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Industry Tools--May/June 2016

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May/June 2016

Communication

Pexip launched a new communication tool for businesses that is designed to overcome many of the technological challenges associated with virtual conferencing. The solution, Infinity, wraps a transcoding engine, a multipoint control unit, and a gateway together into a unified platform that can connect multiple legacy video conferencing systems to each other or to Microsoft Skype for Business, web browsers, tablets and smartphones, audio conferences, and more. Infinity can be deployed on-site, in the cloud, or on a hybrid platform. It also supports self-branding, enabling information technology departments to offer it as a unique service to internal customers.

Enterprise management

ClientLoyalty beta-launched its new, collaborative, cloud-based platform that uses analytics to improve transparency for conversations between buyers and suppliers. The system is designed to proactively analyze direct feedback, social and news sentiments, and operational data to pinpoint inefficiencies, risks, and relationship benefits. It also incorporates Net Promoter System, six sigma, predictive analytics, and benchmarking. From the aggregated data, the software creates a reputation rating based on indirect social and news sentiment, a performance rating from real-time operational data, and a loyalty index to help users understand the strengths of each buyer-supplier relationship.

IntelliChief updated its enterprise-class automated document management and workflow solutions with a new Auto- Approve feature. The feature is designed to eliminate repetitious individual approvals of standardized and validated documentation for selected projects and transactions. Each auto-approval is then tracked by IntelliChief’s Document Approval History in order to maintain business process integrity. This functionality is part of IntelliChief’s Paperless Process Management software, which enables users to capture documentation in any format, index contents and validate with data from an enterprise resources planning system, manage life cycle of related documentation, and facilitate interdepartmental workflow.

Life cycle management

Aras announced the availability of the CloudSAFE Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Cloud. The offering, available via a monthly subscription, provides services for rapid private or hybrid cloud deployment of the complete Aras PLM solution. It also provides flexible infrastructure deployment offerings ranging from on-premise engineered appliances to private CloudSAFE data centers and hybrid cloud deployments.

Material handling

Columbus McKinnon forged rigging hook
Columbus McKinnon
expanded its line of forged rigging hooks to include heavy-duty hooks with capacities up to 60 tons. The hooks feature a 5:1 design factor; an ultra-strong, forged latch tab that is pre-drilled for easy installation; and quenched and tempered material to deliver maximum strength with minimal unit weights and sizes. Each hook also includes a load-rating marking for easy identification and to ensure that the proper hook is used for each application.  

Crown Equipment
Crown Equipment
upgraded its line of hand pallet trucks and accessories with the introduction of its Pallet Truck Hand (PTH) 50 Series Hand Pallet Truck with optional Work Assist Load Tray and PTH Work Assist Storage Bins. When configured with the Work Assist Load Tray, the PTH 50 can use Crown Equipment’s line of Work Assist accessories, such as a scan-gun, beverage, or trash-bag holder; a warehouse management system terminal mounting system; or a clipboard, the company says. The foldable, 27-inch by 21-inch load tray is factory installed on new PTH 50 hand pallet trucks with 27-inch-wide forks and enables operators to position paperwork, tools, and boxes at a comfortable working height. Crown Equipment’s PTH Work Assist Storage Bins are sold in two-packs and can be attached to both new and existing hand pallet trucks for convenient storage.

Intelligrated
Intelligrated
launched two new palletizer models, the Alvey 890i and the 891i. Designed for small-footprint operation and packing flexibility, the palletizers include 10-inch touchscreen interfaces that operators can use to create new load configurations and take advantage of standard features such as automatic layer-centering compression dams and package stops. The 890i can palletize up to 45 cases a minute, while the Alvey 891i (pictured) can achieve a throughput rate in excess of 60 cases a minute, thanks to its level, non-pitched layer accumulation table, which functions as a buffering mechanism. Maintenance-and safety-focused enhancements to the palletizer series include semitransparent covers for added visibility, an automatic air dump to avoid trapped energy, standard high-voltage arc flash protection, remote power disconnect, interlocked access gates, taller safety fences, and a muted light curtain system for pallet discharge.

Packaging

Muller
Muller
debuted its heavy-duty, semiautomatic Raptor HPL turntable wrapping machine. The machine includes an easy-touse control panel that provides the flexibility to create customized wrap patterns for each application. Depending on the pattern, the Raptor HPL can wrap up to 35 loads an hour. A motorized pre-stretch system with adjustable film tension control ensures optimal film usage to help contain the load and reduce product damage. The system also includes Muller’s Logo Wrap enhancement with a branding tool, which wraps loads with custom messaging, reducing the need for hand-applied stickers or labels.

Printing

K-Sun
K-Sun
and Epson co-developed a multi-industry label, heat-shrink tube, and bar code printer, the LW-PX900. The rugged, portable, PC-compatible thermal transfer printer is equipped with a range of smart features that function based on user feedback. For example, its Drop-Stop feature holds a label after it is cut so that it won’t drop out of the printer; Pick & Print automatically pauses after printing and cutting the first label in a series and resumes after it is removed; and Mixed-Length lets the user create a strip of variable-length labels with a half-cut for easy removal and application. The 360-dots-per-inch, high-speed printer also includes removable magnetic feet for easy mounting to a metal surface.

Shop floor

DESTACO
DESTACO
launched its new CAMCO iQue conveyor, powered by iTrak, for packaging, material handling, manufacturing assembly, and testing. iQue’s modular, adaptable, and scalable solution includes independent movers that provide high-acceleration capabilities and a variety of speeds and forces. It also is capable of synchronous and asynchronous movement and is adaptable for straight or curved motor and track sections. In addition, it can handle a variety of load weights and includes closed-loop controls that hold absolute positions.

Fiber Optic Center
Fiber Optic Center
added a range of new Fiber Splice Trays in four different sizes to its portfolio. The Fiber Splice Trays are designed to provide complete protection to fusion splices and mechanical-type splices and come equipped with two mounting holes to provide closure flexibility. Featuring a ruggedized, polycarbonate cover, the Fiber Splice Trays enable clear visual inspection to assist with fiber routing, maintenance, and troubleshooting. They also can be used for bare fusion splices by adding a 12-position bare fusion splice clip. The new trays are available in 4-inch by 7-inch, 4-inch by 11.75-inch, 5-inch by 8.75-inch, and 5-inch by 11.75inch sizes.

Laser Research Optics
Laser Research Optics
now offers a full line of zinc selenide (ZnSe) lenses for high-power carbon dioxide lasers. The new Laser Research ZnSe Lenses for multi-kilowatt cutting lasers include plano-convex and meniscus configurations in 1.5–2.5-inch-diameter sizes that are optimized for 10.6 microns. Featuring varying focal lengths from 3.5 to 12 inches, the ZnSe Lenses are anti-reflection coated and exhibit less than 0.2 percent typical absorption. In addition, they are compatible with Amada, Bystronic, Cincinnati, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Prima, Strippit, and Trumpf carbon dioxide lasers.

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