ProMat 2017: Product Preview

With more than 900 exhibitors, a record number, there’s sure to be plenty of innovation and ideas on hand to help attendees “Solve for X” at the materials handling industry’s premier trade show and educational conference, sponsored by MHI. Check out some of the many products to be featured at the show.

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With more than 900 exhibitors, a record number, there’s sure to be plenty of innovation and ideas on hand to help attendees “Solve for X” at the materials handling industry’s premier trade show and educational conference, sponsored by MHI. Check out some of the many products to be featured at the show.


High-density sliding shoe sorter for faster handling of e-commerce packages

Offering fast, precise diverts of different product and packaging types—including polybags—the IntelliSort HDS sliding shoe sorter is engineered for high-throughput e-commerce operations.

Its dual-sided construction accommodates a high density of chutes in minimal floor space, making the sorter ideal for zone-skipping applications that pre-sort orders according to destination region before releasing them to last-mile parcel carriers.

For gentle product control, patented soft-touch divert technology reduces item impact speed without slowing throughput or hampering divert accuracy.

Intelligrated - Booth S2003.


High performance AS/RS offers multipletypes of storage modes

Combining a multi-level storage rack system with shuttles running independently on each level, the Uni-Shuttle HP is a high-performance automated storage/retrieval system handles up to 3,000 cases per hour.

The flexible system can handle a variety of product types and sizes, including carton cases, folding containers or buckets. Highlights include sequential or group retrieval to optimize product delivery to various steps in a production process, and optional configuration with space storage or vertical conveyors.

The system is ideal for small-lot, high-throughput replenishment or just-in-time parts retrieval. 

Murata Machinery  - Booth S630


Improve picking accuracy with LED system

The Pick2Pallet LED light system improves productivity and reduces picking errors in batch picking order fulfillment by directing operators where to place picked product through visual, colored light cues.

The system works in tandem with voice picking solutions and can be added to the supplier’s line of 8410 electric pallet jacks.

Using the system can produce an average productivity increase of 8% to 10% and a 35% reduction in pick errors on jacks versus those without.

The Raymond Corp.Booth S3218


WMS gets new interface, reporting tool

Built entirely in HTML 5, the newly redesigned Snapfulfil warehouse management system offers an enhanced interface and advanced reporting tool.

It offers greater mobile capabilities for off-site warehouse management and monitoring, and intuitive planning and forecasting functions using the solution’s new, configurable control tower dashboard and reporting tool.

Current users of the software will be upgraded to the new version free of charge.

Synergy NABooth S3670


Print 6.5-inch wide area with rugged thermal printer

User-friendly and rugged, the new CLNX series wide web thermal printer outputs at up to 6.5 inches wide.

The printers accommodate 10-inch outer diameter and 1,968-foot ribbon, incorporating an additional guide roller and oversized wind spindle synchronized with platen roller to reduce wrinkle.

For easy media changeout, the printers offer 60-degree access to the media path for quick loading and maintenance of print heads and platen rollers. A variety of standard connectivity options permit fast integration into existing application environments.

SATO America - Booth 2527


Autonomous navigation technology converts lift trucks into unmanned vehicles

Equipped with Driven by Balyo technology, the supplier’s lift trucks function as robotic vehicles that autonomously navigate through a warehouse and execute materials handling tasks.

Instead of relying on lights, beacons, magnets or tape to navigate, the vehicles use infrastructure-free guidance by mapping existing structural features. Using walls, building columns and racks to self-locate and navigate enables easy adjustments to changing layout configurations and reduces start-up costs and time.

As needed, operators touch a single button or move the tiller to activate manual control and perform other tasks.

Yale Materials Handling Corp - Booth S1003


Item-pick solution harnesses robotic technology

A new robot can pick a range of products weighing up to 4.4 pounds at rates up to 600 items per hour without the need to teach-in.

Ideal for order picking and infeed loading, the robot can operate independently and under the control of operators safely, with no fencing cell required.

This collaborative item-picking solution is compact, quick to install and easy to configure. In addition, it is capable of stacking for efficient handling of products to automated packing machines.

Vanderlande Industries - Booth S3912

About the Author

Sara Pearson Specter
Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC. Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery.

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