The materials handling world has been transformed in recent decades by advances in conveyor systems. The innovations now available range from one-off conveyor modules which can integrate with existing systems to fully automated handling solutions with software and electronic controls.

In the current business climate businesses need to be as nimble as possible in their materials handling processes and adapt rapidly to changing demand. In such conditions suppliers who can offer end users versatility will win the sale. At the recent IMHX show Hilton Campbell, MD of Interroll, spoke to Warehouse & Logistics News about how Interroll has been tailoring its range to the needs of end users. Their current offering aims at smaller and growing businesses and can handle everything from 1kg boxes to 1.5 tonne loads. Interroll’s customers include food and drink and other FMCG businesses, who use the kit for everything from receiving and put away to replenishment and picking. Interroll have been offering proven solutions for 60 years and will shortly be launching a next generation sorter, offering a higher throughput of packaged goods.

TRANSNORM, another longstanding supplier of conveyor equipment modules and solutions, has been a reliable partner to system integrators and end customers for over 50 years. TRANSNORM’s standard belt conveyors are typically deployed in intralogistics processes and are characterised by high conveyor speeds, smooth running and low wear and tear.

The Mannesmann-Konecranes-Demag family has long been at the forefront of conveyor and sortation excellence. In 1973 Mannesmann AG revolutionised distribution centre construction with the world’s first automated high-bay warehouse and in 1990, it became the global market leader in conveyor technology. Konecranes Demag UK’s latest innovation sees it affirming its commitment to providing equal employment opportunities in a partnership with the Women’s Engineering Society. Konecranes Demag is taking an active role in the WES, attending the Society’s events and adopting its best practice procedures. On the product side the Demag brand continues to set the standard for innovation and excellence in material handling and industrial operators throughout the world are benefiting from state-of-the-art Demag crane system installations.

Finally, AMH Material Handling has a broad portfolio of customers from retail, ecommerce, fashion, 3PLs, dry grocery and automotive suppliers, who rely on them for automation installation, maintenance and support, including total lifetime asset management. AMH provides material handling solutions from conveyors, sortation systems and garment on hangers (GOH) through to mezzanine and structural steel installations. AMH recently completed a £3.2 million project for high street homeware retailer Wilkinson’s e-fulfilment facility in Ollerton, which is managed by Clipper Logistics. The project has automated the packaging, labelling and destination sortation for 85 per cent of Wilkinson’s online orders for home and store delivery and handled a quarter of a million items in its first month of operation.

Charles Smith

Feature Writer