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J-tec Industries Inc.

Off Its Feet
An important feature of the CarryMore system is that the
mother cart sweeps the daughter cart off its casters with
the patented Elemateā„¢ lift technology. This unique CarryMore feature lifts the rider cart (or daughter cart) completely off the floor without hydraulics or pneumatics
when it is loaded and transported, thereby eliminating
potential hydraulic fluid spills, pneumatic breakdowns
and daughter cart caster wear and noise.
"Having the wheels come off the ground enables you
to incorporate rigid casters with swivel casters on your
daughter carts, which are pushed by hand to various
points as they are used in the factory," Peterson explains.
"This allows more control of how you're maneuvering
that cart from point to point. It is such a simple design
that it speaks for itself with little if any maintenance or
headache."
J-tec Industries has a variety of daughter carts, some
of which are popular enough to be considered standard,
everyday product. "We literally have hundreds of daughter carts of one configuration or another," Peterson says.
"It's been the result of customers driving that. We don't
typically sit around and just dream up new applications -
it seems our customers are pretty good at that."
The base of each daughter cart is standardized. "We
have a variety of mother cart sizes that will accommodate
different bases of daughter carts, but it's limited somewhat so that we can effectively keep costs down as we
manufacture," Director of Marketing and Communications Jon McKee says. "But what's above that base is often
highly customized."

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CarryMore system instead of fork trucks, and they continually find additional ways to reduce fork truck activity
and traffic. That typically requires something that we can
customize for them to work with their system."
One of J-tec's standard products that can provide a variety of uses is the Over/Under cart, which consists of an
"under" cart that fits beneath the "over" cart. The under
cart can be pushed through the over cart partially or fully so each can be rolled to separate locations. When used
together, the under cart locks into place for alignment
to provide twice the product in the same line-side space.
The over cart can be obtained with a tilt feature that positions items at an improved level for easier reach and view,
especially when using a drop-door bulk box.
"Lastly, for our kit carts, we stock the primary base and
the frame - which is sometimes referred to as a cage - and
then we will build that kit cart to order with other standard components," Peterson says. "It's like an a la carte
'cart' menu - you pick and choose different types of shelving, drawers, sides, tops and other attachments that

Custom-Engineered
J-tec Industries is a "one-stop-shop" to produce custom
mother and daughter carts completely in-house. "We do
all of our own engineering from start to finish with our
engineering department and designers," Peterson points
out. "We do all of our development and prototyping with
respect to new designs, and then we manufacture everything here, as well."
As J-tec's customers investigate lean manufacturing
in their plants, they realize that they need J-tec's material-handling tools customized to implement it. "I would
say that just about every customer has something customized - some to a higher degree than others - just as
they continue their transformation, which a lot of people
refer to as a journey into lean manufacturing and continuous improvement," Peterson says. "They utilize the
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