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ProMat 2011, slated for March 21-24, will showcase more than 700 exhibits and include a comprehensive educational conference. The event, to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, will offer an array of products to help improve productivity at your company.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
February 01, 2011 - MMH Editorial

Two-toned bins for effective inventory control
Offered as a low-cost alternative to high-end inventory control systems, a line of indicator bins includes two colors in one unit. Formed with a bi-color mold to achieve a two-toned bin, the units simplify visual recognition when supplies need to be replenished. They are stocked with a divider in place to designate volume for inventory reserve, and picked from the blue side until reaching the divider. The bins are then flipped to the orange reserve side to visually indicate low inventory levels and the need for replenishment.  Akro-Mils, 800-253-2467, Booth. 1219.

Image-based bar code reader
The DataMan 500 image-based bar code reader uses custom software to achieve higher read rates by processing the 1D bar codes that laser readers cannot read, including damaged, distorted, blurred, scratched, low height and low contrast codes. It captures images at up to 1,000 frames per second and is capable of reading codes in any orientation. The reader allows users to see what the reader sees on a monitor or through image archiving for later review. Cognex, 508-650-3000, Booth. 768.

Collapsible plastic container
Offered in two sizes—48 x 45 x 26.5 and 48 x 45 x 34 inches—BV4845 BulkPak containers stack securely when full and collapse when empty for reduced transportation costs and condensed storage. The reusable containers fit 84 filled bins per inbound truckload and 252 collapsed bins per return truckload. Features include improved shipping density with a higher fill line that allows for more product per bin, a replaceable bottom stringer that reduces replacement cost of full base, and optimized spring-loaded latches. Orbis, 888-307-2185, Booth. 1803.

Forklift fuel cells, hydrogen refueling products
The PowerEdge hybrid fuel cell system replaces standard lead acid batteries in electric lift trucks, and the PowerTap hydrogen generator and refueling station provides a low-emission, cost-effective source of fuel from natural gas. Delivering quick refueling in less than 2 minutes, the systems produce consistent voltage throughout a shift, generating up to 10% gains in productivity. Nuvera Fuel Cells, 617-245-7500, Booth. 1226.

Repair damaged rack legs
For rack repair, the high strength Elite vertical leg kit is offered. The patented system is engineer-certified to guarantee high resistance to future impacts. Fully bolted, the engineered system anchors to concrete flooring with three 0.75-inch anchors. Mac Rak, 815-723-7400, Booth. 1277.

Fast battery charging from high frequency system
Using high frequency technology, eMax HF fast charger provides high charger efficiencies at lower operational costs, with high power factors to reduce AC line draws and minimize infrastructure investment. Compact, the charger’s small footprint frees up floorspace. It is always connected and fully networked, with a wireless communications interface for real-time battery and charger fleet management. EnerSys, 800-538-3627, Booth. 1203.

Fit 315 collapsed containers into trailer
Ideal for applications including manufacturing, plastic packaging products, food processing, dry goods and lightweight plastic components, the Maximizer reusable, collapsible plastic container holds up to 1,000 pounds. It features a 48 x 40 x 41 inch footprint, and folds to allow eight collapsed boxes to occupy the area of one assembled unit for a return ratio of 315 folded containers in a 53-foot trailer. The container can be set up or folded down in minutes and weighs 30% less than other plastic reusable alternatives. Buckhorn, 800-543-4454, Booth. 1219.

Control, monitor overhead cranes
The LRC- M1 wireless control system for electrical overhead traveling cranes can control up to four motions with two ergonomic, multi-axis joystick controllers. The trolley/hoist selector, two auxiliary push buttons and toggles are mounted on an impact-resistant housing. The system is enhanced by enterprise software to communicate wirelessly and bi-directionally with all fixed or mobile assets on a near real-time basis using either the IP-based cellular networks, 802.11, or both.  Cattron Group, 724-962-3571, Booth. 1859.

Palletizer redesigned for better ergonomics
For enhanced ergonomics, the PalletPal level loader has been redesigned with a new, smaller base that permits the operator to step closer to the platform for faster, safer and easier loading and unloading of pallets. Heavy-duty springs automatically lower or raise a pallet load (from 400 to 4,500 pounds) as weight is added or removed, maintaining the top layer of stacked containers at a convenient height. A turntable ring, or optional turntable platform, at the top of the equipment allows the load to spin so the operator remains in the same spot throughout the loading or unloading process. Operating without power and maintenance free, the unit includes fork pockets at the base for easy relocation. Southworth, 207-878-0700, Booth. 403.

Industrial fan delivers energy savings
The durable and adaptable 8- to 24-foot diameter PowerfoilX industrial fan generates maximum airflow. Engineered and machined from materials that promote year-round energy savings, the fan includes the supplier’s NitroSeal Drive custom gearbox. It is backed by a 10-year warranty with factory installation. Big Ass Fans, 877-244-3267, Booth. 408.

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