February 12, 2018

MODEX 2018: Showcasing supply chain solutions

MODEX will offer visitors access to supply chain efficiency solutions, learning opportunities, and information by showcasing the products and services of over 850 exhibitors.

By DC Velocity Staff

Supply chains encompass a broad range of activities and technologies, from manufacturing and warehousing to distribution and logistics. The world's leading suppliers of supply chain-related equipment, systems, and services will showcase their solutions April 9–12, 2018, when Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center hosts the fourth biennial MODEX Show, one of the largest expositions for supply chain solutions in the Americas.

MODEX will offer visitors unprecedented access to supply chain efficiency solutions, learning opportunities, and information by showcasing the products and services of over 850 exhibitors. The show's organizer, MHI (formerly the Material Handling Industry of America), expects manufacturing and supply chain professionals from more than 110 countries to attend the event.

In addition to the exhibition, an extensive educational conference will run concurrently with the show. The conference features five keynote addresses, a "Women in Supply Chain" summit, a number of Atlanta-area facility tours, and more than 100 supplier-led seminars on a broad array of manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain topics. These seminars will be presented in theaters located right on the show floor. This format allows attendees to learn about various manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain solutions in the educational sessions and then go see the equipment and systems that can implement those solutions.

For ease of navigation, the 250,000-square-foot show floor will be divided into function-specific solution centers: Manufacturing & Assembly, Fulfillment & Delivery, Information Technology (IT) Solutions, The Knowledge Center, Smart City Logistics and Connected Supply Chain, and Transportation & Logistics. Exhibitors from across North America will be on hand to showcase the following technologies and services:

  • Material handling equipment and systems: Automated storage and retrieval systems, automatic guided vehicle systems, alternative fuel systems, casters/wheels/tires, hydraulic and electrical components and controls, robots, personnel/burden carriers, racks, forklifts, batteries, flexible manufacturing systems, unit handling systems, conveyors and sortation equipment, ergonomic and safety equipment, scissor lifts, order picking, carousels, modular drawer storage, sustainable facility solutions, tool handling, shelving, and workstations.
  • Packaging, containers, and shipping equipment: Box and carton makers, packaging machinery, wrapping, inspection of products by weight or scanning, pallets, wire baskets, plastic containers, metal containers, and palletizing equipment.
  • Inventory management and controlling technologies: Computers, controllers, software programs, systems integrators, manufacturing execution systems, warehouse management systems, supply chain and logistics execution systems, wireless and remote control systems, order management systems, enterprise resource planning systems, and transportation management systems.
  • Dock and warehouse equipment and supplies: Dock levelers, dock pads, doors, forklift trucks, racks, flooring, handling systems, forklift attachments, conveyors, hoists, cranes, monorails, and below/hook lifting devices.
  • Consultants and distribution system planners: Simulators, modelers, system designers, distribution consultants, reverse logistics, and third-party logistics.
  • Automatic identification equipment and systems: Bar-code printers and scanners, vision systems, voice recognition systems, radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems, and systems integrators.
  • Supply chain management: Alternative fuel systems, parcel management and distribution, reverse logistics, third-party logistics, sustainable facility equipment, supply chain and logistics execution systems, enterprise resource planning and transportation management systems, and inventory security services.
  • Smart city logistics and connected supply chain: Sensors, software, cloud computing, driverless vehicles, robotics and automation, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, omnichannel fulfillment, and augmented-reality wearable and mobile technologies.
  • Transportation and logistics: Road, rail, sea, and air freight transportation; parcel delivery; security; autonomous vehicles; robotics; sensors; supply chain management software; and third-party logistics and reverse logistics.

This year, MODEX will be co-located with the Georgia Logistics Summit, an event that brings together nearly 2,000 logistics and supply chain professionals from Georgia and beyond to network, share best practices, and learn about the latest trends in the industry. The 2018 summit is expected to feature nearly 50 speakers, including prominent shippers and leaders in the state's infrastructure and economic development community. A separate fee and registration are required for the summit. Learn more at GeorgiaLogistics.com/Summit.