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Smart Lighting Controls

With the dawn of Smart & easy to use control systems in the home there is now a strong demand for equally flexible systems in commercial premises. However the conception of a Smart system needs some smart thinking very early in the process to ensure the user has all the functionality they need & equally as important the ability to take control of it when the installers have finished. Smart lighting controls should provide a wide range of benefits such as improving energy consumption, maximizing return on investment while also providing improved

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Grand Finalists for RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year Announced

The Grand Finalists for the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year award have been announced following the live competition heats at the IMHX (International Materials Handling Exhibition), from 13th – 16th September. For the first time ever, female forklift operators have qualified for the Grand Finals of the competition, alongside the youngest competitor yet, 18-year old Thomas Birkbeck, an apprentice engineer for KP Snacks.  It is also the first time an international competitor has reached the Grand Final, with India Forklift Operator of the Year winner Srinivasa N D, from Toyota

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The Importance of After-sales Support

After-sales support should be the reasonable expectation of any customer considering the purchase of automated warehousing equipment and systems. After all, when a company invests in automated technologies, it invests in its future. This also means, for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), installation and go live is just the beginning of its relationship with clients. Periodic inspection and maintenance is needed to ensure the longevity of all automated equipment and a strong after-service team provides benefits to both clients and manufacturers. A healthy and consistent working relationship between customers and an after-sales support team provides customers with the benefit of an extended

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Yale aims to raise customer expectations

Committed to solving the issues that prevent customers from moving goods in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, Yale Europe Materials Handling employs a two-pronged strategy to meet the specific needs of key segments. Using both new product development and the company’s team of engineers designing solutions for specific applications or industries, Yale® aims to provide a full range of differentiated product and service solutions, offering specific industry applications that consistently meet customer needs and lower total cost of ownership. Following a number of recent product announcements, the company’s pipeline is expected to provide a continuous stream of new product

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Completion of an AGV automation for FrieslandCampina

BA Systèmes completes AGV automation of FrieslandCampina’s 2nd cheese factory in Gerkesklooster (NL) BA Systèmes, the French leader in AGV-based intralogistics systems has successfully completed the AGV automation of the FrieslandCampina cheese factory in Gerkesklooster. One of the world’s largest dairy companies relies on the French AGV leader With an annual revenue of 11.3 billion euro, FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies and employs over 22,000 people. FrieslandCampina produces and sells consumer products: dairy-based beverages, infant nutrition, cheese and desserts in manyEuropean countries, in Asia and in Africa. Dairy products are also exported worldwide from the Netherlands. Gerkesklooster is a major

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Export controls start at the top-AEB publishes free guide for executives

Purpose, relevance, responsibilities of export controls, and consequences of non-compliance Senior managers focus on increasing productivity, reducing costs, developing products, and winning customers. Export control compliance is often considered a burden. Why is it important? Who's responsible? What are the consequences of non-compliance? AEB, a leading provider of global trade and supply chain management software, has developed an online guide to help executives understand the relevance of export controls for their business. Titled "US export controls: Make the right decisions – A practical guide for executives", the guide can now be downloaded free of charge at www.aeb.com/uk/media/booklet-online-us-export-controls.php. Compliance with frequently

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LOCK N POP system is durable, cost-effective and provides a virtually maintenance-free solution over other traditional pallet securing methods

LoCK N’ POP™ Introduces NEW FLOW METER  -Water-based organic cohesive provides greater load containment while reducing waste- Glenview, IL  – LOCK N’ POP™, a premier load containment solution provider from Muller LCS and part of SIG, introduces a new applicator that can monitor application amounts automatically for its water-based cohesive that forms a chemical bond with packaging surfaces and holds firm until it’s time to un-stack the pallets. The new system, named Unitizer 150F, can signal the customer when applied amounts of product are out of range, thereby assuring proper application without having to periodically

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The Importance of Protective Workwear and Equipment

When it comes to protecting your employees, safety is something that cannot be ignored. According to research by law firm Clyde and Co, prosecutions against company directors and senior managers for health and safety offences has more than trebled in a year. The research showed that 46 company directors and senior managers were prosecuted for breaching the law by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the year to March 31, 2016. It has also been reported that almost all of the cases involved the injury or death of an employee and many involved the construction industry. So how can you

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GateHouse Launches Cloud for Live Tracking of Loads at Sea

ghVessel combines satellite and terrestrial AIS data to provide ETA calculations of loads at sea; cloud can be accessed through a web portal or directly integrated into a business system Data unifier and aggregator GateHouse Logistics today announced that it has launched a new cloud service to provide valuable real-time tracking of loads port-to-port. Destined for manufacturers, cargo owners, logistic service providers, container owners and all other players in the supply chain, the cloud service called ghVessel collects vessel AIS (Automatic Identification System) broadcast signals from satellite and land-based systems to calculate estimated time of vessel arrivals of loads at

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Over 30 percent of companies using EDI are missing the value in Value Added Networks

Over 30% of companies using EDI are missing the value in VANs Over 30% of companies that use EDI do not use a VAN (Value Added Network) provider and are therefore failing to reap the benefits from outsourcing the management of EDI. This was a finding of a survey of companies conducted recently by leading EDI company, Data Interchange. It also found that 30% of respondents had multiple direct connections to VAN providers, while almost 40% of companies had a single, direct connection to a VAN provider. “Outsourcing management of the EDI process to a VAN

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Being short of couriers just is not an option anymore

SMS Campaign has launched a brand new way to communicate with regular and freelance couriers through interactive SMS text messages. SMS Campaign are excited to announce the launch of their SMS marketing tool to the courier and transportation industry. Whether you're a small courier firm or a large corporate transportation company, SMS Campaign understand that scheduling your staff and finding immediate freelance resource can be a lengthy process. SMS Campaign have come up with a way to help streamline this process. The automated system, called SMS Campaign, is a bulk message service with

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Health & Safety, the key to a productive warehouse

On average, more than 4.5 million working days1 are lost as a result of work place accidents every year. James Smith, co-owner of A-SAFE, the international safety barrier manufacturer and inventor of the world’s leading polymer safety barriers, offers his insights into the increasing importance of warehouse health and safety and its impact on productivity.  “Warehouses can be dangerous places to work, so it’s imperative that health and safety standards are up to scratch. The nature of a warehouse environment means there is always a high level of both pedestrian and vehicle

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Kalmar delivers horizontal transportation solution with high level of automation readiness to APM Terminals MedPort Terminal in Tangier, Morocco

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with APM Terminals to deliver 30 Kalmar Hybrid Shuttle Carriers with high level of automation readiness as well as the related service and support to the customer's MedPort Terminal in Tangier, Marocco. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2016 fourth quarter order intake and the delivery is estimated to be completed by the end of 2018. This is Kalmar's biggest single order for horizontal transportation to date.   The Tangier-Med 2 port is a greenfield transshipment terminal that is scheduled to be opened in 2019.

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OTTO Motors to Supply Toyota with Flexible Automation

Toyota Mississippi to use the OTTO 1500 self-driving vehicle for tire delivery in assembly plant OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath and provider of self-driving vehicle technology and services, will provide Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi an OTTO 1500 self-driving vehicle for ground tire delivery in the Corolla assembly plant.   “Toyota has set the standard in lean manufacturing principles and we’re very proud that OTTO has been selected as a means to drive lean, flexible material transport for the Mississippi plant,” said Simon Drexler, Director of Industrial Solutions at OTTO Motors. “We expect the implementation

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AURA LIGHT IMPROVES WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR TNT CROYDON

Aura Light has been involved in the replacement of a new warehouse lighting scheme at TNT in Croydon. TNT, otherwise known as ‘The People Network’, offers a wide range of delivery services to people and businesses internationally. Aura Light’s PerseaLED luminaires were chosen to be installed at the site to reduce energy and improve working conditions. TNT’s preference to install luminaires with energy saving benefits also encouraged the decision to convert the lighting scheme to LED, where Aura Light offers improved and a sustainable lighting solution. Aura Light’s introduction of the PerseaLED was to provide

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59 PERCENT OF LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT WORKERS DO NOT KNOW BASIC WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY RULES

- And 55% ignore the rules they do know - Just 1 in ten workers ‘very confident’ that colleagues would handle an injury correctly A nationwide poll1 and ‘Health and Safety Theory’ test by international safety barrier manufacturer, A-SAFE, has revealed a worrying lack of health and safety knowledge in the workplace. The company polled 1,000 people working in industries including logistics and transport, food and drink, retail and distribution, automotive, and construction, and found that 59% of logistics and transport workers don’t know the basic health and safety rules of their workplace. In addition to this, five out of ten (55%)

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C3 Solutions Releases its New Dock Scheduling ROI Calculator

C3 Solutions, a global leader in yard management and dock scheduling systems announces the launch of its revamped Dock Appointment Scheduling ROI Calculator. The C3 ROI Tool is a free online analysis tool to help business determine dock appointment scheduling cost savings opportunities.   The ROI Calculator is available on the company’s website at: https://www.c3solutions.com/dock-scheduling/roi-tool/   The online evaluation takes approximately five minutes to complete and, as a result, you'll receive a full ROI Calculator Report including: 1.      Current estimated appointment scheduling cost 2.      Total estimated savings per year   Also included below, a link to a whitepaper, Understanding Dock Scheduling, intended to help companies build their business case

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SNAPFULFIL TO DEMONSTRATE NEW HTML5 USER INTERFACE AND ENHANCED REPORTING CAPABILITIES AT INTRALOGISTEX 2017

Supply chain professionals attending IntraLogisteX 2017 will see a range of enhancements to the Snapfulfil Cloud warehouse management system (WMS). Synergy Logistics - providers of the multi award-winning WMS - will be providing demonstrations of Snapfulfil’s redesigned interface and advanced reporting tool during the show.   The new Snapfulfil application – built entirely in HTML 5 – offers enhanced mobile capabilities, allowing users to easily manage their warehouse from low cost mobile devices. Planning and forecasting will also become more intuitive and accurate with the solution’s new control tower reporting tool. While Snapfulfil currently powers a robust suite of reporting capabilities, leveraging

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Linde Material Handling: Autonomous lifting to heights up to twelve metres

Warehouse equipment manufacturer and solution provider Linde Material Handling has added a new, state-of-the-art model to its range of standard robotic vehicles: The driverless Linde K‑MATIC VNA order picker with 1.5-tonne load capacity enables pallets to be autonomously stored at and retrieved from heights of up to 12 metres.   Independently operating industrial trucks, which can be flexibly integrated into existing intralogistics systems and gradually expanded in number, are meeting with steadily growing customer interest. “We assume that in the future robotic equipment will increasingly become part of multi-stage autonomous process chains,

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Logistics companys staff development plan

To ensure that staff at all levels of the business have the skills sets required to sustain the company’s rapid growth, leading online fulfillment company, Walker Logistics, has embarked on a ‘People Development Plan.’ Undertaken in partnership with Newbury College, the development programme aims to support Walker’s employees by building their confidence and competence and increasing their motivation as well as their sense of wellbeing. A cross section of staff from different departments were invited to attend a series of confidential consultation sessions at which they were asked a range of questions

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