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Pcdata USA Pick to Light Ideal for 3PL Distribution Centers

LogoPcdata USA is capturing a significant share of the small and mid-sized 3PL market. Tier II third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are finding their niche; they come in many shapes and sizes. The "not-too-big and not-too-small" proportions of Tier II 3PLs make them just right for many shippers. Bigger is not always better. Just ask the satisfied customers of 3PLs who not the biggest fish in the pond. So-called Tier II 3PLs generally bring in revenue of less than $250 million annually, and often offer some specialization in mode, vertical, region, or technology that allows them to carve out their own niche. Volumes handled by 3PLs were 100% higher this holiday season. The flexibility of Pcdata USA's Pixk-to-light solutions was recently profiled in Picking Perfection, a weekly e-newsletter. The publication shares methods, modes, and tools used in a variety of industries. The weekly newsletter examines best picking practices. Leaders are looking for a competitive advantage, have dynamic and experienced sales forces, and have a corporate culture which is customer-focused and intent on building long-term relationships with satisfied customers. This is spoiled when a single product is not correctly picked.

KRAIBURG TPE Will Be Exhibiting at This Year's NPE -- Booth S18133 Located in the South Hall - - Featuring Innovative TPE Products and Services

LogoKRAIBURG TPE has developed and produced soft, elastic thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) since 1984. Marketing under the THERMOLAST® brand name, the company supplies a wide range of compounds for a variety of end-use markets and applications including custom-engineered solutions. A complete new surface feel experience with excellent chemical resistance, can be found under their brand COPEC®. For chemical resistance and extraordinary adhesion properties on PA 6.6 and many aromatic polyamides our For-Tec E compounds are an ideal solution. In addition, KRAIBURG TPE offers a range of support services including design and production consulting and logistics support (just-in-time delivery). Following its motto "custom-engineered TPE and more", the company has rapidly become one of the world's leading suppliers of TPE compounds. "Today we have customized series compounds for a variety of applications and can provide support to our customers worldwide in product development, design and supply chain procedures. If required, we can develop concepts, implement and supply the top TPE compound in each case, while tapping into specific customer applications for soft, elastic TPE compounds", commented CEO Franz Hinterecker.

Hytrol Conveyor and Bastian Solutions Drive Process Improvement at Monoprice

Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc., manufacturers of advanced conveyor systems, controls, and solutions and Integration Partner, Bastian Solutions worked together to achieve Monoprice volume improvements. To keep up with strong consumer demand, Monoprice needed an automated material handling system to help increase daily throughput from roughly 300 orders per hour up to 1,000 orders per hour. Monoprice was able to increase a throughput of 4,000 orders to nearly 14,000 orders per day.

Bastian Solutions Reports Reduction in Warehouse Accidents with Robots

According to System Integration News, sponsored by Bastian Solutions, employees tend to be concerned when robotic labor is introduced to the workplace. Based on implementation, the investment in new technology proves to be an investment in the employees. Robots are aiding in repetitive tasks that are physically demanding.

Magline Supports Schools Robotics Program

LogoMagline assisted the Standish-Sterling Community Schools with the High School's robotics program. The FIRST program is dedicated to growing the next generation of engineers and technologists through a robotics competition. The designing, fabricating, and programming of the robot ignites in high school students a passion for STEM careers. Working side-by-side with engineers within the manufacturing industry, students have the chance to try every aspect of engineering – mechanical design, CAD work, electrical, and programming.

Maria Galera and Team Seeks Funding via Indiegogo to Start Manufacturing BBdone Baby Bottle Maker Machine

LogoBBdone is a technologically advanced baby bottle making machine. This electrical appliance has been designed to assist parents looking for a tool that can be used to feed their babies when they are tired or have very little time.

Why Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz Is What Is New at ProMat 2015

Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz is the only Indian Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) solution provider that has helped the manufacturing sector increase productivity multi-fold and work in a clean pollution-free environment. With more than 100 AGVs installed and commissioned in the last three years for manufacturing applications for Engine Assembly, Kitting application, Mobile Assembly Stations, the company expanded into warehousing specifically for omni-channel fulfillment using mobile robots addressing main challenges faced by them today including, extreme peak season/day volumes, small number of items per order, large number of SKUs, high rate of customer return and optimal use of Space among others.

Michael Lewis Seeks Funding Support via Indiegogo to Start Manufacturing Push Push Toilet Paper Moisten Sprayer

LogoPush Push is a push spray device that is user-friendly, refillable, and wall mounted. It not only enhances one's bathroom experience, but also meets all the hygiene needs without costing a lot. The device is the perfect choice for people that are never satisfied by using dry toilet tissue during restroom use. Many of these people carry their personal moistener sprays or expensive wet wipes. In order to ensure a better wipe, some even hold the tissue under running water. The inventor of Push Push Michael Lewis was one of these sufferers.

Ultriva Founder Narayan Laksham Insists Forecast Errors Avoided by Aligning Inventory with Real-Time Demand

LogoUltriva founder, Narayan Laksham recently shared, "Increased adoption of automation will help manufacturers create new revenue streams and lower costs. Real-time demand fulfillment will require tight integration of supply chain, production, logistics, and marketing. The ability to sense demand in real-time and respond by changing prices or promotions through the utilization of segmented logistics, inventory and performance capacities, will allow for the optimization of integrated responses."

TCCI German Offices Support Growth Throughout Europe

T/CCI (http://www.tccimfg.com) is a global leader in the manufacturing of heavy duty compressors and clutches for the mobile air-conditioning and refrigeration industries. T/CCI President Richard Demirjian recently shared, "We have an aggressive growth strategy globally that includes a focus on expanding our manufacturing, warehousing and sales footprint in Europe and worldwide. We are committed to developing new market opportunities, supporting aftermarket distribution as well as expanding logistics to meet the global product delivery needs of our OEM customers."

PDP Solutions President Louise Dickmeyer Presents Next Week at Manufacturing Executive Conference

PDP Solutions' President Louise Dickmeyer presents next week at the NWPCA's (National Wooden Pallet & Container Association) Annual Leadership Conference, March 13. Dickmeyer will discuss how company leaders can address multi-generational issues and effective employee retention strategies. NWPCA members with significant HR background will provide insights and lead discussion on how to improve these critical elements of effective pallet industry communication management. Panel members will include Howe Wallace from PalletOne, and Kathleen Dietrich from Commercial Lumber & Pallet.

Dry Cleaning Company Expands Beyond Home Market with Home and Office Delivery

LogoMW Cleaners is expanding outside its home base of Houston. It is seeking to capture market share in Austin three ways: 1) home and office route delivery, 2) a locker-based exchange system serving office buildings and apartment complexes, and 3) dry cleaning services offered at all 12 Men's Wearhouse/JOS Bank retail locations. Delivering Excellence newsletter is reporting weekly how these trends are changing the growth of various same day delivery programs and organizations.

Fast Growing Mexican Materials Handling Market Served by Hytrol Conveyor and DILCO SA

Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc., manufacturer of advanced conveyor systems, controls, and solutions attributes the international integration partner network critical to the company's success. One of the leading Mexican integration partner, DILCO SA, ensures high quality and lean manufacturing best practices are available to Mexican manufacturers and distribution centers throughout the supply chain.

Leading System Integrator Bastian Solutions Demonstrates Best Practices in Automation Solutions

System integrators like Bastian Solutions assist in developing best practice automation solutions. The variety of solutions is matched by the eclectic industries served. Bastian Solutions may suggest a robotic machine tending cell designed to deburr aluminum castings. The cell includes a Fanuc LR mate robot with an ATI radially compliant deburring tool designed for manual intervention. A protective door closes and the robot moves to a tool lubrication location and then guides the tool until deburring is complete. Once finished the door will open, the operator will remove the finished part and the cycle begins again.

Cutting Edge Material Handling Solutions from India Make First Appearance in Chicago at ProMat

Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz is the only Indian Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) solution provider that has helped the manufacturing sector increase productivity multi-fold and work in a clean pollution-free environment. With more than 100 AGVs installed and commissioned in the last three years for manufacturing applications for Engine Assembly, Kitting application, Mobile Assembly Stations, the company expanded into warehousing specifically for omni-channel fulfillment using mobile robots addressing main challenges faced by them today including, extreme peak season/day volumes, small number of items per order, large number of SKUs, high rate of customer return and optimal use of Space among others.

Aftermarket OEMs Turn to TCCI Manufacturing for Heavy Duty Air Conditioning Compressors

T/CCI provides the industry with the latest in innovative compressor designs, testing, manufacturing, and quality assurance. Companies look to T/CCI for performance and durability with fewer failures, 2 – 3 times longer life cycles and lower costs. Advanced testing and validation processes are part of the lean manufacturing continuous process improvement, ensuring optimal product performance, durability, and best-practices data driven results. T/CCI President Richard Demirjian recently shared, "We have an aggressive growth strategy globally that includes a focus on expanding our manufacturing, warehousing and sales footprint worldwide. We are committed to developing new market opportunities, supporting aftermarket distribution as well as expanding logistics to meet the global product delivery needs of our OEM customers."

Continuous Learning Critical to Manufacturing Employee Retention

Many talented people feel that they do not have anything new to learn in their chosen field. They believe what got them there is enough. Those who are determined and who work hard often spend a lot of time and effort to learn new skills and maintain existing ones. They display the most current knowledge of new technology and ideas. Having employees who will improve themselves over and above the company-sponsored training is critical to a manufacturing organization wanting to innovate and improve.

Pcdata Pick-to-Light Solution Best for Omni-Channel Large Vitamin Retailer

LogoEurope's largest retailer of vitamins and herbal food supplements again chose Pcdata, to modernize and expand their pick-to-light order handling system at their main United Kingdom Burton on Trent distribution center. The same pick-to-light technology is being used by customers in North America via Pcdata USA. Pcdata was profiled in Material Handling & Logistics.

Planning and Engineering Foodservice Facilities Increasingly Complex

LogoPlanning and engineering of foodservice facilities has become more complex driving new processes that include the study of human factors engineering, time–motion studies, and workflow design. According to Delivering Excellence newsletter, foodservice facility planning concerns like space programming, incorporation of new technologies, documentation of utility services and project management reflect the changing foodservice environment challenges. Updated OSHA regulations, concerns with injuries from repetitive movements, and product safety and liability issues all point to workplace ergonomics as an important aspect of any facility planning effort.

Bastian Solutions Uniquely Positioned to Win Cuba Material Handling Market

Bastian Solutions which has strong ties through Mexico, Central, and South America is uniquely positioned to capture the swiftly expanding trade ties with Cuba; the Obama administration opened the door to easier travel and a wide range of new export opportunities. The U.S. is now "one step closer to replacing out-of-date policies," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the new rules "immediately enable the American people to provide more resources to empower the Cuban population to become less dependent upon the state-driven economy."

Latest Backflow Enclosure Cage Cover Provides Premium Protection in Style

It has been reported that the domestic households bear the biggest brunt of the declining economy. One of the most common occurrences has been the widespread theft of the backflow devices. Statistics show that the number of thefts will increase at an alarming rate if it is left unattended by the concerned owners.

Casavva Team out of Brooklyn on a Quest to Crowdfund a Better Casual Shirt

LogoThe button-down shirt is an essential in every guy's wardrobe – it's classy, comfortable and versatile to countless different outfits. However, the selection out there can be disappointing. Most of our wardrobes have shirts that are too boxy, too loud, lacking in useful design features or made of thin, cheap material on a mass production line. That's what inspired the team at Casavva to embark on a journey to create that perfect, go-to shirt with well-researched design, immense attention to detail and only the best quality materials and craftsmanship, all done here in America.