April 15th – Perfect ‘Condition’ LogiMAT honours for Swisslog’s Condition Monitoring solution

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Welcome to the April 15th edition of Warehouse & Logistics News and a happy Easter to all our readers.

As reported on our front cover, the recent LogiMAT Awards in Stuttgart were a celebration of intralogistics industry excellence. Congratulations to Swisslog, whose Condition Monitoring solution won Best Product in the Software, Communication and IT category.

An easy-to-use plug-in within Swisslog’s intelligent SynQ software and part of its proven Cockpit Manager, Condition Monitoring uses advanced data analytics to identify critical warehouse elements and prevent system failures through wear and tear. Swisslog COO Dr Christian Baur predicts this technology will be a catalyst in widening access to intralogistics and transforming it into a service-driven industry.

It’s also awards time in our Power Sources feature, with Industrial Battery and Charger Services, the UK’s leading independent battery specialist, winning Supplier of the Year at the FLTA Awards. The Mayor of London wants to charge diesel vehicles within the North and South Circular £12.50 a day on top of the congestion charge from 2019, which will no doubt encourage more end users to seek alternatives to diesel powered forklifts. Among the options already available, Yale Europe has teamed with Midac to provide lithium-ion solutions for EMEA customers and Calor is offering BioLPG, which cuts greenhouse gases up to 32% when mixed with conventional LPG.

In our Order Picking feature we have news of more major projects in one of the busiest development areas in warehousing. Voiteq’s voice-enabled installation has transformed Queenswood Natural Foods’ order picking in Bridgewater and Sherborne. Over in Erfurt, Germany, Cognex’s barcode readers with real-time monitoring are speeding article picking at Zalando, Europe’s leading online fashion platform.

Founded in 2013 Lumilow Lighting, the warehouse LED specialists have quickly become the trusted lighting supplier for Leeds Bradford Airport, HSS and Morrisons. In our exclusive interview Andy Chell, Lumilow’s MD explains the company’s vision for transforming the industrial lighting market by empowering customers to make informed choices and pushing industry standards.

Driving the industrial doors and loading bays sector forward has also been a longterm priority for Alan Jenkins, Hörmann UK Sales Director, who retires at the end of this month. In our other exclusive interview in this issue Alan looks back over his career, with highlights including setting up Stertil’s UK operation and 13 years at Hörmann UK, where he also chaired the Industrial Group of the Door & Hardware Federation. Alan is retiring but isn’t putting his feet up just yet. His many high-level connections include one of the UK’s leading warehouse developers, so in his words “anything could happen.”

And finally, CLARK Material Handling is celebrating the forklift truck’s 100th anniversary this year by launching a centennial edition of the combustion engine-powered C20-35 series, in honour of company founder Eugene Bradley Clark, who invented the first engine-powered forklift, a threewheel platform truck in 1917. You can read the full story in our Fork Truck News section.

Have a great Easter break.

April 13, 2017 at 08:13PM

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Are clicking errors costing you money

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RAVAS mobile scales on your order pick trucks signal picking errors.
Correct picking errors where the cost is lowest: at the picking slot!

Picking errors create unnecessary cost: lost or returned goods, stock differences, credit notes, phone calls, emails back and forth. Watch our video and see how a RAVAS scale on your order pick trucks signals picking errors and enables you to correct these errors immediately, at the pick location, with the least possible cost. Realize immediate cost savings!

PICK BY WEIGHT: HOW DOES IT WORK?

The weighing scale integrated in your order pick trucks continuously measures the weight on the forks. The scale display is connected to your warehouse management system via wireless. After each pick, the WMS interrogates the scale for the weight increase on the forks. It compares the actual weight on the forks with the combined weight that the articles in the order line should have. If the picker has picked the wrong article, or an incorrect number of articles, the WMS sends an error message to the picker next to the truck, and the picker corrects his mistake. Picking errors are corrected where the cost is lowest: at the pick location.

Works in combination with Pick-by-Voice, works for batch picking strategies, works on every make & model truck.

Download our brochure and learn all about it!

Benefits & advantages

  • Cost reduction from eliminating errors
  • Cost reduction from cancelling final inspections
  • Performance of each individual picker monitored
  • Improved supply chain control
  • Documented quality of your services

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Kite Packaging expand range of pallet top sheets and gusseted covers

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The new range is available in smaller quantities

Kite Packaging, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of packaging, have extended their range of pallet tops and heat shrink covers following the success of their existing range. Businesses spend much of their time packaging products to ensure they are protected in the most efficient way possible. Therefore they do not then want to leave them exposed to any potential bad conditions, specifically the elements of dirt/dust in warehouse and storage environments and potential bad weather conditions.

Kite Packaging supply a range of centre fold top sheets and gusseted bags. Kite’s centre fold pallet top covers are designed to protect palletised goods, specifically from the elements in storage environments where dust or dirt can be a problem. Manufactured from high strength virgin material, they are not suitable for heat shrinking. They provide very popular with customers who on occasion have to store pallets of goods outside and want to ensure they are protected from rain, wind or snow.

Kite’s range of gusseted covers are available in light duty 30mu and heavy duty 100mu. The light duty version is to protect against the elements of dirt and dust and mild weather. However, the heavy duty 100mu is specifically designed for covering full pallets and offers a quick and easy method of securing pallet loads providing protection against moisture, dust and theft. These clear polythene heat shrink covers are stronger than standard pallet wrap, and provide a professional looking finish to your pallet of goods.

Kite also supply a range of heat shrink systems suitable for low and high volume users, to see Kite’s full range visits http://ift.tt/Rb46nD.

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Kite Packaging sponsor their enthusiastic motor cycle road racer

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Following Kate’s recent return to the track, Kite Packaging have offered her a sponsorship

Kate Mustill, Sales Coordinator in our National Distribution Centre, has returned to the track doing what she loves most, Road Racing. Since her return and having not been on her bike much since October 2016, Kate is firmly back in the saddle.

The North Gloucester Road Racing Event took place 18th – 19th March and saw Kate hoping for her very own personal best. After the test day, adjustments were made to the bike, by Kate and her team enabling Kate to up her game and finish the race with great lap times.

Kate commented, “‘Racing is my passion, I grew up around the sport with my Father racing, to be able to take part in it myself is a lifelong ambition realised.  It is not a cheap sport, with entry fees/ tyres & fuel required for each of the 7 rounds we are taking part in during 2017. Kite’s generous support is overwhelming and goes towards the running costs and tyres for the season. With sponsors such as Kite on-board, I am able to strive towards the goals I work so hard to achieve in my sport.’

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Kite Packaging Group launch 2017 charity donation programme

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The rapidly growing UK Packaging Distribution company starts its annual charity donation program giving a total of £7,000 to employee-nominated charities

After introducing its new philanthropy programme across all of its regional branches in 2015, Kite Packaging will once again make donations to seven UK charities, totalling £7,000.

With seven sites located across the UK, Kite employees from each branch were given the opportunity to nominate a charity to become their ‘Charity of the Year’ as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.

Kite Packaging are very passionate about the charity programme and as an employee owned company all Kite employees are central to the nomination process. The most nominated charity within each branch will be presented with a cheque for £1,000, the chosen charities include, Alzheimer’s Society, Acorns, Cots for Tots, Helen & Douglas House, Naomi House and Jacksplace, Forget Me Not Child and The Lullaby Trust.

Each branch plans to continue fundraising for their chosen charity throughout the year, with internal fundraising activities and individual support from employees. The programme is part of Kite’s wider CSR agenda, which includes compliance with ISO 14001:2004 environmental commitments, and implementation of a Code of Ethics for the company and its preferred suppliers.

To find out more about Kite Packaging and its products and services please visit http://ift.tt/Rb46nD.

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Sierra Leone News: 20-year old charged with robbery – Awoko

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Sierra Leone News: 20-year old charged with robbery
Awoko
Section 26 of the Larceny Act of Sierra Leone 1916, states, “Every person who breaks and enters any dwelling-house, or any building within the curtilage thereof and occupied there with, or any school-house, shop, warehouse, counting house, office

April 13, 2017 at 08:01PM

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Discover Rubb Thermohall™ insulated building systems

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Rubb’s Thermohall™ insulated fabric provides many benefits to help promote energy efficiency. Thermohall™ is a high quality, heavy duty, durable PVC fabric system, which is available in insulation depth from 50mm to 200mm. This provides different levels of U-Values from 0.67 W/m2k to 0.19 W/m2k.

Thermohall™ cladding consists of a flexible external PVC layer and an internal PVC layer with selfcleaning properties, which encapsulate a series of air tight PVC ‘pockets’, each featuring a noncombustible glass wool insulation core. The insulated panel system provides a full vapour seal, which minimizes thermal bridging and reduces infiltration losses. This reduces condensation on framing members, improving insulation efficiency. The environmentally controlled structure helps facilitate air conditioning systems and internal heating.

Rubb’s Thermohall™ fabric can be used to clad many Rubb structure types, from standard storage warehouses up to large scale multispan aircraft hangars and sport facilities. This insulation solution offers great energy savings and is environmentally friendly, both in fabrication and operation.

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