For Third Year in a Row, Yard Management Solutions Named 2020 MHI Innovation Award Finalist

The only yard management system recognized for “Best IT Innovation”, YMS will be demonstrating their newest software features at MODEX booth #8178

Duluth, GA – February 12th, 2020 – Yard Management Solutions, the industry leader for supply chain and logistics software solutions, has once again been selected as a 2020 MHI Innovation Award Finalist. For the third year in a row, Yard Management Solutions has been recognized in the “Best IT Innovation” award category for quantifiable and sustainable results in cost savings, revenue generation, and customer satisfaction.
Innovation is a driving force that keeps Yard Management Solutions at the cutting edge of the logistics industry year after year. Providing real-time visibility on shipment status and location, increasing workforce productivity through better transparency, and enabling robust data analysis with detailed reports has solidified Yard Management Solutions’ software as the most powerful, user-friendly, cost-effective yard management tool on the market.
To qualify for this year’s award, Yard Management Solutions submitted three new software innovations, bringing a layer of added awareness and optimization to shipping yards across the globe. First, Enhanced Alert Intelligence monitors the shipping yard and notifies appropriate personnel of potential problems through software notifications, email alerts, and text messages. Second, Smart Yard “X-Ray Vision” provides real-time visibility on the exact contents of every trailer in the yard – a world-class warehouse management system inside the yard management system. Finally, Smart Yard “Shipment Optimizer” matches shipments with the best trailer or carrier based on facility-specific rules.
Last week, MHI announced the finalists for the 2020 Innovation Awards. After receiving 155 submissions, five independent judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry completed the initial vetting process. Four finalists were chosen as the most innovative products in each category – Best New Innovation; Best Innovation of an Existing Product; and Best IT Innovation.
On Monday, March 9th, 2020 finalists provide in-booth presentations to judges at MODEX 2020 in Atlanta, GA. MHI announces the winners in each category on Wednesday, March 11th during MHI Industry Night. Yard Management Solutions is exhibiting its full suite of software tools at MODEX booth #8178, including interactive touchscreen displays and live software demonstrations.

Creform designs new custom AGV for automotive supplier

Automotive powertrain supplier uses AGV to handle around the clock operation to support its process equipment

Greer, SC—Creform Corporation has designed and built a new custom AGV system, designated the FH-A35046 bolt-on AGV, that uses a recycled and refurbished drive unit, control box/components and photo-eye matched up with a new conveyor, new frame, new HMI and new opportunity charging system to arrive at a cost-effective AGV system for an existing automotive powertrain customer.

The single-direction AGV was developed for a specific application with detailed requirements to support the user’s “around the clock” operation. Creform developed four AGVs for this specific job recipe to act as transfer vehicles between conveyors at multiple points in the manufacturing process.

The AGV, with overall dimensions of 83″ L x 36″ W x 60″ T features two powered 36 in. high conveyor decks for automatic load transfers. One deck handles right-hand part pallets. The other deck handles the left. Full and empty pallets are handled among the six production stations and follow an approximate 150-foot long magnetic tape guide path. The loads are transferred off one side of each AGV.

Photocells on the AGV load transfer conveyor are used for slow down and stop functions and are also used for secure load verification while the AGV is traveling. Optical communication devices coordinate the conveyor operation between the AGV and stationary units. Any load shift would be detected and will stop AGV.

Mechanical load safety stops rotate down when pulling into conveyor stations to allow transfers. Gravity causes them to rotate back up when leaving the transfer point to ensure that the load is secure. Conveyor sections are covered to help keep loads clean while aboard, while removable and see-through panels provide access for maintenance.

Each AGV features a heavy-duty fabricated steel base for strength and rigidity. Forklift tubes are integrated into the frame’s design which allows easy and safe lifting for easy maintenance. The units can travel up to 35 M/min and have a load capacity of up to 800 lb. (364 kg). Floor positioned RFID tags are used for control of speed and obstacle sensor views.

Each unit incorporates a 24-volt system, powered by two covered 12 V AGM batteries with easy access at the center of the AGV. The opportunity charging system, activated by photocells, minimizes the need for the user to manually change batteries. With each circuit of the guidepath, batteries are automatically charged by just pulling into the charging station positioned along the route. No human intervention is necessary. In this application, the AGVs charge at four locations where the units spend most of the time. Also, with four chargers and four AGVs, the units can sit on the chargers between shifts for extended charging time.

Safety category 3 features on the AGVs include a safety circuit to cut power, audible warning device, flashing light, E-stops and the Unit features a laser scanner on the leading edge of AGV.
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.

TrueCommerce Announces Enhancements for its Magento eCommerce Integration

Cloud-based solution now allows e-merchants to consolidate retail and online orders, manage shipments and inventory in one system

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 122019)—TrueCommerce, a global provider of trading partner connectivity, integration, and unified commerce solutions, has announced new upgrades for its popular integration with Adobe (Magento), the leading e-commerce platform for brands of all sizes that support B2B, B2C and B2E use cases. The new features of the cloud-based offering allow organizations to manage orders on one platform that seamlessly connects TrueCommerce’s unified commerce offering with Magento and a wide range of business systems.

“We are excited to add new offerings to our unified commerce solutions suite,” said TrueCommerce president Ross Elliott. “Magento is a dynamic leader, hugely respected by omnichannel players worldwide. The new enhancements for this integration, increasingly popular with our customers, will allow them to make the most of their Magento implementations and seamlessly integrate their e-commerce programs with shipping and inventory management processes.”

The TrueCommerce Magento Integration new features enable its users to:

  • Seamlessly transfer critical data like orders, shipments, and inventory between most popular business systems and Magento storefronts
  • Automatically create new customer profiles in a business system from online orders
  • Create shipments with tracking information to keep customers up to date on the status of their order
  • Update online products quantity with ERP inventory integration
  • Unleash eCommerce sales potential by saving time, cutting costs and boosting brand image
  • Fulfill Magento-based orders faster and at optimal cost with the TrueCommerce Pack & Ship solution

“The digital commerce landscape is quickly evolving, as B2B and B2C organizations double down on their investments in digital selling channels. To effectively compete in this environment and delight customers, organizations need their technology stack to be tightly integrated,” says Jordan Jewell, Research Manager for IDC’s Digital Commerce program. “Adobe (Magento) has one of the largest footprints in the worldwide digital commerce market, both in terms of market share and mind share. TrueCommerce’s announcement to beef up its Magento integration is a move that’s sure to benefit customers of both platforms by making it easier to assemble a unified eCommerce stack.”

TrueCommerce’s integration with Magento is an extension of TrueCommerce Foundry – a broad set of unified commerce services and apps that connects customers, suppliers, channels, and systems. This platform revolutionizes supply chain visibility and collaboration by helping organizations make the most of their omnichannel initiatives through business P2P connectivity, order management, collaborative replenishment, intelligent fulfillment, cross-functional analytics, and product information management.

The solution leverages TrueCommerce’s Global Commerce Network that includes over 92,000 pre-connected retailers, distributors, and logistics service providers. A true managed services provider, TrueCommerce manages the onboarding process for new trading partners as well as the ongoing management of trading partner specific mapping and labeling changes.

Interroll and Logstore deliver fully automated cell phone repair center to Grupo PLL in Brazil

Logstore

Interroll and Logstore have realized a new repair center for Grupo PLL, the largest authorized service center for mobile phones and smartphones in Brazil.

The facility in São Paulo, Brazil, applies an advanced Factory Repair Service concept whereby all device repair steps are automated at the same pace as within the electronics assembly industry. One key element of this high-performance solution is Interroll’s Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP) which allows monthly handling of up to 24,000 cell phones in two work shifts. Moreover, the automated factory design makes it possible to provide same-day deliveries of repaired phones to the owner within the city area of São Paulo.

An easy-to-maintain minimalist system with high connectivity

As an integral part of the headquarters of Grupo PLL in the Moema region of São Paulo, the repair center offers a new experience and a high-quality service standard to the consumer, focusing on the triad: efficiency, technology, and scale. ”With our new facility, we wanted to dramatically increase our performance by avoiding complex manual internal processes. Our goal was to realize a highly advanced solution which is also unique in Latin America,” says Lucas Linhares, Managing Partner of Grupo PLL.

The design of the new repair center follows the industrial Factory Repair Service concept and was implemented by Logstore, the system integrator responsible for this project.

“The project was carefully and holistically planned—from furniture design to automated conveyor systems. It gained its specific strength by receiving Industry 4.0 attributes and by transforming the retail services in omnichannel through advanced technological solutions,” adds Helson Santos, Logstore Business Manager. “We built conveyors into the furniture, thereby making the whole system minimalist. With the technologies applied, we created a real Industry 4.0 concept where everything is connected, has high energy efficiency, and can be easily refurbished or expanded without replacing existing conveyors, making this a sustainable project.”

Logstore

Lower noise levels and power consumption with 24V RollerDrive

“To seamlessly integrate into the whole concept behind the PLL solution, Interroll has customized the conveyors to a width of 50 cm so that they can later circulate notebooks and drones,” says Marcos Gaio, Managing Director at Interroll Brazil. “We also equipped the system with 24V RollerDrive technology to reduce the noise level as well as the power consumption, boosting the system’s efficiency and increasing the overall sustainability of the 300-square-meter repair lab.”

In addition to the RollerDrive technology, the MCP from Interroll is equipped with image barcode scanning systems and uses 24V high-performance diverts (HPDs). The new system has been designed to support a monthly transport capacity of up to 24,000 cell phones using two work shifts. It is entirely managed by software developed by Logstore that regulates the automatic transportation of mobile phones between repair cells.

“Without the Modular Conveyor Platform in this 300-square-meter space, we could hardly repair 15,000 units per month and would need many more employees for the various stages of the production process. We are at the conceptual and technological forefronts, with full support from Interroll and Logstore,” says Lucas Linhares of Grupo PLL.

Steel King Announces I-Beam Cantilever Rack Now Part of Quick Ship Program

Steel King I-beam cantilever rack

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency, announces that the I-Beam Cantilever Rack is now available as part of Steel King’s Quick Ship program, delivered within two weeks of ordering. Quick Ship makes configuration easy – users can choose from two heights and three different bay widths, each with pre-kitted bracing.

Offering maximum storage capacity and density, the I-Beam Cantilever Rack clears floor space of stacked long, heavy, odd-shaped items such as piping, conduit, sheet metal, building materials, or cable spools. With no need for a front column, Steel King’s I-Beam Cantilever Rack is faster to load and unload than standard pallet racks. By saving horizontal space normally lost to rack structure, the unique design reduces fork truck damage and saves time otherwise spent on double handling typical with other more cumbersome floor storage systems.

Built for either one- or two-sided configurations, the I-Beam Cantilever Rack is constructed of I-beam structural steel with a 50,000 pounds per square inch (psi) minimum yield. Arms are secured to the columns with grade 5 bolted connections and bases are bolted to columns. The heavy arm connector plate remains rigid even under heavy loads.

Steel King’s I-Beam Cantilever Rack offers custom configuration without a custom cost. With its modular design, the I-Beam Cantilever Rack is easy to install, readily expandable and offers greater adjustability. The rack features 4-inch vertical spacing, allowing flexibility to accommodate load capacity and position. Pre-punched connection holes enable easy arm installation, adjustment, and leveling to eliminate arms slipping out of position.

In addition to the Quick Ship products, the I-Beam Cantilever Rack product line offers a variety of options and accessories. Available are roof brackets, removable pipe end stops and bolted end lips, and a variety of heights of welded lips, as well as saddles for decking support, core/axle saddles for rolls, and wire deck and drop on storage pans.

For more information about the Quick Ship program, visit https://www.steelking.com/quick-ship/.

JLT Mobile Computers Selected for Two New ICTSI Terminals in Papua New Guinea

ICTSI selects JLT computersJLT Mobile Computers, a leading supplier of reliable computers for demanding environments, has strengthened its long-standing relationship with global port operator ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services, Inc.) with the deployment of its VERSO™ 12 computers at the operator’s new container terminals in Papua New Guinea.

ICTSI is one of the top five major maritime port operators in the world with 32 terminals in 19 countries. JLT partner Autepra delivered and installed rugged VERSO 12 computers from JLT to maximize everyday terminal operation efficiency at two new ICTSI terminals, South Pacific International Container Terminal Ltd (SPICT) in Lae and Motukea International Terminal Ltd in Port Moresby. Last year, these new terminals contributed to a 6% increase in ICTSI handled shipping volume.

ICTSI is undertaking an ongoing initiative to improve the operational efficiency of SPICT, Papua New Guinea’s leading container terminal. The operator has invested over 4.51 million USD in the terminal to date, in excess of its commitments for 2022 and more than half of the initial agreed outlay for operational efficiency improvements.

The delivery of JLT VERSO 12 mobile computers supports the efficiency gains, ensuring uninterrupted operation and seamless integration with the Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS). JLT Mobile Computers signed a five-year partnership with the Navis Ready Program in March 2019. The agreement guarantees JLT rugged computers validation for use with all major releases of the market-leading Navis N4 TOS over the next five years. Navis Ready validation means that customers can be assured that equipment from JLT Mobile Computers has passed Navis’ rigorous testing processes.

Tomas Girdzevičius, CEO of Autepra, a key contractor and business partner of JLT Mobile Computers, said: “We have worked worldwide with ICTSI since 2013 and are proud suppliers of choice for rugged mobile computers. JLT devices are used with Navis TOS in everyday terminal operation to bring efficiencies to ICTSI’s business.”

He continued: “When ICTSI acquired the two new terminals in Papua New Guinea in 2018, they came straight to us for the supply of world-class rugged JLT computers. ICTSI know us and they know that they can rely on us to deliver, wherever they operate in the world.”

Beatrice G. Mahuru, General Manager – Corporate Affairs at ICTSI South Pacific, said: “As maritime terminals are a central link in the supply chain, we at ICTSI South Pacific are committed to digitization and automation to bring efficiencies into our Papua New Guinea business. We are proud of our association with Autepra for ease of business using smart solutions.”

The rugged JLT VERSO 12 computers are specifically developed for use in the harshest environments and for business-critical functions where performance and reliability are of utmost importance. The VERSO 12 features high-performance Intel Core i5 or E3845 quad-core processor options for demanding applications; JLT PowerTouch™ display technology with hardened glass for outstanding resistance to wear and tear; and rugged design for outdoor and indoor usage. The VERSO 12 also features a 12-in sunlight readable display and integrated backup battery for uninterrupted operation.

To learn more about JLT Mobile Computers, our products, services and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com.

Ericsson and China Mobile showcase automated guided vehicles for industry digitalization

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019 (MWC19 Shanghai), Ericsson and China Mobile demonstrated an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) prototype on an end-to-end, stand-alone 5G network.

China Mobile Ericsson AGV

With the growing adoption of industry digitalization and improvements in industrial automation and intelligence, the AGV is becoming increasingly prevalent in manufacturing, ports, and other industries. 5G networks’ powerful mobility management, seamless coverage, and quality of service assurance enable them to provide the reliable communication needed for of various AGV applications, such as AGV tractors, AGV pallet movers or AGV forklifts.

The AGV prototype that China Mobile and Ericsson demonstrated at MWC Shanghai 2019 shows how AGV helps to automate product testing using a 5G network. This validates that a stand-alone 5G architecture can adequately be used for industry digitalization:

  • The network slicing-based Dedicated Industrial Network—This technology enhances vertical industries with networking technologies. It can help to create dedicated industrial networks based on the requirements of industrial scenarios and leverage network slicing to ensure the security and reliability of production data.
  • Edge Computing—Deploy the AGV application systems on edge clouds and use the forwarding plane for edge computing to divert traffic locally; meet the requirement for low latency; and ensure the effective management of industrial applications by the factory. This also helps to reduce the complexity of AGV equipment and improve the operating stability of the entire system.
  • Data Intelligence—Moreover, AGV application can leverage the powerful computing capability of edge clouds to make in-depth analyses of test data to improve efficiency and integrate data from other manufacturing systems. This enables closed-loop management from product manufacturing to testing and improves the factory’s smart manufacturing.

Lu Lu, Deputy Director of the Networks and IT, China Mobile Research (CMRI), said: “Edge computing and network slicing are the most important enabling technologies for 5G. They also provide important capabilities that operators need to serve vertical industries. Teaming up with Ericsson, we demonstrate the strong potential of edge computing and network slicing for the Industrial Internet, and this is a valuable experiment for industrial applications of 5G.”

Zhang Guangzhuo, Deputy General Manager of Core Network Products at Ericsson North East Asia, said: “As a strategic partner, Ericsson has been working closely with China Mobile to drive the development of the Industrial Internet through 5G, aiming to help in making digital transformation a reality.”

Barcoding, Inc. to Host Geek Tank Workshop Series for Android Migration

Workshops to take place in five different cities across two countries with industry-leading speakers

Barcoding, Inc., the leader in supply chain efficiency, accuracy and connectivity, is excited to present its new workshop series, Android in the Enterprise: Barcoding Geek Tanks.

The automated data capture industry is changing fast. Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Windows CE, which companies have relied on for the last several decades to run their mobile devices, will be unsupported starting in 2020. What has emerged — in most cases — is adoption of the Android operating system, which is fundamentally changing the way companies deploy and manage enterprise mobility.

Barcoding has launched a focused effort to help companies as they modernize, providing resources to understand what is needed for success and the benefits of the Android platform for the long term. Through the Barcoding Geek Tanks (a take on “think tanks”), Barcoding will demonstrate the power of a human-centered approach to innovation and provide actionable takeaways on migrating to Android in the enterprise.

Barcoding Geek Tank events will be held in five different cities in the U.S. and Canada:

  • Anaheim, California on July 18
  • Vancouver, British Columbia on July 23
  • Houston, Texas on August 1
  • Oak Brook, Illinois on August 8
  • Mississauga, Ontario on August 27

These events are designed specifically for IT, operations, logistics and supply chain professionals. During the workshops, attendees will collaborate, share and envision new ideas around the specific challenges of migrating and modernizing mobile computing platforms. Each event will be packed with activities that include exercises and active conversations with industry experts from Barcoding, Zebra Technologies, SOTI, and Ivanti to help companies get ready for Android migration.

“With the support ending for Windows Mobile, we wanted to create a truly collaborative event for organizations to come together to prepare for this challenge,” said Jody Costa, VP of Marketing for Barcoding, Inc. “We believe that a hands-on approach with industry leadership and peers can lead to the best conversations and thoughtful discussions that will inspire continuous learning and real change, ultimately helping attendees prepare for the future of enterprise mobile computing.”

Barcoding partners, Zebra Technologies, Ivanti and SOTI, will also participate in the Geek Tanks, bringing different areas of expertise to the events. At each event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with executive leadership from these organizations to learn more about their offerings and how they can assist with the Android migration.

For more information about Barcoding Geek Tanks or to register for an event, visit: https://learn.barcoding.com/geektank/workshops

A-Safe Launches Alarm Bar to Protect Overhead Assets

A-Safe alarm bar

Baltimore, Maryland-based A-Safe Inc., a manufacturer of protective guarding for warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and other workplace environments, has launched the Alarm Bar, a tubular product that actively responds to impact to protect overhead assets from moving vehicles.

Like other products in the A-Safe range, the Alarm Bar is made from A-Safe’s Memaplex material, the company’s patented blend of eight materials and rubber additives that, practically, absorbs impact without incurring damage. The bar is just over 6ft long (78 ¾ in) and has a diameter of 5? in. These are standard dimensions, although bespoke systems are available if ordered in bulk. The lightweight, 28-lb. Alarm Bar is easily installed, hung from two thin cables towards either end.

A series of high profile companies have already installed Alarm Bars, including Lowes, Michelin, Ford, Tyson Foods, Boston Beer, Walmart, and Nissin Foods.

Importantly, the product is self-powered, with 12-volt battery life providing more than two years of constant power. Audio and visual alarms alert the operator of contact; two 102dB buzzers sound (the equivalent of a car horn 1m away) for 20 seconds after impact and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) display two red flashing indicator strips that span the length of the bar, lasting for 40 seconds.

Paul Barlow, CEO at A-Safe Inc., said: “The product is suited to any facility where there is a restriction on height and potential damage can be caused by impacts in the absence of a robust height warning system. The product safeguards doorframes, loading docks, infrastructure, and overhead walkways, as well as key safety assets such as sprinkler systems and ventilation pipes. It can be installed where no barriers are currently in place or where an existing height restrictor is not active or, in other words, it doesn’t feedback to the user beyond the physical impact.”

He added: “It’s a great replacement for applications that are currently using basic painted steel tubes, which are often heavy and require secondary redundant hanging systems in case the primary system fails, or replacement for existing polymer solutions that provide no active alert response upon impact. At just 28 lbs., an Alarm Bar isn’t going to cause significant injury if it were to fall and requires no additional electrical supply.”

An abundance of other product features includesshock-absorbing casing, created from the aforementioned memaplex, offering high-strength durability, flexibility, and crack resistance. The bar’s yellow color is UV-stabilized for continued coloration, fade resistance and, thus, long-lasting visibility. It is suited to use in temperatures ranging from +41°F to 122°F. Notably, the Alarm Bar doesn’t swing in wind and resets itself after impact.

A-Safe is offering the Alarm Bar directly to end users and through its Guardrail range of ‘boxed products’, principally aimed at the reseller / distributor marketplace. Barlow reiterated that the product has fixed dimensions and is not targeted at the custom marketplace, unless a client wanted to purchase, say, 100+ units in a single order. Multiple Alarm Bars can cover a wider area.

JLT Mobile Computers Presents Next Generation Vehicle‑Mount Computers at TOC Europe

Compact, high-performance 12-inch rugged JLT6012™ computer optimizes uptime, improves safety, and increases workflow efficiency in ports and container terminals

JLT 6012

Växjö, Sweden, 13 June 2019 – JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, showcases its JLT6012™ vehicle-mount computer at the TOC Europe global container supply chain event in Rotterdam from 18-20 June 2019. Well suited for the high reliability and security requirements of port settings, the JLT6012 mobile terminal can be custom-built to fit the exact needs of shippers, carriers, port authorities, global operators, and third-party logistics.

Designed to be installed in vehicles, trucks, and forklifts, the compact JLT6012 computer’s wide-range 9-60 VDC isolated power supply enables installation in most types of vehicles without the need for an external power adapter. Capable of running Windows 10, Android or Linux, the JLT6012 comes with a virtually indestructible high-brightness JLT PowerTouch™ display with adjustable auto-dimming, a feature that is particularly well suited for port operations; the same applies to the fact that the user-friendly touch screen can be operated with or without gloves. The terminal’s ability to withstand shock and vibration, and a very wide -30°C to +55°C operating temperature range allows use in the harshest environments.

Easy to service and maintain, the JLT6012 supports remote upgrading of software and firmware, offers quick login and identification with RFID tags, and is light and compact enough to fit into the tightest spaces. Fanless design and IP65 sealing minimize downtime and guarantee reliable operation. Programmable I/O ports and function buttons, NFC, fast Wi-Fi, as well as advanced sensor technology enable the development of innovative solutions that optimize workflow efficiency.

“A rapidly growing number of customers within the port segment are using our rugged computers,” said Per Holmberg, CEO, JLT Mobile Computers. “With our JLT6012 computer, we are adding a next-generation mobile computing platform that optimizes uptime, improves safety, and offers long-term protection of customer investment.”

The JLT6012, which is for example already being used as part of a self-service terminal in gate automation systems that manage transport in and out of ports, presents a major step change forward in rugged computing, as the new terminal not only delivers unparalleled productivity and an optimal user interface today, but also constitutes a platform for building innovative mobile IT solutions, including hardware, software and services for the needs of ports worldwide tomorrow.

To learn more about JLT Mobile Computers, our products, services, and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com or arrange a personal meeting at TOC Europe in Rotterdam, Stand D74, via https://www.jltmobile.com/toc-europe-2019.