FKI Logistex Opens Technology And Education Center
FKI Logistex recently held a grand opening for its new Technology and Education Center (TEC) in Cincinnati for members of the press as well as national and local politicians and industry leaders. The highlight of the event was the official unveiling of the TEC's fully operational integrated order fulfillment and automated replenishment system, which sped cartons past spectators on its belts at a rate of 400 per minute. The facility, built at a cost of approximately five million dollars will employee between 750-800 people from the Cincinnati area.
After a tour of the training center, a brief ceremony followed, featuring remarks from Ohio State Senator Gary Cates, West Chester Township Trustee George Lang and company executives.
"It's a proving ground for new products," says Steve Ackerman, president of FKI Logistex, North America. "Not only will this new investment make us more successful in the marketplace, but it also demonstrate FKI's commitment to logistics."
The FKI Logistex TEC is a complete and fully-equipped distribution center, within FKI's Cincinnati facility, which was designed and built to provide a state-of-the-art hands-on material handling environment that allows FKI's customers an interactive experience. It offers solutions demonstrations and proof-of-concept testing on customers' own products and containers, as well as providing operator and maintenance training on FKI's technology.
The TEC's conveying and sortation system includes such features as a high-speed, multi-lane wedge merge, a line sorter, power roller conveyors, a loop sorter, a tilt-tray, as well as cross-belt and sliding shoe sortation systems. In addition, the TEC also features demonstrations of a mini-load crane, light- and voice-directed picking systems and advanced warehouse control systems.