On the show floor of ProMat 2019, you’ll find exhibitors displaying their best-selling solutions as well as their latest offerings designed to help you improve various aspects of your in supply chain processes. The following slides offer just a sampling of some of the new products to be found at ProMat 2018.
End Rider Pallet Truck
Yale Materials Handling Corp. has introduced the Yale MPE060-080VH end rider pallet truck series, which is designed to help operations boost labor efficiency and increase throughput in order picking, unloading and other warehouse tasks. The end rider’s Precision Pick feature enables precise bi-directional control of speed and coast functions at the press of a button, allowing operators to navigate between pick locations. The end rider’s Smart Shift bundle enables shortcuts to improve operator efficiency. Operators can raise and lower forks with a single touch, and use the cruise control system to relax over long hauls. The Smart Acceleration feature automatically selects two distinct acceleration profiles based on application, load and task, while Yale Smart Slow Down automatically reduces speed in cornering for improved stability.
Yale Materials Handling Corp.
Vertical Buffer Module
Kardex Remstar has introduced the LR 35 Vertical Buffer Module, a goods to person, bin handling solution designed operations involved in handling single-part or small-volume orders. The unit consists of a shelf system with automatic bin handling, picking stations and its own logistics software. The LR 35 delivers totes of discrete items directly to the operator with minimal wait time. It is designed to improve order picking performance, energy efficiency and the amount of floor space required for storage of goods.
Warehouse Modeling Software
Dematic has introduced Dematic iQ Virtual, an emulation and simulation platform that is used to validate and visualize the operational aspects of automated intralogistics systems for the warehouse. Dematic iQ Virtual allows users to thoroughly explore a proposed system configuration in a virtual environment and gain a true perspective on precisely how the system will perform in actual operation. Dematic iQ Virtual provides an isolated, digital twin of the production environment where extensive testing of the system occurs. The virtual emulation model uses graphic-rendering technology to accurately portray labor productivity, inventory flow and the efficiency of material handling automation.
Pneumatic Tire Forklifts
UniCarriers Americas (UCA) has launched its PD6 Series (IC) of pneumatic tire forklifts, which feature a 13,000-22,000-lb. capacity range. The lineup includes the addition of 6T low-power and high-power offerings and a 7T low-power model. Under the hood is a highly-efficient Kubota v3800 Tier 4/CARB compliant diesel engine with improved fuel consumption. New standard features include wet disc brakes for reduced cost of ownership, a dual element air cleaner and a rear-view mirror. All models feature a hydraulic oil cooler that’s beneficial when using big attachments or employing heavy-duty applications.
UniCarriers Americas Corp. (UCA)
Toyota Forklifts has introduced three orderpickers offering advances in efficiency technology with their optional Lift Logic Speed and Height Control System, enabling fast and easy picking. The three new models come equipped with AC Drive and two models come standard with AC Lift. The entry-level model is a 24-volt that lifts up to 240 inches. The mid-level model is also a 24-volt and lifts up to 366 inches. Finally, the premium-level model is a 36-volt and lifts up to 390 inches. The new product line is designed for users in general warehousing, distribution, general manufacturing, retail, food storage, cold storage and more.
Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc.
Aigner Label Holder Corp. has introduced Floor-Vu peel and stick floor labeling, which are designed to fit most manufacturers’ 1”-diameter vertical posts for wire shelving. The labels are UV treated and barcode compatible. Peel and stick standard computer-printed labels or handwritten labels to the non-magnetic “matte” side. Adhere the label to the magnetic “shiny” side to any metal surface. The user can change the label or relocate as required. The labeling is made of a tough, clear material with an aggressive adhesive preventing pealing and providing protection against forklifts and other machinery. Overall dimensions are 6" x 8"
Aigner Label Holder Corp.
The Raymond Corporation has introduced the Raymond Model 5300 orderpicker, which is particularly suitable for smaller operations with light-duty cycles. The new orderpicker has a 24-volt battery and is available with two mast options: two-stage mast with a lift height of 241 inches and up to a 2,200-pound capacity; and a three-stage mast with a lift height of 240 inches and up to a 3,000-pound capacity. Raymond’s ACR System allows for fewer battery changes and advanced diagnostics,.
The Raymond Corporation
Flat Belts on Inclines/Declines
New matte surfaces on Durabelt’s elastic flat belts are designed to shun dust and give them a higher coefficient of friction (COF), even in dusty environments, so they can move boxes and paper bubble envelopes on inclines and declines of up to 16 degrees, a 33% improvement on the previous version. These elastic belts require no belt tensioners or V-guides.
Closed-Tube Roll Form Rack Systems
Steel King Industries Inc. has introduced the SK2000 closed-tube roll form rack systems. These fully welded tubular uprights provide impact resistance over open-back style uprights and is suitable for a range of warehouse applications and markets including food and beverage, retail, agriculture, and automotive. SK2000 columns have a 90-degree bend and no corner holes. It is a boltless rack system with teardrop connections and auto-engaging safety locks, meaning that it can be assembled without tools.
Steel King Industries Inc.
Honeywell Intelligrated has introduced a robotic solution for unloading trucks, trailers and shipping containers at general merchandise or parcel distribution centers. The fully automated unloader is designed to reduce the manual effort required to operate the receiving dock and does not require an operator. The robot is designed to help warehouses and fulfillment centers improve workplace safety, reduce staffing challenges and minimize damage to packages. It is designed to work within existing fleets. The robotic unloader uses a straddle arm to perform picking activities and set packages onto an articulated nose conveyor. It uses machine learning to enable critical decision-making, intelligent motion, collision avoidance and reliable sensing in unpredictable warehousing environments.
Visual Verification at the Loading Dock
Rite-Hite Corp. has made Lok-Vu available as a standalone option. It uses an external camera to provide visual verification of trailer presence and lock engagement. Single and dual camera systems are available. The dual camera option allows for interchangeable views between two of three general locations: the RIG of the trailer, the rear wheel base of the trailer, and in the case of spotted trailers, the nose of the trailer to verify trailer stand presence. An interior view of trailer presence and lock verification reduces the risk of back over fatalities and helps maintain supply chain integrity, adding additional levels of safety and efficiency to the loading/unloading process. Lok-Vu is also available for loading docks without compatible power sources.
Matthews Automation Solutions has introduced its Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR). The self-navigating vehicle will be shown with two different attachment options that address multiple applications, including materials movement and picking assistance. Traveling autonomously throughout an operation, the Matthews AMR uses natural feature navigation (also known as contour or landmark navigation). It deploys 2D laser scanning of fixed points within the environment, mapping its path instead of utilizing reflectors, tape or other targets to maneuver. Depending on the selected attachment configuration, Matthews AMRs support activities such as receiving, putaway, picking, sorting and order fulfillment.
Matthews Automation Solutions
Presto ECOA has introduced the PowerStak family of high performance, fully powered stackers. Compact design, low overall weight and quiet operation make them suitable for a variety of work environments, including warehouses, loading docks, manufacturing and assembly work cells, retail sales floors and more. All models feature an ergonomically designed control handle that puts all functions including lift, lower, forward and reverse within easy reach for operator comfort and convenience. Redundant design allows all controls to be accessed by the operator’s right or left hand. An instrument control panel features a key switch, emergency e-stop, battery status indicator and hour meter. For operator safety, an auto-reversing belly switch protects operators from potential injury when walking the unit backwards, while an automatic brake halts travel when the drive/steering handle is released.
Presto ECOA Lifts
UHF RFID Handheld
Zebra Technologies Corp. has introduced the rugged MC3300R series of RFID readers, a UHF RFID handheld solution with Android. It is designed for inventory management, order fulfillment, cross docking and asset tracking applications. The MC3330R RFID handheld reader delivers standard range capture of printed and electronic 1D and 2D barcodes, regardless of condition. The high capacity, field-replaceable PowerPrecision+ battery is designed to last more than five hours with typical use.
Zebra Technologies Corp.
Mobile Device Lifecycle Management
Honeywell has introduced Honeywell Operational Intelligence, an intuitive cloud-based software solution that systematically tracks, manages and optimizes mobile computers—across all locations—throughout the operational lifecycle and the return to manufacturer authorization process. The enterprise asset management solution is both software and hardware agnostic, which means that it supports Android and iOS operating systems as well as devices from any manufacturer, including Honeywell. Honeywell Operational Intelligence gives companies visibility within their device pool to: reduce unnecessary returns; right-size spare device inventory; right-place assets; consolidate returns processes into one system; and verify adherence to vendor return contracts.
Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS)
Smartphone-based Fleet Management
ELOKON has reintroduced its ELOfleet forklift fleet management system as an app-based solution. The app can be installed on Android devices, allowing users to control forklift access, perform safety checklists, monitor vehicle impacts, and manage forklift fleet data. App-managed safety checklists allow operators to complete checklists on the Android device. An advanced MEMS impact sensor reports reliable impact data in real-time through the app. ELOfleet is OEM-independent and can be installed on any type of industrial truck,
Modular Sortation System
GreyOrange has introduced the Flexo robotics system, a modular sortation system designed for distribution and logistics centers serving retail and courier and express companies. The AI-enabled Flexo system can be scaled to meet evolving business needs to handle large peaks, and reduced during non-peak hours to minimize operating costs. The Flexo system includes a fleet of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). These carry parcels from arrival point to the sort destination, using the most efficient path determined by AI and machine learning algorithms. These robots perform high-speed sortation, similar to a fixed conveyor sorter conventional sorting systems, with the ability to add sorting capacity during peak periods, and modular components that can be individually turned off when not in use. Its plug-and-play modular components, can be added at any time without incurring downtime. Flexo can handle up to 12,000 parcels per hour sorting up to hundreds of destinations; including common post and courier items up to 33 pounds.