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ProMat 2011, slated for March 21-24, will showcase more than 700 exhibits and include a comprehensive educational conference. The event, to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, will offer an array of products to help improve productivity at your company.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
February 01, 2011

Customize WMS with applications from app store
Offered as an “app store” for the supplier’s warehouse management system, the App Station is a collection of workflows that can be browsed and added to the WMS at any time. All apps are free and user-installed to add functionality without custom-coding. The system includes access to new supply chain software innovations, and the ability to pick and choose only the functionality needed for the WMS without affecting current customizations. HighJump Software, 800-328-3271, Booth. 4572.

VLM offers Web-based inventory management
Intended for discrete part storage and retrieval, the PowerColumn3 vertical lift module incorporates automated height sensing for slotting flexibility by tray height. Five tray widths, four depths, two tray-carrying capacities (1,000 and 2,000 pounds), and 11 configurations are included standard. Heights range from 10 to 50 feet, and custom models may be specified. The VLM incorporates intelligent inventory management and control in a software as a service format, allowing the linkage of multiple machines in different locations together through Web-based software. SencorpWhite, 800-275-1442, Booth. 4407.

Repair floor cracks with deflection device
The Joint-Saver can be used to repair loose, rocking, spalled joints and cracks in flooring that can damage materials handling equipment and cause injury and tipped loads. The cost-effective repair device is offered in three sizes to accommodate a range of floor thicknesses in ambient and cold temperature environments. The units eliminate damaging deflection and permanently restore smooth, positive load transfer at all joints and cracks.  Surface Dynamics, 800-584-5553, http://www.someromatsongroup Booth. 1274.

Five models of laser guided vehicles
For high volume consumer goods manufacturers, a laser guided vehicle line comes in five standard models: counter-balanced narrow, counter-balanced wide, single reach, double reach and very narrow aisle. These fourth-generation LGVs include AC drives and motors, advanced torque control, full Windows-based control system, one-piece frame construction, standard electrical components, and advanced remote support for controls system and components. The vehicles interface with block and floor storage, selective rack, drive-in rack and gravity flow rack. Elettric 80, 618-433-9290, Booth. 2031.

Show pickers tasks, picks with visual WMS
To streamline putaway, picking and packing, the version 8 of the EliteSeries warehouse management system includes a new visual logistics paradigm. The new module leverages visual communication for system-directed tasks that in a faster format that is more understandable by pickers to increase throughput and accuracy. The delivers instructions to workers directly on their RF gun or handheld computer and visually communicates the activities they can execute in an optimum time. Tecsys, 800-922-8649, Booth. 3872.

New products include tugger, heavy-duty workstation components, rollers
Three new product lines include the BST automated guided vehicle tugger, a 42-mm pipe-and-joint system for heavy-duty applications, and a roller conveyor system. The AGV drives under a stationary cart equipped with a BST hitch, extends a tow pin to engage the cart and moves it to a predetermined location. The pipe-and-joint system creates heavy-duty structures without the need for excessive bracing and is ideal for assembly and finishing operations where part size and weight require workstations with powered height adjustment capabilities, flow racks and carts. The Placon roller conveyors deliver stability and smooth flow from wide plastic wheels in a variety of sizes to accommodate totes with soft bottoms or open cell designs. Creform,
800-839-8823, Booth. 4814.

Charger for batteries
The Legacy Titanium HF industrial battery charger uses advanced high frequency, insulated gated bipolar transistor charging technology. The charger delivers a high power factor and high efficiency to reduce utility demand charges and AC consumption. The system constantly diagnoses a battery’s condition and adjusts the charge for full, accurate charging. It is ideal for tubular, flat plate and flooded lead acid batteries. Douglas Battery, 800-211-3684, Booth. 1121.

Single mobile computer performs multiple tasks
Delivering faster real-time data capture through its PXA 320 806 MHz processor that runs either Windows Mobile 6.5 or Windows CE 6.0, the Tecton rugged handheld computer performs multiple tasks. Multi-range scanning capabilities enable bar code reads from 4 inches to 40 feet. Features include an easy-grip handle with two-finger trigger, molded rubber grip, wrist strap, scan vibration signal to verify successful scans, and multiple built-in data-entry options, including a 3.5-inch touchscreen with stylus, 55 or 32 key backlit keypads, and voice technology. LXE, 800-664-4593, Booth. 4268.

ERP suite focused on cost reduction, process improvement
The new release of Epicor 9.05 enterprise resource planning suite includes capabilities focused on cost reduction, process improvement and customer responsiveness. Available in 50 countries, the release introduces lean performance metrics, enhanced quality assurance, and a focus on both inbound enterprise asset management and outbound aftermarket mobile service management. Expanded functionality for measuring key performance indicators across all operations includes advanced financial reporting capabilities, an embedded configurable asset management engine, and advanced allocations module. Epicor Software, 800-999-6995, Booth. 3571.

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