An Inside Take of ProMat 2013

Innovative material handling solutions unveiled during the show address main DC and warehouse challenges


Through its acquisition of Psion, Motorola Solutions’ Mark Wheeler, Director of Supply Chain Solutions, demonstrated the Omnii XT15ni rugged handhelds’ modular design, beneficial when in use during harsh environments, helping to improve productivity. It comes equipped with a variety of features including imagers; a push-to-talk speaker; camera; WAN radio and three keyboard options. Also addressing outdoor harsh environments and demanding wireless environments is Motorola’s AP 6562 antennae. Distribution centers and transportation and logistics yards that need to maintain business continuity from the warehouse to the truck can benefit from the AP 6562’s ability to seamlessly extend the internal Wi-Fi network and deliver the bandwidth to run complex applications.

Even the simplest of designs that increase warehouse productivity at a smaller scale must be addressed. ITW Muller’s Octopus ‘S’ Series automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper and the 87M Yellow Jacket Orbital Stretch Wrap Machine—both showcased at ProMat 2013—go a long way to make the product packaging/wrapping process more efficient for operators.

Newly designed, the Octopus ‘S’ Series automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper features a load stabilizer, new load lift conveyer and the No Touch No Tail (NT²) seaming device- an effective and efficient alternative to heat seal pads or wipe down systems. It also comes equipped with the patented Easy S Film Carriage which enables simple film loading, maximizes pre-stretch performance and minimizes wear. The 87M Yellow Jacket Orbital Stretch Wrap machine aids in the process wrapping of extremely difficult loads, such as with automotive parts or other machinery. The 87M requires a footprint of 8’x9’ and runs on 110VAC; and wraps a standard pallet size up to a 68-inches diagonal.

While only a few of the technologies unveiled during Chicago’s ProMat 2013 show, such solutions described above create a glimpse into the innovative future of material handling solutions. For more coverage from ProMat 2013, visit http://www.sdcexec.com/latest-news.

Natalia Kosk

Associate Editor

Supply & Demand Chain Executive

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