Sept. 30, 2004
(St. Louis, MO) FKI Logistex (, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces the release of new conveying

(St. Louis, MO) FKI Logistex® (, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces the release of new conveying surface options for its Alvey PalMat™ belted pallet/unit-load conveyor. The options - multiple-strand conveying belts for standard conveying widths - lower PalMat's overall cost and expand its market reach as an alternative to traditional roller or chain conveyor for pallet/unit loads, making PalMat particularly suitable for unstable or fragile products.

PalMat is now available with a single belt in 40-, 44-, 48-, 52- and 60-inch widths or in double or triple strands across the same widths. Multiple overall widths allow PalMat to adapt more closely to an operation's particular load sizes, while multiple belt strands offer the ability to add support between the belts for conveyor-to-conveyor transition. Both options help decrease PalMat's overall cost by reducing the amount of specialized molded plastic belting needed to convey the particular load.

PalMat is typically used as a transport conveyor between equipment such as palletizers and stretchwrappers, or as a discharge conveyor to shipping areas. It provides an even distribution of pallet or unit-load weight, making it ideal for applications in the food, beverage and newspaper industries, among others.

PalMat is additionally suited for plastic pallet conveying, as its continuous conveying surface helps avoid pallet damage. This uniform surface, supported by a series of stainless steel slider pans, also lets PalMat work well with footed pallets or containers. Built in standard lengths of five and 10 feet, PalMat supports weights up to 3500 lbs. and speeds between 30 and 90 feet per minute (fpm).

PalMat's standard drive is a shaft-mounted reducer/motor with a square shaft and metal tooth sprockets, offering sturdy and reliable load transportation. Belt take-up is achieved with a pulley-augmented catenary that keeps continuous, even pressure on the belt and enables "jog" reverse.

"PalMat's new configurations give FKI Logistex customers a set of cost-effective and flexible alternatives for their pallet and unit-load conveying requirements," says Ken Thouvenot, vice president of project management and marketing, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems.

For an onsite demonstration of PalMat's capabilities and its integration with other Alvey material handling equipment, visit FKI Logistex at booth S-2636 during PackExpo 2004 in Chicago, November 7-11. For sales and marketing information, please contact Jill Raab, marketing communications coordinator, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems, by phone at (314) 993-4700 or by e-mail at [email protected].

About FKI Logistex North America
FKI Logistex® North America ( is a leading provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, carousels, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order processing software, RFID implementation, warehouse control systems, and total materials handling automation.

FKI Logistex Airport, Post and Parcel integrates high-speed sortation and conveying systems to meet the high-throughput needs of postal and parcel customers, and provides advanced baggage handling, security, and RFID track-and-tracing for airports of all sizes. FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems builds automated material handling systems using state-of-the-art technology for storing, picking, ID solutions, palletizing, kitting, packing and shipping that enable manufacturers to process more orders per day at a lower cost. FKI Logistex Warehouse and Distribution designs high-accuracy, high-speed, high-reliability material handling, sortation, and order fulfillment solutions for warehouses and distribution centers that shrink the supply chain and maximize material handling ROI.

With projects that include many of the world's most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex is home to the industry's most successful and recognized brands, including Alvey palletizers, Buschman conveyors, Cleco cranes and AS/RS solutions, Crisplant sorters and baggage handling applications, IoSystems supervisory and automated control systems, Mathews conveyors, Real Time Solutions order fulfillment and picking solutions, and White carousels and automated storage solutions. For more information on FKI Logistex, click here to visit the FKI Logistex media center. For sales information, contact FKI Logistex by phone at (877) 935-4564 or by e-mail at [email protected].