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 - MMH Editorial

Standard, forked pallet handling AGV
For routine movement of pallets between a palletizer and stretch wrapper, for pallet storage/retrieval in the warehouse, or for automatically loading/unloading trailers, the standard, forked pallet-handling automatic guided vehicle is flexible. Fully automated, the units include user-friendly vehicle and host controls that permit personnel with minimal training to quickly learn the system for optimum performance. The AGV may be specified with a variety of different masts and load handling attachments for cost effective handling of multiple products. JBT Corp., 215-822-4600, Booth, 1105.

Mobile robotic fulfillment system brings inventory to pickers
For pick, pack and ship operations a mobile robotic fulfillment system is offered for warehouse automation. The solution uses simple robotic drive units to bring inventory on mobile shelves to workers who stay in ergonomic workstations to fill orders. By eliminating walking and waiting, facilities can achieve high speed, productivity, accuracy and flexibility. It is ideal for e-commerce and retail restocking orders. Kiva Systems, 781-221-4640, Booth, 2500.

Fully automated picking supports multi-order principle
Ideal for average- and slow-moving products, the viapick fully automated picking system works autonomously, without human intervention, to replace the picker. A robotic arm grips into the storage container and places the selected products in the order container or in the shipping carton as defined. Capable of working 24/7, the device supports the multi-order principle by picking different customer orders from one storage container into several shipping cartons. It handles approximately 450 picks and defined placing processes per hour with increased reliability and lower processing costs while eliminating ergonomic and safety concerns. viastore systems, 616-977-3950, Booth, 3714.

3PL provider debuts line of six reusable shipping crates
A provider of third-party logistics (3PL), distribution, warehousing, crate manufacturing and management and transportation management is debuting a line of patented reusable crates offered to lower packing costs for shippers. The crates cut packaging costs by eliminating the need for pallets and reducing waste materials such as shrink and bubble wrap. To keep products stored within secure and prevent damage, the crates interlock so they do not shift in transit. Six different sizes are offered, ranging from 47.5 x 42.25 x 46 inches to 80.75 x 90.5 x 49 inches. Komyo Logistics, 888-565-6696, Booth, 1520.

Shelf bins come in 21 different sizes
Offered in 13 models, a series of 4- and 6-inch tall polypropylene shelf bins for use with 12-, 18- and 24-inch shelving units create integrated storage and organization for retail, assembly and storage applications. Injection-molded, the bins come in blue, red and yellow and replace limited-use corrugated boxes. To hold excess inventory, an orange kanban divider is included. When primary stock is depleted, the divider is repositioned to allow stored material to flow forward. The divider is then moved to the front of the bin as a visual cue to reorder. For maximum storage density, the bins incorporate a raised hopper front that expands internal cubic capacity. LEWISBins+, 877-975-3947, Booth, 2700.

Pick cart increases pick, pack and ship productivity by 30%
The cart allows 12 or more orders to be picked/put directly into shipping cartons at a 30% faster rate. The Smart Pick Cart combines voice-directed picking with wireless put-to-light/carton batch technology, allowing users a one-touch pick-pack-ship process. In addition, the cart features labor management and velocity-based SKU picking analytics. Numina Group, 630-343-2612, Booth, 1127.

Full line of integrated, automated materials handling systems offered
A full line of integrated automated storage/retrieval systems, automatic identification products, conveyors, order picking systems, RFID, sortation equipment, software and systems integration services are offered to assembly and production facilities, warehousing and distribution center operations. The supplier specializes in semi- and fully-automated order fulfillment and assembly systems that focus on high-speed/high-volume each picking. Benefits include a reduction in order cycle times, a decrease error rates, optimized inventory and lower operating costs. Knapp Logistics Automation, 888-606-0695, Booth, 2214.

Rugged tablet PC
The rugged xTablet T7000 PC includes notebook functionality with full Windows OS (7, Vista or XP editions) and data collection capabilities of a handheld in an 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.6-inch device. It weighs 2.5 pounds for portability. Features include a built?in numeric keypad, 60 GB hard drive, standard wireless communications, optional QWERTY keyboard attachment and 7-inch, high-resolution touchscreen display readable in all light. Sealed to an IP 54 rating for dust and water and MIL?STD 810F drop, vibration and humidity certified, the unit operates
in temperatures from -4°F to 122°F. MobileDemand, 877-784-4338, Booth, 115.

Cross-platform mobile pick-to-light app
The LP mobile application provides users of the supplier’s picking technologies with real-time productivity views, operations management controls and system diagnostics through mobile or smart phones. Offered as a Web application that is compatible across all popular smart phone platforms, the app keeps managers connected to picking systems even when not in close physical proximity to the pick area or a picking software workstation. The app presents real-time dashboard style updates of pick rates, area overview, order progress and other facility statistics, as well as executes operational changes, including the creation of work plans, logging employees in and out of the system, and examination of order details or box contents with the appropriate order number or bar code label. Lightning Pick Technologies, 800-827-8878, Booth, 1426.

Voice picking solution for standard mobile computers
For standard mobile computers, the Jennifer VoicePlus voice-directed, warehouse picking solution supports all leading hardware platforms, including Motorola Solutions, LXE, Honeywell, Intermec and Psion. The software creates a two-way conversation with associates wearing a headset connected to a mobile computer. Featuring a recorded human voice, the system tells associates where to go and what to do, and associates speak back through their microphone to confirm their tasks. To automate hands-on processes, the application incorporates customer-specific business rules, work flows and data capture requirements. It is accessible on any Web-based smart phone or industrial PDA, and integrates into WMS from RedPrairie, SAP, Manhattan Associates, Infor and Oracle. Lucas Systems, 724-940-7144, Booth, 909.

Traverse, pick in narrow aisles with articulated forklift
For use in narrow aisles measuring 6.5 to 7 feet wide, the Flexi forklift features 180-degree articulation to work both sides of the aisle. Because the mast swings to the side, visibility is unobstructed. The vehicle has a 78-inch turning radius with the mast in side position for enhanced maneuverability. Guided by automotive-style steering, it does not require an embedded guidance system or particular floor tolerance. The forklift traverses 15% grades, allowing it to be moved between buildings. For additional versatility, it operates with any standard attachment. Narrow Aisle, 214-819-4180, Booth, 1709.

Complete supply chain software suite  
To help wholesalers increase margins through integration of inventory replenishment, labor management, warehouse management and transportation processes, the SCOPE supply chain process platform provides a single, shared foundation for all software in the suite. The system enables shared data and workflows to optimally balance supply and demand across multiple channels. The entire system manages make-to-order and make-to-stock processes while responding quickly to changing order volume and delivery schedules. Manhattan Associates, 678-597-7274, Booth, 709.

Fans for exhaust, ventilation
A full line of cooling technology includes 12- through 30-inch multi-purpose fans and 24- through 48-inch exhaust and ventilation fans. Industrial grade, all models are engineered and built for maximum performance, durability and reliability. Most items are protected by a two-year warranty. Air Max Fans, 800-394-9739, Booth, 1425.

Recycled pallets for goods storage, shipment
A line of 10 different pallets made from recycled polypropylene and polyethylene plastics is offered. Models include stackable/rackable pallets with three or six stringers, and single face pallets with nine supporting feet. A range of colors is offered, including blue, green, yellow and black. Fukutomi Green Products, 909-629-3806, Booth, 4716.

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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