Stay up to date on the latest material handling news with Skarnes Inc. See how our equipment has improved processes and increased efficiency in specific industrial cases, and see how our material handling equipment could help your business thrive.

When a national construction and mining equipment dealer was looking to expand operations, they wanted their new distribution center to be efficient and make the best use of available space. With the help of Skarnes and a mezzanine by Cubic Designs, their new center has become a must-visit for companies wanting to maximize throughput in their own distribution centers.

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  Cubic Designs and Skarnes Warehouse

Cubic Designs and Skarnes Warehouse

Cubic Designs and Skarnes Warehouse

Does your product need a specific orientation for labeling, bar code reading, or any other application requiring critical positioning? Our conveyor case handling solutions can flip it, move it, and position it perfectly every time. 

In this video, see our solution for a local food company in action. Their cartons needed ink jet identifiers, bar code, date code and trace recall information on a specific side of the case. We gave them a flip, plus a twist: hand’s free!


With limited headroom and the need to work on small components, as well as load and unload entire jet engines, the 148th Fighter Wing needed a flexible solution for their facility.

Our solution included two top-running double-girder cranes with two hoists: a 3-ton for moving the entire engine assembly, and a 1-ton for smaller parts, making multiple picks per day. The double crane setup also allows for simultaneous work at multiple stations.

Radio controls remove the issues of working around a pendant cable, allowing for precise parts placement.




A local healthcare company was in need of additional office space in their current warehouse. Porta-King, a modular building system provider, was able to design and install a two-story office within the current environment. The new office space even included a cat walk running in front of the upper offices!


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We recently installed two Modula Lifts at John Henry Foster Company located in Eagan, MN.  They had been experiencing an increase in year-to-year sales over the past few years, and had also been adding additional product offerings for their customers. These factors caused John Henry Foster’s management to begin researching ways to expand their warehousing/storage capability.  Management looked into various solutions, including a building expansion, and concluded that the acquisition of an automated storage solution (AS/RS) from Modula would not only free up space in their warehouse, but would also improve efficiencies in many other areas of their company. Check out this time-lapse video of the installation of their two Modula Lift VLMs that recently took place!





Skarnes, Inc. provided Steel King Selective and Push Back Rack to increase storage capacity and increase order picking rates per hour. This is a key component in the company business “Bringing the World’s Fresh Seafood to the Midwest” 


SK Award


Skarnes Inc. was recently recognized as the Kings Court Silver award winner by Steel King Industries. Skarnes uses its expertise in selective rack , drive in rack, pushback rack, and cantilever rack design to help its customers, increase storage capacity, increase pick rates and assist in space planning. 

High Speed Sortation – ProSort 400 Elite SeriesHytrol’s ProSort 400 Elite family of sorters is specifically designed to handle high-speed applications. The ProSort 421 is designed to sort products at a 22-degree angle where high speeds are required. With the ProSort 421, speeds of 700 FPM are possible. The ProSort 431 is designed to sort products at a 30-degree angle where close divert centers are required. With this model, speeds of 350 FPM are possible. The ProSort 421 & 431 series is offered as single-sided, diverting from either side.

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Hytrol Model 199-PVR Poly-V Belt Driven Live RollerHytrol's Poly-V belt driven conveyors are an alternative to chain rollers providing an efficient, quiet and maintenance free operation. The unique polyurethane v-belts used to drive the rollers prevent jumping and reduce noise by absorbing shock and vibrations. The Poly-V series of conveyors is ideally suited for heavier loads such as pallets, drums, containers and totes. Accumulation is possible when combined with our EZLogic® zero pressure accumulation system and a more energy efficient operation is attainable when paired with our E24™ 24 VDC motor. With six different Poly-V belt models, Hytrol provides the ideal pallet handling solution for you.

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