MODEX 2018, the biggest manufacturing and supply chain expo in North and South Amer- ica, featured more than 850 exhibits. These included everything from material handling,
logistics and transportation, traditional, and manual
equipment to computerized, automated systems, and
smart, connected supply chain technologies.
The sheer amount of futuristic products isn’t a surprise,
as MODEX is one of the best places to keep up to speed
with the industry’s leading trends and research. But sometimes it’s easy to forget where we are in relation to the
“future” and these products are a great reminder of all of
the advances we’re making in the world of manufacturing.
If you weren’t able to make it to MODEX, don’t worry.
We’ve selected a few innovative products to share with
you that really caught our eye.
1. LENZE: SMART MOTOR
The Lenze Smart Motor reduces the number of different
drive versions by up to 70% since the speeds can be adjusted freely. This motor works without a contractor and starter,
fxed speeds can be set at will, and there are numerous
integrated functions for material handling applications.
The most interesting aspect, however, is that this smart
motor can be operated by an NFC-capable smartphone and
Lenze app for ultimate convenience. On top of all that, it
has an integrated soft start function, less wiring due to
the motor protection function, and it meets the highest
requirements of energy effciency.
2. BRAIN CORPORATION: BRAINOS
BrainOS manually operates products and transforms
them into autonomous robots. This operating system integrates with hardware
and sensors to provide a cost-effective
“brain” for robots. Its
computer vision and
AI libraries provide
capabilities to enable
robots to navigate
cluttered and dynamic
An example of
BrainOS at work is
the Max Ride 20. This
foor scrubber from
tional has been integrated with BrainOS. It can operate
manually or autonomously and can be trained by a user
to replicate multiple scrubbing routes. Its overlapping
sensors detect and avoid people and obstacles, while a
beeping sound will alert passersbys of its location.
3. HYSTER: DRIVEN BY BALYO
Hyster has partnered with Driven by Balyo technology
to offer a line of robotic lift trucks. These cobot trucks
automatically map existing physical structures and are
re-programmable to accommodate multiple routes and
changes in the environment. The three trucks in the line are
S. 1.0-1.5C Counterbalanced Stacker, B80ZHD End Rider,
and the L01.0T Tugger. These trucks increase inventory
accuracy since they are programmed for certain placement as well as interacting with warehouse management
systems, which can be tracked in real time.
4. HUNTER INDUSTRIAL: TITAN HVLS FAN
The Titan takes industrial ceiling fans to the next level.
Offered in fve sizes, this fan pushes air into every nook
and cranny of a facility—slowly, steadily, and silently dominating output with its colossal blade span of 24, 20, 18,
16, or 14 ft. Due to its direct drive motor, this fan is so
lightweight you don’t even hear it, but you will defnitely
feel it. Hunter is known for making products that last a
lifetime, and these fans are no exception.
5. THE RAYMOND CORPORATION:
FORKLIFT VR SIMULATOR
The Raymond VR Simulator serves as a supplemental
tool to assist in the development of new and existing forklift
operators. It allows the user to enter a simulated warehousing environment using an existing Raymond forklift
truck by plugging into the company’s patent-pending
sPort, or Simulation Port. After the vehicle is no longer
needed for instruction, the sPort can be disconnected
and the forklift can be placed back into operation in
Pre-loaded with forklift lessons, the simulator allows
operators to become familiar and comfortable with the
forklift and its controls prior to operating within the phys-
ical warehousing environment, thus building confdence
and avoiding potential product and warehouse incidents.
6. KARDEX REMSTAR: REMOTE SUPPORT
A cloud-based Remote Support platform continuously
monitors the status of a customer’s installed systems and
remotely maintains them when necessary. This platform
reduces downtime as it allows for simple maintenance
requests to be performed remotely instead of onsite. If
a problem cannot be solved via remote maintenance, an
engineer is immediately informed about the diagnosis and
comes optimally prepared to repair the unit on-site.
It also includes a feature called Remote Analytics which
gives information on the status of your units at any time
and from anywhere, allowing you to
enjoy maximum process reliability.
The portal offers extensive analysis
options by displaying service callouts,
the unit’s utilized capacity, and the
7. KNAPP: OSR SHUTTLE EVO
Building on the previous OSR Shuttle, the OSR Shuttle Evo is a highly
dynamic system that can perform
storage and retrieval processes on
every OSR line.
The shuttle has been completely
redesigned to pack more functions and greater energy effciency into a smaller size, enabling it to travel faster, increase
system density, and to reduce a facility’s carbon footprint.
The shuttle travels as high as 130 ft. and distances of 650
ft., which is a 25% improvement on the previous model.
Seven Innovations from MODEX Ahead of Their Time
From robotic powered foor scrubbers to cloud-based remote support, here are seven products from MODEX 2018 that will
make you think you’ve traveled to the future.
By Laura Davis
THE RAYMOND CORPORATION