Don’t be Afraid of Automation

August 30, 2022

Contributed by: MHI’s SLAM Industry Group You’ve just shipped out a load of fishing poles from your distribution center. They’re super light, but also very long. Not long after sending them off, you were surprised when your carrier issued you a chargeback. What happened? You shipped based on weight but didn’t consider that long length—but…


Maintaining Supply Chain Agility Through Labeling

July 1, 2022

By: Amin Sikander, Contributor As of June 2022, the U.S. continues to experience supply chain difficulties. While the reasons we’ve heard include a lack of truck drivers, lack of raw materials and border closures, the reality is that incorrect labeling also creates supply chain challenges. A labeling error can bring an entire supply chain to…


Optimizing the Last 100 Feet

May 31, 2022

By: Christian Dow, Contributor Using advanced tools, your fulfillment operations can be both efficient and sustainable. All distribution centers are working toward more efficient—and more sustainable—operations, for many reasons. With the historic labor shortage continuing, DCs need to operate with fewer employees wherever possible. Automation that might have seemed out of budgetary reach is now…


Picking Perfection: Three Ways Automated Order Picking Makes For Fresher Produce

April 6, 2022

By: Derek Rickard, Contributor In the immortal words of legendary chef Julia Child, “Freshness is essential. That makes all the difference.” It comes as no surprise that freshness is top of mind for most order fulfillment and warehouse managers serving the grocery market. The grocery world has changed drastically in just the past five years.…


A Packed PACK EXPO will Focus on the Future

August 31, 2021

The organizers of this year’s PACK EXPO, to be held September 27-29 in Las Vegas, are making some pretty big promises when it comes to what attendees can expect. For one, they’re calling it “The World’s Most Comprehensive Packaging and Processing Event.” They also say that; “no other event in 2021 will bring together a…


Vacuum Technology-Based Palletizing Meets High-Speed Needs

July 6, 2021

By: Andrea Bodenhagen, Contributor With the pandemic-driven ecommerce market growth, changed retail structures continue to drive investment in automated packaging and palletizing. Understanding available tools and grippers is crucial to install a solution that increases efficiency, copes with market needs and enables flexibility and customization. Vacuum technology based gripping solutions play a major role when…


ERT250 Conveyor

Create Zones for Better Control in Accumulation and Assembly Applications with Dorner’s ERT250 Conveyor

July 1, 2021

As automation becomes more integrated into medium- and heavy-load accumulation and assembly applications, the need for conveyors with zoning capabilities increases. Dorner’s Edge Roller Technology (ERT®250) precision edge roller pallet and tray handling conveyors are engineered specifically to handle zone functionality. Creating zones along a conveyor is an important feature for applications where product accumulates before…


Industry Standards, and Standard Equipment, Bolster Mobile Robot Safety

May 3, 2021

By: Michael Ejstrup Hansen, Contributor Companies are eager to take advantage of exciting new automation technologies that promise to boost efficiency, productivity and competitiveness. The challenge, however, is that standards organizations can struggle to keep up with technology advances. While safety standards are being developed, communicated and adopted, the burden is on technology integrators—either the…


Quadient CVP Automated Packaging Solutions

April 22, 2021

The CVP Automated Packaging Solutions by Quadient are fully integrated, inline auto-boxing technologies that create right-sized custom boxes dynamically to optimize all steps of package fulfillment. The CVP Impack and CVP Everest Automated Packaging Solutions create fit-to-size boxes by measuring, constructing, sealing, weighing and labeling each custom order. Features of these solutions include: CVP Impack…


Packaging of Variable Books and e-Commerce Products

October 7, 2020

VARO’s packaging machine is ideal for online distribution or e-commerce businesses that need to pack and ship small, flat items of variable sizes in corrugated cardboard. The corrugated cardboard is folded and glued around the product so the product inside the package is fixed and will not be damaged during transportation. The VARO packaging machine…


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