July 2012

<p>From manual devices to robotic arms, there’s more than one way to build a pallet.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
From manual devices to robotic arms, there’s more than one way to build a pallet. Here’s a look at how palletizing equipment improved productivity at these five operations.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
The food and beverage sector is ripe with unique and difficult materials handling challenges due in part to the growing number of product choices. Here’s a look at how technology can help keep the shelves stocked and the customer satisfied.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
City Furniture installs forklift-mounted computers to track inventory in real time and honor its promise of same-day, seven-day-a-week delivery to customers.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
High-infeed palletizers at Producers Rice Mill increase production and uptime while reducing expenses.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
Graphic Packaging International installs a complete palletizing solution to meet throughput goals and reassign workers to more skilled positions.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
Nestlé turns to an integrated robotic layer picking solution to transform workplace safety and significantly improved the productivity of mixed case palletizing.
By Derik Andreoli · July 1, 2012
Not long ago, the price for a barrel of crude was $110, and a gallon of regular gasoline would set you back nearly $4. While consumers wished for relief, politicians hunted scapegoats on Wall Street.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
HVAC industry leader, Belimo invests in pallet positioners to safeguard workers from fatigue and injury.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
In its new DC, Dunn-Edwards uses a specially designed robotic system to handle today’s palletizing needs and accommodate future company growth.
By Michael Levans · July 1, 2012
In business, as in life, the tougher the challenge you face the smarter you have to work to see your way through to a resolution—and never did the readers of Modern meet a tougher battle than “doing more with less” during the recession.
By Peter Moore · July 1, 2012
If you’ve been keeping one eye on ocean fuel (“bunkers”) pricing as I have, you know that the slowdown in the economy has had a pleasing effect on fuel prices.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2012
Traditionally viewed as restrictive, new finance practices tailor leases to customer needs.
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2012
Modern talks to Greg Aimi at Gartner about sustainable logistics.
By Sara Pearson Specter · July 1, 2012
Reverse logistics service converts used packaging waste into a valuable asset.
By John A. Gentle · July 1, 2012
“Mom, can you change the time on my watch?” “Sure…bring it over, it should only take a few seconds.”

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