Plant & Works Engineering
Virtual reality system launched

RANDEX, a leading vertical storage lift company is launching a virtual reality (VR) system that simulates vertical storage space and performance. The ‘Randex VR’ system, for which the company is claiming an industry first, uses VR and BIM (building information modelling) technology to graphically test and demonstrate in-building vertical storage lift location and the picking throughput that the Randex Compact vertical lift supports. Randex VR generates digital models that show best machine fit and the optimum picking speeds that can be achieved in a ‘what if?’ scenario.

Charging ahead

Paul Bowers, Toyota Material Handling’s counterbalance specialist, considers some of the factors driving the rise of the electric-powered forklift market.

Electric utility vehicles are just the job

Issues such as limited range are still causing somewhat of a roadblock for the electric vehicle industry. However according to Ramsy Labassi, marketing manager at BRADSHAW ELECTRIC VEHICLES, whilst charging, or range-induced anxiety is understandable when considering the switch to electric, such concerns often don’t consider one vital factor – what the vehicle is being used for.

Automated labelling system

PANDUIT has introduced the compact semi-automatic, “PLA-100/E” WrapID automatic labelling system offering significant increases in productivity for medium to high-volume label applications.

Hart Doors reveals its super- advanced security shutter

With a history of developing its own range of advanced industrial doors such as its Speedor high-speed doors, demand from South East Asia has led Hart Doors to develop a new version of its Typhoon security shutters range which can withstand wind speeds of circa 165mph.

Warehouse networking leadership

RENOVOTEC, a leading supply chain hardware, software and services company, has announced it has struck an ‘Elite Solution Provider’ agreement with wired and wireless communications expert Commscope (NASDAQ: COMM) and its recently acquired Ruckus Networks subsidiary. Renovotec says the agreement will give it access to Commscope Ruckus’ Wi-Fi, switching and other networking technology and expertise for its supply chain customers, while Commscope will benefit from Renovotec’s high penetration of warehousing and industrial environments.

Plant Hire from Nexus Vehicle Rental

For over 20 years, Nexus has supported some of the UK's largest fleets by enabling direct access to the largest rental supply chain across all vehicle groups; cars, vans, HGVs, electric, commercial and specialist vehicles.

Better stability and safety

Highly modern industrial trucks, such as the electric high-lift truck ERD 220i from Jungheinrich, are required to keep the time and material expenditure as well as the environmental impact as low as possible when loading and unloading goods. For this specific high-lift truck, the German hydraulics specialist WEBER-HYDRAULIK developed a compact undercarriage stabilisation cylinder to improve stabilisation.

Compact vertical storage system

RANDEX, a leading vertical storage lift company, has announced it is launching a new version of its ‘Compact’ system, built using its industry-benchmark automated vertical storage technology. New features of this latest system include a modern, updated HMI* touchscreen that is highly intuitive and user friendly according to early feedback from Randex users.

Robotic handling solutions on show

ABB has announced it will showcase its latest advanced automated handling and robotics solutions at MACH 2022 (NEC Birmingham, 4-8 April), including a high payload collaborative robot, machine tending systems to suit every production need and a magnetic levitation-based conveyance system.

Know-how and experience in the hire market

Alongside its wide portfolio of lifting and handling equipment for sale, HOIST & WINCH says it is currently promoting its extensive know-how and experience in the hire market. The company says it is an expert in turnkey hire projects involving air- and electric-powered hoists, overseeing installation, commissioning, testing and certification tasks as part of a complete service package that provides genuine market differentiation.

Lifting equipment services

HOIST AND WINCH says it has come a long way in a short space of time. From humble beginnings in 2007, the company today offers a full spectrum of lifting equipment services to the UK and global marketplace. The Hoist and Winch portfolio now comprises product sales, installation, service, inspection, repair and hire, with a special emphasis on project work. With increasing demand, the reputation and corporate profile of this ISO9001-accredited business is rising fast.

Welsh mineral water company chooses Hart

Radnor Hills Mineral Water has chosen HART DOOR SYSTEMS to supply a further high-speed door for its Radnor-based mineral water plant.

Vertical storage lift online planning service

RANDEX, a leading vertical storage lift company, is claiming an industry first for its rollout of a free online service that organisations can use to generate CAD drawings and specifications for their automated handling using vertical storage.

The electric truck that does it all

MITSUBISHI FORKLIFT TRUCKS has announced it has launched a game-changing addition to its award-winning EDiA range

Two more Speedors for British Salt

Hart Doors has completed the installation of two Speedor Storms at the Middlewich, Cheshire, plant of British Salt adding to the range of Hart doors already on site.

Online conference supports training

Following the success of last year’s webinar, the Association of Industrial Truck Trainers recently hosted another illuminating online conference.

Foray into pallet labelling

At this year’s PPMA Show on Stand D72, digital coding innovator Clearmark says it will celebrate its 20th anniversary by making its foray into the logistics labelling space with the launch of the innovative ICE Vector Pallet Labelling System. The company says the ICE Vector brings to the marketplace a new high performance, low maintenance tertiary option that is exceptionally easy to integrate with line and warehouse management systems. ICE Vector completes Clearmark’s coding portfolio, enabling customers to benefit from joined-up coding solutions across their primary, secondary and tertiary operations paving the way for the factory of the future.

Key changes announced to guidance

Key changes have been announced in the latest update to the materials handling industry official guidance notes on how to comply with the legal obligations for Thorough Examinations.

Material Handling & Logistics Conference (MHLC) “BEYOND” Set for September 13-15

36th Annual Conference will be held Virtually, World-Wide for  the Second Consecutive Year

Dealership is going for growth

From its Patchway base, BRISTOL FORKLIFTS has announced it is to further expand its operations throughout the Westcountry with the recruitment of one of the country’s most respected sales specialists.

How to map work orders effortlessly via video

Understandable work instructions are one of the most important adjusting screws in warehouse logistics. Only if employees know which tasks they have to perform and how, the error rate remains low and the often high workload is mastered. In reality, a lack of previous knowledge, incomplete explanations and language barriers often make everyday work more difficult. The software solution developer supports companies in creating catchy and visually supported work instructions.

Crane construction kit

Material handling specialist, DEMAG, has announced it has added new components to its universal KBK crane construction kit, allowing users to create even more versatile lifting systems with higher load capacities, improved use of the available space and reduced installation work.

A Speedor Storm at Erwin Hymer

HART DOORS has recently completed a contract for Erwin Hymer’s Consett, Co Durham, plant where a range of Hart’s industrial doors from roller shutters to Speedor Storms, Speedor Minis and a combination of a Speedor Storm and roller shutter were installed.

Key supplier celebrates 75 Years

A key supplier to advanced manufacturing and technology firms, STREET CRANE COMPANY, is celebrating its 75th year of continual innovation in crane technology.

Plastic pallet eco-rating system

EXPORTA, a UK product handling expert, has introduced a new plastic pallet eco-rating system. This system allows customers to purchase a pallet with full visibility of its environmental impact.

Hart launches Speedor Lite

HART DOORS, the Newcastle-based designer and manufacturer of industrial door systems including high speed roller doors and commercial roller shutters, has completed the installation of its first Speedor Lite, a new variant of its famous Speedor range of high-speed doors.

Speedor Storms for major manufacturer

Hart Doors has recently installed a pair of its high-speed Speedor Storm doors at a major manufacturing/recycling plant in the Midlands. The plant, which annually supplies over 275,000 tonnes of polythene products, also recycles over 95,000 tonnes of UK waste from industrial, commercial, agricultural and domestic sources.

Specialist fast-action doors

One of the UK’s leading producers of quality pet food, GA Pet Food Partners (GA), has joined forces with specialist fast-action door suppliers and an automated vehicle manufacturer to meet a growing worldwide demand.

UK distribution deal

Supply chain hardware, software and services company RENOVOTEC has struck a distribution deal with Custom SpA, an Italian multinational group and hi-tech solutions company, the two organisations announced recently. Custom was founded in 1992 and has extensive experience in retail POS (point of sale), kiosk and self-service solutions.

Expansion of operations

TLV ENGINEERING says in a move that will present fewer Brexit-related issues for its customers, increase its stock holding and strengthen ties with its parent company in Japan, steam solutions specialist it has expanded its UK operations with the opening of a new 6,000 square feet warehousing facility in Cheltenham.

New wheeled rucksack

C.K MAGMA says following the successful ongoing development of its award-winning wheeled tool case derivatives, it has taken the logical step of expanding its popular rucksack range with the exciting addition of the Wheeled Rucksack Plus (MA2654).

Warehouse temperature screening system

RENOVOTEC has announced it is introducing a competitive leasing scheme for its Honeywell ThermoRebellion rapid-alert warehouse staff temperature screening system, which delivers a fast return on investment as it increases warehouse productivity by up to 40%, detecting potential diseases amongst large numbers of warehouse workers early and reducing rates of transmission says Renovotec.

Palletising robots for improved handling

Increased automation, adapting to new labour-saving manufacturing practices and the consequences of COVID-19 is accelerating the demand for effective robotic solutions. This is especially the case in industries where logistics are key such as food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics where there is increased urgency to improve efficiencies by automating the packing and stacking of individual products.

Protect against the unknown

The impact of Covid is clear for all to see – escalating death tolls, Governments across the world striving to protect their populations and to keep their respective economies functioning against a background of considerable uncertainty.

‘Try before you buy’

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies has announced it is introducing a two-month ‘try before you buy’ offer for e-commerce and other operations with demanding picking and sorting processes that buy or rent the new hands-free wearable Zebra WT6300 computer.

Seasonal campaign launched

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies has announced it is launching a seasonal November 2020 to end February 2021 campaign featuring rental and purchase discounts on market-leading handheld and vehicle-mounted mobile warehouse devices, as well as a special offer on Renovotec’s remote network monitoring service.

Rental scheme for portable printer

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies has announced it is introducing a rental scheme for the new Zebra ZQ630, the market’s only RFID-enabled portable printer according to Zebra. Renovotec’s new scheme supports market demand for on-the-move printing, while RFID labels enable products and their associated data to be tracked through supply chains for optimum inventory control. The scheme will launch with a ‘rent five for the price of four’ offer running from 1 November 2020 to end February 2021. The ZQ630 rental service includes a ‘buy later’ option.

Moving into film

HART DOOR SYSTEMS says it is the first specialist door company in the UK to manufacture high-speed doors and has moved into a series of short films to high-light its successes.

Export boost

HART DOOR SYSTEMS, the Newcastle-based specialist engineering company, has announced it has won multi-door orders for export to Russia, Hong Kong and Kuwait.

Expanding the workforce

FLEETMAXX SOLUTIONS is hiring. It is an emerging company offering specialist advice to fleet operators. During this coronavirus pandemic, its group has been helping more than 50,000 customers, including, HGV operators, hauliers, couriers, delivery drivers, plumbers, builders, electricians, large organisations, transport managers, sole traders, owner drivers and start-up companies, to continue doing business.

Latest AMHSA member

INTERROLL has announced successful acceptance into the Automated Material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA). For the past 30 years, AMHSA—now with over 50 members—has acted as the voice of the United Kingdom automated material handling industry.

Contour-based navigation

SICK says with the release of its SICK LiDAR-LOC solution for mobile platforms, users can implement contour-based localisation on any automated guided vehicle, cart, forklift or service robot fitted with SICK 2D LiDAR sensors or safety scanners.

3-Month trial for barcode printer

RENOVOTEC, a fast growing UK rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies has announced it is launching a three-month, no-obligation free trial for the latest Honeywell PX940 smart and rugged industrial printer, which prints barcodes and other labels that are defect-free and 100% accurate every time, doing away with unreadable barcodes that cause costly problems such as non-compliance and returned shipments. For that reason the PX940 is ideal for industries with heavily regulated supply chains such as food, pharmaceuticals and automotive.

Automatic print inspection

AUTOCODING SYSTEMS says the difficulty of checking the presence, location and legibility of print, barcodes and specific artwork on packaging can not be underestimated and the launch of 4Sight last year addressed some of these issues. Working with SICK, it has been able to show how customers can avoid expensive reworks, packaging waste and, worse case scenario, retailer fines.

Safe installation enables key worker compliance

2Excel Logistics, a customer-orientated haulage and warehousing operation, has safely achieved completion on a THORWORLD INDUSTRIES modular loading dock installation in challenging times, with all teams involved working compliantly to meet social distancing guidelines.

Industrial doors

dp Doors & Shutters supplies, installs, maintains and repairs a range of industrial doors, security shutters and grilles. Its collection of doors includes insulated sectional overhead, single-skin, fire and insulated roller shutters, steel hinged personnel doors, fire doors and high speed action doors. The company says before work begins, a full site survey is carried out at no extra cost.

Tooling up

Draper Tools, a leading hand and power tool distributor is a family-run company that has been in business for just over a century and has more than 5,000 UK and overseas customers.

ATEX batteries bring advantages

NexSys ATEX batteries, available from ENERSYS, can allow materials handling vehicles to work safely in hazardous areas where there is an explosion risk. The company says they conform to ATEX standards, which are compulsory and a legal requirement in Europe and NexSys batteries are also available world-wide certified in compliance with IECx standards.

Smooth docking for pallets

SICK says its innovative 3D camera and SensorApp solution has enabled rapid, damage-free guidance of automated and driver-assisted high-bay forklifts into pallet pockets, as well as the precise and efficient pick-up of dollies by automated guided vehicles (AGVs).