Modern Materials Handling Magazine Archives

December 2022 Modern Materials Handling

In this Issue:

  • Pocket Nurse boosts productivity with better connectivity
  • Big Picture: Sustainability
  • Special Report: Top 20 warehouses
  • Lift Truck Series: Motive power choices
  • Equipment Report: Bins, totes, and containers
A provider of educational, simulation and training materials to the healthcare industry, Pocket Nurse is using wearable devices and a mobile computing platform to eliminate dropped signals, increase productivity and improve associate morale.
Pocket Nurse upgrades network and equipment to optimize operations at Pennsylvania Distribution Center (DC).
With lead times for new lift trucks out as much as 100 weeks, maintenance has taken on new importance. Fortunately, suppliers and dealers alike have some powerful tools that provide a more proactive approach to service at both the fleet and individual truck level.
Here are some tips for getting past the current pain of inadequate MRO programs and making measurable gains on metrics from reduction in parts costs to gains in asset uptime. With recent MRO system failures fresh in your minds, now is the time to act.
With energy prices spiking, going with green warehouse operations and automation makes strong financial sense. The methods to get to an energy-efficient, more sustainable warehouse are many, from features like solar to automation like high-density storage, while new analytics layers are capable of energy-saving insights.
Demand for dry and cold chain warehousing remained strong in 2022 and is expected to continue climbing steadily in 2023. As the sectors continue to evolve, warehouse operators are attracting investor attention,consolidating, and changing their names.
Operational priorities and infrastructure constraints should guide motive power choice, though lithium is seen as gaining ground in the long term. Every option has its strong points, so it comes down to using the goals of each operation to guide it down the best motive power path.
Even when you aren’t customizing, it’s worth the effort to make plans to maximize for operational efficiency to total cost of ownership.
Modern's editor sat down with Donna Varner Director of Events for MHI to discuss Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) and other industry topics.
Lift truck fleet safety has many facets, including safety at receiving and shipping docks, where the right equipment can prevent accidents while improving productivity.
A customized bulk container design prevents scratches and more on its way from the dock to lineside assembly.
Furniture e-tailer Oliver Space deploys Cloud WMS in less than two months while meeting its unique needs around inventory tracking and visibility over a reverse stream of goods being refurbished for its home furniture lineup.
This month, our editorial team takes us inside a facility, explore the multiple methods companies are using to create more sustainable warehouses; snapshot of the Top 20 warehouses; power choices available for lift truck fleets; and we share our annual look at bins, totes and containers.
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Latest in Materials Handling

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas group celebrates 10th anniversary of National Forklift Safety Day
Logisnext is supporting National Forklift Safety Day through a variety of safety-focused activities. The group, which offers five leading forklift brands--Cat lift trucks, Mitsubishi forklift trucks, Jungheinrich, UniCarriers Forklifts and Rocla AGV Solutions--stresses safety first.

Services economy activity grows again in May, reports ISM
The Services PMI—at 50.3 (a reading of 50 or higher signals growth)—fell 1.6% off of May’s 51.9 reading, growing, at a slower rate, for the fifth consecutive month. ISM said that the services sector has seen growth in 35 of the last 36 months, with December 2022 being the one month with a decline. 

Autonomous mobile robot provider MiR marks its 10th anniversary
Founded in Denmark in 2013 and now part of Teradyne, MiR currently employs more than 420 people globally

Hy-Tek Intralogistics and Hai Robotics announce partnership
Hai Robotics' flexible ASRS technologies, including their HaiFlex and HaiPick A3 solutions, to be leveraged under formalized partnership with Hy-Tek Intralogistics.

KPI Solutions expands with a new Atlanta office
Supply chain consulting, software, systems integration, and automation supplier says new location extends its resources for Eastern U.S. clients and technology partners

Manufacturing declines for the seventh straight month in May, says ISM
The report’s key metric, the PMI, registered a 46.9 reading (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), falling 0.2% off of April’s 47.1 reading.

National Forklift Safety Day coming up on June 13
Organized by the Industrial Truck Association, National Forklift Safety Day focuses on the importance of lift truck operator safety training, with a live event in Washington, DC, and virtual/streamed component as well.

Made4net acquired by Ingka Group, with global software rollout with IKEA coming
Acquisition by investment arm of company which operates over 480 IKEA stores is expected to accelerate investment in Made4net’s supply chain software platform, and expand Made4net's global customer footprint.

Automate 2023 analysis: Simplicity and speed will further robotics uptake
Automate show analysis of warehouse robotics trends. Robotic systems are cool, now vendors tap partnerships, integration, and easy-to-use software to make solutions simpler to deploy

CLARK Material Handling Co. names J. Michael Binnie as COO/CAO for North America operations
Binnie will oversee daily operations at CLARK, working closely with the CLARK dealer network, facilitating the continued innovation of the company, as well as working closely with the CLARK management team to build on the success of the company.

Savant WMS and Locus Robotics partner on integration
Under the partnership, Savant mid-market focused cloud WMS gains integration with Locus Robotics' autonomous mobile robots and fulfillment platform.

Equipment leasing survey: April new business volume down 8% year-over-year
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s monthly survey also sees decline in new business volume versus March

enVista joins Manhattan Associates’ partner program as Gold Partner
Manhattan Associates recognizes enVista as a trusted partner and third-party integrator of its software solutions suite

OTTO Motors unveils North American certified dealer network
Autonomous mobile robot (AMR) provider partners with leading material handling equipment organizations, with the program introducing over 215 regional offices and 2,000 technicians to the rapidly-growing AMR industry.

Rockwell Automation partners with autonox Robotics
Unified robot control solutions address need for flexible solutions for manufacturing efficiencies.

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