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

System helps retailers plan assortments based on customer buying habits
To help retailers predict consumer buying habits, the customer-preference planning product monitors purchases and selection drivers to help with merchandise and assortment planning. The system improves return on investment by matching assortment strategy with customer preferences and financial goals with tailoring to match local demographics. The system is offered as part of the supplier’s planning and forecasting supply chain process platform suite, which facilitates interactions among multiple software applications. Manhattan Associates, 678-597-7274, Booth. 3668.

Zoned accumulation conveyor
For handling of medium- to heavy-duty loads, a zoned accumulation conveyor features roll-to-roll chain driven live rollers. Zone lengths can be configured to coincide with the product lengths, with the entire conveyor length driven by a single power unit. Clutch assemblies are mounted on the side frame of the conveyor, with the top of each roller as low as 6 inches off the floor, for a low profile—ideal for heavy loads and pallet conveying. Rollers are offered in diameters of 1.9, 2.5 and 3.5 inches and widths up to 60 inches, with typical loads weighing up to 6,000 pounds. TKF, 513-241-5910, Booth. 2249.

Rugged mobile computer
Offered in handheld and pistol grip versions, the Falcon X3 provides real-time data capture and communication for accurate inventories and enhanced productivity. It may be equipped with either laser scanner or 2D imager with a read feedback function to ensure accuracy. To integrate seamlessly with WMS and ERP management systems, the mobile computer is packaged with Windows CE or Windows Mobile 6.5. For peak communication coverage, the device includes a Summit Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g radio with unique diversity antenna. Other features include numeric and alphanumeric keyboards located at the operator’s fingertips, a universal numeric phone key layout, crisp display and backlit keyboard. The computer resists numerous drops from 6 feet. Datalogic Mobile, 800-929-7899, Booth. 4108. 

Double handling capacity with spiral conveyor
To handle double the capacity of the supplier’s standard products, a new high-capacity spiral conveyor has been introduced. The conveyors ship in one piece to reduce time and cost of installation. Maximum load capacity is 75 pounds per linear foot at speeds up to 200 feet per minute, meaning the total weight capacity in the spiral at any one time is 3,600 pounds. For savings in energy, as well as controls and system integration, only one drive motor is required. The spirals can also be configured with a high-speed induction conveyor to allow loads to enter from several different elevations. Ryson International, 757-898-1530, Booth. 1523.

New swivel technology integrated into heavy-duty, forged steel casters
Outperforming conventional CNC-machined ball raceways, kingpinless and unit-load bearing swivel constructions, a new swivel technology is offered on the supplier’s heavy-duty forged steel casters. Load capacities range from 600 to 23,000 pounds. The new HPI configuration improves the bearing’s element of contact to double the number of contact points. Equipped with raceways that are 45% harder than conventional models, and a smooth, 16 micro inch finish, the casters swivel more easily under heavy loads. Hamilton Caster, 800-733-7655, Booth. 2662.

Modular, tear-drop connection storage rack
A universally compatible, tear-drop pallet rack system includes four column profiles and nine popular beam sizes for maximum flexibility in creating and expanding pallet rack storage systems. Fully welded uprights are roll formed in either four or six bend column profiles with 2-inch vertical adjustability, and include weld-on baseplates, a center reinforcing column rib and heavier bracing for strength, rigidity and impact resistance. For positive beam-to-column engagement, all beams feature a patented, rugged automatic spring-lock pin mechanism. The racks are ideal for selective and high-density storage. Ridg-U-Rak, 866-479-7225 Booth 1241.

Electric trucks lift 4,000 pounds
The E30-40XN series of electric lift trucks is available in 3,000 and 4,000 capacities. The vehicles include newly designed operator compartments, increased floor space, auto deceleration system to reduce operator fatigue for materials handling applications. By utilizing AC motors and transistor controller technology for the traction and hydraulic systems, cost of maintenance is reduced. The thermal management system continuously monitors the controller and motor temperature and, upon identifying irregularity, the system protects the component by automatically adjusting truck performance. Hyster, 800-497-8371, Booth. 1503.

Patented double leg ratchet pallet
The ProStack double leg ratchet plastic pallet features solid construction with telescoping double legs to extend its life in tough handling situations. The pallet’s stringer is oriented to prevent pallet jack wheels from stopping on top of it, eliminating damage when misplaced pallet jacks are over-pumped, breaking the top deck. Other features include a ratchet locking system up to four-times stronger than welded or snap construction, edge-rackability to 2,200 pounds, and FM-approved fire retardance. For a smooth finish, enhanced stiffness and better resistance to impacts, the pallets are formed in a gas-assist molding process. Polymer Solutions International, 877-444-7225, Booth. 205.

Pivoting shelves enhance capacity of mobile cart
The Tip-Up shelf cart includes integrated shelves that move and maneuver effortlessly. The carts increase storage and make part arranging easier. When the counterbalanced shelves are lifted, pivoting is offset with added weight. The shelves automatically lock in place, giving the operator full access to the entire span without exertion. Shelves are loaded from bottom to top, with each shelf above tipped up as needed. Topper Industrial, 262-886-6931, Booth. 4564.

Easily replace damaged panels on high-speed door
Featuring easily replaceable, exchangeable panels made of vinyl, mesh, or clear PVC, G-2 high-speed roll-up doors can be repaired or modified to accommodate seasonal changes without down time or destruction to the door. Rated for wind loads of 45 miles per hour (10 x 12-foot unit), the doors automatically reset after impact or blow out. Fiberglass extrusions slide securely in custom extruded aluminum side beams for manual and motorized operations including chain hoist, or 12-, 28- or 36-inches per second. Goff’s Enterprises, 800-234-0337, Booth. 312.

Dynamic sensor controls warehouse lighting
Unlike conventional sensors that switch rack and warehouse lighting fixtures on and off, the InteLite dynamic sensor provides a safe transient mode that reduces typical aisle or storage area lighting expenses by 90%. Intelligent controls activate lighting based on two types of motion: transient, which illuminates aisle zones with safe, low-level lighting for personnel passing through, and task, with individual fixtures illuminated at a maximum level when sustained activity is detected. Orion Energy Systems, 800-660-9340, Booth. 1916.

Compact scissor lift has 2,000-pound capacity
The DXL series compact scissor lifts feature a smaller footprint than standard lifts while offering 2,000 pounds of lifting capacity. The lifts are ideal for work positioning, assembly, repair and inspection applications in factories, warehouses and repair shops. A double scissor mechanism allows for a low, 6-inch collapsed height while providing a 42-inch raised height. To operate the 1/3 horsepower motor, a foot switch is included. The unit comes equipped with a standard 18 x 30 inch platform. Other platforms, including oversized tops, may be specified. Presto Lifts, 800-343-9322, Booth. 1831.

Wood block rental pallets hold 2,800 pounds
Used by manufacturers and retailers throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, a wood block rental pallet measures 48 x 40 inches. Constructed with 26 boards and 138 fasteners per unit, the edge-rackable pallets hold loads weighing up to 2,800 pounds. Features include 87% top deck coverage, non-slip traction in refrigerated areas, and no deflection in overhead racks. The pallets are made from No. 2 grade Douglas fir and Southern yellow pine lumber that is sustainably forested. To control infestation, mold and moisture the pallets are kiln-dried; they are not treated with chemicals or hazardous materials. PECO Pallet, 877-227-7326, Booth. 2270.

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