FKI Upgrades Palletizer

Feb. 21, 2006
New design and interface options for the A-780 case palletizer from FKI Logistex (St. Louis) increase the machine's capacity for low- and mid-speed palletizing

New design and interface options for the A-780 case palletizer from FKI Logistex (St. Louis) increase the machine's capacity for low- and mid-speed palletizing applications. Recirculating row pusher improves case flow and allows higher capacities up to 45 case-feet per minute. High-speed hoist increases capacity when handling short loads or large cases. Pattern generation capabilities allows users to tune existing case patterns. RFID option allows patterns to be changed on the fly and improves inventory tracking.



Modifications to popular model increase capacity as much as 30 percent while preserving original footprint (St. Louis, MO: February 16, 2006) FKI Logistex® (, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces that it has added new design and interface options for its popular A-780 case palletizer. The new options dramatically increase the A-780's capacity and its value as the industry-leading choice for low- to mid-speed palletizing applications.

Particularly suited for single-line applications in the food and consumer goods industries, the A-780 utilizes high-level infeed and right-angle pattern formation to achieve outstanding pattern flexibility. Close-center rollers and a bi-parting apron also give the A-780 the ability to handle a wide variety of case and pallet sizes. Its compact footprint is ideal for existing facilities where space is at a premium.

A recirculating row pusher is one of several new options offered on the A-780. This feature improves case flow and allows higher palletizing capacities with rates up to 45 case-feet per minute. It is offered as an alternative to the standard reciprocating row pusher.

A new high-speed hoist is another available option to further increase capacity when handling short loads or large cases. In keeping with the A-780's already quiet operation, hoist-generated noise has been further reduced by improvements throughout the hoist drive-train.

Also new is an optional pattern generation utility, which provides the user with the ability to create new stacking patterns through the A-780's user interface. A pattern timing utility, offering the ability to tune existing patterns, is now a standard feature.

In addition, the A-780 is RFID-enabled, giving it various capabilities such as changing patterns on the fly, managing end-of-run clearing, and tracking production and inventory information.

"Still in its original size, the A-780 now offers substantially greater capacities than competitive products that are larger and more expensive," says Ken Thouvenot, vice president of project management and engineering, FKI Logistex North America. "The A-780's compact footprint allows it to fit where floor space is an issue, and its flexible layout configurations enable it to work within an operation's specific needs. For quality and price-performance in a low- to mid-speed case palletizer, the A-780 is the clear choice."

Built for optimum reliability and reduced maintenance, the A-780 is designed with a heavy-duty frame, premium components, and a minimum number of moving parts. Its advanced diagnostic system displays human-readable messages that enable quick diagnosis of any potential problem. The A-780 is supported by 24/7 service and support from the FKI Logistex Customer Service & Support (CSS) program. A new brochure describing the A-780 and full line of palletizing options offered by FKI Logistex is available from the company.

For sales and marketing information, including the new brochure on the FKI Logistex palletizer line, contact Jill Raab, marketing communications coordinator, FKI Logistex North America, by phone at (314) 993-4700 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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

FKI Logistex provides material handling solutions for airports, postal facilities, parcel distribution, manufacturing operations, library automation, and for warehouse and distribution facilities. With projects that include many of the world's largest and most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex has manufacturing, engineering and support facilities around the world. For more information on FKI Logistex, click here to visit the FKI Logistex media center. For general sales information, contact FKI Logistex by phone at +1.877.935.4564 in North America, +44 (0) 8706 060120 in Europe, or +86 21 52372255 in Asia. Contact FKI Logistex by e-mail at [email protected].