Show preview: ProMat 2011 products

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

Sort high densities at high speeds
Offered with multiple tray configurations to allow for maximum throughput capacity and gentle product handling, high speed unit sorters improve accuracy, productivity and efficiency. The simple and flexible sorters handle high densities at quiet decibels. They are ideal for sorting pharmaceuticals, books, multimedia, small packages, flats, shoes, jewelry, office supplies, e-commerce items, optical products, apparel and accessories. To suit specific application needs, various induction methods and sorting destination types may be specified. EuroSort, 410-363-6345 Booth. 2619A.

Environmentally friendly suspension packaging
Ideal for low-profile, small electronics, the Korrvu Hybrid packaging creates retention-type surface protection with a suspension-type hold. The system uses a proprietary retention frame and elastomeric film. When the side flaps of the corrugated frame are folded up, the attached film is loosened, creating an insertion pocket where the item is placed. When the flaps are folded down, the film stretches over the product to hold it securely in place. Sealed Air, 800-648-9093, Booth. 3919.

Pick-to-light for kitting, picking processes
Intended for error-proof use in parts picking, kitting, assembly and sequencing, the Build2Light is a complete light-directed picking system. The system is engineered for production environments, with low cost of entry and scalability, making it ideal for pilot programs. All key hardware is included, enabling operator self-sufficiency, fast installation, and stand-alone function without the need to interface with larger host manufacturing applications. Lightning Pick Technologies, 262-250-2143, www.l, Booth 4250.

New module for RFID-enabled load tracking system
The new Orchestrator work queue and task management module has been added to the VisiblEdge RFID-enabled system that automates data capture for location and identification of lift trucks and their loads. By leveraging automated load and location data capture capabilities, the module improves the forklift operator’s experience. It also integrates with a facility’s WMS or ERP to streamline the distribution and execution of material movement work instructions.  Rush Tracking Systems, 913-227-0922, Booth. 141.

Intelligent jib moves with operator
Offered as an easier-to-move alternative to the traditional workstation jib/chain hoist combo, the G-Jib includes the G-Force intelligent lifting device in conjunction with a workstation jib crane. The actuator of the lifting device stays in a fixed position near the vertical truss of the crane, eliminating the dead weight that comes with moving a hoist along the rail. The system travels with the motion of the operator and is offered in two capacities: 330 and 660 pounds. Gorbel, 800-821-0086, Booth. 3623.

Inventory management and control software
FastPic5 inventory management and control software now provides a batch handling function to improve throughput and productivity. The software employs three methods: static batching creates batches ahead of time at the order entry department; dynamic batching builds the next batch for the operator to reduce workload; and operator-defined batching allows the picker to create the next batch from a list of pending orders. The system integrates with host software, pick and put-to-light technology and automated storage and retrieval systems to increase throughput up to 600% and accuracy rates up to 99.9%. FastPic, 207-854-8663, Booth. 2919.

Live roller conveyor replacement belts
The economically priced TF-100T live roller conveyor belt is offered. Capable of navigating small conveyor pulleys, the belt cuts replacement costs. If needed, the unit can be spliced directly into the existing belt. Habasit America, 678-288-3600, Booth. 1044.

Workstation includes on-board power
To run a computer, printer and other devices simultaneously, the PC series mobile powered workstation incorporates on-board power, along with ample shelf space for products and other items. When charged, the cordless battery offers integrated, seamless power for up to 12 hours of normal use. Six-inch swivel casters lock for stability once the portable station is positioned. Carts come in dimensions up to 24 x 48 x 37 inches with five different battery/inverter/charger packages. Newcastle Systems, 781-935-3450, Booth. 4768.

Easily identify inventory with clear view storage bins
For inventory organization, clear-view ultra stack and hang bins are made of injection-molded polypropylene. Front, back and side grips provide easy handling, while a built-in, rear hanger suspends the bins from louvered panels or rails. Resistant to rust and corrosion, the bins are waterproof. Dividers maximize flexibility and keep contents organized. Twenty different models are offered, in sizes ranging from 5 x 4.125 x 3 to 17.125 x 14.75 x 10.25 inches and capacities from 8 to 75 pounds. Quantum Storage Systems, 800-685-4665, Booth. 1922.

Print, apply shipping label and packing slip
For distribution and fulfillment centers, the TwinPrint system includes printers and printer applicators with two printheads that print both the shipping information and a confidential packing slip on a single label. Once applied to the carton, the packing slip is accessed by tearing a zipper strip. The information on the printed liner remains confidential and provides tamper-evident protection during shipping. By repurposing the label liner as the packing slip, the system eliminates a traditional packing slip and plastic envelope from the waste stream. FOX IV Technologies, 877-436-2434, Booth. 4103.

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