ProMat 2015 Delivers the Latest in Supply Chain Management Solutions
PLASTIC PALLETS FOR HIGH-BAY WAREHOUSES
Cabka North America, St. Louis, introduced the Endur S7 and C7.2 to its product range of plastic pallets.
These pallets are characterized by their square size, impact resistance and load capacity of 1,250 kg on high racks. Both are used to store flexible intermediate bulk containers in high-bay warehouses and are said to hold 20% more goods than an industrial pallet.
These pallets come in three and six runners with an open or closed upper deck that can be equipped with anti-slip strips.
Cabka North America
LIFT TABLES, STACKERS
New Stack-n-Go fully powered compact stackers from Southworth Products, Portland, Maine, are built on short and stable wheelbases, providing maximum maneuverability, even in tight quarters. Ideal for use in light manufacturing, warehousing, assembly and retail facilities, these versatile, multi-purpose machines transport and stack loads up to 7.5 feet high. The ergonomically designed handle puts all controls within easy reach, and forward- and reverse-drive “thumb” switches are located on both sides of the handle to accommodate left- or right-hand operation. An auto-reversing “belly switch” protects the user from potential injury when walking the unit backwards, while an automatic brake immediately halts travel when the handle is released. Stack-n-Go stackers are available in fork-over design for use with open-bottom pallets and in straddle design for use with closed-bottom pallets.
The new surface mount dock lifts can access loads on truck beds of any heights and transfer to a fixed height loading dock. A built-in 30-inch ramp creates a gentle 9-degree slope for easy pallet jack accessibility. Models come in 4,000-, 5,000- and 6,000-pound weight capacities, and feature a push-button control with keyed lockout, fully adjustable downspeed, velocity fuse protection and lubricated life pins, rollers and bushings.
The new elevation station adjustable-height workstation allows the user to raise or lower the tabletop, reducing fatigue and back strain. A convenient foot pedal at each end of the base initiates a smooth, precise transition to any platform height from 24-40 inches.
The PalletPal 360 allows operators to build or break down pallet loads with minimal bending, reaching, stretching or walking around. The unit automatically adjusts the height of pallets as boxes are added or removed. A heavy-duty reinforced rubber air bag maintains the top layer of stacked containers at a convenient height. It can accommodate loads from 400-4,500 pounds, and the unit’s turntable ring allows users to rotate the load while standing in the same spot throughout the loading or unloading process.
The PalletPal rotator/inverter rotates fully loaded pallets, with capacities up to 4,400 pounds. The clamping mechanism features user-adjustable pressure control to assure lighter loads are not crushed. Loads rotate a full 180 degrees in 15 seconds and can be stopped at any point during rotation.
The Powered Dandy Lift is an ergonomic, durable, foot pump that offers convenience for transporting, lifting and positioning loads in high-tech, industrial, retail and office environments. Operators can lift and lower at the touch of a button thanks to a 24-volt battery. It handles capacities from 220-500 pounds with raised heights up to 51 inches. Other features include a battery status indicator and onboard charger, full shielding of all electrical components, smooth-rolling casters, parking locks and a comfort-shaped handle.
Southworth Products Corp.
Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Rice Lake, Wis., introduced the CLS cargo lift scale for seamless cargo weighing on forklifts. Essential for warehouse material handling and shipping, the CLS offers real-time data transmission from scale to indicator to front office. Wireless local area network communication delivers real-time information and documentation.
Meanwhile, iDimension instantly captures and calculates the dimensions of packages, flats, polybags, tubes and irregular shapes to ensure freight compliance. iDimension also captures barcodes and OCR data, while a free API allows users to interface with the system to retrieve dimensions, weight, low-resolutions images and other pertinent data.
Rice Lake Weighing Systems
ROBOTIC GOODS-TO-PERSON PICKING TECHNOLOGY
Just two years after OPEX Corp., launched the Perfect Pick, the Moorestown, N.J., company returned with a fully functional demo system on display.
Perfect Pick is a unique robotic goods-to-person picking technology that was engineered to simplify order fulfillment. Its one-touch design is based on a single automated component—the iBOT—and does not require multiple transfer points, lifts or conveyors. iBOTs offer 100% access to the inventory in that aisle and delivers directly to the workstation at one or both ends.
Maillis Strapping Systems USA, Fountain Inn, S.C., introduced the MT 450 high-tension strapping hand tool, an ergonomically designed tool with a friction weld seal.
The single-button operation retracts, easing tension, welding and cutting in both vertical and horizontal applications. It’s capable of handling up to 1,000 pounds of tension.
Maillis Strapping Systems USA, Inc.
VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
I.D. Systems, Inc., Woodcliff Lake, N.J., introduced VAC4, an on-vehicle management system (VMS) for lift trucks and industrial equipment.
This wireless VMS provides key performance indicators for equipment and labor, automatically uploads vehicle data, reports vehicle problems, schedules maintenance and helps determine the optimal time to replace equipment.
VAC4 also features an Installation Wizard, universal electrical system, flexible mounting bracket and simplified wiring harness and a phone-type, alphanumeric keypad with on-screen icons and animations for easy system information and alerts.
I.D. Systems, Inc.
VEHICLE FOR STANDARD-SIZED LOADS
Egemin Automation, Holland, Mich., unveiled the E’gv Compact, a small yet robust vehicle designed to handle standard-sized loads at higher capacities. This flexible vehicle offers a faster time to market and is capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds.
The base vehicle can also be fitted with counterbalance, straddle, fork-over or pop-up forklifts or as a unit-load vehicle utilizing a single or dual roller deck.
Egemin Automation, Inc.
VACUUM HANDLING SYSTEM FOR STARTER BATTERIES
With its JumboFlex Battery vacuum tube lifter, Schmalz Inc., Raleigh, N.C., provides a complete solution for the ergonomic and safe handling of starter batteries.
Typically, batteries weigh up to almost 66 pounds and have to be manually removed and transferred with great physical exertion. The new JumboFlex Battery vacuum handling system grips, lifts and transports starter batteries of different shapes, sizes and weights without any physical exertion for the user.
The system comprises a lifting unit, operator handle and gripper, which is equipped with a special sealing gasket and suction resistances. Therefore, it can pick up batteries from above, regardless of the different cover geometries and whether or not they have handles. There is no need for tool conversion between different battery sizes and geometries. The ergonomic operator handle is designed to be operated with one hand. And, the lifting unit comprises a flexible hose, which provides the required suction flow to securely hold the batteries. The system is completed with a responsive aluminum crane as a jib crane or as an overhead crane system.
VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH WEB-BASED REPORTING
Toyota Industrial Equipment, Columbus, Ind., launched the company’s first vehicle management system—T-Matics—which includes dashboard-style, web-based reporting.
T-Matics is made up of T-Matics MOBILE, which works on cellular signal and is ideal for fleets that may rotate facilities, and T-Matics COMMAND, which is optimal for fleets in fixed locations. Both systems help increase efficiency and uptime by tracking both current usages and long-term operating trends.
Toyota Industrial Equipment