5G wireless tracker: Tive Inc., a maker of in-transit supply
chain tracking solutions, has released the Tive Solo 5G tracker,
a device that is 5G-enabled and continues to support 4G and
2G networks globally. According to the company, by eliminating
data and coverage gaps in areas where 2G and 3G networks are
being replaced, the Tive Solo 5G ensures full real-time visibility of
all in-transit shipments.
An innovative, inexpensive supply chain tracker, the Tive
Solo 5G provides location and measures temperature, humidity, shock, and light exposure. Using the latest advancements
in cellular technology, it reports the sensor data along with
the location in real time to the cloud-based Tive supply chain
platform, where customers can monitor and analyze shipments,
benchmark carrier behavior, and setup geofences and other sensor alerts. (Tive, www.tive.co)
Electric material handling vehicles: Material handling equipment maker Hamilton Caster has introduced two new product
lines to its e-Power cart and trailer offerings. The first is a series of
four industrial e-Power pushers designed to push or pull in-plant
trailers with load capacities of between 3,000 and 100,000
pounds. The second product line includes three new e-Power
vehicles with wagon-style steering to push or pull payloads of up
to 10,000 pounds.
The pushers are designed to be more maneuverable and
versatile than a forklift or AGV. According to the company, the
e-Power pushers are also more economical than AGVs and most
other custom-engineered powered equipment. Compared with
elaborate transfer cars that are designed for the proverbial “
one-trick” material handling application, Hamilton’s pushers can
move a multitude of materials in varying sizes and shapes in and
out of hard-to-reach areas. To facilitate quick connects and disconnects, Hamilton engineers have designed linkages
between the powered and nonpowered elements to
work seamlessly together.
The in-plant trailers that link to the e-Power pushers and the decks of the e-Power
vehicles can be designed
with custom sizes and
superstructures to address
a wide range of material handling challenges.
(Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.,
Mini autonomous mobile robot: Tompkins Robotics, a business unit of consultancy Tompkins International, has expanded
its autonomous mobile robot (AMR) product line to include the
“t-Sort Mini.” At nearly half the size of the original t-Sort solution, the t-Sort Mini is ideal for sorting small items of up to five
pounds, including jewelry, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, the
Suitable for small to large distribution operations, t-Sort
is a portable, scalable robotic sortation system that operates
much like a tilt-tray sorter without a fixed track, moving freely
to any divert or induction station along the shortest path. The
t-Sort system is fully modular, allowing robots to be added or
removed instantaneously without any interruption or downtime.
(Tompkins Robotics, www.tompkinsrobotics.com)
Forklift armrest: Material handling equipment maker Crown
Equipment Corp. has introduced
the D4 Armrest as an option for
its Crown C- 5 Series, Crown FC
Series, and Crown SC Series sit-down counterbalance forklifts.
It is ergonomically designed to
help improve the operator experience, helping boost productivity
throughout the entire operation.
The fully adjustable D4 Armrest
features a large surface area with
a breathable pad that wicks
moisture from the operator’s arm
and is replaceable as wear and
tear occur. It has an integrated horn button, built-in grab handle,
and complete up/down and fore/aft adjustment, allowing the
operator to easily and comfortably operate the forklift in a more
For the Crown FC Series and Crown SC Series, customers may
choose any one of four integrated bionic hydraulic control layout
b Fingertip option for operators who require rapid, minimal
hand movements to operate and for easy blending of hydraulic
functions. It features thumb-activated directional control, a wrist
support, and optimally spaced soft-touch controls.
b Dual-lever option for operators wearing heavy gloves in freezer and cold-storage environments. It features finger-activated
direction control and two multi-axis control levers.
b Mini-lever option for operators who require precise control
and use a variety of control methods (finger, pinch-grip, etc.).
Variable-spaced controls can be field-adjusted to provide spacing
versatility to match operator preference.
b Combination option for operators who prefer the dual-lever
option for the most-used functions but also require the finer
hydraulic control for attachments. (Crown Equipment Corp.,
Safety-gate control technology: Mezzanine Safeti-Gates Inc.,
a maker of industrial safety gates that provide fall protection for
employees in warehouses, DCs, and manufacturing facilities, has
added new options for remotely controlling its safety gate models in automated facilities. To ensure the safety gates can integrate with the increasing amount of technology used in industrial
facilities, the company has expanded its offerings to include tools
like pneumatic system configurations for its Pivot and Open-Top
safety gate models.
Because automation is prevalent in most industrial facilities
today, there is a growing demand for the ability to remotely
control safety-gate operation. In many facilities, an AGV handles
pallet operations or the lift -truck driver is the same person who
will access the material on the platform. With no one on the
mezzanine while the material is loaded, power operation and
technology aids in remotely opening and closing the safety gate
from the lower level, speeding up the process and increasing
productivity. Pneumatics provide a safe way to operate some
safety-gate designs, utilizing existing compressed-air systems
without the need for electrical configuration, the company says.
(Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, www.MezzGate.com)