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Materials handling automation: New player in the carousel market

Sapient Automation will offer vertical and horizontal carousels and VLMs
By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor
October 04, 2010

A new provider is entering the market for vertical and horizontal carousels, and vertical lift modules (VLMs), according to Ed Romaine, chief marketing officer for Sapient Automation (http://www.getsapient.com). Romaine announced the formation of the new company at the fall meeting of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) in Palm Springs, Calif.

The new company is a subsidiary of MDCI (http://www.mdciautomation.com), a provider of industrial automation solutions to the U.S Postal Service. 

“We launched the company in January,” Romaine said, “and we’ve spent the last nine months ramping up.” While the company is a new player, Romaine says Sapient has completed its first sale to an industrial facility in the healthcare industry.

Romaine said the new company will differentiate itself through an emphasis on built in intelligence, including applications to provide real-time visibility into the actual use and maintenance of the systems, and on five- and ten-year warranties. “We believe we will be able to provide higher rates of up time and shorter ROIs than other solutions on the market,” Romaine said.

About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Executive Editor

Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. More recently, Trebilcock became editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.


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