Equipment Report

By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2015
A look at what’s new in voice, mobile and pick-to-light technology for today’s warehouses and distribution centers.
By Bridget McCrea · June 1, 2015
An inside view of the ergonomic strides that one international manufacturer is making in its plants and warehouses.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2015
Rack design is moving from the concrete to the C-suite as more users quantify the impact of storage on process efficiency.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2015
When their prowess in manufacturing proved a liability in warehousing and distribution, robots were forced to rapidly evolve.
By Bridget McCrea · January 1, 2015
These innovative AS/RS applications will help you think beyond long-term storage and optimize your automated storage investment in ways you probably never even thought of.
<p>A workstation lifting system takes the load off workers at a water distribution products supplier.</p> By Bridget McCrea · December 1, 2014
Manufacturers of overhead handling equipment are putting an emphasis on safety while creating new, automated solutions that help people work smarter, better and faster.
By Josh Bond · November 1, 2014
In a world where every second matters, new solutions are helping conveyor and sortation systems of all ages achieve previously unthinkable performance targets.
<p>Dimensional data can be captured as items enter a facility, on demand directly before pack out, or in a self-learning system that accumulates per-item data.</p> By Josh Bond · October 1, 2014
End-users and solution providers prepare for dimensional pricing models to upend their packaging processes—or realize they have been preparing for it all along.
<p>Simpler interfaces and components on AGVs allow manufacturers to hand over the keys to the end-user.</p> By Josh Bond · September 1, 2014
As software interfaces and vehicle components improve, users of automatic guided vehicles are becoming less reliant on others to use and maintain their own fleets.
By Roberto Michel · August 1, 2014
With use by Walmart, BMW and other large, 24/7 facility operators, hydrogen-powered lift trucks are proven at the higher end of the market, but can they catch on elsewhere? Fuel cell providers are betting that turnkey, streamlined offerings will help.
By Sara Pearson Specter · July 1, 2014
Stretch wrappers, stretch hooding and strapping technologies are evolving to meet customer demand for quality, speed and security across the supply chain.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
Incremental changes and simple maintenance can ensure the productivity and safety of operations at the dock.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2014
Whether upstream, downstream or elbow-to-elbow, robots and humans are working together to overcome challenges in warehouses and distribution centers.
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
From cramped quarters to consumer demands, these case histories highlight how the right mix of storage systems can prove critical to overcoming business challenges.
By Sara Pearson Specter · March 1, 2014
Today’s tuggers and carts have evolved to the point where they can be flexibly engineered to support some, or all, of a manufacturing facility’s handling needs.

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