Logistics Link North returns to Doncaster later this month promising two days of logistics innovations, new product launches, technical displays, software demonstrations, and more.
The exhibition, organised by Logistics Manager magazine and supported by IOC and UKWA, will give visitors the chance to explore a range of new products and services.
This includes the first public showing of the next generation of very narrow aisle materials handling equipment; the launch of a web-based customer relationship-project management product; and a flexible and cost effective alternative to investment in a stretch wrap machine.
A complimentary technology seminar programme takes place during the exhibition on both days to provide visitors with practical insight on options for their operations.
The show is free to attend for industry practitioners, this exhibition provides visitors with opportunities to view and discuss technologies and solutions covering warehouse management and automation, materials handling, storage and racking, picking and sortation, data and software, transport management, and packaging.
Wednesday, 15th October 2014: 9.30 – 16.00
Thursday, 16th October 2014: 9.30 – 15.30
Doncaster Racecourse, The Grandstand Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB.
Access is showcasing its warehouse performance system, Access Delta, featuring new and enhanced pick and pack, voice handling, courier management, KPI features, and a graphical warehouse map. Warehouse operators including Eddie Stobart, Foulger Transport, and Palletways and all chose Access as their WMS provider.
New Generation of Flexi AC
Flexi Narrow Aisle will be revealing the next generation of models in its Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks.
In all there are six distinct variations of the Flexi AC articulated truck within the Flexi range, each one developed to suit different industry sectors. In the new Flexi generation, the technology and all major components within each model have been enhanced to ensure that the trucks offer the very highest levels of performance demanded by today’s retail and industrial intra-logistics environments.
Zapi AC motor controller technology is now fitted as standard across the Flexi range and all models in the Flexi AC range have been upgraded to Schabmüller motors, which provide more power and extended service life.
Low turbulence hydraulic pumps have been specified to reduce operational noise levels to provide a safer and more comfortable working environment for employees.
LED working lights and reversing light are now standard across the range, a significant saving in battery energy per day.
The new design can be seen for the first time at the forthcoming Logistics Link North show.
John Maguire, sales and marketing director of Flexi Narrow Aisle, said: “All the trucks in the Flexi AC range are reliable and proven products and, when it comes to product development for the next generation, our policy has been one of evolution rather than revolution. However, by using what we believe to be the highest quality component parts from tier one European suppliers to upgrade all our essential truck functions, it has enhanced our entire range to ensure that Flexis continue to meet the ever increasing demands of the modern logistics environment.”
Cost per wrap from CHEP
CHEP, the provider of pallet and container pooling solutions, has launched CHEP Stretch, a service that allows customers to use a semi-automatic stretch wrap machine on a cost-per-wrap contract basis.
The service works in a similar way to a photocopier lease. CHEP provides a stretch wrapping machine, the stretch film, and equipment maintenance. Customers add their product and the pallet, and wraps. So rather than buying their own stretch wrap machines, which require significant investment, or leasing a machine on a hire purchase basis, CHEP Stretch delivers a much more flexible solution.
CHEP developed the pay-as-you-wrap service in response to customer feedback and designed the service to protect customers from unexpected risk, cost and hassle associated with traditional hand-wrapping.
Institute of Couriers
IOC seeks to encourage knowledge sharing and development of individuals own competence in the application of courier skills. It is the individuals with the appropriate knowledge, energy and skills that make the difference and can affect the provision of, delivery of and the standard of skills the industry shows to its clients. Individuals effect the change within an organisation.
IOC membership sends a clear message to employers, clients, and other stakeholders that you as a recognised member have committed to industry standards and quality of skills to benefit the service you provide. Alongside the IOC a recognised member sends a powerful message of delivery excellence.
Seminar: Innovative technologies
Innovation in Logistics is the theme of a seminar delivered by Ian Maughan of Supply Chain Network. He will look at how innovation is driving the future of logistics and the innovative products that help to drive efficiencies in the logistics space. The company will introduce its product and services suite and the seminar will demonstrate solutions in several areas including modelling and simulation, warehouse management systems, and smart transport solutions.
Red Ledge to show web-based CRM-project management
Red Ledge is to bring a new, web-based CRM customer relationship-project management product to market. Red Ledge reckons it offers a “significantly lower-cost, one-stop, integrated alternative to the combination of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint solutions”. The CRM-PM system has been developed in response to a customer request. A design, manufacturing and assembly company needed to increase its tracking capability to meet evolving ISO standards, and finding that an expansion of its existing Microsoft CRM and SharePoint environment would be beyond its budget, it researched the marketplace before asking Red Ledge to develop a solution that would meet its needs.
“It seems there is a gap in the market for an integrated product of this kind that can be used by any business that wants to follow PM and CRM best practice, but does not need a full-blown enterprise system to do so” says Red Ledge managing director Andy O’Donnell.
Supply Chain Network
Supply Chain Network is introducing Paradox Software Consulting’s products to Europe under a new partnership arrangement. Paradox products include logistics planning and optimisation products. SCN managing director Ian Maughan said: “The partnership significantly strengthens our capabilities in the transport management area and is the culmination of many months of discussions and due diligence.”
DS Smith is a provider of corrugated packaging in Europe and is present in 25 countries, employing around 21,500 people. It produces double and triple wall heavy duty corrugated cardboard pallet based solutions made from natural and recyclable ingredients. Kraft liner, semi chemical fluting, and wet strength adhesives are used for optimum performance, shipping weights in excess of two tonnes. Pallet boxes and intermediate bulk containers also provide a cost effective packing option, thanks to significant labour and shipping savings. They can be produced to your specific requirements, presenting a professional image, optimising the whole process. When used in conjunction with its cardboard pallets, the container can either be re-used or fully recycled, benefiting the environment.
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges linked to global macro trends such as energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalisation, and customer productivity. With approximately 132,000 employees worldwide, including more than 22,000 engineers and scientists, it has a focus on performance, quality, delivery, value and technology.
GRF has been established for 25 years and offer a nationwide industrial flooring service to the warehouse and logistics industry. Expansion joint damage can cost a fortune in MHE repairs, in addition to hazards of trips and falls, and GRF can provide a long lasting repair which will save you money. Its other major offering is long life markings. Don’t waste money of cheap spray solutions that last six or 12 months. GRF solutions have a life span of 10 years+. Other offerings include: anti slip flooring and external thermoplastic lining. Major clients during 2013 include Asda, Harrods, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
The UK Warehousing Association is a trade organisation representing the third party logistics sector and has more than 650 member companies operating nearly ten million square metres of warehousing. UKWA aims to protect the interests and represent the views of its member companies at the local, national and international level; to promote best practice in the logistics industry, and to support member companies in the development of their businesses. It represents members’ views to government departments and agencies, the European Commission and Parliament, and other relevant organisations; promotes the warehousing and logistics industry; and raises standards of the industry through training and best practice.
Seminar: Major projects
Kevin Zwolinski of Click On Logistics will be leading a seminar focusing on how to engage with senior management when defining the key design criteria for a major project. The right mix of commercial and technical decisions in getting a business case approved is a critical step in the success of any major project, and this must link clearly to the business strategy. This step is rarely seen on project plans. Too often a business strategy includes assumptions that operations will accommodate various degrees of change and growth, without recourse to operations management. In today’s environment where change is so rapid, the importance of a well thought through, and well communicated operating strategy is critical to both successful operations on the ground, and to the successful implementation of a business strategy.
Central Systems & Automation
Central Systems & Automation develops the Autostore WMS for clients across the UK, EU, Scandinavia, Baltics, Middle East and Australia. Autostore optimises warehousing operations for improved speed, efficiency and profitability. Controlling the physical movement and storage of goods and resources across warehouse or distribution centre(s), the Autostore solutions blend 25 years of inventory management and automation excellence for clients including ANP, ColArt, Great Bear, Kuehne + Nagel, Kraft Foods, Malcolm Logistics, Nestlé and United Biscuits.
Renovotec is a provider of mobile computing and automatic data capture solutions. It has many years experience of implementing projects across a wide range of industry sectors, including third party warehousing and logistics, manufacturing, retail and ports. Renovotec partners Vocollect (part of Honeywell) to offer customers the full spectrum of voice products and solutions. The SRX2 headset will also be available for demonstration.
Interroll highlights dynamic solutions
Wherever goods have to be conveyed, stored or distributed, Interroll offers cutting edge technology and a range of dynamic storage
solutions for pallet live and carton live buffer and order picking. Energy-efficient flow storage roller and wheel modules are compatible with racking systems worldwide and provide ideal picking solutions, optimising on available space and offers maximum flexibility and efficiencies to store fast turnover stock, with accurate FIFO and LIFO flow of products. These decisive advantages offer many tangible benefits that result in a quick return on investments. Interroll dynamic storage can be combined with conveyors, automatic stacker cranes and paperless “Pick to Light” systems.
Space for all from Onward
Onward’s mission is to provide ‘Space for All’. It is adapted to its clients needs at each stage of their development. It offers premises ranging in size from 25 to 220,000 sq ft of managed facilities on flexible terms.
Samuel Grant offers the Samson Nano System, the pallet wrapping system which provides a fixed and guaranteed cost per pallet. There is no machine capex outlay, no film outlay, no servicing costs, no maintenance costs, no charge for failed wraps, and no rental costs. Real-time data accessible 24/7 to monitor spend, throughput and seasonality. Film is always available as Nano re-orders film automatically. It is a multi-programmable one touch operation machine with automatic cut off.