January 22, 2009

Remote controls

By DC Velocity Staff

FKI Logistex, a provider of a wide variety of integrated material handling products, has released NetLok, a secure information infrastructure for remote connectivity. Steve Ackerman, president, FKI Logistex North America, introduced the product at ProMat 2009 in Chicago. NetLok's login procedure allows secure, one-time access to the network by authorized technical support staff. FKI Logistex technical support staff can log-in remotely to troubleshoot, identify, and respond to material handling equipment problems and offer solutions. The company says NetLok supports multiple industry-standard connection types and can handle PLC (programmable logic controller) or PC systems from the same connection. This feature allows several sites to be managed without the need for resident connectivity applications. NetLock currently can access more than 200 FKI Logistex customer sites worldwide, including more than 100 in North America.

FKI also introduced its LS-4000E tilt-tray and LS-4000CB cross-belt sorters, which feature linear synchronous motor (LSM) technology. The technology consumes approximately 75 percent less energy than comparable sorter systems using linear induction motor technology, the company says.

FKI Logistex says the LS-4000's LSM generates propulsive force via electromagnetic energy, as opposed to mechanical friction between moving parts. This design reduces the motor's energy consumption and noise levels, while increasing speed, reliability, and positioning accuracy.