Show preview: ProMat 2011 products

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 - MMH Editorial

Counterbalanced AGV for warehousing
Developed for automation of pallet movement in warehouses, the counterbalanced automatic guided vehicle can pick up loads from the floor and block stack or interface with conveyors, stands and racking (standard single deep, pushback, flow through and drive-in). The warehousing AGV uses flexible laser guidance and can use secondary guidance technology if required to navigate in narrow aisles and racking. The vehicle has a maximum capacity of 5,000 pounds and can be configured to handle single or double pallets. JBT, 215-822-4600, Booth. 3915.

Stand-up counterbalanced lift truck
The models 4150 and 4250 stand-up counterbalanced lift trucks handle load capacities from 3,000 to 5,000 pounds. For a smoother ride, the suspension adapts automatically to each operator’s weight while a cushioned floor mat isolates the driver from impact and vibration. Capable of performing right-angle stacking maneuvers in less total area, the three-wheel vehicles include a dual steer wheel, allowing one wheel to counter-rotate during turns for a shorter turn radius with reduced tire loading and steering friction. Visibility is enhanced with an angled front cover for a clear view of forks as they engage loads on the floor for more accurate handling and stacking. The Raymond Corp., 800-235-7200, Booth. 3219.

WMS tool for reconciliation of test and production data
For easier reconciliation of test and production environments in multiple sites, the environment manager tool has been added to the supplier’s 2010.2 warehouse management software release. The new tool propagates data between warehouse instances while checking for data differences without requiring duplicate configurations. By generating templates based on static information like locations and item definitions, the module reduces the time needed to go live with new warehouses or bring up new clients within those warehouses. Because it can be configured to ensure the user assembling the data cannot be the same user that propagates it to another system, the tool supports Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. RedPrairie, 877-733-7724, Booth. 3676.

Independent transport robot, gantry case/layer robot featured
Capable of independently performing random origin to random destination transport, the ADAM intelligent mobile robot is ideal for moving work-in-process materials and finished goods in lean manufacturing and assembly applications. Missions are completed autonomously, navigating around fixed and moving objects, without guide wires, reflectors or transponders. A new gantry robot based case and layer picking solution for automated operation in food, beverage and consumer products distribution facilities is also offered. This flexible, integrated system delivers cases exactly the desired sequence for automated mixed case palletizing or direct trailer loading at the dock. RMT Robotics, 905-643-9700, Booth. 3503 and 3821.

Move workers, loads with mezzanine platform lift
Traveling from 8 to 18 feet, a line of rider mezzanine lifts is offered. Ideal for moving workers with loads up one to two floors—or to high stages and mezzanines—the units include platforms ranging in size from 6 x 8 to 8 x 12 feet. Advance Lifts, 800-843-3625, Booth. 2059.

Plastic holders for slotted bins protect labels
Tri-Dex label holders for standard plastic bin label slots are made of clear PVC. Fabricated in a tri-fold configuration, the holders seal and protect the label. Printed labels slide into the holder and snap in place without adhesive backing. The holders are offered five popular sizes to retrofit most standard bins. Laser inserts are included with printing instructions. A single package includes 25 holders. Aigner Index, 800-242-3919, Booth. 1914.

Expanded pallet jack line
A new line of pallet jacks ranges in capacity from 2,200 to 10,000 pounds, with widths from 16 to 43 inches, and fork lengths from 23 to 96 inches. Where required in pharmaceutical, food or other applications, galvanized and stainless steel jacks are available. Also included in the line are straddle, high-rise scissor, low profile and weigh scale jacks. The trucks feature fully serviceable pumps, heavy-duty steel frames and fully adjustable push rods. Options include automotive brake attachments, load backrests and a choice of wheel configurations and materials. Clark Material Handling, 866-252-5275, Booth. 2019.

Ergonomic workbenches, customizable
A line of ergonomic modular workbenches and related products and accessories can be customized for specific needs, including enhanced production and a reduction in repetitive motion. The complete product line includes basic workbenches, packaging and mailroom workbenches, computer stations and work surfaces. For further configuration to meet unique application requirements, accessories include adjustable metal shelves, footrests, louvered panels, modular drawer systems, pull-out keyboard rests, tool balancers as well as torque arms. Pro-Line, 800-739-9067, Booth. 305.

Mini-load AS/RS includes two stacker cranes per level
The Duosys mini-load automated storage and retrieval system includes tuning control technology. This design ensures that its two storage/retrieval machine stacker cranes can function in the same aisle without interference. The units move past each other to perform storage and retrieval operations. The system can be laid out in two levels so that four SRMs operate simultaneously on the same rack, producing throughput of up to 2,200 cases per hour. Daifuku America, 866-414-2057, Booth. 2003.

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