will play an integral role in expanding Seegrid’s manufacturing capacity and guiding company strategy. Tim will oversee Seegrid’s supply chain operations and all aspects of the production, assembly, and fulfillment process.

“Our team will ensure that Seegrid continues to advance within the growing industry segment created by our VGVs,” said Tim. “Seegrid’s commitment to expand its production capabilities is a testament to the increasing demand for VGVs as the optimal solution for industrial automation.”

Before joining Seegrid, Tim served as the Director of Pittsburgh Operations for Haemonetics, where he improved production efficiency at the corporation’s largest manufacturing and distribution locations. Tim received his Master’s degree in Finance and International Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business in 2006.

Sean Stetson, Director of Product Development     Joining Seegrid from Google, Sean is an expert in vision systems and mobile technology. Sean will play a major role in leading Seegrid’s product management and strategy, with a focus on vehicle and vision system hardware and software.

“Seegrid has developed a truly unique technology that enables the company to bring flexible and performant solutions to the manufacturing industry and beyond,” said Sean. “I am enthusiastic about joining this expert team and eager to continue developing products with a human sense of space that challenge how the market approaches automation.”

Before joining Seegrid, Sean was the Director for Mobile Imaging in Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division. His leadership experience at one of the world’s most innovative companies adds tremendous value and insight to Seegrid’s product development team.