SKY HOOK Provides Manufacturers with Immediate Lifting Solution for Social Distancing Requirements

Sky Hook

Maintaining efficiency with a limited or restricted workforce has never been more paramount. With the widespread impact of COVID-19, many companies have temporarily closed their doors or made changes for personal safety, including employees working from home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. Essential businesses, however, that have been deemed critical to our current endeavors are rapidly ramping up production to meet the growing demands brought on by this new challenge that the nation faces. 

Manufacturers all over the country are in full swing bringing medical supplies, equipment, and other necessities to market as quickly as possible to assist the growing number of individuals impacted by this pandemic. This does, however, create its own challenges as many companies have implemented Social Distancing policies to curb the potential spread of this virus. Maintaining a six-foot distance between employees can make some vital operations either challenging or impossible to perform safely. 

Two-person lifts are currently prohibited due to the close quarters between employees. Additionally, implementing new overhead crane solutions are typically three to four months out before they can become operational. They can also be expensive and take additional time and training to integrate into operations. How do companies working with limited or restricted staff maintain operational efficiency, while meeting critical safety and ergonomic standards? 

With this growing pandemic, companies all over the world are calling on their employees and vendors alike to innovate and develop new strategies and processes to maintain operations that deliver their vital products to the masses. The Sky Hook is the ergonomic lifting device many companies are reaching for as it provides a safe, single operator lifting solution to meet today’s health and safety needs. As a customizable, lightweight lifting device, the Sky Hook can be an essential component in this endeavor that offers a much-needed solution to a variety of applications spanning countless industries.

Syclone ATTCO Service has been manufacturing the Sky Hook lifting device in the USA since 1969 and they have adapted their unique products to fill a variety of needs. Being both OSHA and ASME compliant, their equipment integrates easily into operations and provides a timely and effective solution to those in need.

“During this time of crisis, we’ve been contacted by many companies seeking lifting solutions to fill these lifting needs and Sky Hook has been proud to rise to the occasion!” says Dusty White, Technical Sales Manager.

With the Sky Hook lifting device, employees are now able to safely work independently to perform critical lifts instead of team lifts, which would violate the proximity policies that many local governments and companies have now implemented.

“We are currently waiving our production expedite charges on both custom and standard units so customers can obtain the lifting solution that they need in a timely and efficient manner to keep up with their current production demand,” says Dusty White, Technical Sales Manager.  “We also have cleanroom modifications available allowing our products to adapt to a variety of work environments. Americans all across our nation are pulling together to meet this adversity head-on and Sky Hook is proud to do its part!”

Contact Syclone ATTCO Service today for additional information on their products, custom capabilities and expedited production options. Additional information can be obtained by emailing info@skyhookmfr.com or by visiting their website at www.SKYHOOKMFR.com.

 

Seegrid Raises $25 Million in Growth Equity

G2VP invests in Seegrid to accelerate new product development and fund growth initiatives

PITTSBURGH, PA  — Seegrid, the leader in self-driving industrial vehicles for material handling, today announced that it has closed a $25 million growth equity investment from G2VP, a venture capital firm focused on investing in industrial technology companies. Specific financial terms were not disclosed, however, the company indicated that the investment reflects a multi-hundred million dollar valuation.

“Revenue in 2019 was record-breaking for Seegrid, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we already have orders in hand to assure continued growth in 2020,” said Jim Rock, Seegrid chief executive officer. “The investment from G2VP allows us to more quickly meet demand and accelerate new product introductions previously scheduled for 2021 and 2022 — as well as support our significant growth and hiring plans.”

“G2VP invests in emerging technology companies that digitize traditional industries and drive market transformations. Seegrid is such a company. Its self-driving vehicle technology is indisputable in its value and safety track record, and we are thrilled to invest in Seegrid and support their mission of helping the world’s leading companies transform into smart factories and distribution centers of the future,” said G2VP co-founder and partner David Mount.

“Seegrid’s best-in-class service goes above and beyond to ensure their impressive portfolio of customers are successful, which is a winning combination for sustainability and growth.”

Mount, who led a number of successful investments in his prior role of partner at Kleiner Perkins, has joined Seegrid’s board of directors.

UBS Investment Bank acted as financial advisor to Seegrid in connection with the transaction. Eric Moskal, Head of UBS’s Americas Industrials Group said, “The success of this fundraising despite the COVID-19 environment is a strong testament to the strength of Seegrid’s technology and its growth prospects. Seegrid is well-positioned as a leader in the rapidly growing market for warehouse and manufacturing automation.”

Seegrid provides turnkey automation solutions for some of the world’s largest brands, including global leaders in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment. Seegrid’s vision guided vehicles (VGVs), fleet management software and industry-leading services teams help manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics facilities achieve Industry 4.0 and material handling automation initiatives, making facilities safer and more productive. Seegrid is focused on delivering solutions that transform the world’s supply chain, autonomously moving material as safely, effectively, and efficiently as possible.

Seegrid stands out in the rapidly growing and evolving automated guided vehicle (AGV) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) industry, and the new investment round will enable Seegrid to further capitalize on its position as a market leader. The company leads the category by pairing the most robust, flexible and reliable technology with unmatched service and support. Seegrid’s proprietary navigation technology, which uses cameras, sophisticated algorithms and machine learning to navigate in dynamic environments, along with its leading safety record, is fundamental to reaching nearly 3 million miles at customer sites without a single personnel safety incident. Seegrid leads the world in miles logged by an infrastructure-free AGV company.

For more information about Seegrid’s products and services, visit www.seegrid.com.

MAKING AUTONOMOUS ORDER PICKING A SUCCESS

How can we derive even greater benefit by combining what humans do best with the advantages of autonomous technologies? What should an adaptive autonomous picking system be able to handle and what safety measures are necessary to operate vehicles autonomously in public spaces? Answers to these questions are being provided by the QBIIK research project, which ends in June this year after three and a half years of development work.

autonomous order picker

The QBIIK project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the ‘PAiCE – Digital Technologies for The Private Sector’ technology program (see pullout). The program uses prototype solutions in specific application areas to highlight the opportunities that arise from integrating and using innovative digital technologies. “The various objectives include optimizing the use of resources and ensuring that production is as environmentally friendly as possible. The new QBIIK FTF robot system makes value-added processes more efficient while using fewer resources,” says Gerd Hembach of the German Aerospace Center, which is responsible for the project.

Robot system learns via the user interface

The project is developing an adaptive autonomous picking system that combines the advantages of autonomous technologies with human capabilities. At the heart of the system is a locally controlled truck with a gripper robot capable of moving euro containers with a maximum weight of 15 kilograms. The vehicle can position itself within the warehouse, navigate to its destination, and reach for the ordered goods – all completely autonomously. A human-machine interface can be used to request remote human support via a virtual reality user interface as necessary, for example, if a gripping process fails. In this scenario, a person takes control of the robot to complete the identification and gripping processes. This human intervention allows the robot system to learn how to handle new work processes so that it can carry out new procedures in the future.


THE QBIIK TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

autonomous pickerThrough the PAiCE (Platforms/ Additive Manufacturing/ Imaging/ Communication/ Engineering) technology program, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) funds the testing of new digital technologies in industrial processes and applications. The QBIIK project is part of this funding program, in which the development partners BÄR Automation, STILL GmbH, Audi Sport GmbH, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are participating. The project is scheduled to end in June 2020 after three and a half years.


The iGo neo has all the right ingredients

The iGo neo from industrial truck manufacturer STILL provides the vehicle platform for the QBIIK project. The engineers at STILL incorporated intelligent robot technology – and therefore cognitive abilities – during the picking truck’s development. The result is an autonomous system that is perfectly tailored to the requirements of order picking tasks in environments such as retail, e-commerce, and spare part sales. “The truck’s equipment has proven hugely beneficial in this project. We have retained more than 90 percent of the existing software frameworks in the iGo neo and only had to make minor adjustments,” says Bengt Abel, who is responsible for the QBIIK project at STILL and at the holding company, the KION Group. “Because the vehicle is so autonomous and we know it very well, we have had more time to deal with other tasks.”

Virtual protective cage increases safety

And there have been plenty of other tasks to tackle. For example, a risk analysis identified 116 hazardous situations that could arise with the demonstrator vehicle. “That is why we looked at the necessary safety measures at great length. The biggest issue was that there is no standard to fall back on for this type of application where a robot is mounted on an autonomously moving vehicle. Simply adding a cage around the vehicle was not feasible in this case,” Abel adds. This challenge was resolved by installing a scanner that establishes a safety zone around the iGo neo. If a person or an object enters the zone, the truck and the robot arm are deactivated immediately.

Learning processes completed successfully

Another development priority was the autonomous truck’s ability to orient itself within its environment. For this, the STILL developers used Monte Carlo localization (MCL), a sample-based method for estimating the position and orientation of a mobile system. The first tests were run in the warehouse of project partner Audi. With the help of learning trips, waypoints were recorded which the autonomous system uses to find its way around. The iGo neo can then freely move between them using fixed objects such as walls and pillars as orientation points. “During the initial tests, the learning trips had to be carried out by us, but the plan, later on, is to enable system users to carry out these trips themselves,” says Abel. The containers on the shelves are detected in several stages by an artificial neural network using a combination of imaging sensors, a 3D camera, and tactile proximity sensors.

Overall, STILL development engineer Bengt Abel is very satisfied with the progress on the project. “We still have some work to do to speed up the truck and the robot, as it is currently too slow to use in the field,” he says in summary. However, this is largely due to safety requirements, which are still rather high. Gerd Hembach from the German Aerospace Center is also pleased with the results so far: “The consortium has developed reliable results within three and a half years and implemented them in an application. I expect to see a prototype of the entire system when the project concludes in June 2020.”

Source: Kion Group

Products on Pallets: 5 Ways to Make Sure Disasters Don’t Happen

IKEA warehouse

Image by icondigital from Pixabay

In the global supply chain, wooden pallets provide a secure base for storing and moving products and are often handled on a daily basis. While a pallet that is in top condition can safely hold multiple boxes and heavy merchandise, problems like incorrect stacking, inappropriate usage, or unnoticed damage can result in a pallet collapse that destroys thousands of dollars’ worth of product and threatens the safety and even the lives of workers. Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent this and tips to follow that will help ensure your company’s pallet racking or stacking is safe and able to do the job.

  1. Choose the Right Pallets for the Purpose

Safe pallet use starts with safe pallets, and it’s well worth your time getting it right from the get-go to avoid having to replace pallets, machinery, and inventory in the future. To start with, make sure that you purchase new pallets from a reputable company that provides detailed usage and maintenance specifications. If you’re shipping outside of Canada or the US, you’ll need to provide evidence of appropriate heat-treating for insects and mold, but this step is not required for domestic shipping. The supplier will be able to indicate if their pallets are suitable for use in racking and which pallet models are suitable for different kinds of loads.

“Pallets represent one of the most important tools in the supply chain industry today and must be sourced responsibly if global trade is to be sustainable over the longer term,” Jake Thill, Director of Marketing and Sales at Fruit Growers Supply explained. “When looking for the best pallet to use in your warehouse, look for a sustainable forestry certification. That’s important if you want to ensure your pallets are coming from environmentally-responsible sources. The quality of wood is often better when the land is treated better, too.”

While wood pallets are the most popular, there are several other options available too, including plastic pallets, paper pallets, wood composite and even metal ones too. Each has its own benefits and strengths, and you need to ensure you’re sourcing the right product for your business. 

  1. Have Pallet Racking Designed and Installed by Professionals

Your company may be small now, but the design of your pallet racking or stacking must take future growth into account. Retrofitting your racking system to allow for storing more inventory is not only more expensive than getting the design right from the start, but can also lead to overloading, forklift collisions, and racking collapses with potentially devastating consequences.

Having your racking or stacking system designed and installed by an experienced, professional company will ensure that you choose the correct system for the products you stock and the machinery that you use, and is also the best way to be certain that all of the relevant manufacturer and building code instructions will be followed at the time of installation. 

  1. Follow Manufacturer Instructions and Label Racking Clearly

Safety with pallets — as with any product — really is a matter of reading the instructions. Every pallet manufacturer will provide weight limits for the loads that their pallets can safely bear and these limits should be displayed with clear notices and followed by all staff and supervisors. As a general rule, heavier loads should be stored in lower bays and long and bulky items are best stored using a cantilever system. These guidelines must also be followed in seasonal hot spots for product turnover — as even temporary overloading or careless storage could lead to a disaster.

  1. Hire an Independent Company to Inspect Your Pallet Racking

Over time, pallets can weaken and become damaged, and accidents while handling pallets can cause them to break. For the safety of staff and the product inventory, it’s essential that any broken pallets be removed and repaired or recycled to prevent a slip or trip injury, and that staff are trained to report any signs of damage or faults in pallets as soon as they see them so that those pallets can be removed from circulation and repaired.

As a routine measure to prevent collapse, every company that uses pallets should have their pallets inspected by an independent company on an annual basis and maintenance and repair measures implemented immediately.

  1. Teach Safe Pallet Handling Guidelines to All Staff

Many accidents and injuries are a direct result of risky pallet handling behaviors, so your staff needs to be trained in safe pallet handling and adequately supervised to ensure they follow these guidelines on the job. For example, personnel should never climb on pallets to retrieve an item that is stored up high, should never be lifted while standing on a pallet, and should always lift a pallet with a lighter load between two people with appropriate steel-toed shoes if a forklift is not available.

By taking these safety precautions and never improvising when it comes to pallets, your company can enjoy greater efficiency, safety for workers, and a healthier bottom line in the long run. 

Author Bio: Jordan McDowell is a writer and content strategist. He specializes in manufacturing and often covers workplace safety, but also enjoys writing about the automotive industry and exploring the great outdoors.

FlexQube celebrates 5 years working with its online design platform, DesignOnDemand™

FlexQube

FlexQube is a material handling and industrial cart provider with experience within the logistics, distribution and manufacturing industries. Within this time, FlexQube had launched its DesignOnDemand™ platform, which allowed facility managers, engineers, and other customers to join an online design meeting. Within this meeting, everything is discussed, from transportation methods, the weight of the materials, to delivery times and manufacturing.

Now FlexQube is marking its fifth anniversary in its DesignOnDemand™ platform. This platform has been a pillar for the FlexQube brand in how we interact with our customers. In these five years, FlexQube has been able to help over 500 customers create, develop, and redesign their material handling solutions. This has led to over 1000 designs published on the FlexQube website, and this further improves the ease of creating solutions without the customer needing to leave their computer.

CEO Anders Fogelberg comments, “Without the use of our online platform, we wouldn’t have been able to help so many customers in such a short amount of time. In the beginning, some customers were a little hesitant, but as time went on, it seemed like the more obvious and beneficial method of interacting with customers, for both parties. I look forward to seeing how far we can take this platform in the future”.

We look forward to further strengthen the DesignOnDemand™ platform by using developing technology to create an even better and more valuable experience for the customer.

About FlexQube

FlexQube offers a unique and patented concept for the design and manufacture of robust, modular, and flexible carts and racks. The company has production in Sweden and the US with associated distribution in Europe and North America, including Mexico. On December 14, 2017, the company was listed on Nasdaq First North in Sweden.

FlexQube has some of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive, energy, defense, aviation, appliances, and construction machinery among its customers. Some examples are Volvo Cars, Autoliv, Scania, Whirlpool, Eberspächer, and Oshkosh.

Creform angled cart looks at all the “angles” in brake production

material handling cart

Greer, SC—Creform Corporation, a manufacturer of unique products for material handling structures has designed and produced an angled shelf cart for an automotive parts supplier. The cart, one of several currently in the supplier’s manufacturing operation, holds a supply of brake calipers for a suspension subassembly. 

The compact cart can be loaded up and then positioned in the assembly cell for easy access, allowing the supplier to keep only what is needed in the cell to minimize the space dedicated to inventory.  The design of the cart also works well to support mixed model production or rapid changeover. 

The cart pictured features three angled shelf levels for ergonomic presentation and can easily be restocked from the rear, while still maintaining comfortable parts access from the front for the associate. The wide span is reinforced with central support and casters to create a cart that is both durable and rigid. An extra shelf is provided at the bottom for storage of miscellaneous items. Each of the cart’s levels can be repositioned or reconfigured with simple tools.

The cart features six 4 in. diameter swivel casters with urethane wheels for easy positioning, stability and safe movement.  The wheels lend themselves to easily move the structure from the warehouse to the production floor for housekeeping, or relocation. Four of the casters feature brakes that can be engaged for secure positioning. The cart has overall dimensions of 52” W x 20” D x 48” T and is designed to hold up to 750 lb.

As with all Creform carts, higher capacity and custom cart sizes and configurations are possible with the Creform system of 28 mm, 32 mm and 42 mm plastic coated steel pipes and metal joints. 

A wide variety of pipe color options are available and upgrade hitches are available for AGV delivery. Accessories include hooks, label holders for shelf levels or even shelf positions, writing surface with clipboards to name a few. Creform carts are available as a kit, assembled structure or in component form for a complete DIY solution  

The Creform System is used to create an array of material handling and efficiency-enhancing devices and is a proven component in continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing programs. The company partners with customers in developing and implementing these programs.   

MHS introduces IoT-based predictive maintenance solution for logistics facilities

Condition-based maintenance reduces unplanned downtime, avoids unnecessary service

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(Mt. Washington, Ky.) March 10, 2020 – MHS (www.mhsglobal.com), a single-source provider of material handling automation and software solutions, announces the launch of MHS Insights, a condition-based maintenance solution that monitors assets through IoT sensors and system data to provide timely maintenance recommendations and strategic health assessments.

“By not leveraging data, warehouses and distribution centers miss significant opportunities to reduce downtime and make their service operations more effective and efficient,” says John Sorensen, senior vice president, Lifecycle Performance Services, MHS. “MHS Insights is designed to address this deficiency by combining data and analytics to provide precise, timely maintenance insights.”

MHS Insights integrates readings from multiple data sources with predictive models, historical readings and detailed knowledge of failure modes. This provides service organizations with precise, condition-based predictive alerts on potential failures, rated with a red, yellow or green level of urgency. These proactive maintenance and component replacement recommendations come well ahead of when alarms would activate in the control room.

By detecting emerging failure risks early, businesses can turn unplanned downtime into strategically planned repairs that minimize system disruption and help maximize reliability. Condition-based maintenance can also avoid unnecessary routine preventive maintenance tasks based on arbitrary schedules, not asset-specific information.

Facilities can integrate MHS Insights with the company’s CMMS solution, for a seamless, effective package to optimize maintenance spend and system performance. MHS Insight alerts can auto-populate work orders and part orders, saving time and cost on administrative tasks, and arming technicians with OEM specific recommendations and equipment information to expedite service.

To learn more about MHS Insights, click here.

Fetch Robotics Announces Integrated Fulfillment Solution with Zebra Technologies

Combined power of Fetch AMRs and Zebra FulfillmentEdge™ software optimizes picking across multiple orders while dynamically orchestrating workers and robots

ATLANTA, March 9, 2020 – Fetch Robotics, leader in cloud robotics, has announced a collaboration with Zebra Technologies Corporation, an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, to optimize and automate warehouse picking processes through the integration of Fetch Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and Zebra FulfillmentEdge™ software. The unique solution optimizes picking across multiple orders for piece, case, and pallet workflows. By dynamically optimizing and orchestrating the movement of warehouse workers and robots, FulfillmentEdge and Fetch AMRs enable collaborative picking for faster, more accurate fulfillment and improved workflows that allow workers to spend more time in the aisle instead of manually moving material throughout a facility.  The solution will be demonstrated at Fetch’s booth (#9011) at MODEX 2020 on March 9-12, 2020 in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.

E-commerce is causing a profound change in supply chain operations that is blurring the line between distribution centers and fulfillment centers as companies increasingly ship to consumers and stores from the same facility. Increasing order volume, labor shortages, high turnover, long ramp-up times, and physically taxing material movement related to picking are forcing companies to accomplish more with fewer resources. In response, picking operations need to transform so that companies are able to fulfill more orders with fewer and less experienced workers.

The integration of Zebra FulfillmentEdge and Fetch AMRs provides the solution needed for this transformation. Through the combined solution, workers are collaboratively dispatched in optimized pick paths across multiple orders turning manual material movement into high-value, productive picking time. Worker and AMR movements are orchestrated for picking operations but can also interleave other tasks such as replenishment into the flow to better leverage workers’ time in the aisles. In addition, FulfillmentEdge can direct Fetch AMRs to other non-picking operations such as removal of recycling, reverse logistics and restocking of packing stations to maximize robot utilization. The solution also makes it easier to train workers for new workflows, reducing training and onboarding time up to 90 percent.

“By integrating Fetch AMRs with Zebra FulfillmentEdge and the optional enterprise-class HD4000 head-mounted display, we have created a solution for companies to modernize their picking operations without having to upgrade their warehouse management system or make changes to their facilities,” said Stefan Nusser, VP of Products at Fetch Robotics. “This combined solution enables companies to increase revenue by directing workers to high-value activity, reduce unproductive material movement and dwell time, and improve efficiency across piece, case, and pallet picking operations.”

Zebra FulfillmentEdge uses multiple sources of data, including a customer’s warehouse management system (WMS) and other back-end systems as well as contextual and mobile device data to direct and synchronize the best-next-action of multiple workers and Fetch AMRs for collaborative picking assignments across multiple orders using picking strategies that include zone picking and wave picking, among others. The picking process is streamlined with visual cues presented as a simplified graphical and numerical overlay in the HD4000 head-mounted display to provide information including item location, pick total, directional prompts and cues showing pickers where to place the right quantities for each customer order on the Fetch AMR cart.

“Warehouse operations leaders need to synchronize their WMS, worker and workflow optimization solutions and new automation deployments to maximize return on investment and minimize risks to supply chain operations,” said Joe White, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Zebra Technologies. “Combining Zebra FulfillmentEdge with Fetch’s broad portfolio of AMRs empowers our joint customers to modernize their warehousing, distribution and fulfillment operations by optimizing the performance of front-line workers alongside AMRs.”

Visit Fetch Robotics at MODEX 2020 (Booth #9011).

Seegrid Announces New Auto-Charging Self-Driving Vehicle for Material Handling

Seegrid GT10 Series 7 Plus

PITTSBURGH, PA – March 9, 2020 – Seegrid, leader in infrastructure-free, self-driving vehicles for materials handling, today announced the launch of GT10 Series 7 Plus, the first vision guided vehicle (VGV) to feature auto-charge integration and an enhanced sensing technology, further advancing automated material movement for manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce companies.

The newest addition to the Seegrid product offering, the GT10 Series 7 Plus automated tow tractor features a shorter mast structure to accommodate facilities with height restrictions, comes standard with auto-hitch capabilities, and features reverse sensing for added functionality. 

It also boasts auto-charge technology which allows the customer to automate the VGV battery charging process. The new auto-charge functionality is integrated into Seegrid Supervisor, the company’s fleet management software, which monitors the vehicle battery levels, automatically sends vehicles to charging stations, and schedules vehicles to return to production once a full charge is reached. 

“The GT10 Series 7 Plus closes the automation loop by providing an end-to-end solution with charging in-between jobs, removing the need for human assistance to complete the repetitive and hazardous task of battery maintenance,” said Jeff Christensen, Seegrid’s vice president of product. “This not only allows for safer work environments, but it also provides a more consistent throughput for a rapid return on investment for our customers.” 

Seegrid vehicles are designed to provide maximum reliability and flexibility in dynamic environments by using the industry-proven vision technology. Every vehicle features ten cameras which collect and interpret thousands of data points every second to create a 3D map of its environment – the most robust navigation system in the industry. Already the most reliable navigation in dynamic environments, this new advancement provides better maneuverability and visibility in tight spaces, while turning, and when moving backwards for increased customer throughput.

The addition of the GT10 Series 7 Plus is another example of Seegrid’s commitment to helping customers continue process improvement in their facilities. For more information about Seegrid’s products and services, visit www.seegrid.com

Evans Deploys New Machine Vision AI System from ADLINK to Improve Warehouse Order Accuracy and Efficiency

Evans chooses the ADLINK Edge Smart Pallet solution to optimize warehouse packing line and automate quality checking – as showcased at ADLINK’s booth 614, IWLA Convention & Expo

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Evans Distribution Systems, a provider of third-party logistics and supply chain solutions, is transforming its warehouse packing line with a machine vision AI solution from ADLINK Technology, a global leader in edge computing. The ADLINK Edge™ Smart Pallet technology will be showcased by ADLINK in booth 614 during the 2020 IWLA Convention & Expo in San Diego, March 15-17, 2020.

Evans has deployed the ADLINK Edge™ Smart Pallet solution to improve accuracy and efficiency using two GigE cameras, an Edge AI Gateway computer and ADLINK Edge™ software. Package contents are recorded and classified as they move along the packing line and rule-based analytics are able to identify any incorrect contents.

The solution is able to cross-reference real-time vision data viewing the box contents on the packing line against the packing list on Evans’ Warehouse Management System and, if an error is detected, a label is printed on the box to signal that a manual quality check is required.

“Our investment in this technology from ADLINK is a small step toward a larger organizational goal: To provide the highest quality service to Evans customers using people and innovation to enhance the end-to-end supply chain,” said Steve Ruch, Vice President of Warehousing at Evans. “The goal is to enhance our current operations with a nondisruptive technology and machine vision AI has great potential to transform our business. The packing line conveyor still works in the same way but this machine is over 99% accurate, allowing us to utilize the valuable skills of our people in other areas more efficiently.”

“Our Smart Pallet solution is out of the box technology with minimal configuration and is proven to transform warehouse logistics operations. It replaces traditional barcode hand-scanning by using machine learning to help automate correct packing in the warehouse, removing errors in inventory,” said Daniel Collins, Director of IoT Solutions for ADLINK Americas. “As a smart solution, Smart Pallet includes all the hardware, software and training needed, including ADLINK’s leading Smart Cameras, Edge IoT software for real-time connectivity and Edge IoT apps for machine vision.”

ADLINK is also proud to join the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) as a partner member. Attendees of the 2020 IWLA Convention & Expo can see the Smart Pallet technology live by visiting ADLINK in booth 614.

For more information about the ADLINK Edge™ Smart Pallet solution visit ADLINK’s website at https://www.adlinktech.com/en/Smart-Pallet and stay up to date by following ADLINK on twitter @ADLINK_Tech.