ProMat 2015 Delivers the Latest in Supply Chain Management Solutions
IMPACT COLLISSION PROTECTION
Impact Recovery Systems, San Antonio, Texas, debuted SlowStop Bollards, a new rebounding bollard system that absorbs energy and reduces damage to vehicles and assets while protecting workers.
Ideal for logistics sites, pedestrian safety and warehouse/loading docks, SlowStop is manufactured from tough cast iron and steel, and requires no core-drilling or backfilling. During a collision, the energy of the impact is absorbed by an elastomer in the base of the bollard. The post tilts approximately 20 degrees, as it absorbs the energy. After impact, the post returns upright, leaving the guard intact.
Impact Recovery Systems, Inc.
ORDER PICKING SOLUTION
Kardex Remstar, Westbrook, Maine, displayed its latest order picking solution, sort2ship.
Used for compact, high-speed case and tote buffering and sequencing, sort2ship features an integrated conveyor and automatic handling device to automatically store and retrieve small parts inventory. Sort2ship automatically transports containers to the carousel for buffer storage. On demand, the containers are sequenced according to customer-specific shipping options and either retrieved for packaging or sent directly to shipping.
Other features include the Megamat RS vertical carousel, Shuttle XP vertical lift module, Power Pick Global warehouse management system and pick-to-light options.
Kardex Remstar, LLC
VERTICAL LIFTING CAPABILITIES
Wildeck, Waukesha, Wis., unveiled the new XpressLift automated VRC for conveyor systems. Designed and manufactured to meet ANSI/ASME-B20.1 safety standards, this conveyor system can quickly transfer totes or cartons weighing up to 75 pounds at speeds up to 350 feet per minute. An all-in-one interactive controller features an easy-to-read text display on the front cover of the control panel that aids in lift system setup. And, a closed-loop AC vector drive is mounted directly on the motor at the top of the lift for maximum efficiency and heat dissipation. Meanwhile, an encoder continuously monitors the motor and controls the braking system. Additional options include Ethernet connectivity, specialized perimeter guarding, horizontal infeed, carriage and discharge conveyors and high- or low-temperature/freezer application designs.
Wildeck expanded its safety products with the newEdgeAlert open gate alarm system, a patent-pending safety device developed to help reduce accidents and provide warning when elevated mezzanine platforms gates are left open. Used on swing gates, slide gates, tilt gates or scissor gates, it comes with a 120 VAC plug-in power supply, a self-monitoring dual-channel processor system and amber-colored LED lights on the front and back of the alarm enclosure.
The new JiffyStair modular stair system presents customers with a fully palletized knock-down assembly stair system.
ROTARY POSITION SENSOR
Minneapolis-based TURCK expanded the QR24 rotary position sensor line with the addition of incremental and analog outputs.
Designed from the company’s rotary inductive sensor technology, the QR24 provides contactless position detection and wear-free performance in a variety of industrial applications ranging from solar energy plants and harvesters to crane vehicles and automated guided vehicles.
The QR24 provides many of the same output types as an encoder or potentiometer does, but eliminates wear and extends sensor longevity. Plus, the QR24’s multi-coil system provides high resolution, while ensuring 16-bit noiseless operation.
DIMENSIONING, WEIGHING SYSTEM
Quantronix, Farmington, Utah, introduced CubiScan 25, a dimensioning and weighing system equipped with infrared sensing technology that measures and weighs smaller, irregular-shaped items for distribution, packaging and warehousing applications.
The CubiScan 25 is designed to maximize storage space, enhance cartonization methods, reduce packaging waste and minimize transportation fuel costs and carbon emissions. Its proprietary software, Qbit, delivers menu-driven operator controls, data storage/transfer and diagnostics in one touchscreen interface. A mobile cart and portable power supply complete the workstation.
SORTATION, DISTRIBUTION SOLUTIONS
BEUMER Corp., Somerset, N.J., exhibited a broad range of flexible, high-speed and energy-efficient sortation and distribution solutions.
The BS 7 BT cross-belt sorter, for example, features a contactless energy/data supply with linear induction motor drives to sort a variety of items safely and gently to the right destination, no matter the size, shape or surface characteristics. This dynamic induction line is capable of inducting items from small accessories to large parcels to the center of every belt tray, resulting in a 99.99+% sort accuracy.
The automatic parcel singulator (APS) transforms a bulk flow of parcels into a flow metered for high-capacity loop sortation. Designed to handle a wide variety of items, the APS handles parcels, flats, totes and sealed bags and features a compact, energy-efficient design that is ideal for new loop-sorter parcel systems or to be retro-fitted into existing loop-sorter systems.
BG Fusion software and controls provide an efficient sort engine to optimize throughput, availability, visibility and operational performance. BG Fusion is currently undergoing beta testing, and provides a web-based user interface, visually rich reporting and system monitoring.
The BEUMER Sorter Control (BeSS) features real time dashboards and operational data, allowing supervisors to proactively re-balance labor, efficiently transition between waves and minimize problem orders based on the current status of the sorter and peripheral operations such as picking, induction, pack-out and shipping.
WEARABLE ORDER FULFILLMENT SOLUTIONS
Advanced Distribution Solutions, Inc. (ADSI), Schaumburg, Ill., demonstrated its new mobile order fulfillment and shipping software solutions.
Size-IT is a digital, mobile dimensional weight calculator that accurately and quickly captures dimensional measurements.
Other solutions include handheld mobile computers, ring scanners and wrist computers, which enable workers to pack, verify and ship orders in seconds.
Advanced Distribution Solutions, Inc.
GOODS-TO-ROBOT PICKING SYSTEM
Bastian Solutions, Indianapolis, Ind., debuted a goods-to-robot e-fulfillment system featuring a Fanuc M-20iA 6-axis robot, custom-designed end of arm tool (EoAT) and 3-D area sensor.
This robotic system will be integrated with an AutoStore AS/RS and ZiPline conveyor to demonstrate a fully-functioning single item picking system, perfect for minimizing the time between order and delivery of online products.
PRINT-AND-APPLY LABELING SYSTEMS
Bell and Howell, Durham, N.C., introduced the second generation of its Signature 5000 print-and-apply labeling system that utilizes various patented technologies to deliver what is said to be over twice the output of traditional automated print-and-apply systems for large height variations. This high-throughput, liner-free, top-apply labeling solution includes various improvements to maximize productivity, including linerless label-application technology, which enables up to 80% more labels per roll than traditional die-cut labels and produces labels of varying length on demand.
ParcelMgr is an integrated system that provides parcel-processing capabilities in a compact footprint. ParcelMgr automates the tasks of identifying, weighing, labeling and sorting parcels or flats at speeds of up to 5,000 parcels per hour.
And, the CartonWrap dynamic packaging system automatically creates the carton in line, based on product dimensions, at a rate of up to 15 boxes per minute. This eco-friendly solution creates cartons from a continuous reel (or fanfold) of corrugated substrate to fit the volume of the content, thus providing the optimum carton size.
Bell and Howell