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FKI Logistex Adds Features to Power Column 2 Vertical Lift Module

February 162005
FKI Logistex Adds Features to Power Column 2 Vertical Lift Module
(Kenilworth, NJ: February 16, 2005) FKI Logistex®, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces new control and hardware capabilities for its popular Power Column® 2 vertical lift module (VLM). The Power Column 2 VLM makes use of unused overhead vertical space to deliver a high-density, small-footprint storage and retrieval solution ideal for small items or parts.

New hardware capabilities of the Power Column 2 include an increase in vertical travel speed from 29 inches per second to 55 inches per second, allowing quicker item retrieval. Other hardware changes include specialty trays available in widths up to 157 inches (98 inches standard) and weight capacities up to 1100 lbs (880 lbs standard).

An integrated parts lookup table is among the features added to the Power Column 2's controls. The lookup table enables the operator to search for a part number and then have the Power Column 2 automatically retrieve the tray where the part is stored, eliminating the need for the operator to know the tray number to retrieve the part.

Other control modifications to the Power Column 2 include new screen designs on the unit's touch-screen keypad for increased user-friendliness and enhanced functionality. Additional software control choices are also available. The Power Column 2 can now be operated by the FKI Logistex SpectrumPlus™ warehouse control system (WCS) software, adding an alternative to the SHARK™ software system. Both software packages keep track of picking and putting transactions in and out of the trays.

More accurate and reliable than conventional VLMs that use chain drives, the Power Column 2's rack-and-pinion drive allows pinpoint retrieval of item trays without adjustment. Available in heights from 10 feet to 50 feet, the Power Column 2 features design options such as a tilt-tray that tilts up to 45 degrees, a lift system that adjusts the height of the pick tray, and a powered door that is lockable for added security.

"The Power Column 2's robust features and capabilities make it an ideal small item storage and retrieval solution for a variety of industries, including jewelry, pharmaceuticals, electronics, semiconductors, aerospace, and automotive, as well as for applications like tool rooms and small item inventory management," says Dean Stavraka, product line manager, Power Column 2, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America. "The Power Column 2 combines a variety of ergonomic tools to create an efficient and user-friendly solution for high-density item storage and picking."

About FKI Logistex North America
FKI Logistex® North America (www.fkilogistex.com) is a leading provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, carousels, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order processing software, RFID implementation, warehouse control systems, and total materials handling automation.

FKI Logistex Airport, Post and Parcel integrates high-speed sortation and conveying systems to meet the high-throughput needs of postal and parcel customers, and provides advanced baggage handling, security, and RFID track-and-tracing for airports of all sizes. FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems builds automated material handling systems using state-of-the-art technology for storing, picking, ID solutions, palletizing, kitting, packing and shipping that enable manufacturers to process more orders per day at a lower cost. FKI Logistex Warehouse and Distribution designs high-accuracy, high-speed, high-reliability material handling, sortation, and order fulfillment solutions for warehouses and distribution centers that shrink the supply chain and maximize material handling ROI.

With projects that include many of the world's most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex is home to the industry's most successful and recognized brands, including Alvey palletizers, Buschman conveyors, Cleco cranes and AS/RS solutions, Crisplant sorters and baggage handling applications, IoSystems supervisory and automated control systems, Mathews conveyors, Real Time Solutions order fulfillment and picking solutions, and White carousels and automated storage solutions.
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