Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Improving efficiency

The International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX) is taking up five halls at the NEC, Birmingham, when it takes place on March 2-4. The exhibition has brought together two major materials handling and storage events – IMHX now incorporates IHSE. It also has Softworld Supply Chain running alongside it on March 2 and 3.

Visitors to this year’s IMHX will see the latest developments covering forklift trucks and accessories, shelving and racking systems, IT and supply chain systems, lifting and handling equipment, health and safety, storage systems, pallets and warehousing.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be dedicated areas including The Knowledge Zone where two presentation theatres will host a series of free seminars and demonstrations throughout the three days of the show. In the “Must Know” theatre, free seminars covering topics such as thorough examination procedures for forklifts; harmonisation of materials handling standards; and new legislation on corporate killing. A series of case studies will also be presented concerning a number of companies including Screwfix, Kelloggs, Colgate Palmolive and Carlsberg Tetley.

Then there is the Cleaning and Maintenance Pavilion, a section dedicated to products solutions and systems that are designed to keep warehouses clean.

IT solutions and systems continue to play a very important part in logistics and the supply chain in terms of providing data capture, warehouse manage, planning and execution and e-procurement and fulfilment. It is also a subject that is forever changing to make supply chains more efficient. The IT Village is another dedicated area, enabling exhibitors to show off their wares.

And if that is not enough, there is Softworld Supply Chain. A major feature of Softworld is its 45 free product demonstrations and case studies. There will also be a Solutions Centre, co-hosted by AMR Research, featuring keynote sessions from four vendors. A new feature to Softworld is a second masterclass stream with a business focus designed to tackle key issues affecting supply chain professionals. nwhat to seedevelopmentThe IMHX exhibition is in a three-year cycle in line with the French and German materials handling shows Manutention and CeMAT, respectively. Visitors to this year’s IMHX will see a variety of materials handling equipment on display including new forklifts, hand pallet trucks, combis and narrow aisle stackers making their respective debuts from companies such as Still, Jungheinrich, Nissan Forklift, Toyota and BT Rolatruc. One manufacturer making its IMHX debut is Daewoo, which will also be featuring new products.

With alternative fuels such as lpg becoming more popular than diesel for use in materials handling equipment, lpg supplier Calor will be offering expert advice as well as planning and technical advice, and previewing some of its latest lpg technology. Hawker Traction will launch its Power for Life concept guaranteeing lifelong battery life.

SSI Schaefer is using the exhibition to unveil new generation storage systems while Flowstore Systems will be highlighting its latest carton live storage systems. Linpac Storage Systems will also be on hand, launching an innovative racking solution. Pallet solutions will be demonstrated by several companies including Craemer UK and Allibert Buckhorn.

A variety of conveyor systems will feature including products from CI Logistics, the new operating name for Conveyors International, Quodeck and CI Sovex.

If visitors need to upgrade, repair or refurbish their warehouse floors slabs, then Concrete Grinding Group will be on hand to show its Laser Grinder, which grinds aisles to very tight tolerances. A variety of loading bay equipment and doors will be exhibited by Thorworld Industries and Clark Door. And Logistics Manager and sister journal Frozen and Chilled International, will be exhibiting too. n