Conference Reports

Knapp unveils tote transport
Robot-like shuttle moves containers and cartons.

Yale expands warehouse product offerings
New model, features, and technologies on display at ProMat 2013.

Hyster introduces ruggedized electric truck
New "Environmental Package" allows electric lift trucks to compete in same arena as IC models.

Forget plastics ... think mushrooms
Sealed Air introduces eco-friendly Restore Mushroom Packaging as "cost-neutral" alternative to plastic.

Beumer Group debuts energy efficient Crisplant tilt-tray sorter
New motors offer steep savings.

StorFast AS/RS uses carts to get the most out of existing warehouse space
ITW Warehouse Automation showcases its storage system for first time in North America.

Ecotality adds to Minit-Charger line
New fast charger allows users to program battery specifications into each unit.

Motorola showcases a host of new products at ProMat
New offerings include lift truck computer, wearable computer, wireless access point.

Komatsu launches hydrostatic drive lift truck
Komatsu's new hydrostatic drive FH Series lift truck was rolled out at ProMat 2013 in Chicago.

Pallet Mole provides high-density storage
Shuttle device moves pallets in deep-lane storage racking system.

Murata unveils two new products
AGV and AS/RS added to Murata product line.

Cognex expands bar-code reader line
Algorithm in image reader deciphers broken bar codes.

New electric forklift designed with operator in mind
Hyundai's 13BTR-9 features ergonomic driver compartment.

Modest growth predicted for material handling equipment sector
The trade group MHI anticipates modest material handlinq equipment sales growth in 2013.

TGW Systems adapts genome-mapping techniques to system design
TGW Systems has begun using complex mathematical algorithms to help design customers' material handling systems.

Electrics continue to dominate lift truck market
During the recession, electric lift trucks surged to two-thirds of the overall lift truck market, says Jeff Rufener, president of Toyota Material Handling USA.

Conveyor control system maximizes throughput while assuring gentle handling
Intelligrated has released ZoneFlex, a flexible zone control for the company's Accuglide and IntelliQ zero-pressure accumulation conveyors.

Dematic introduces high-density pallet storage solutions
New technology from Dematic offers distribution centers several options for high-density pallet storage.

Orbis displays hygienic, X-rayable pallets at ProMat
Packaging company Orbis Corp. has released a hygienic plastic pallet that features a new X-ray compatibility option.

Emerson offers heavy-duty belts for conveyors
Emerson introduced two new modular plastic belts that the company says offer nonskid conveyor surfaces for heavy-duty material handling and for automotive assembly lines.

Mispicks cost individual warehouses $389,000 per year
A single mispick costs a warehouse $22.52, and over the course of a year, mispicks in a single distribution center add up to $389,000 on average, according to a new report from Intermec.

Opex debuts picking solution
Opex Corp. has released "Perfect Pick," an automated, high-speed goods-to-person picking solution.

Sick unveils RFID reader
Sick has launched a new radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader, the RFU630 RFID Interrogator.

Infor revises its execution software
Infor has upgraded its supply chain execution software to add mobility and visual metrics.

Voxware moves cloudward
Voxware has announced the evolution of its Cloud Voice Management Suite (VMS) for the enterprise.

MCFA introduces Jungheinrich Warehouse Navigation system to North American market
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. has introduced the Jungheinrich Warehouse Navigation system.

High-speed order picking system optimizes DC space
Swisslog, a global supplier of integrated logistics solutions, demonstrated a new high-speed order fulfillment system at ProMat 2013.

PointGuard provides plastic protection for wood pallets
For $16 you can bring some of the strength of a plastic pallet to your existing wood units.

Hannibal Industries introduces new tubular racking system
The new TubeRack System showcased by rack maker Hannibal Industries at the ProMat trade show is engineered to greatly reduce the chances of product's falling off the rack during an earthquake.

SDI Group integrates globally
SDI Group announced a more formal integration of its worldwide representatives at a press conference at the ProMat 2013 trade show.

Cushman expands its line of burden carriers
Cushman is now offering three different models of its Titan heavy-load material and personnel carriers, each with a different price point and features.

Wildeck 4XLift built to carry heavy loads
Wisconsin-based manufacturer Wildeck unveiled its new heavy-capacity lift, the 4XLift, at the ProMat trade show this week.

Gatekeeper prevents falls
Rite-Hite Barrier Systems has introduced the GateKeeper Mezzanine Safety Gate.

Honeywell unveils vehicle-mount computer, 2-D scanner
Honeywell has introduced Thor VM2, its 10th-generation vehicle-mount computer.

Reddwerks launches 4th-generation WMS/WCS
Reddwerks Corp. has issued the fourth generation of its warehouse software, Reddwerks 4.0.

Tecsys debuts new purchasing solution
Supply chain management software provider Tecsys Inc. has released a requisition management system (RMS).

Software exec: Expect to see more "advance order pool modeling"
One of the key trends in distribution management's future will be "advance order pool modeling," says Eric Lamphier, a senior director of project management at software vendor Manhattan Associates.

Duosys AS/RS runs two cranes in same aisle
Two cranes streak back and forth down the same aisle, swooping up to pick up a box from a high storage location before speeding away again.

Kardex Remstar adds controller to its storage solutions
Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) company Kardex Remstar has designed a simple "onboard controller" for its vertical lift module and carousel storage solutions.

Newcastle Systems powers workstations on the go
Newcastle Systems has introduced two new products that help users move their workstations through the aisles of a warehouse or distribution center.

Hannibal Industries enters shelving market
Rack manufacturer Hannibal Industries has become the North American master distributor for the Italian shelving company Metalsistem and has launched a stocking distributor program in the United States.

MHIA rebrands, changes name to "MHI"
The Material Handling Industry of America has renamed itself "MHI—The Industry That Makes the Supply Chain Work," as part of a rebranding move to emphasize material handling's role in supporting the global supply chain.

Dematic's Baysore sees demand growing for automation
John Baysore, CEO of Dematic North America, anticipates strong growth for the material handling automation giant in 2013, following 30-percent gains in both 2010 and 2011 and more modest growth last year.

Hytrol enhances product line
Hytrol Conveyor Co. has added a heavy-duty Ply-V belt option and a new shoe sorter to its product line.

M9705 lightweight Android tablet combines rugged construction with ease of use
DAP Technologies will today introduce the M9705 tablet at ProMat 2013.

Kardex Remstar unveils light pointer for vertical lift module
The new QuickPick Light Pointer technology from Kardex Remstar works with the company's Shuttle Vertical Lift Module, a storage system with arranged trays, a workstation, and computerized controls.

iWarehouse solutions help managers optimize assets, labor
The Raymond Corp. has two new versions of its iWarehouse forklift fleet optimization solution.

Freebox packaging system produces ready-for-shipment custom cartons
Suitable for e-commerce applications, Freebox is a new packaging system that produces customized cardboard packs.

Technology aids move to multichannel distribution
Facing greater demand for multichannel fulfillment, many distribution centers are turning to automation for help.

Double duty: Cubiscan 125 measures/weighs both boxes and odd items
It used to be that companies that had to measure and weigh both boxes and irregular-sized items had to have two different dimension scanning systems.