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    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – July 28, 2016 – Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, has introduced Modular Sort System, a scan and sort system for production and distribution applications. This solution is engineered to provide sorting performance to many applications: sort-to-pallet build, shipping doors, shipping containers or workstations.
     
    The Modular Sort System brings a new dimension of productivity and optimization to production and distribution operations. Built around pre-engineered and pre-configured modules, the solution fits into new or existing buildings and is designed to efficiently support the carton, case and tote handling environment. Positive sortation assures that the correct container is directed to the correct location and in the correct sequence.
     
    Most commonly used for final disposition in the shipping area, the sort sub-system can be configured for other applications such as: routing-to-pick modules, value-added processing, quality assurance and packing stations. Typical shipping configurations include manual palletizing (one or more pallets per divert lane), direct divert into a shipping container (gaylord) or connection to an extendable conveyor for fluid loading into a trailer.
     
    The Modular Sort System is a solution that automates the scan and sort function. Dematic iQ software manages induction, gapping and sorting while providing real-time performance information. The pre-engineered layout includes accumulation and gapping conveyor, scanner, software and a choice of diverters: right angle transfer, horizontal belt, or steerable wheel. The layout is configured for the required number of divert points. Divert lanes are arranged to support carton flow into a shipping container, manual palletizing or fluid loading directly into a trailer. The conveyor portion of the Modular Sort System connects all of the divert points in the layout.
     
    For more information about Dematic solutions for general merchandise distribution and order fulfillment, please visit dematic.com/gmsolutions or contact Cheryl Falk at Cheryl.Falk@dematic.com or 262-860-6715.
     
    About Dematic
    Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 5,500 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic has implemented more than 4,500 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.
     
     
     
     

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    Chambersburg, PA, August 1, 2016 - Hirschmann Automation and Control (PAT) has named Stevenson Crane Service, Inc. as the new premier dealer for Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.  Stevenson Crane Service, Inc. offers Hirschmann’s entire line of Hirschmann, PAT, and Krueger branded crane operator aids. These systems include load moment indicators (LMI), wireless and hard-wired indicators, anti-two block systems and a complete line of sensors.
     
    Established in 1989, Stevenson Crane Service, Inc. specializes in crane and lifting equipment rental, sales and service.  Stevenson Crane Service, Inc. also offers in-house safety training and certification programs, world-class maintenance facilities and a fleet of fully-equipped service trucks for work-site support.  To learn more about Stevenson Crane Service, Inc., visit their website at www.stevensoncrane.com.  
     
    Editors & Readers contact:
    Hirschmann Automation and Control
    Sarah Nell
    Phone: (717) 217-2255
    Fax: (717) 263-7845
     

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    GEORGETOWN, Ky. (August 1, 2016) – AutoGuide AGVs, a premier manufacturer of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), has appointed Joseph (Joe) Hillebrand as the company’s new sales manager. Hillebrand will be supporting business development and sales for AutoGuide.
     
    “Joe’s engineering background and years of hands-on experience designing successful AGV systems make him a great addition to the AutoGuide team,” said Sarah Carlson, vice president of marketing and business development for AutoGuide.” He knows the right questions to ask to determine what the customer needs. He then uses his immense industry knowledge to provide the perfect system at the best value, which is exactly what AutoGuide’s driving mission.” 
     
    Hillebrand comes to AutoGuide with nearly 20 years of experience in the AGV industry, including automotive production, factory automation, heavy equipment and material handling sales. Before joining AutoGuide, Hillebrand served as account manager for an industrial automation company where he developed customer specifications and standards, and solutions to custom applications. Joe holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and has served as senior electrical designer of AGV systems and automated guided cart (AGC) systems for a global material handling company. 
     
    About AutoGuide
    AutoGuide AGVs, a Heartland Automation Solutions Company, is a premier provider of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) that transport materials through pickup and delivery routines in a variety of facilities including material handling, manufacturing and distribution. AutoGuide is proud to be located in Georgetown, KY, part of America’s manufacturing heartland. For more information, visit www.AutoGuideAGVs.com or call +1 (502) 868-7638. 
     
    Media Contact                                                                   
    Lauren Tate
    513-639-7461
     

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    August 4th, 2016: Hamilton Caster is proud to announce the new patented Ergo-X2 Caster Series designed to reduce the force needed to push or pull carts.  The new patented swivel caster design features two precision machined offsetting ball races in a compact assembly to minimize one of the final unresolved issues with swivel casters: lock up. 
     
    Lock up, in this context, occurs when the cart is brought to rest and at least two casters rotate to positions in which two or more wheels become substantially misaligned.  A typical swivel assembly in a caster has only one pivot point.  The Ergo-X2 Caster essentially provides a second pivot point that reduces the startup force to get the cart moving when lock up is present.
     
    The benefits of the Ergo-X2 casters are also in direct alignment with Hamilton’s own passion for workplace safety and creating environments that reduce musculoskeletal injury.   According to Liberty Mutual, the largest worker’s compensation insurance provider in the US, overexertion, lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing, costs employers $15.08 billion every year.  
     
    So now it’s common for safety managers to demand that push/pull forces not exceed more than 45 pounds.  The Ergo-X2 paired with one of Hamilton’s ergonomic poly treads is the path forward.  Material handling operators that must adhere to these strict ergonomic standards, like automotive and aerospace manufacturers, will find the new Ergo X2 Swivel Technology especially useful.  Hamilton’s patented eccentric bearing assembly is currently being tested at several major auto manufacturers who have already reported positive results.
     
    The new Ergonomic Series features the popular 4-1/2’ x 6-1/2” mounting plate and is offered in 4”, 5”, 6”, & 8” diameter wheels.  The caster series are paired with specific Hamilton wheels that provide the lowest startup & maintain forces to optimize the caster’s ergonomic performance. Like all Hamilton forged steel casters, the new Ergo-X2 Casters are manufactured in Hamilton, Ohio USA. 
     
    About Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co
    Founded in 1907, Hamilton Caster is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing stock and custom-engineered heavy duty casters, wheels, carts, and trailers.  Family owned since its inception, the fourth generation remains as committed to quality as the company’s founder, John Weigel. www.HamiltonCaster.com
     
    Media Contact:
    Mark Lippert | Vice President of Marketing
    (513) 454-2642
     

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    Habasit is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement for a joint venture partnership with Rocua, a Habasit Distributor in Mexico. In the market, Rocua has a strong reputation built on strong service with a major focus in the Food Segments. Victor and Gustavo Rodriguez, the principals in the business, will continue to play an active role in managing the business.
     
    Please welcome Rocua to the Habasit family as our new hub in Mexico. To provide an easy transition for our customers in Mexico, the new company will be called Habasit Rocua, building on the well-recognized strengths of both companies. 
     
    About Habasit America
    Habasit is a leading manufacturer of conveyor belts, plastic modular belts, seamless belts, power transmission belts and timing belts. Habasit offers a full range of belting products and belt joining tools in order to provide the optimal solution for every application. Primary markets served include business machines, food, material handling, packaging, paper, printing, postal, textile, wood and automotive. For more information please call 1-800-458-6431 or visit www.habasitamerica.com.
     
    For more information contact:
    Allison Cox
    678-288-3611
     

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    Lexington, KY (August 2, 2016) – CLARK Material Handling Company today announced it has appointed J.M. Equipment as an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the metropolitan markets of Fresno, Bakersfield, Santa Maria and Merced, California. J.M. Equipment, who is celebrating 80 years of material handling leadership this October, becomes CLARK’s regional provider for sales, service and aftermarket parts. J.M. Equipment is a full service forklift dealer featuring robust new equipment and customer service sales (CSS) departments, an extensive rental fleet, factory supported service and parts departments as well as a full offering of allied products.
     
    “With the J.M. Equipment team joining the CLARK family of authorized dealers we add an energetic, mature and proven team to our distribution line-up,” commented Scott Johnson, Vice President, Dealer Services, CLARK Material Handling Company. “The staff at J.M. Equipment are well positioned to offer existing CLARK users outstanding care and support for their current fleets. CLARK and J.M. Equipment will be utilizing a wide range of tools to implement sales, marketing, and product strategies to ensure current CLARK users and prospects fully comprehend the strengths of our two companies. J.M. knows these markets intimately; their name is synonymous with forklifts. We believe our end-user customers are going to be very pleased with this appointment.”
     
    “We are very excited at J.M. Equipment to represent the CLARK product line as part of our material handling arsenal and to expand into new territory. Our team is ready to reach out to the customer base and provide quality parts, service, rentals and sales,” says Audie Burgan, President, J.M. Equipment Company, Inc.
     
    J.M. Equipment will support its CLARK new equipment, aftermarket parts and service efforts out of its facilities located in Fresno and Merced, California. The primary contact is Audie Burgan, President. J.M. Equipment may be found on the web at www.jmequipment.com or by calling 877-563-5438.
     
    About J.M. Equipment Company, Inc.
    J.M. Equipment Company is Northern California’s most well-known, nationally respected Farm Equipment and Material Handling Dealership. With multiple locations and nearly 80 years in business, the company works daily to meet the needs of our growing customer base.
     
    About CLARK Material Handling Company
    CLARK Material Handling Company is a privately held global company and has built more than one million forklifts across its history since the production of the first gasoline-powered material handling truck in 1917. CLARK supplies a full range of internal combustion and electric trucks and parts which are distributed through its global network of more than 550 dealers. For additional information on CLARK, its products, or to locate a dealer visit www.clarkmhc.com or call toll free (866) 252-5275.

     


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    Lexington, KY (August 10, 2016) – CLARK Material Handling Company’s 2015 year-end favorable sales results placed the company solidly in Modern Materials Handling Magazine’s prestigious rankings of “Top 20” lift truck manufacturers. A consistent participant in these rankings, this marks the first appearance inside the “Top 10” of this global list.
     
    Dennis Lawrence, CLARK President and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the organization’s top ten position. “Clearly we are pleased with the company’s overall performance, both in terms of overall revenue and the depth of our product offerings. CLARK is performing well for its shareholders and the communities, dealers and families we serve. While this ranking validates we are doing many things well, we still have work to do in many areas of our business.”
     
    CLARK, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, is currently implementing several deliberate changes to its North American business to support continued overall organic business growth. Production of the company’s popular TMX, ECX, PWX and HWX electric models have been re-shored to Lexington, Kentucky and join the NPX and ESX as models, “Assembled in America, Built to Last.” The company has ramped up its hiring and recruiting efforts, particularly in the areas of manufacturing, engineering and dealer support to support increasing sales and product development demands. Additionally, the general office area of CLARK’s North American headquarters are being completely updated and re-organized to facilitate improved interdepartmental communications and productivity.
     
    As CLARK approaches its 2017 centennial milestone numerous initiatives are underway to ensure the company’s overall upward trajectory continues. In the coming year new products and technologies are planned for introduction to end-users. The company has introduced an enhanced Dealer Portal system and social media initiatives. Additionally, continued enhancements to the CLARK distribution network will continue.
     
    Scott Johnson, Vice President of Dealer Services, noted, “We continue to look for dealers which we can align with whose business models include thoughtful and consistent market share growth for themselves and our brand. Profitable share is essential for both the OEM and the dealer. Our core distributors understand this essential element and we continuously work together to ensure mutual success.”
     
    About CLARK Material Handling Company
    CLARK Material Handling Company, an industry leader since its production of the first gasoline-powered material handling truck, will be celebrating 100 years in the material handling business in 2017. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, CLARK is a privately held global company and has built more than one million forklifts across its history. CLARK supplies a full range of internal combustion and electric trucks and parts which are distributed through its global network of more than 550 dealers.
     
    For additional information on CLARK, its products, or to locate a dealer visit www.clarkmhc.com or call toll free (866) 252-5275.

     


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    INDIANAPOLIS (August 8, 2016) - enVista, a leading, global supply chain consulting and IT services firm, announced today it has been selected by Kayco to implement the HighJump™ Warehouse Advantage warehouse management system (WMS). Kayco, the nation’s leading Kosher food distribution organization, selected enVista based on its positive experience working with the partner on previous projects, including facility design and WMS selection processes, as well as enVista’s experience implementing HighJump solutions for food distributors. 
     
    enVista consultants led a WMS systems evaluation and selection process in early 2016 for Kayco, which resulted in Kayco selecting HighJump’s enterprise WMS. Kayco chose this solution based on the supply chain technology provider’s vast experience with food distributors in the northeast and the system’s ability to grow and scale with Kayco’s business. 
     
    HighJump WMS is uniquely suited for the food distribution industry, providing out-of-the-box capabilities for track, trace and recall management as well as optimizing temperature-controlled storage. Additionally, HighJump WMS is recognized as the most flexible enterprise WMS in the market, allowing food distributors to manage ever-changing regulations for safe food handling and regulatory reporting. 
     
    “enVista was an impressive partner in our facility design project, and we feel confident enVista has helped us find the right warehouse technology for the next phase of our supply chain transformation,” Kayco Chief Operating Officer Yisroel Rubelow said. “We are eager to update our technology and improve our operations with the help of enVista, and we know this implementation will position our company for further growth.” 
     
    Davison Schopmeyer, managing partner, supply chain services at enVista, said, “enVista brings a wealth of experience with HighJump software and a long history of success working with HighJump clients on a wide range of supply chain projects. We are pleased to be selected as Kayco’s HighJump WMS implementation partner. We look forward to initiating this implementation to address Kayco’s requirements and long-term growth plans.” 
     
    Since 2002, enVista has helped food and beverage companies attain optimal value and results from their investments in HighJump’s supply chain management software. enVista brings a team of dedicated HighJump Certified Consultants with strong expertise in Warehouse Advantage, Labor Advantage, Transportation Management, Yard Advantage, Supplier Advantage and expertise with all of HighJump’s technical toolsets. Together, HighJump and enVista share many client success stories across a variety of industries, including food and beverage. 
     
    “We are excited to provide Kayco with the WMS solution it needs to continue its impressive record of success,” HighJump COO Chad Collins said. “The company is in good hands thanks to enVista’s experience helping enterprises implement HighJump products to gain real-time visibility, accuracy and system-directed efficiencies.” 
     
    enVista provides supply chain consulting services that improve profitability from source to consumption for leading food and beverage clients, including PepsiCo, Nestlé Purina and Sysco. The firm has also been named to Food Logistics’ Top Green Providers list for the past five years for providing services that enhance sustainability in the food and beverage industry. 
     
    For more information about enVista, visit http://www.envistacorp.com
     
    About Kayco
    Kayco is the merger of Kedem Foods, Kenover Marketing and B&W Foods that was made to incorporate the activity of all our food products. Kayco is unique in its capability to handle a multi-brand portfolio that includes competing products that create added value for the customers while maintaining a competitive edge. It has a robust market presence in every key market. With its dedicated team, Kayco is able to provide a service to its customers and suppliers that is unparalleled in the marketplace and accommodates Kosher supervision to the mainstream market, as well as the Strict Kosher consumers. For more information, visit http://www.kayco.com/
     
    About HighJump
    In almost every industry, buyers are becoming more fickle, and more demanding. For logistics executives, effectively meeting buyer needs has become a relentless quest for speed and agility. Traditional supply chain solutions – siloed, complex and hard-to-implement – no longer suffice, as competitors find ways to deliver goods faster and more profitably. In today’s “now” economy, HighJump helps you stay agile, with adaptable, connected solutions that harness the power of your trading partner community. From the warehouse to the storefront, from the desktop to the driver’s cab, we can help you achieve new levels of supply chain responsiveness, performance and profitability. HighJump’s suite of warehouse management, business integration, transportation management and retail/DSD solutions form a complete, powerful and adaptable platform that allow you to drive growth, customer satisfaction and revenue. HighJump: supply chain accelerated. For more information, visit https://www.highjump.com/
     
    About enVista
    enVista is a leading global supply chain consulting and IT services firm, delivering innovative solutions that improve profitability, enhance customer service and reduce waste from source to consumption. enVista’s unrivaled consulting experience, deep vertical industry expertise and comprehensive solutions portfolio enable clients to leverage one strategic partner that consults, implements and operates across supply chain, transportation, retail, IT and ERP. For more information, visit http://www.envistacorp.com
     
    Media Contact:
    Jessica Money
    +1 (317) 208-9100 ext. 322
     

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    (CINCINNATI: Aug. 15, 2016)—As businesses seek to meet consumer demands for fast, convenient omnichannel commerce, new demands on store labor threaten profit margins. In the latest installment of its On The Move educational webinar, Intelligrated® (www.intelligrated.com), covers how to maximize workforce efficiency by adapting warehouse processes to stores. The new episode, “Driving labor cost savings across the store network,” is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. EDT. 
     
    Presented by Jason Franklin, product manager, labor and business intelligence, Intelligrated Software, the webinar discusses the challenges of cross-channel orders, how to meet consumer expectations and ways to maximize workforce effectiveness by implementing DC-like processes in stores. Attendees will learn how to drive labor cost savings by using forecasting and monitoring tools to establish labor predictability and meet service level agreements consistently and efficiently.
     
     
    “Consumer expectations for two-day fulfillment and cross-channel shopping put new demands for speed and complexity on store labor that can cut into profit margins,” says Jerry Koch, director, corporate marketing and product management, Intelligrated. “By deploying the right labor management tools and more agile order-building processes, retailers can handle the in-store pickup and shipping demands of omnichannel commerce while maintaining control of labor effectiveness and costs.”
     
    Intelligrated’s On the Move webinars are a multi-part educational series covering new technologies and the latest trends in the material handling industry. Each webinar offers attendees access to ideas and insights from Intelligrated experts and guest speakers, followed by an interactive Q&A session. Previously aired episodes are accessible on the Intelligrated website for on-demand viewing.
     
    About Intelligrated
    Intelligrated is a leading North American-based, single-source provider of intelligent automated material handling solutions that drive fulfillment productivity for retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers around the world. Through a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, service and support, Intelligrated solutions give businesses a competitive edge and optimize operational performance through increased flexibility, efficiency and accuracy.
     
    Intelligrated designs, manufactures, integrates and installs complete material handling automation solutions including conveyor, IntelliSort sortation, Alvey® palletizers and robotics, and automated storage and retrieval systems – all managed by advanced machine controls and software. Intelligrated Software offers warehouse execution systems, a scalable suite of software that manages the entire fulfillment process, including equipment, labor and business intelligence, integrated with voice- and light-directed picking and putting technologies.
     
    From concept to integration to lifecycle support services, Intelligrated delivers dependable, sustained distribution and fulfillment success, and maximum return on investment. Intelligrated backs every project with 24X7 multilingual technical support and access to lifecycle service through a network of national, regional and local service centers.
     
    Sales and Marketing
    Tracy Niehaus
    Marketing Manager
    Intelligrated
    513.881.5239
     
    Media Information
    Dan Gauss
    Public Relations
    Koroberi
    919.797.2916

     


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    INDIANAPOLIS (August 9, 2016) - enVista, a leading, global supply chain consulting and IT services firm, announced today it has added five new dashboards comprised of over 20 new charts to its proprietary freight audit and payment solution. The dashboards will allow shippers to more easily view and share their transportation data in easy to read, interactive charts for enhanced decision-making and reporting. 
     
    Dashboards are a valuable component of myShipINFO®, enVista’s private cloud, web-based global freight audit and payment solution. myShipINFO is designed to provide greater shipment visibility, carrier performance monitoring, management reporting, invoice auditing, currency and Value-Added Tax visibility and carrier payment across all modes of transportation around the world. 
     
    The new dashboards highlight a variety of data points, including net spend, audit activity, network analysis, shipment overview and annual summary details. They are designed to allow the shipper to see data graphs at the highest corporate level or at a more granular data set selected by the user. The dashboards also feature drill down functionality all the way to the shipment level. In addition to these features, the dashboard reports and charts are exportable, allowing the user to easily share the charts or embed them in presentations.
     
    “Today, freight audit and payment is about more than just saving money on transportation. It is about taking a deep look at your transportation data and being able to make strategic, actionable decisions based on that data. The visibility and simplicity provided by the new myShipINFO dashboards is unmatched, and our clients will quickly realize the benefits provided by this solution,” said enVista Senior Managing Partner, John Stitz. 
     
    Since its founding in 2002, enVista has been one of the fastest growing freight audit and payment providers in the industry and was named a representative vendor by Gartner, Inc. in its Market Guide for Freight Payment Providers. enVista audits over 2,000 unique carriers in 25 countries and multiple languages. 
     
    For more information about enVista’s myShipINFO solution, visit http://www.envistacorp.com/transportation/global-freight-audit-and-payment/
     
     
     
    About enVista
    enVista is a leading global supply chain consulting and IT services firm, delivering innovative solutions that improve profitability, enhance customer service and reduce waste from source to consumption. enVista’s unrivaled consulting experience, deep vertical industry expertise and comprehensive solutions portfolio enable clients to leverage one strategic partner that consults, implements and operates across supply chain, transportation, retail, IT and ERP. For more information, visit http://www.envistacorp.com
     
    Media Contact:
    Jessica Money
    +1 (317) 208-9100 ext. 322
     

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – August 17, 2016: Advanced Solutions, an Autodesk Platinum Partner and Authorized Training Center (ATC) announces the dedication ceremony for the new University of Louisville (UofL), J.B. School of Engineering Logistics and Distribution Institute Lab, supported in part by Advanced Solutions, August 18, 2016.
     
    The UofL Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI) laboratory is primarily a research and user lab, available for study groups, presentation, and instruction. Several forces have converged in recent years to offer new challenges to the logistics research community, including the rise of e-commerce, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), crowdsourcing business models, and a serious shortage of skilled labor. LoDI is a university-wide, multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to finding solutions to these and other challenging problems in the field.
     
    The Advanced Solutions donation went toward the installation of SMART™ Board technology, used to enrich internal and external collaboration, and Slot3D™ software, to enhance the curriculum associated with warehouse design and optimization.
     
    Slot3D™ is the world’s only economic based slotting program that uses AutoCAD® to visualize and reduce costs from warehouse operations.  Slot3D is now 14 years old and has helped hundreds of distribution centers around the world realize immediate opportunities to increase efficiency and remove waste from the warehouse workflow.  
     
    SMART™ Board technology provides an interactive system to transform collaboration. The boards will enable students to collaborate in the fourth dimension by working in the Unbound Workspace to improve the collaboration environment, while providing a premium interactive experience to create, share and interact with content, and increase productivity.
     
    The combination of these tools, SMART™ board hardware and Solt3D™ software, will help to develop the next generation of engineers, ensuring they graduate with a competitive advantage.  “Today’s engineers are expected to bring a new level of skillsets to the industry, setting them above the competition,” remarked Michael Golway, President & CEO of Advanced Solutions. “This donation will enable the faculty to shape graduates for the growing Industrial Engineering & Logistics marketplace, while giving students the state-of-the-art tools necessary to compete.” 
     
    The dedication ceremony for the new lab will take place on August 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., on the 2nd floor of the LoDI Institute and is open to the public. 
     
    About Advanced Solutions, Inc.
    Advanced Solutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate as a diversified technology company providing integrated software solutions and services allowing businesses to achieve more effective products, processes, technologies and ideas. The Company serves clients in the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, material handling, retail and biomedical industries throughout North America. For additional information about Advanced Solutions, Inc., please visit our website at www.AdvancedSolutions.com.
     
     
     

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    MHI’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) announces a call for nominations for two awards to be presented at ProMat 2017, the Outstanding Young Professional Award and the Mentor Award.
     
    The Outstanding Young Professional Award will be awarded to an MHI member under the age of 40 based on professional accomplishments and affiliations, demonstrated effective leadership skills, contributions to their company, and innovation at work or in the industry. 
     
    The Mentor Award will be awarded to an MHI member demonstrating a history of offering professional guidance, being a positive/inspiring role model, instilling and nurturing talent, advocating for employees and supporting professional development, and illustrating a commitment to the company and its people. 
     
    The winners of the Outstanding Young Professional Award and Mentor Award will be announced at ProMat 2017 during MHI’s  Industry Night event on April 5. 
     
    If you’re a member of MHI and would like to submit a nomination, visit www.mhi.org/ypn to download the official entry forms.  The deadline to submit a nomination is February 27, 2017. 
     
    ProMat 2017 is the largest material handling and logistics expo held in North and South America. Manufacturing and supply chain executives from over 110 countries come to ProMat to find their X – that unknown quantity that will take their supply chains to the next leve. ProMat will be held April 4-6, 2017 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Learn more at www.promatshow.com
     
    About MHI
    MHI is an international trade association that has represented the industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling, logistics and supply chain equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product- and solution- specific groups. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to education industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.
     
    Contact: Carol Miller at cmiller@mhi.org or 704-676-1190.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    AUBURN, Wash., Aug. 17, 2016 – Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation (RHCC), one of the largest material handling suppliers in the Northwest, today announced a new way for the company to step up its continued support for finding a cure.  The company will be holding its first “Beat Breast Cancer” rummage sale on Saturday, Aug. 20, at its offices at 3500 W. Valley Highway North, Suite 101, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     
    Supported by the employees and surrounding community, this rummage sale will have something for everyone, and proceeds will support The Tina Fund and the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation. If you're looking for furniture, sporting equipment, children's toys, books, tools and other affordable items, the employees at RHCC invite you to shop the yard while enjoying a free barbeque lunch, ice cream and games for all ages.    
     
    This event will serve as a precursor to RHCC’s annual Pink Pallet Jack Project, in which a customized pink pallet jack or electric walkie truck is auctioned off to the highest bidder, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.  The funds from this popular event are also donated to the Tina Fund and the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, both organizations dedicated to fighting breast cancer.
     
    “We have seen the lives of so many of our friends and family changed by cancer and knew we had to get involved,” said Steve Raymond, President. “RHCC has been blown away at the support we have received from employees and community members that see the need for action and don’t hesitate to join in our fight. We look forward to seeing our friends out this weekend to support these worthy causes.”
     
    Raymond plans to be in attendance to share the history and vision for the company.  If you are interested in donating items to the rummage sale, please contact RHCC at (253) 333-2100 or send an email to info@raymondhandling.com.   
    Raymond Handling was recently certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. For additional information on the company, please visit www.raymondhandling.com.  
     
    About Raymond Handling Concepts
    Raymond Handling Concepts provides high-density storage, order-picking systems and associated services to companies engaged in warehousing and distribution as well as material handling of all kinds.  The company was established in 1987 as a family-oriented company that fosters close, long-lasting customer relationships. Raymond Handling is certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.  “At Raymond Handling Concepts, it’s not just business. It’s personal.”
     

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    The design of the Kardex Remstar automated storage and retrieval products  helps medical device manufacturers establish Good Manufacturing Practices by providing improved inventory control, increased accountability and added cleanliness for stored medical devices.
     
    The Shuttle XP Vertical Lift Module (VLM) is an enclosed system of vertically arranged trays, an extraction platform and a series of computerized controls that allows operators to stay in one place as the Shuttle XP delivers items to an ergonomically positioned workstation. Providing inventory security and controlled access to critical components while offering quick and accurate order picking helps manufacturers avoid costs associated with mispicked inventory.
     
    The Kardex Remstar Megamat RS Vertical Carousel, comprised of a series of shelves rotating around a track, similar to a ferris wheel, also delivers goods directly to an operator and an ergonomic work height. Full product enclosure in both vertical carousels and VLMs maintains the cleanliness of the stored items and can be modified for cleanroom use, reducing outside contamination and cross contamination, when necessary.
     
    These systems offer controlled access for added security. Power Pick Global inventory management software can help medical device manufacturers establish quality processes in manufacturing by providing electronic documentation for stock rotation programs and ensuring expired devices are purged from inventory and not shipped. Validation and traceability features, such as bar code verification, allows tracking of non-conforming items and prevents accidental release of items on hold. These features improve traceability, reduce the number of paper reports and improve overall risk management.
     
    Medical device manufacturers know the importance of keeping parts secure and clean.  Kardex Remstar dynamic storage systems can improve inventory control and accountability, ensuring the right part is delivered to the right person,  reducing the risk of human picking error.
     
    Kardex Remstar, LLC, a company of the Kardex Group is a leading provider of automated storage and retrieval systems for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, offices and institutions. For information about our dynamic storage solutions, call 800-639-5805 or visit www.kardexremstar.com.
     
    Kardex Remstar Media Contact:
    Chelsea Tarr, Marketing Communications Coordinator, 207-591-3172
     

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    GREENE, N.Y., August 18, 2016 — The Raymond Corporation is celebrating the company’s continued innovation by commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Raymond Reach-Fork® truck. On Aug. 14, 1951, George Raymond Sr., Raymond’s founder, and Christian Gibson, an engineer at the company, received a U.S. patent for the power-driven narrow aisle material handling truck — better known today as the Raymond® Reach-Fork truck.
     
    The Raymond team sees industry needs and works quickly to address them, often being the first in the industry to develop innovations that change warehousing. In the 1940s, a grocery consultant brought a problem to Raymond’s attention. The consultant recognized that wide aisle warehousing was costing American companies millions of dollars, and George Raymond Sr. had the vision to develop the narrow aisle concept. This warehousing idea led to the design of Raymond’s narrow aisle vehicle that maneuvered in aisles less than 7 feet wide and retrieved and put away pallets two tiers high. The vehicle preserves its gravitational integrity by straddling a pallet with baselegs.
     
    “Many of the basic principles of Raymond’s first power-driven narrow aisle material handling truck are used in the narrow aisle reach trucks of today,” said Susan Comfort, product manager for narrow aisle products at The Raymond Corporation. “As warehouse and distribution centers find ways to gain productivity and efficiency, our forward-thinking products and solutions evolve and advance to keep up with our customers’ demands. Today, the Raymond Reach-Fork truck series has over 200 configurations and can be customized for a variety of applications, including retail, grocery, manufacturing and distribution.”
     
    Raymond’s history and philosophy lives on as it continues to innovate, addressing customers’ ultra-narrow aisle needs with its TRT transtacker turret truck, which can maneuver in aisles as narrow as 5 feet wide, and retrieve and put away pallets up to 60 feet high. In today’s world of interconnectivity, Raymond lift trucks are the first to have an integrated operator display and are equipped with iWAREHOUSE® — a wireless fleet management and warehouse optimization system that assists companies in managing their fleet, labor and entire operations, and in effect, lowering their overall operating costs. Raymond also uses technologies such as regenerative lowering, which allows trucks to run longer.
     
    “The high-density warehouses that we know today are only possible because 65 years ago, our founder revolutionized warehouse operations through creating the narrow aisle concept and Reach-Fork truck — and we continue to lead the way in innovation, proven by our recent recognition of 19 engineers who have contributed to 32 patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 2012,” said Michael Field, chief executive officer of Raymond. “Our continuous improvement leads to revolutionary developments in products and solutions that exemplify Raymond’s core principle of innovation, from the flexible automation of the Courier automated lift truck, to our internet of things solutions that bring entire operations to the mobile device of the warehouse manager.”
     
    For more information on the Raymond Reach-Fork truck series or to locate an authorized Sales and Service Center of The Raymond Corporation, visit www.raymondcorp.com or call 800-235-7200.
     
    About The Raymond Corporation
    The Raymond Corporation is a global provider of end-to-end warehouse solutions, fleet management, forklift training and support to increase efficiency and lower costs throughout material handling operations. Raymond® forklifts are engineered to achieve higher performance, enhance operator comfort and increase efficiency. Raymond manufactures a full line of forklift trucks — including reach trucks, pallet jacks, pallet stackers, sit-down and stand-up forklifts, orderpickers and turret trucks. The iWAREHOUSE® fleet management and warehouse optimization system provides solutions to manage industrial vehicle fleets, labor efficiencies and warehouses. Additionally, flexible automation, customized solutions and industry-leading consultation from Raymond further enhance and streamline processes while helping customers to drive down costs. Raymond is a recipient of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan.

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    Strategic thinkers—including material handling and logistics practitioners, equipment and software suppliers, academia, associations and government—are invited to contribute their insights on the future of the U.S. supply chain at one of four roundtable summit events to be held throughout the second half of 2016. Collected input will form the foundation of the second edition of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics, a 70-page report originally released in January 2014 on www.MHLroadmap.org.
     
    “The first Roadmap was called by some ‘the most important document to be published by the industry in more than 20 years,’” recalls Gary Forger, who spearheaded the original effort to develop the document. “It established a baseline of key disruptors faced by supply chain practitioners today and in the approaching decade. While it was comprehensive for the time, the staggering rate of change in the field during the recent past has prompted us to begin work on the second edition.”
     
    As with the first Roadmap, content for the second edition will be gleaned from input gathered during four roundtable summits at four locations across the country. Attendees will engage in a full day of face-to-face, full group and breakout sessions hosted by local industry thought leaders.
     
    “The intent of this new series of summits is to capture the most recent developments in the field,” Forger continues. “For example, physical and cyber security weren’t addressed in the first edition of the Roadmap; today they’ve become critical factors to ensure business success.”
     
    Participants will also further explore the core competencies companies will have to develop over the next decade to grow jobs, increase America’s global competitiveness and advance our country’s standard of living, he adds.
     
    The summit dates and locations are:
     
    August 30, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia,
    September 13, 2016 in Trenton, New Jersey, 
    October 5, 2016 in Ontario, California, and
    November 9, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.
     
    Participation in the roundtable summits is by invitation only, with approximately 40 different contributors expected to participate at each summit. Persons who are interested in receiving an invitation to attend one of the sessions may contact Gary Forger at gforger@mhi.org.
     
    Upon completion of the four summits, the gathered information will be used as the basis for the writing of the second edition of the Roadmap. The report will be released during MHI’s ProMat tradeshow and exposition, held April 3-6, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
     
    MHI is providing administrative and financial support for the development of the Roadmap. For more information, visit www.MHLroadmap.org or email Gary Forger, gforger@mhi.org.
     

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    U.S. universities are utilizing new lecture material from the Overhead Alliance to educate students on the benefits of applying overhead lifting equipment to material handling applications.
     
    The Overhead Alliance serves as a marketing vehicle for trade association Material Handling Industry’s (MHI) three overhead lifting product groups, namely Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA), all recognized as leading authorities in material handling and lifting.
     
    This is the second set of lecture materials the Overhead Alliance has released having implemented the initiative in 2010 ahead of the launch of an earlier PowerPoint presentation in 2013. The latest release concludes an additional two-year program that started in 2014 to further enhance the lecture material for academics looking to integrate overhead lifting in a course of work.
     
    Karen Norheim, Executive Vice President of MHI member company American Crane and Equipment Corporation and project leader, said: “Several years ago the Overhead Alliance team set a strategic goal to educate people outside the members’ typical customer base about the benefits of [overhead] lifting. The lecture material was one way the group found to get their message out. The materials were developed by university professors with feedback and resources provided by the Overhead Alliance group.”
     
    The new PowerPoint presentation is supplemented with supporting notes and references to other content, such as relevant trade journals. Norheim explained that it takes 30 to 60 minutes to deliver depending on the material a professor chooses to apply.
     
    She said: “An audience may not understand all the benefits overhead lifting has to offer. They may not be aware of the pros and cons regarding the variety of equipment available, from industrial trucks to overhead cranes. A primary objective was to give such groups an understanding of the best choice for lifting or moving equipment depending on the primary purpose of the material being moved.”
     
    Norheim added: “Not everyone is aware that overhead lifting allows vertical storage and more efficient use of space. Overhead lifting solutions allow the user to take products or components up and over obstacles instead of navigating back and forth. In addition, some buyers only consider the initial investment when purchasing a lifting system and not the long-term life cycle investment. Multiple workstations can be covered with one lifting system, for example.”
     
    While the key audience is university students, the content may also be used as a resource for anyone unfamiliar with overhead lifting. Lecture material is available at the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) portal at MHI.org/cicmhe and on the Overhead Alliance website at OverheadAlliance.org.
     

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    August 23, 2016 (Irvington, NY): In recognition of PECO Pallet’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, the pallet pooling company was named a Green 75 Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics magazine for the fifth year in a row. PECO is profiled in the "Green Logistics" issue as one of the top 75 companies in supply chain sustainability.
     
    PECO Pallet provides high-quality wood pallets and sustainable shipping solutions for grocery and consumer goods manufacturers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. PECO’s sturdy block pallets are built from responsibly forested timber and are constantly reused, repaired, and recycled. Companies who utilize PECO’s pooled pallets can eliminate the waste, inefficiency, and safety problems associated with single-use or low-quality pallets. PECO's true four-way block pallets can also be stacked and transported more efficiently than conventional notched stringer pallets, thus reducing fuel costs and emissions. 
     
    Adrian Potgieter, PECO Pallet’s Senior Vice President of Sales, said, "PECO Pallet is proud to be named to the G75 list again this year. More and more companies are learning about the ways block pallets provide both environmental and economic benefits throughout the supply chain. We’re proud to help customers achieve their sustainability goals while also enjoying improved efficiencies and long-term savings."
     
    Inbound Logistics' G75 Green Supply Chain Partners highlights sustainability leaders in the logistics and transportation sector. The editors evaluate companies based on their measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement, and industry recognition. 
     
    About PECO Pallet:
    PECO Pallet is the North American leader in pallet rental services and provides millions of its red block pallets to major grocery and consumer goods manufacturers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. PECO Pallet’s tremendous growth over the last decade reflects the company’s overall commitment to quality and service. Customers using PECO’s superior pallets experience less product damage, greater efficiency, improved safety, and significant cost savings. PECO is headquartered in Irvington, New York. For more information about PECO Pallet, visit www.pecopallet.com 
     

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    (Kitchener, ON, Canada – Aug 24, 2016)  OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath, was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® in the 13th Annual International Business Awards. The company was recognized in the category of Best New Industrial Product of the Year for their OTTO 100 self-driving vehicle, designed for light-load material transport.
     
    The OTTO 100 self-driving vehicle is designed for light-load material transport. With a payload capacity of 220 lbs and a maximum speed of 4.5 mph, OTTO 100 does not rely on external infrastructure for navigation, delivering materials through dynamic paths and with collaborative features including obstacle avoidance and light indications for behavior.
     
    “Recognition for the OTTO 100 solution in the International Business Awards is very humbling,” said Simon Drexler, Director of Industrial Solutions at OTTO Motors.  “The OTTO self-driving vehicles offer increased intelligence and flexibility into material handling and it’s these types of advancing technologies that present exciting opportunities for the industrial market.” 
     
    The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. The 2016 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.  Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.
     
    “This year’s IBA judges were treated to many remarkable and inspiring stories of achievement around the world,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “We look forward to sharing many of these stories with people around the world over the coming months, through the Stevie Awards blog and social media channels, with the hope that they will inspire and instruct the next generation of business achievers.”
     
    Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet in Rome, Italy on 21 October. 
     
    About OTTO Motors 
    OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath, provides self-driving vehicles designed exclusively for indoor material transport. The company’s OTTO line offers infrastructure-free navigation, obstacle avoidance, and dynamic path-planning, and collaboratively works alongside plant personnel. Proprietary hardware, software, and services are delivered to provide customer excellence. For more information, visit www.ottomotors.com.  
     
    About the Stevie Awards
    Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.
     
    Media Contact:
    Meghan Hennessey
    Marketing Communications
    OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath
    519-513-2416 x833

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    (CINCINNATI: Aug. 25, 2016)—Intelligrated® (www.intelligrated.com), a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces its recognition on Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s list of 100 great supply chain projects for its work with Merrill Corporation. Implementing the Intelligrated Voice solution enabled the 3PL document management and communications company to minimize fulfillment errors while increasing throughput and operational efficiency. 
     
    • 45 percent increase in throughput
    • 65 percent reduction in picking errors, raising accuracy to 99.9 percent
    • Nearly 50 percent reduction in staffing requirements in processes that use voice
     
    The voice solution capitalizes on the experience level of individual workers, requiring fewer validation steps and offering more advanced functionality for experienced associates. Merrill also leveraged voice to implement new workflows to improve processes, including train picking, reverse picking and automated replenishment.
     
    “When we demonstrate the capabilities of the system to potential clients, they are blown away by the voice technology and its role in all aspects of our distribution operations,” says Mike Zimny, director of operations, Merrill Corporation. “It’s often what helps really set us apart from other 3PLs.”
     
    With more than 28 clients and 17,000 SKUs to manage, Merrill looked for an automated method to ensure fulfillment accuracy, increase throughput and continue to maintain the privacy and confidentiality demanded by its customer base. They chose Intelligrated for their flexibility, implementation experience and ongoing support.
     
    “The work with Merrill highlights the advanced configurability, ease of use and straightforward implementation of Intelligrated Voice solutions,” says Kevin Roach, executive vice president and general manager, Intelligrated Software. “This software-driven, device-agnostic approach provides the necessary flexibility for operations to choose best-fit hardware as operational requirements evolve. Recognition on the SDCE 100 validates the ongoing value this framework provides for complex, mission-critical fulfillment operations.”
     
    The SDCE 100 is an annual list of 100 great supply chain projects, which serves as a guide for supply chain executives who are looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. These projects show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence and prepare their supply chains for success.
     
    About Intelligrated
    Intelligrated is a leading North American-based, single-source provider of intelligent automated material handling solutions that drive fulfillment productivity for retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers around the world. Through a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, service and support, Intelligrated solutions give businesses a competitive edge and optimize operational performance through increased flexibility, efficiency and accuracy.
     
    Intelligrated designs, manufactures, integrates and installs complete material handling automation solutions including conveyor, IntelliSort sortation, Alvey® palletizers and robotics, and automated storage and retrieval systems – all managed by advanced machine controls and software. Intelligrated Software offers warehouse execution systems, a scalable suite of software that manages the entire fulfillment process, including equipment, labor and business intelligence, integrated with voice- and light-directed picking and putting technologies.
     
    From concept to integration to lifecycle support services, Intelligrated delivers dependable, sustained distribution and fulfillment success, and maximum return on investment. Intelligrated backs every project with 24X7 multilingual technical support and access to lifecycle service through a network of national, regional and local service centers.
     
    Sales and Marketing
    Tracy Niehaus
    Marketing Manager
    Intelligrated
    513.881.5239
     
    Media Information
    Dan Gauss
    Public Relations
    Koroberi
    919.797.2916

     


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