MODEX—the biggest supply chain show of 2016
MODEX 2016 brought together 850 of the leading manufacturing and supply chain providers to showcase the latest and greatest solutions. Complete with 150 supply chain sessions led by business and supply chain thought leaders coupled with the show’s first-ever supply chain education summit, MODEX 2016, presented by MHI, Charlotte, N.C., was where the industry's brightest minds gathered to network, learn and share their perspectives on the ever-evolving state of the supply chain—where it's headed, new ideas, innovation and more.
MODEX 2016, which took place April 4-7 in Atlanta, also co-located with the Supply Chain & Transportation USA Exhibition & Conference (SCT), Norwalk, Conn. Dubbed the only one-stop source for global logistics solutions, the SCT show offered manufacturing and supply chain professionals a comprehensive experience, featuring pragmatic content, networking opportunities and exposure to what is said to be the largest equipment and technology display of any show in North America.
Here’s a rundown of some of the latest innovations in equipment and solutions services introduced and showcased at MODEX 2016.
COMPUTER TOUCHSCREENS FOR DEMANDING ENVIRONMENTS
JLT Mobile Computers, Tempe, Ariz., presented its latest product innovations for the logistics and supply chain sector.
The JLT 1214P logistics computer, for example, features a revolutionary touch screen coupled with projective capacitive touch (PCT) technology. The capacitive touch screen is protected by a 0.07-inch thick, hardenend glass cover, making scratches, scuffs or even breakage a thing of the past. JLT’s rugged PCT display can be operated with gloves in different materials and thicknesses and used in wet conditions. The JLT1214P computer also boasts a 64-bit Intel quad-core processor, offering enhanced performance and improved responsiveness for logistics applications ranging from warehousing and food distribution to freezer storage and cross-docking.
JLT VERSO+ 10 computer with logistics dock is JLT’s most compact and is said to be the industry’s fastest rugged vehicle-mount computer. Thanks to the new ultra-slim logistics cradle that is optimized for indoor or in-cab use, the VERSO+ 10 computer is perfect for logistics applications such as forklifts, picking trolleys and tight truck cabins. Depending on the model, the device includes either the Intel Core i5 processor or dual-core Intel D2550 processor. It has a 10-inch, sunlight-readable XGA display, and includes a quick-mount feature, dubbed QuickLock, which makes mounting and removing the devices easy.
Also on display was the ultra-rugged, ultra-thin MT1010 tablet computer. Little larger than a Microsoft Surface tablet, the considerably tougher Windows device is able to withstand a drop of up to 6 feet onto concrete, yet is less than 1 inch thick and weighs under 3 pounds. The MT1010 also features a capacitive multi-touchscreen, is IP65 dustproof and water resistant and will work in temperatures of -4°F to 140°F.
JLT Mobile Computers, Inc.
TILT-TRAY, CROSS-BELT SORTATION SOLUTION
Intelligrated, Cincinnati, exhibited a lineup of innovative automated equipment designed to deliver speed, accuracy and product-handling flexibility and optimize distribution and fulfillment operations.
Its booth featured a fully automated each picking demonstration using the company’s automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) integrated with a robotic arm and Intelligrated-designed, end-of-arm tooling to pick and place individual items. The solution leverages the company’s advanced robotic and shuttle technologies, as well as integration expertise to address the SKU proliferation, endless aisle, accuracy and labor utilization challenges facing retailers today.
Attendees also viewed dynamic demonstrations of the IntelliSort sliding shoe and cross-belt sortation systems. Patented soft touch divert technology for sliding shoe sorters provides high-speed carton control and divert accuracy, while reducing item impact speed by 500% to preserve product integrity. The cross-belt demonstration features the company’s patented dynamic discharge compensation (DDC) technology that ensures the most precise diverts to maximize chute density and minimize jams, re-circulations and manual touches. Intelligrated sortation solutions provide fast, accurate handling of polybags, cartons and totes for high-throughput distribution and fulfillment applications.
It also debuted the Intelligrated Reliability Intelligence System (IRIS), the company’s computerized maintenance management software that manages everything from work orders and parts inventory to reporting and budgeting to enable proactive lifecycle management and assist with regulatory compliance and performance reporting.
Furthermore, Intelligrated showcased its dynamic discharge compensation (DDC) technology, designed to maximize cross-belt sortation accuracy. This enhanced sensing technology detects the exact size and position of items on a carrier belt to dynamically adjust sorter discharge behavior for the highest levels of precision. This increased discharge precision enables greater chute density for expanded operational capacity without the need for additional space, and also minimizes the risk of jams, missed chutes or other sortation errors. Since the intelligent system does not adjust item location prior to discharge, it can reduce component wear and extend equipment life. DDC technology is suitable for an upgrade to select existing cross-belt systems or as a core component of a new cross-belt sortation solution.
Swisslog North America, Newport News, Va., demonstrated its goods-to-person technology, AutoStore, as well as a fully automated picking station and a new high-performance shuttle system.
The state-of-the-art light goods handling, Automated Item Pick (AIP), is a fully automated picking station that teams humans with robots with no safety fence required. The core component of this solution is a highly sensitive LBR iiwa lightweight robot manufactured by KUKA Robotics Corp., Shelby Township, Mich.
Swisslog also developed a new shuttle technology that relies on the intelligent "autonomy" of material flow control.
Meanwhile, FORTE Industries, a Mason, Ohio-based warehouse automation system integrator that was acquired by Swisslog in April 2015, exhibited its selection of warehouse execution software (WES) and material handling systems.
Lastly, Swisslog acquired Power Automation Systems (PAS), making PAS’ Lathrop, Calif., headquarters as the Swisslog Americas West Coast location.
Swisslog North America