Vecna Robotics Robotic Lifter 3600kg Engineered for Precise Autonomous Pallet Transport

autonomous pallet transporter,Vecna Robotics

Vecna Robotics, a leader in scalable, next generation order-fulfillment solutions, offers the RL3600 self-navigating lifter. Ideal for horizontal transport of any palletized payload, the RL3600 is engineered for precise, autonomous pallet transport, including fully-automated pick-up and drop-off. Consisting of an OEM pallet truck integrated with Vecna’s platform-agnostic autonomy package, the RL3600 retains all the functionality of the original material handling equipment but is now capable of self-navigating in dynamic environments.

The RL3600 includes options for multiple fork lengths and pallet types. Whether transporting from receiving to storage, end-of-line to shipping, or building and delivering mixed pallets, the RL3600 provides safe, reliable, and precise automated pallet handling.

The RL3600 can be reverted to manual operation like a conventional lift with the flick of a switch. In self-driving mode, the RL3600 can be assigned to pick and place pallets from any location, including staging areas or specific aisles and bays.

To learn more, go to: http://bit.ly/2xohyj8

Vecna Robotics also provides a leasing option including both materials handling equipment and revolutionary disruptive IIoT monitoring. The leasing program ensures a rapid ROI and an affordable way, beyond already competitive pricing, to automate manufacturing, warehouses, and distribution centers. Get pre-approved for leasing at: http://bit.ly/2smfgMA

Damotech Now Ready to Ship Rack Repair Solutions in 10 Days or Less

Damotech, a North American leader in rack repair and damage prevention solutions, announced today at MODEX 2018, the industry’s shortest production time for custom-built repair products. As a result of significant investments in its production facility, Damotech is now able to ship made-to-order units in 10 days or less. Damotech’s top repair products, the Damo Pro and Damo Flex, repair and protect pallet rack from forklift damage that is prevalent in warehouses all over North America.

Damotech has made considerable efforts and investments to speed up the production process in recent years, including the construction of a brand-new LEED certified facility with state of the art technology & automation.

“The quick turnaround and high-level efficiency in our production is unequalled in the rack repair industry” announced Damotech’s President, Eric Naaman. “Our new facility was conceived and built from the ground up to optimize every step of the production process and, ultimately, better serve our customers. A 10 day or less production lead-time is a very significant milestone for our industry.”

“Being able to guarantee an industry leading 10-day lead-time is an amazing competitive advantage for our customers” mentioned Marc Rousseau, VP of Sales at Damotech. “Clients tend to operate in extremely competitive markets and being able to repair their rack system in a couple of weeks instead of months, means they can operate their facilities more efficiently and gain that competitive edge.”

More Information

  • Damotech strives to put an end to the endless cycle of upright replacement with its lines of rack repair and damage prevention products. Because Damotech repairs can generally be executed with minimal to no unloading, it is the most time-efficient and cost-effective solution to repair damaged racks.
  • Damotech’s leading repair product, the Damo Pro, can be manufactured in 10 days or less and comes with a lifetime warranty against impact.
  • Damotech’s rack repair products can be installed anywhere in North America through our network of accredited dealers. Please contact us for product and pricing information.
  • • Download the Damotech Product Brochure or read the Damo Shield case study.
  • All of our products are certified by engineers. They have been subjected to rigorous testing and meet CAN/CSA S16-01 & CAN/CSA A344.2-05 and MH16.1 (RMI) standards.
  • Damotech’s Damo Pro, Damo Pro DBRS, Damo Flex, Damo Flex DBRS, Damo Can, Damo King, Damo Shield and Damo Easy Lift, are all protected under the following patents.
For more information on Damotech and to view the impact test video, visit www.damotech.com.

Camp Out With Frazier! – at Frazier Booth #5055 – MODEX 2018

Long Valley, NJ – April 4th, 2018 – Hike on over to visit Frazier’s Camping Themed Booth #5055, the place to be at MODEX 2018! Come enjoy complimentary snacks, games and prizes! While you’re there don’t forget to check out Frazier’s showcase of storage innovations and order fulfillment solutions; the Ergo Deep Reach, semi-automated high density Pallet Mole® and SelecDeck® Carton Flow, to name a few. Ongoing booth demonstrations will highlight strategies to maximize space, improve productivity and increase order picking efficiency.

Frazier showcase systems include:

The Ergo Deep Reach – The Ergo Deep Reach is an alteration of the Ergo-Label Beam, part of Frazier’s line of ergonomic products . Developed in response to customer needs for an advantage when picking heavy cases, Ergo Deep Reach’s pallet locations sit at a low level while also enabling workers to walk through the racking – from one row to the other.

The Pallet Mole® – With the latest technology in high-density storage, the Pallet Mole maximizes floor space, storing up to 6-high and 50 pallet positions deep, while increasing productivity and maintaining SKU selectivity. Since its launch in 2011, Frazier has completed several successful projects, including Premium Waters of Elwood, KS, which was subject of a Frazier case study.

SelecDeck® Carton Flow – The ideal solution for rising SKU counts and slow moving items. By converting lower pallet rack levels to SelecDeck, users can increase floor pick locations by 25%. SelecDeck’s universal shelf bed accommodates cases of all shapes and sizes and provides quick and easy product mix changes.

Hi-Rise AS/RS Systems – The trend toward automated storage technology continues as manufacturers and distributors seek improved productivity with maximum space and order efficiencies. Frazier will feature some of their hi-rise AS/RS installations along with a video presentation showing the step-by-step construction process of a recent high-rise rack supported building project.

Structural Steel Pallet Rack – Selective pallet rack began FRAZIER’s reputation as the leading global manufacturer of structural steel storage systems. Both its High Quality and ability to be depended on have upheld that reputation for over 60 years. FRAZIER’s Sentinel® is designed, manufactured and installed with the same standards of quality that we use for a custom racking system. There are no unique tools or clips necceassary for assembly and all of the components are fully interchangeable.

Glide-In® Push Back – Combining the high density of Drive-In racking with greater selectivity, Glide-In® “Push Back” storage is FRAZIER’s patented system of enveloping wheeled carts that glide on sloping rails. Made from 100% Structural Steel the Glide-In® racking works by placing the first pallet on the top cart and pushing it back. This exposes the next cart for loading. When the second pallet is positioned and pushed back, the third cart is ready. This continues until all the pallet positions are filled. The last pallet sits on the rail itself. When unloading, the front pallet is removed. Gravity moves all the pallets forward to the front for easy access. As each pallet is removed, the remaining pallets move down into position until completely unloaded and all carts are again in position for reloading.

Glide N’ Pick Cart® – Experience simple order selection with just the touch of a lever using FRAZIER’s Glide N’ Pick Cart® Upon rolling out, rear items being stored on the Glide N’ Pick® are now easy and safe to reach. With the ability to hold up to 3,000 lbs of weight, a Glide N’ Pick Cart® can be installed directly on existing shelf beams increasing available pick faces, simplifying slotting, reducing worker injuries while also reducing damaged products.

Drive-In / Drive-Thru – Drive-In and Drive-Thru storage systems are FRAZIER’s free-standing, self-supporting racks that allow a vehicle drive-in access to products being stored. Drive-In provides a greater capacity in an existing cubic space, more than any other storage method. It eliminates the need for warehouse expansion and allows major cost savings utilizing existing lift equipment. With Drive-Thru, vehicles can access the rack from either side. Pallets can be stored from one side and retrieved from the other, enabling a First-In, First- Out (FIFO) inventory control system.

About Frazier Industrial Company
Frazier Industrial is a large producer of structural steel pallet rack systems in North America, with 10 manufacturing plants located throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Frazier’s rack systems are quickly recognized for durability and custom engineered design. From standard pallet rack to complex pick modules and AS/RS installations, Frazier’s expert team of engineers will help each customer design the best, most cost-effective material handling solution. All systems are manufactured using 100% hot-rolled structural steel, the most durable and abuse-resistant material available.

HANNIBAL TUBERACK SYSTEM SELECTED BY STANLEY BLACK & DECKER FOR NEW MILLION SQUARE-FOOT FONTANA, CA. FACILITY

Hannibal Industries, Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of steel pallet racks for the material handling industry, today announced its patented TubeRack system has been successfully installed in Stanley Black & Decker’s new one-million-square-foot facility in Fontana, Calif.
Stanley Black & Decker, a world-leading provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening systems,  is experiencing heavy growth and needed a racking system that was flexible and both seismically and load-bearing strong for its new warehouse and distribution center which is double the size of its former facility in Rialto, Calif.
“Because of the weight differences among its many hand and power tool products, we designed a racking system that can efficiently and safely accommodate all pallet loads – heavy or light – and can withstand any possible seismic movement,” said Brent Baltin, owner of Baltin Rack, one of Hannibal’s regional distributors.
“Our experience with the Hannibal’s patented TubeRack system has shown that it is the only racking solution that will work in the high seismic areas, such as those found in Southern California,” Baltin added.
The massive Stanley Black & Decker installation involves 1,900 pallet bays.  Each bay has six 60-inch high-load levels for a total pallet position count of 14 positions per bay.   The design load per level is 5,000 pounds with a 30,000-pound capacity per bay.
About Hannibal Industries, Inc.
Hannibal Industries, Inc., headquartered in the Los Angeles metro area, is a pallet rack and steel tube manufacturer with a diverse product line that enables the company to offer material handling products to the most massive operations in the world.  This employee-owned company is the largest U.S. manufacturer of steel pallet rack west of the Mississippi River.
The company’s industry-leading product offering includes TubeRack, Shelving, Structural Pallet Rack, Roll-Formed Selective Pallet Rack, Hybrid Systems, Cantilever Systems, Pushback Systems, Pallet Flow Systems, Case Flow Systems and Drive-In Systems. Engineering and design services offered by the company include system design, seismic engineering, permit administration, in-house installation and custom fabrication.  A true innovator, Hannibal Industries was awarded a patent in 2006 for a pallet rack system adjustable safety restraint, and a patent for its TubeRack in 2015.  For additional information, visit www.hannibalrack.com.

MAST-STYLE PLATFORM LIFT IS COMPACT AND MANEUVERABLE

Wednesday, April 04, 2018  NORTON, MA — Presto Lifts has expanded its popular LiftStik line of lifter transporters. The Model PLS53-150 features compact design, unmatched maneuverability, and powered lift making it ideal for stockrooms, assembly areas, laboratories, offices, retail stores, food manufacturing and pharmaceutical facilities.

The LiftStik’s mast-style configuration places the platform and load directly over the four wheels to provide maximum stability. Using the fingertip control switch, operators can position loads at any height from 4.5” up to 53”. Lift controls are conveniently mounted on the push/steer handle and can be accessed when transporting loads. Lifting speed is a fast 4.75 inches per second. The lift mechanism consists of a steel reinforced cam belt. There are no hydraulics, so there is no chance for messy fluid leaks.

Two platform options are available: wood laminate which measures 17.75” x 15.5” or HDPE plastic which measures 19.5” x 19.5”. The lifting capacity is 150 pounds at a 15.75” load center, regardless of the platform specified.

Power to the lift mechanism is supplied by a 24 volt 7.2 Ah battery. A 115-volt external charger is included.

Front and rear swivel casters roll easily on any surface. Rear wheels feature a foot actuated floor lock to prevent the unit from moving as items are loaded and unloaded, or when used as a work positioner. For more information, visit www.prestolifts.com. 

Delta Unveils 30kW Wireless Charging System and New Onboard Charging Solutions for Material Handling at MODEX 2018

wireless charger transmitter and receiver

Delta 1kW Wireless Charger Transmitter and Receiver

Delta Electronics, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions has launched its 30kW wireless battery charging system for the material handling industry. It can charge a 600Ahr-48V battery in 60 minutes. Adding to the company’s growing portfolio of wireless solutions, this powerful charging system is ideal for large and complex vehicles associated with the burgeoning warehouse automation industry. Such material handling equipment includes scissor lifts, forklifts, trucks, golf carts, and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). In addition, the company will also be debuting its 720W and 1.5kW onboard chargers. Onboard charging solutions boast compact, rugged, and feature-packed designs ideal for meeting the growing demands and pace of material handling applications.

“Today’s material handling industry is under intense pressure, as enterprises around the world look to the supply chain to reduce costs and gain an advantage over their competition,” said M.S. Huang, President of Delta Electronics (Americas). “Our products can help achieve this through top-of-the-line efficiency, charging speed and durability. What’s more, our range of solutions are all compact and installation-friendly, meaning there is a system well-suited for every environment.”

Delta’s solution portfolio will be displayed at booth #B4487 at MODEX 2018 in Atlanta from April 9–12. Key highlights of our showcase will include:

Wireless Charging Solutions

Delta’s new 30kW solution is the latest addition to its growing number of wireless charging offerings, which can deliver an industry-leading efficiency of up to 93 percent. This significantly outperforms many industrial chargers that commonly waste more than 30 percent of the power consumed from the AC line. In addition, Delta’s solutions enable safe, highly reliable, programmable, and efficient charging for any battery type. They do not need costly cables, connectors and contact plates that can wear down and require frequent replacement.

The company’s range of wireless charging solutions cover applications from 1kW all the way to 30kW. Charging systems can be customized to meet the unique needs of a diverse number of installation sites, such as warehouses, factories, ports, and any location where traditional, wired battery chargers are found. These innovative systems, comprised of a base-pad connected to a wall-box and a low-weight on-vehicle unit, eliminate the use expensive cables, connectors, and contactors, decreasing maintenance cost, and ensuring ease of operation. The transmitting and receiving sections communicate via WIFI and communications with the vehicle are via CAN bus. With an IP65 waterproof rating, the system is durable and allows vehicles to operate in outdoor environments.

Onboard Charging Systems

At the show, Delta will also be introducing two new onboard charging systems. They are designed to efficiently charge the battery in industrial electric vehicles, even in the harshest environments.

Developed to easily integrate with a variety of vehicles, such as pallet trucks, scissor lifts, aerial platforms, floor-cleaning machines and more, the 720W Onboard Charger brings material handlers a compact solution able to fit in the smallest of spaces. The charger’s rugged design is also IP65 dust and waterproof. Equipped with a battery temperature sensor, the solution is able to optimize charging, which is fully automated. It also offers extended data storage capabilities, including a full history of the previous 1,000 charges. This provides vital visibility into battery mishandling or early termination of charging. CAN bus is available for connection to smart battery or vehicle systems. Additionally, the interlock feature prevents the vehicle from moving during the charging process.

On-board charger MHE

Delta 720 W On-board Charger

Similarly, the 1.5kW Onboard Charger, also equipped with the interlock feature, brings a durable solution to material handlers to accommodate larger or more energy-intensive vehicles. It is compact, efficient, and feature-packed with a robust die-cast chassis designed to bear the shock and vibration standards of industrial machinery. Most notably, the 1.5kW charger is 100 percent convection cooled, making it particularly suited to applications in environments where water or pollutants are present. The 1.5kW unit offers several connection options to smart battery or vehicles systems, with additional connections available for an optional external LED module and battery temperature sensor. As with the 720W model, the unit will store information on the past 1,000 charges, which can be easily accessed through a data port.

Other Charging Solutions

Delta will also have its DC-DC converters on display along with its modular charging stations, which offer reliable, easy, and accurate monitoring to ensure optimal charge, as well as scalability to handle a wide-range of battery types, voltages and amp-hour ratings in one cabinet. These modular solutions are capable of standard, opportunity, and fast charging from 1.35kW to 30kW; come equipped with CAN bus communication; and boast wall or floor mounting options to accommodate any setting. To maximize uptime, these units come complete with easily serviceable fans, pollution protection for sensitive components, and, due to their modular design, the system will continue to operate should one fail.

For more information regarding Delta’s charging solutions and show displays, visit http://modex2018.delta-energy-systems.com/.

Wildeck Receives “Most Valuable Supplier” Award

Commitment to business excellence earns MVS Award from MHEDA.

Waukesha, WI – Material handling equipment and safety products manufacturer, Wildeck, Inc., has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2018.  The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).  According to MHEDA, this prestigious award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

To qualify for the MVS Award, Wildeck was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to its distributor companies.  In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety, MVS Award winners must also demonstrate an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Distributor Advocacy
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

“It is with great pride that Wildeck has received MHEDA’s 2018 Most Valuable Supplier Award,” stated Wildeck President, Greg Larson. “We are grateful to work with our dedicated dealer partners, systems integrators, and end-users throughout the country. The employee owners of Wildeck truly deserve this honor as they are committed to helping our customers’ projects run smoothly every day.”

“MHEDA members represent the best of our industry; and those who earn the MVS Award have documented that excellence and commitment to their dealers, community, employees and the material handling industry,” said Scott Lee, MHEDA’s 2017 Chairman of the Board and President of Schaumburg, IL based Conveyor Solutions, Inc. “MHEDA is very proud of our MVS Award winners.”

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents nearly 650 companies in the material handling equipment business.  Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit www.mheda.org.

Wildeck, Inc. – based in Waukesha, WI – is a member of MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association), MHI (Material Handling Industry Association), the FMA (Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International), and the NAEC (National Association of Elevator Contractors).  The company is the largest manufacturer of safety guarding products, structural steel mezzanine platforms, manual and automated vertical lifts (VRCs), and rideable material lifts (RMLs) in North America.  A complete line of industrial rolling ladders, custom-designed work platforms and other high access products are also available.  Wildeck products improve supply chain productivity and provide additional capacity, efficiency and safety in manufacturing plants, warehouses, distribution centers, and many other facilities.  They are sold through a dedicated and experienced network of customer-service-oriented dealers and systems integrators nationwide.

Wildeck, Inc. is a subsidiary of Holden Industries, a 100% Employee-Owned Company.  Please visit www.wildeck.com.

Crown Equipment Helps Northgate Markets Achieve Lowest Injury Rate in 11 Years

NEW BREMEN, Ohio – Northgate Markets, a chain of supermarkets in Southern California, is reaping the results of its recently fortified safety and compliance efforts at its distribution center in Anaheim. Working with Crown Equipment, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, the family-owned and -operated business has achieved its lowest injury rate in 11 years and reached full compliance with forklift operator pre-shift inspection requirements.

Looking to improve inspection documentation and impact avoidance, Northgate Markets implemented Crown’s InfoLink® wireless operator and fleet management system to monitor and manage every motorized vehicle in its fleet. This includes more than 100 Crown forklifts and non-Crown equipment. From setting impact thresholds for each forklift to electronically filing vehicle inspection data and impact reports, InfoLink has helped Northgate Markets improve operator compliance, productivity and safety. In fact, since implementation, the company has seen declining workplace injury rates for the past three years.

“With Crown’s InfoLink, I get pre-trip inspection reports on every piece of equipment that every individual gets on every day, period,” said Keith McCarron, director of distribution, Northgate Markets. “In every operation I’ve ever been in, it’s really difficult to fill out a piece of paper and turn it in every day at the beginning and end of a shift. Now I get 100 percent return. No matter what, I know that piece of equipment is being operated safely.”

Northgate Markets material handling fleet varies from forklifts working in the elements outdoors to reach trucks working on smooth floors indoors. According to McCarron, the ability to adjust InfoLink’s impact thresholds to meet these various applications has been crucial to minimizing impacts while also modifying operator behavior.

“The ability to set each individual piece of equipment at a different impact threshold is key,” said McCarron. “Now operators are more aware of that threshold and hitting a rack or bumping a pallet. Prior to InfoLink, they wouldn’t have given it a thought. We’ve had a steady decrease in injuries and Crown’s operator and fleet management system is a part of that program.”

For more details of how Northgate Markets and Crown work together, visit the Customer Results section of the Crown website.

New Warehouse Design Book Offers Insights on Pallet Racking , MHE Selection and More

How to Configure and Equip Your Warehouse: Pallet racking, industrial shelving, MHE and more are covered in a practical warehouse design “due diligence primer.”

Warehouse design practical tips offered in new bookWhen two recently retired MHE professionals connected at a social function a few years ago, little did they realize that their enduring passion for the industry would quickly catapult them into a year-long project.  Soon-to-be authors Keith MacDonald and John Binns believed they had a lot to offer emerging and current generations of warehousing professionals. Their discussion turned to the need for a self-help book about warehouse material handling systems and layouts.*

Ongoing changes and new equipment capabilities had transpired over the course of their careers and continued to be added.  These have important implications for warehouse design. For instance, rack spacing has progressed from “wide” aisles to narrow aisles and then to very narrow aisles. The tremendous increase in storage height is another example as is the awareness of the effects of building column spacing.

Authors Look to Fill a Void in Warehouse Design Information

MacDonald and Binns reasoned that warehousing professionals not involved with deciding storage and handling methods on a day-to-day basis could not be expected to be aware of all the choices available or have the know-how for the needed decisions. Warehouse decision makers are often too busy in operating their existing warehouses to keep up to date on new possibilities. While large multinational companies often have warehouse design expertise, they recognized that for many independent warehouses, there is a serious knowledge gap.

A review of available books on the warehousing topic by the authors confirmed their belief that industry professionals needed better information about warehouse design, including configuration and equipment selection. They found existing titles to be strongly skewed toward efficiently operating the facility. And although operational efficiency is critical, it is much more difficult to achieve in the absence of first understanding how to select and dimension the storage and retrieval systems which will best position the warehouse for success. Without such attention to warehouse design in the early stages, the chances of achieving the expected operating results are greatly reduced.

Further, they also recognized that the ability to select correct equipment was, in itself, not sufficient for a trouble-free installation and operation.  The hands-on learning of pitfalls and dimensioning of various types of equipment and aisle widths, which are combined to form a system, is a must. The fact that the two had been involved with many different types of equipment supplied by a large variety of manufacturers allowed them to bring this broad perspective to the discussion.

They decided that the book would have to be easy for all to follow and become a communications tool as complexity increased.  Most importantly the project manager would have to feel comfortable in using it and have others use it; to be literally “all on the same page” in their understandings of any situation. This must include the progression from “what systems to use” through “how best to use them” and on through “how to combine all the different systems and methods into an efficient layout”.

The Selection Process

To attain these difficult goals it was decided to use a modular approach, which works well for warehouse layouts. Most layouts are just a combination of square or rectangular areas called zones; with each zone being a stand-alone segment of the warehouse.

Therefore, the selection process should be to first determine the type of storage and activity required for a zone and then select the equipment and aisle width to suit. The needed area is then easily determined and each zone becomes a moveable warehouse segment. It’s length and width can be easily reconfigured to fit as many complete warehouse configurations (combinations and placements of zones) as required.

The first step is to consider the different types of goods to be stored, their physical sizes and weights and the type of activity they will require for storage and retrieval. These will be fit into different types of zones.

Types of zone activity will usually fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Pallet-In……Pallet-Out
  • Pallet-In……Pallet-Out / Cases-Out / Pieces-Out
  • Cases-In…..Cases-Out / Pieces-Out
  • Pieces-In….Pieces-Out

In order to progress from the types and needed activities of stored products to a completed layout, the authors recommend a six-step process. For enhanced clarity of the explanations, comments, and cautions, many full-page drawings were considered essential.

For each zone the selection process might then become:

1) Consider and select the preferred storage equipment.

2) Consider and select the preferred handling and order selection equipment.

3) Decide on the preferred storage aisle width. This may not be the narrowest possible. There are many considerations in deciding aisle widths.

4) Combine the storage and handling equipment with the chosen aisle. This is the basic system for a zone.

5) Then comes the very important check of all dimensions to ensure that there will not be any surprise problems. Regardless of warehouse size, the planning is based on a game of inches or fractions of an inch.  A rack bay which is ½” longer than expected can make a row of racks unacceptably long, perhaps messing up the width of access aisles or in-floor wire-guidance.  Every equipment and aisle combination should be checked by an experienced person. Quite often ”The Devil is in the  Details”.

The chances of misfits increase when a number of suppliers are involved and close attention from the project manager becomes very important.

6)  When the selections have been finalized and checked for compatibility each zone can then be inserted where wanted in the overall plan. It is here that the number and width of access aisles (“main aisles”, “cross aisles”) can be determined and the locations of building columns checked. Some suggested “fixes” are shown for instances where the columns become a problem.

The authors believe the manual achieves to a large extent the goals they set in regard to illuminating the process of warehouse configuration and equipment selection. Kirkus Reviews calls How to Configure and Equip Your Warehouse “An informative operational due-diligence primer.”

How to Configure and Equip Your Warehouse is available from a number of major book suppliers with a “look inside” on their websites.  In Canada go to friesenpress.com. Also, check it out at Amazon.com and on Google Play.

 

* For the purposes of this manual a “System” or “Storage and Handling System” is used to include any combinations of storage and handling equipment, along with the methods and aisle widths used to store and retrieve products. A warehouse may have any number of these different systems which, through a step-by-step method, are inserted into the total warehouse layout.

Swisslog Secures Order For The First PowerStore System Deployment In South East Asia From Coca-Cola Malaysia

As part of Coca-Cola Malaysia’s investment of RM500 (US$117)  million to expand the size and production capacity of its current plant at Bandar Enstek, the company has commissioned Swisslog for a flexible, robotic, data-driven automated warehouse that will drive the future of intralogistics for Coca-Cola in Malaysia. This makes it the first PowerStore System deployment in South East Asia.

Coca-Cola’s plant in Bandar Enstek serves as the halal production hub for the Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei markets. The plant at Enstek will help the company achieve it’s objective of increasing density in an existing warehouse and consolidate operations in Singapore and Brunei.

Futureproof Technologies

PowerStore from Swisslog is part of the intralogistics automation provider’s technology offerings that meet the requirements of Industry 4.0. It is integrated into Swisslog’s SynQ software platform, an advanced warehouse management system. SynQ intelligently connects and synchronizes automation equipment, robotics, people and processes.

The PowerStore system not only increases storage space, throughput and productivity in Coca-Cola’s highbay warehouse, it also reduces energy reliance compared to traditional AS/RS crane-based systems. The scope of the project also includes an Electric Monorail System (EMS) to transfer the pallets between the production lines and the PowerStore highbay warehouse, providing better scalability and accessibility.

‘I am very excited that we constantly strive to bring the best technology into Malaysia to continue to enhance our environmentally friendly, world-class Halal manufacturing facility,’ said Mr. Gareth McGeown, Chief Executive Officer, CocaCola Bottlers Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei.

‘Swisslog was a partner of choice for multiple reasons. Having been in the SE Asian region for over two decades, Swisslog is a well-established provider and has successfully delivered a number of complex and innovative projects in the region. Their deep domain expertise and advancements in industrial robotics and intralogistics enable us to achieve greater operational efficiencies, increased storage capacity and seamless distribution, thereby helping us to deliver at the speed of business’ added McGeown. ‘When this project is completed, Coca-Cola Malaysia will become the regional hub and center of excellence for advanced, automated intralogistics.’

Building on a Long-term Relationship

According to Mr. Koh Seng Teck, Head of Southeast Asia for Swsisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS), ‘Swisslog has a long-standing relationship with Coca-Cola, having completed a number of successful implementations of several major automated and data-driven intralogistics systems in markets as diverse as China, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Our partnership is built on a strong foundation of trust and commitment. This project is another indicator of how we are redefining the future of intralogistics solutions and demonstrates the success of our growth strategy in the region. This is our first PowerStore deployment in the SEA region and is a matter of great pride and achievement.’

 

Swisslog designs, develops and delivers best-in-class automation solutions for forward-thinking hospitals, warehouses, and distribution centers. We offer integrated systems and services from a single source – from consulting to design, implementation and lifetime customer service. Behind the company’s success are 2 500 employees worldwide, supporting customers in more than 50 countries. Swisslog is part of the KUKA group, a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions. Visit www.kuka.com.