Daifuku North America Blog

ELS Filling over 180 Maintenance Positions Nationwide

Posted by Chelsie Spencer on 9/6/16 9:36 AM

Elite Line Services (ELS), a Daifuku North America Company is filling over 180 maintenance positions nationwide within its Airport Equipment and Material Handling businesses.Services

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Topics: careers

When to Consider Goods-to-Person

Posted by Chelsie Spencer on 8/10/16 10:34 AM

Lately, many people have been talking about Goods-to-Person systems, and all of the benefits that they offer. But how can you tell if a Goods-to-Person system is right for your Distribution Center (DC)?

Common concerns regarding Goods-to-Person systems include:

  • Is there a minimum rate required to make our investment feasible?
  • Does the amount of SKUs in our system make a difference?
  • What size products can it handle?
  • Does it work for split case, or just full case?

Goods-to-Person systems can be applied to optimize a number of different material handling processes while increasing speed, accuracy and space in the DC. Let us help you determine if a Goods-to-Person system is right for you.

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, ASRS, Wynright Corporation, Goods to Person

How to Accurately Track and Gently Sort Cartons of Various Sizes and Configurations

Posted by Gordon Hellberg on 7/26/16 11:24 AM

There are several solutions to track and sort cartons of various sizes and configurations but have you heard of a Sliding Shoe Sorter? Meet our AS30 Sliding Shoe Sorter - It’s a high-speed, positive divert sorter that handles high volumes of products, while mitigating wear and tear since it has no moving parts. The result is a divert station that provides high throughput rates for heavy duty applications, lasts longer, extremely quiet,  and requires less overall maintenance.

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Topics: Conveyor, Sortation

What is WES?

Posted by Randy Marble on 7/5/16 10:33 AM

In the Material Handling world the “WES” acronym stands for Warehouse Execution System. But what does it actually mean and what can it provide your Supply Chain operations?

WES focuses on the suite of software, hardware and controls necessary to handle today’s Omni-Channel distribution requirements.  The larger challenge is constructing the disparate solutions to provide a seamless flow of goods utilizing the solutions and the operational data that each one contains.

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Topics: warehouse, Software, Supply Chain, Omni-Channel, WES, Controls

ROBOTICA 2016

Posted by Joe O'Connor on 6/3/16 10:00 AM

Focus on: Future Trends in Logistics and Warehousing and Cobots in the Workforce

We’re excited to be participating in two panels at the upcoming AVUSI New England’s ROBOTICA 2016 event on June 7th at Devens Common Center, Devens, MA. 

Giovanni Stone, Director of Wynright Robotics at Wynright Corporation (Wynright Corporation is a subsidiary of Daifuku North America Holding Company), will be adding his vast experience in multiple supply chain and manufacturing segments to the “Robotics in Logistics and Warehousing - Current Applications & Future Trends” panel. Giovanni is at the cutting edge of technology in this area as he works to transform new innovations in robotic concepts developed at Wynright into commercial products. 

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Topics: robotics, automation

The British-Irish Airports EXPO

Posted by Ken Hamel on 5/27/16 9:00 AM

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The British-Irish Airports EXPO, June 8-9 is a free-to-attend celebration of the sophistication and success of the British and Irish airport networks, hosted by Birmingham Airport. In addition to the biggest EXPO of its kind in the region, the event will include a conference, a Gala Party and guided-tours of Birmingham Airport’s facilities. 

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Topics: Airport,, Daifuku Airport Technologies

What is a “Cobot”?

Posted by Chelsie Spencer on 5/2/16 10:32 AM

A cobot is also known as a collaborative robot that works side by side with a human being helping with any sort of task from washing dishes to assembly (source).  We recently announced our new Mobile Inspection Table (MIT) for Checked Baggage Resolution Areas (CBRAs) in airports where the MIT automatically delivers luggage that needs to be inspected by the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) right to the individual TSO stations.

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Topics: Automatic Guided Carts, Airport,, AGC

New Innovations at Passenger Terminal Expo

Posted by Chelsie Spencer on 3/7/16 3:08 PM

Passenger Terminal Expo & Conference will be in Cologne, Germany March 15-17 - if you’ve never been it should be on your expo list for the future! We will be showcasing new innovations at our booth #3070, we’ll also be exhibiting as Daifuku Airport Technologies! We’ve combined our global airport companies under a single group bringing together our global presence, vast product and operational knowledge and years of experience. Visit our new website http://www.DaifukuATec.com to learn more about our global airport companies including BCS Group, Daifuku Logan, Elite Line Services (ELS), Jervis B. Webb Company and Logan Teleflex.

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Topics: Airport,, Passenger Terminal Expo, Daifuku Airport Technologies

Michigan Mars Rover (MRover)

Posted by Chris Murphy on 2/15/16 2:30 PM

I was invited to observe the critical design review of the Michigan Mars Rover (MRover) competition team at University of Michigan last month. What are the goals of the MRover Team?  The MRover team is a student-run, multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to design, build, and test a rover for the exploration of extraterrestrial environments and to assist astronauts on a mission to Mars. The team competes at the annual University Rover Challenge to develop a vehicle which completes a series of tasks in the Arizona desert. This year’s University Rover Challenge will be held June 2-4, 2016 in Hanksville, Utah.

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ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium

Posted by Todd Alderman on 2/2/16 11:31 AM

Something new is coming! We will be introducing our revolutionary automated Mobile Inspection Table (MIT) at the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah next month.

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Topics: Automated Systems, Baggage Handling System, Airport,