MODEX—the biggest supply chain show of 2016
NEW TOPPER TUBE DIVISION
Topper Industrial, Sturtevant, Wis., announced plans to launch a new division called Topper Tube, effective in Q3 2016. This new division will house gravity flow racks, tubular workstations, industrial carts, containers, delivery systems, lift and rotate systems, conveyors and racking.
VERTICAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM
Germany-based Qimarox extended its range of material handling components with the Prorunner mk10, a product lift for pallets up to 2,000 kg. The Prorunner mk10 allows companies to transport up to 60 pallets per hour, 10 meters upwards. The Qimarox Prorunner mk10 is based on the design of the Prorunner mk9 pallet lift, except that the mk10 features four columns instead of two.The Prorunner mk10 can also easily bridge any difference in height between 0.40 and 10 meters, and is equipped with a lifting platform of 1200 x 1200 mm as standard.
Meanwhile, the Prorunner mk5—dubbed the highlight of the show—works according to the time-honored paternoster principle, which results in a versatile vertical transport system with a capacity of 2,000 products per hour. Because a single elevator system can be used for both upward and downward product flows, the Prorunner mk5 is ideal for vertical sorting or as a component in storage and order picking systems.
Qimarox also develops and supplies components for packaging systems. The Highrunner mk7, for example, is an innovative palletizer that’s capable of quickly and efficiently processing products of different shapes and sizes into stable pallets. Qimarox also supplies standardized, modular components for wrapping pallets in foil. New in this range is a machine for wrapping pallets in stretch wraps.
COMPANY NAME CHANGE
BarCode ID Systems, an Atlanta-based data automation systems integrator, changed its name to Inovity, effective April 4.
The new name for the 23-year-old company reflects its continued and long‐term evolution from a supplier of barcode systems to an enterprise software and services solution provider. Inovity offers complex data automation system integration and custom and tailored business process improvement software for manufacturing, warehousing, field service and healthcare.
Along with the new name is the company’s new slogan, “Know where. Know when. Know how,” which conceptually encompasses the services and results Inovity delivers for its clients. “Know where” refers to the critical need for today’s corporations to know the precise location of all materials, production processes, products and inventory to enable real‐time information and instant decision‐making. “Know when” refers to the importance of knowing when crucial incidents are occurring throughout an organization, from the status of manufacturing work-in-process to being alerted of a production line stoppage due to mis‐packaged or mis‐labeled products. “Know how” represents how Inovity has the know‐how to provide complex, innovative solutions that allow its clients to know how to improve productivity, efficiency and ultimate profitability.
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF BATTERY CHARGER MANUFACTURING
AMETEK Prestolite Power, Troy, Ohio, is celebrating 100 years of manufacturing battery chargers for the material handling industry.
Originally manufactured by the Hobart Brothers Battery Charger Division, Prestolite Power offers multiple options, including single shift, opportunity and ferroresonant chargers that feature the company’s most advanced technology.
Prestolite’s most recent industry advancement is TruBID, dubbed the first charging system of its kind to accurately measure specific gravity and identify an undercharged battery, so it can be properly recharged. TruBID reports an accurate measurement of specific gravity, minimizing sulfation.
AMETEK Prestolite Power
STEPPING UP INNOVATION
Hannibal Industries, Inc. implemented significant advancements in its Los Angeles headquarters manufacturing facilities to stay ahead of the technology curve as the material handling industry continues to automate. These advancements include sophisticated robotics and upgraded IT systems to help the company increase efficiency and provide precision products on a global scale.
In addition to modernizing the company with cutting-edge technology, Hannibal Industries’ expansion to the South also added 16 jobs in the last quarter, with plans to add 100 more jobs in the next three years.
Hannibal Industries, Inc.
DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
Manhattan Associates, Inc., Atlanta, announced extensive new e-commerce capabilities in the 2016 release of its distribution management solutions, designed to help warehouse managers address the growing e-commerce fulfillment demands.
The distribution management suite delivers the capabilities critical to streamlining e-commerce fulfillment with a range of new offerings, including:
Distribution management (DM) mobile—This solution empowers distribution center management with the ability to address any operational issues, including inventory issues directly from the floor, via their tablet devices, increasing mobility and driving productivity and efficiency. When seamlessly integrated with Manhattan Associates’ slotting optimization solution, DM Mobile enables managers to re-slot products to new locations from anywhere on the floor with a single tap of a button.
Mobile picking application—This latest mobile picking release involves a greater touchscreen experience, bringing larger form factors and rich graphical interfaces bring “zero training” to the distribution center, enabling inexperienced personnel to achieve high levels of productivity immediately.
Improved sorting functionality—This intuitive system helps associates process e-commerce orders rapidly, without mistakes, by seamlessly interfacing with the warehouse-to-light locations.
Pack station user interface—Accurately packaging products for shipment to the customer is the final step in effective e-commerce order fulfillment. This function transforms packing stations by displaying full item images to ensure order accuracy. Plus, it’s touchscreen-enabled to allow for intuitive interaction. The new interface prints all required shipping documentation, including packing lists and labels, facilitating easy order completion and shipping.
Manhattan Associates, Inc.