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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

No-obligation performance assessment
A no-obligation performance assessment shows where to begin, areas for improvement and subsequent value of the recommended measures. The evaluation includes seeking hidden opportunities to upgrade productivity and strategic planning—including new technology investments or cost-cutting measures. Other services include supply chain and logistics consulting. The Progress Group, 770-804-9920, Booth, 410.

Expand overhead storage up to four levels high
Combining engineering and manufacturing expertise, a line of high-rise shelving structures, platforms and mezzanines can be created and produced to accommodate storage in multi-level storage facilities. Structures employ stairs, work platforms or mezzanine products with shelving posts for installations up to four levels high in multiple configurations. Shelving can be tailored to each job with an assortment of accessories. For installations in areas where seismic activity is more likely, a complete engineering analysis ensures that the structure meets all required safety requirements. All systems can be finished in any of 24 standard colors with durable hybrid powder-coat paint system. Penco Products, 800-562-1000, Booth, 1326.

Bulk container sized to maximize shipping space
Offered in two heights—27 and 34 inches—the 45 x 48-inch footprint HDMC 4845 BulkPak container safely and securely increases the amount of product that can be shipped in a standard 53-foot shipping trailer. The 27-inch tall unit fits 112 filled bins per inbound truckload and 252 collapsed bins per return truckload, while the 34-inch tall unit fits 84 filled bins and 252 collapsed bins per truckload. Engineered with 0, 1 or 2 access doors, solid sidewalls, solid deck and a fully replaceable, all-plastic perimeter stringer bottom, the containers sport robust spring-loaded latches for safe and easy assembly and collapse. To enhance visibility for fork truck drivers, color indicator strips are included to reduce leg and base impacts. ORBIS, 888-307-2185, Booth, 2700.

Industrial-strength tablet
The industrial-strength ET1 tablet computer features hot-swappable battery packs, secure system software, optional bar code scanner and optional magnetic stripe reader. Intended for demanding use, the Wi-Fi enabled unit is password-protected so it can be shared and customized for each user. Based on log-in information, managers can automatically control and monitor access to approved applications. The tablet runs an enterprise-ready, hardened version of the Android operating system, and is supported by enterprise-grade software modules including an HTML5 application framework. Motorola Solutions, 800-927-9626, Booth, 806.

Reusable, durable totes protect products
Combining molded product protection with exterior strength and durability, TransGuard stand-alone totes do not need to be used with a separate exterior tote. Made of expanded polypropylene engineered plastic foam material for durability and resistance to impacts and chemicals, the packaging optimizes freight space through customized height and a form-fitted interior. They fit standard, 45 x 48 inch Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) pallets. To protect sensitive electronic circuits and equipment, the totes can be manufactured with different levels of electrostatic dissipation. Protexic Brands, 800-289-9966, Booth, 1209.

Forklift attachment protects products, pallets
Made of high grade solid steel that has been powder coated and painted safety orange, the Product Protector attachment mounts to the forks of any lift truck in minutes. The attachment creates ideal fork-to-pallet alignment, eliminating the risk of the forklift making contact with overhanging product or impacting the pallet at an angle. This prevents a focused blow that could cause damage to product, pallet or the forklift operator. Product Protector, 877-768-3287, Booth, 4223.

Access, monitoring and weighing devices for forklifts
Access and monitoring systems for lift trucks are offered. The supplier also offers a line of weighing systems, automatic identification devices, computer hardware/software, control devices, hydraulic and electrical components, radio frequency identification equipment, data communications equipment and safety devices. Keytroller, 813-877-4500, Booth, 912.

Brake motors for materials handling machinery
A full line of brake motors for materials handling machine builders is offered. Models include a unit with NEMA-dimensioned brake motor mountings and a common coupling, and the recently released 56C, 145TC and 182TC shaft and flange dimensions. Featuring high starting torque, adjustable brake torque, manual brake release and high locked rotor and pull up torque, the motors work with the supplier’s three-phase AC electric brake technology. MGM Electric Motors NA, 877-355-4343, Booth, 4609.

Feature-rich, low-cost enterprise PDA released
Boasting a small form factor, the wireless EP10 rugged, enterprise PDA device is a feature-rich, robust mobile computer that is ideal for field service, delivery, transportation and security. The unit runs on a Texas Instruments AM3715 Sitara ARM processor for fast operation. Incorporated into the device are a 2D omni-directional imager and a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash. It also includes a 3.7-inch, high-resolution LCD display with integrated touchscreen, and supports mobile communication standards CDMA or GSM, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Psion, 800-322-3437, Booth, 1505.

Powered stackers handle 2,200 pounds
With lift heights of 62, 101, 125 and 150 inches, the PowerStak line of fully powered stackers handles capacities up to 2,200 pounds. Models include a fork-over configuration for use with open-bottom pallets, or adjustable straddle setup for use with closed-bottom pallets. A narrow mast and offset control handle gives operators a clear view of what’s in front of them, while the ergonomic handle puts all controls within easy reach, with forward- and reverse-drive thumb switches on both sides for left- or right-handed operation. To protect operators from injury when walking the unit backwards, an auto-reversing belly switch must be pressed and an automatic brake halts travel when reversed. Presto Lifts, 800-343-9322, Booth, 3309.

Multi-directional wheels replace swivel casters
Manufactured from engineering grade polymers, the 1.89-inch multi-directional wheel provides ride-quality and durability as an industrial floor wheel and a conveyor transfer wheel. Features include a wheel frame combined with roller axles to create a web-like structure with over-molded rollers, yielding a robust, corrosion-resistant wheel with no external pins or inserts. The fixed orientation of the main wheel allows direct forward and reverse movement, while the peripheral rollers facilitate turning, rotation, lateral and diagonal movement. Offered as an alternative to swivel casters, the wheels rotate 360 degrees. Mounting options include forks, cups, channels and rails, or stacking on an axle. Rotacaster Wheel, +61-2-4962-7150, Booth, 3520.

Rotate fully loaded pallets 180 degrees with inverter
The PalletPal inverter provides a fast, safe, easy way to rotate fully loaded pallets 180 degrees with an anti-friction turret bearing. The device is ideal for replacing broken pallets, switching to or from in-house/shipping pallets, transferring loads to slip sheets, and replacing damaged goods at the bottom of a load without manual restacking. Capable of handling loads measuring 48 x 48 x 60 inches with capacities up to 4,400 pounds, the inverter includes a clamping mechanism with user-adjustable pressure control to ensure that lighter loads are not crushed. Rotation can be stopped at any point. Southworth Products, 207-878-0700, Booth, 1100.

Optimize labor with proactive planning, scheduling system
Cloud-based ProTrack warehouse labor management solution features an intelligent, flexible advanced labor planning module for proactive labor planning and scheduling to reduce overtime, enhance customer service levels, and address fluctuations in demand and resources. The module offers increased visibility to continually analyze warehouse staff and shift to meet demand. For performance monitoring of warehouse employees, the system includes an active performance function for managers that proactively measures and improves work through one-on-one observations of floor associates using customized questionnaires on a handheld tablet computer. TZA, 800-229-3450, Booth, 414.

Weigh, measure irregularly shaped parts and components
Using a combination of sensing technologies, the small CubiScan 125 static cubing system weighs and measures irregularly shaped parts and components, as well as boxed and case-pack items. Small parts and non-cubical items are precisely measured using infrared sensing technology, while larger boxes and cases are measured with ultrasonic sensors. The unit automates the collection of dimensional data for slotting, storage-space selection, carton selection, repacking, check-weighing and shipment manifesting with an integrated control panel/display that outputs to a user-supplied PC. Quantronix, 800-488-2823, Booth, 1714.

Save energy at the dock
The Eliminator GapMaster II dock shelter is made of thermal-formed polyethylene and includes integral hooks on side curtains that wrap around the edges of open swing-out trailer doors. As the trailer backs in, the shelter prevents heating and cooling energy loss, as well as reduces dust and insect infiltration. Completing the system, the PitMaster under-leveler seal closes off the fourth side of the dock opening (beneath and around the dock leveler) to prevent air gaps while reducing energy loss and improving industrial hygiene. Rite-Hite, 800-456-0600, Booth, 5005.

Add space overhead with modular mezzanine structure
Fabricated from roll-formed steel, a new all-bolted, modular mezzanine adds usable space to any warehouse or facility. The structure uses overhead vertical space for work platforms, office areas or extra storage. Cost-effective and easy to install, the mezzanine’s modular layout enables fast turn-around from design through fabrication and assembly. Unarco, 800-862-7261, Booth, 3506.

Compress storage racking, square footage with mobilized system
ActivRAC mobilized storage systems reduce space needs to increase efficiency and maximize square footage. With the system, stationary sections of pallet racking, bulk shelving, cabinets and drawer systems are mounted on carriages that travel on steel rails. The equipment can be surface- or flush-mounted on most existing floors for easy installation with minimal interruption to operations. By moving rows of storage from side to side, the equipment compresses previously idle aisles to compact stored materials into a smaller footprint. Integrated technology permits the system to travel over flat, un-level floors. Systems are reconfigurable and scalable. Spacesaver, 866-767-1888, Booth, 3218.

Optimize carton flow with slotting software
SKUBE slotting software uses data from an operation’s inventory file to analyze and assign products to the correct storage medium. The software ensures that the proper carton flow solution is applied to a stand-alone or integrated order picking system and places fastest movers in the optimal pick face slot to increase pick efficiency. To determine if a defined lane or full bed carton flow solution is best, the software analyzes products’ variability. Summary reports match track width to product width, maximize space utilization stacking by product height, analyze product weight to ensure system capacity is not exceeded, match product length to roll center spacing to ensure flow, and detail restocking requirements based on turnover rates. Unex Manufacturing, 800-334-8639, Booth, 3014.


About the Author

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. 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.

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