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Modex 2012: Show Preview

Modex 2012, slated for February 6-9, will showcase more than 500 exhibits and include a comprehensive educational conference. The event, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, will offer an array of products to help improve productivity at your company.
By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large
January 01, 2012

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AS/RS shuttle ideal for dynamic storage, buffer use
The Stingray shuttle for highly dynamic storage and buffer use with mini-load storage and retrieval systems is offered. Capable of sequencing the delivery of goods, the AS/RS’s travel and lift axes are functionally separated, delivering higher throughput than most stacker cranes. This enables more accurate scalability of capacity and performance in top-end applications, with high availability and maximum energy efficiency as moving masses are reduced. Scalable and modular in construction, the number of shuttles and lifts can be varied to match performance requirements. TGW Systems, 231-798-4547, http://www.tgw-group.com Booth, 4307.

Warehouse control platform offered as complete system or by component
For control of material flow, orders, wave picking execution and automated machine control, InControlWare warehouse control system is offered. Engineered to efficiently manage machine and operational resources, the software increases facility capacity and lowers distribution costs through optimized workflow, equipment usage and order fulfillment. It is scalable and may be integrated as a complete system or by individual area component manager, including order, route, pick, carousel and crane. The user interface provides visibility into operations, orders, inventory, fulfillment and machine performance, along with extensive reporting. Intelligrated, 866-936-7300, http://www.intelligrated.com Booth, 2900.

Match sorter speed to actual carton flow
An automatic speed control solution automatically adjusts the speed of an entire sortation system—from merge through sorter take-away conveyors—to accommodate actual throughput volume as it changes throughout the day. Automatically adjusting the sorter speed reduces energy use, equipment wear, sound levels and maintenance to extend the life of the sorter and conveyors. In a typical system, speed will vary from 250 feet per minute to 540 feet per minute depending on the carton flow rate. The system uses electronic sensors on the upstream conveyor network to detect inbound volume or to determine downstream availability in a shipping application, slowing down to accommodate short staffing or delayed trailers. Dematic, 800-457-9783, http://www.dematic.com Booth, 2300.

Industrial fan delivers maximum airflow, saves energy
The 8- to 24-foot diameter PowerfoilX industrial fan is durable and adaptable. Incorporating materials, precision machining and high operating functionality, the fan features a NitroSeal Drive gearbox. This feature delivers maximum airflow to increase energy savings year-round. When factory installed, the fan is backed by a 10-year warranty. Big Ass Fans, 859-233-1271, http://www.bigassfans.com Booth, 2612.

Control carousels with iPhone/iPad app
An iPhone and iPad application for order picking and fulfillment is offered for Hornet horizontal carousels, Avenger vertical carousels and retrofits. Simple click-and-go icons help lean an operation while increasing operator productivity and order accuracy. Generating real-time activity level views, the application generates easy, intuitive control by providing access to any shelf or bin with a click, or to rotation of each carousel to browse its contents. Through the system, maintenance staff can view basic equipment status and conditions. The application can be used as the carousel’s sole dedicated interface or in conjunction with a software-driven system. Sapient Automation, 888-451-9711, http://www.getsapient.com Booth, 1000.

Raise your truck fleet’s IQ
The smart truck solution portfolio provides real-time, inch-accurate vehicle, driver and inventory tracking technologies for manufacturing and warehouse operations. Transforming traditional materials handling vehicles into smart trucks, the platform provides automated data collection, reporting and analysis. It features overhead position markers, optical position sensors and equipment monitoring hardware, software, reporting and business intelligence tools that deliver information useful for safety compliance, maintenance, fleet utilization, labor productivity, inventory accuracy and warehouse optimization. TotalTrax, 866-927-4927, http://www.totaltraxinc.com Booth, 2923.

Automated lift trucks integrate vision-guided technology
Guided by Seegrid vision technology, a line of automated lift trucks enables simple, flexible automated solutions without system constraints. The vehicles use an open architecture with a standardized interface to integrate the guidance system. This enables both man-on and man-off automated functionality that can be implemented in hours. When an operator drives the vision-guided lift truck through a facility, the truck can learn up to 15 miles of routes and each individual step of the operation it will be performing without lasers, tape, wires or additional infrastructure. The automated truck can replace manned vehicles to automate repetitive tasks. The Raymond Corp., 800-235-7200, http://www.raymondcorp.com Booth, 605.

Zero pressure accumulation belt conveyor
The Intelliveyor Belt 24VDC zero pressure accumulation belt conveyor is based on the supplier’s zero pressure roller accumulation conveyor. The belt, which holds 45 pounds per zone, enables conveyance of items that have traditionally not been suited for conveying in zero-pressure roller accumulation systems. This includes items with soft or uneven bases, smaller items, and pharmaceuticals. A straight belt and curved belt are offered. It’s zone-controlled by photoeyes, reducing energy use. Interroll Automation, 812-284-1000, http://www.interroll.com Booth, 4700.

About the Author

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Sara Pearson Specter
Editor at Large

Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC (http://www.saraspecter.com). Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery (http://www.BellsUpWinery.com).


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