Modex 2012: Show Preview

Modex 2012, slated for February 6-9, will showcase more than 500 exhibits and include a comprehensive educational conference. The event, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, will offer an array of products to help improve productivity at your company.
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By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large
January 01, 2012 - MMH Editorial

WMS directs pickers with handheld units
The visual logistics WMS presents visual images and instructions to operators over radio frequency handheld units across all functional activities. This helps operators perform their work more accurately and productively. The system significantly streamlines putaway, picking and packing for high order accuracy and fill rates. Tecsys, 800-922-8649, http://www.tecsys.com Booth, 612.

Fuel cells replace lead-acid batteries
With a simplified architecture and common system platform featuring 30% fewer components, the newest generation of GenDrive fuel cells is offered as a drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries in electric lift trucks. Enhancements increase reliability and improve lift and towing capacity. For cost-effectiveness, lower-priced options may be specified. The fuel cells increase productivity by up to 15%, lower operational costs by up to 30% and reduce site greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%. Plug Power, 518-782-7700, http://www.plugpower.com Booth, 4114.

Direct thermal mobile label printers resist drops
The QLn third generation of direct thermal mobile label printers contains drop-resistant durability, user-friendly features to boost productivity and easy integration. A new seamless, one-piece design and tempered-glass display have been added to the printer’s rubber-infused over-molding to make the lightweight printer more durable. Features include a larger, sharper, easier-to-navigate display, proactive alerts and convenient charging accessories. For simplified integration into existing IT environments, the printers are supported by connectivity tools for improved network performance. The printers produce labels for product, work-in-process, shipping, crossdocking, pallets, cases, pick, shelf and putaway use. Zebra Technologies, 800-423-0442, http://www.zebra.com Booth, 112.

Organize VLM, vertical carousel trays with storage system
Offered in 12 standard configurations, the Perfect Divider system organizes shelves within vertical lift modules and vertical carousels. The system comes in lengths up to 120 inches, widths up to 48 inches and heights from 2 to 20 inches. The cells are adjustable on 0.25- to 4-inch centers, or can be custom configured to accommodate contents. A choice of painted or natural finishes is offered. For further customization, accessories include bottom pads, foam pads and cup inserts. Flexcon, 908-871-7000, http://www.flexcontainer.com Booth, 1611.

Electric wire rope hoists come in two configurations
Offered in two configurations, the RHN series of electric wire rope hoists includes a deck/base mounted unit and an ultra-low headroom trolley hoist. Both dual speed units are equipped with a lifetime lubricated gear box and an electromagnetic brake that never needs adjustment. The deck/base hoist holds 2 to 20 metric tons and features a compact, modular design ideal for stationary applications, or it may be combined with a double girder trolley. The ultra-low hoist carries 2 to 15 metric tons. Its compact body has a short end approach for top running and underhung overhead bridge cranes in facilities with limited space. Harrington Hoists, 800-233-3010, http://www.harringtonhoists.com Booth, 2420.

Gentle, rapid sorting in a small footprint
For rapid, gentle conveyance of multiple product types, activated roller belt technology features modular plastic belting for use in sortation applications. Single-sided, right-angle sorting and diverting can be used to send packages to reject stations, for changing carton orientation during high-rate sorting, for sorting into mini-load AS/RS, for carton sequencing, or sorting into accumulation lines. The belt delivers precise bi-directional sorting in a small footprint at rates above 100 packages per minute, or at 30- and 90-degree angles. Sorters handle cases, polybags, totes and parcels of goods ranging from lightweight, letter-sized items to heavy pallet loads. Intralox, 888-427-2358, http://www.intralox.com Booth, 3109.

Black bins are green
A line of environmentally friendly bins—manufactured from recycled, 100% post-consumer, high-density polypropylene—is offered. Bins come in multiple sizes and styles, at an economical price point. In stock for immediate shipping, all bins are black and manufactured in the United States. Quantum Storage Systems, 800-685-4665, http://www.quantumstorage.com Booth, 2013.

Conveyor rollers motorized for quiet, maintenance-free operation
Featuring a built-in motor and gearbox, the Power Moller internally motorized conveyor roller provides safe, quiet, maintenance-free operation. The roller is offered in multiple speeds and voltages, including a family of 24 VDC rollers comprised of the 1.9-inch diameter brushless PM486FE and 2.5-inch diameter pallet handling PM635FS models. Itoh Denki, 888-310-8811, http://www.itohdenki.com Booth, 2905.

Enhance communications to mobile workers
To provide mobile workers with complete, up-to-date information, Skynax comprehensive mobility management system takes a single system approach for mobile data exchange, integrated application and device management, support and security. The system transforms and integrates business data between mobile applications and host systems in real time, making it ideal for field service, direct-store delivery, presales and merchandising, transportation and logistics use. Requiring little to no programming, the system is comprised of a suite of server, desktop and mobile device software applications that improve reliability and reduce complexity. Intermec, 800-347-2636, http://www.intermec.com Booth, 1323.

Monitor, track produce and perishables from field to store shelf
Enabling growers, producers, co-ops, distributors and retail grocers to reduce loss due to spoilage, the freshness management solution for produce and perishables delivers on-demand visibility. The system tracks and monitors the temperature and condition of fresh-cut produce from the field to the shelf. Multiple parties along the cold supply chain can access information about the produce’s condition without unpacking the pallet or unloading the trailer. Features include pallet-level track and trace capabilities for support of chain of custody and food safety compliance requirements. Intelleflex, 408-200-6500, http://www.intelleflex.com Booth, 204.

Float 2,500-pound loads with compressed air device
Allowing one operator to easily and safely move up to 2,500 pounds, the LoadRunner uses on-board compressed air to float its load across the floor. This movement method reduces friction, requiring minimal operator effort. Offered as a replacement for hand trucks, pallet jacks and forklifts, the unit is completely self-contained. Features include a low profile deck with 2-inch insertion height, intuitive throttle-style fingertip controls and quiet, emission-free operation. AeroGo, 800-426-4757, http://www.aerogo.com Booth, 1826. 

Customize the ideal semi-automatic stretch wrapper
Eight different models of low- and high-profile turntable stretch wrappers can be customized with a selection of individual components. The SMART series of semi-automatic units offers multiple wrap heights, powered pre-stretch and no pre-stretch carriages, and various control panels with basic or highly flexible pre-programmed wrapping patterns. The custom machines can be built quickly from in-stock components, reducing cost and wait time. To modify the finished machines’ wrapping functions, its control panel can be easily upgraded. Features include AC variable frequency drives and motors and heavy-duty steel construction. Wulftec/M.J. Maillis, 877-985-3832, http://www.wulftec.com Booth, 2418.

App store expands functionality of supply chain software
The online App Station is a collection of supply chain workflow applications offered by the supplier to allow the addition of new functionality to an existing warehouse management system. The service eliminates difficult and costly upgrades, application bloat, interdependent configuration switches and source code modifications. Only needed features can be selected and installed for fast, easy deployment. All apps are fully tested and backed by technical support. HighJump Software, 952-563-5173, http://www.highjumpsoftware.com Booth, 609.

Pallet-level temperature monitoring for perishables
To provide cost-effective, pallet-level temperature monitoring to growers, producers, co-ops, shippers and brand owners, a rentable plastic pallet features embedded RFID tags that wirelessly track ambient temperatures. The system monitors the temperatures of perishables in-transit to provide on-demand information for real-time decision making. It also enables FEFO (first expired, first out) inventory management to reduce shrink and optimize the shelf life of perishable foods. Durable, sanitary and reusable, the plastic pallets are constructed of sustainable, recyclable materials that can be remolded. iGPS, 800-884-0225, http://www.igps.net Booth, 3528.

Caster built for speed
Built for speed and 24/7 operations, the enhanced heavy service (EHS) towable caster line is ideal for use on in-plant trailers, towline carts and automatic guided vehicle systems. The casters combine five different polyurethane tread options with precision integrated swivel technology, making raceways 45% harder than conventional models. Offered in 6 x 2 inch and 8 x 2 inch sizes, all the wheels in the series are equipped with double sealed precision ball bearings or tapered roller bearings to sustain high speeds. Hamilton Caster & Mfg., 800-733-7655, http://www.hamiltoncaster.com Booth, 1421.

Powered conveyor belting, accessories
The Powerturn conveyor belt is offered in two new models at a competitive price. Due to the supplier’s new fabrication capabilities—including digital cutting belts for precision panels and AutoCad for all drawings—the belting can now be produced with shorter lead times. The belting is supported with all supporting belt conveyor accessories including chain, grommets, rivets, washers, bushings and bearings. Habasit America, 800-458-6431, http://www.habasitamerica.com Booth, 4511.



About the Author

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Sara Pearson Specter
Editor at Large

Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Logistics Management as an Editor at Large since 2001. Based in Cincinnati, Specter has worked in the fields of journalism, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for 15 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky., with a bachelor’s degree in French and history.


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