Bumpless Case Turner gently handles fragile products.

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Suited for use in palletizing operations, Alvey® bumpless case turner eliminates bump-turning impact of conventional case turning methods. It employs technology to create speed differential under cases that can selectively and accurately generate negative 90° as well as positive 90°, 180°, and 270° case-turns. With max throughput rated at 72 cases/min, machine features auto-correct function with 2 laser sensors to ensure accurate case turning.

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FKI Logistex Launches the Alvey Bumpless Case Turner

Patent-pending technology provides gentle product case turning for fragile products in palletizing operations (St. Louis, MO: October 18, 2004) FKI Logistex® (www.fkilogistex.com), a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces the launch of the Alvey® bumpless case turner, designed to gently handle and selectively turn fragile products requiring higher-speed case turning when moving into a palletizing operation. The Alvey bumpless case turner is now available as an upgrade to most of the Alvey palletizer line, including the high-speed inline continuous-flow and low-speed row-forming models. By eliminating the bump-turning impact of conventional case turning methods, the Alvey bumpless case turner provides an ideal solution for the case handling of bottles, paper goods, and food products during palletizing. It is also a solution for the beverage, paper, and meatpacking industries, which often require "label-out" or "bar code-out" case turning for retail display, particularly in "big box" retail situations. The Alvey bumpless case turner employs patent-pending technology to create a speed differential under the cases that can selectively and accurately generate negative 90, positive 90, 180, and 270 degree case-turns. With a maximum throughput of 72 cases per minute, the Alvey bumpless case turner is a faster, more cost-effective solution than traditional case-turning alternatives such as sequential bump turners, right-angle transfers, and lift-and-turn equipment. Among the Alvey bumpless case turner's features are a patent-pending auto-correct function with two laser sensors to ensure accurate case turning, and a design that is simpler, less expensive, and easier-to-maintain than competing solutions that employ servo motors. "We built the Alvey bumpless case turner to meet the special needs of a variety of FKI Logistex customers," says Ken Thouvenot, vice president of project management and marketing, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems. "Alvey palletizers have always offered the best solutions for the gentle handling of case products. The Alvey bumpless case turner is just another example of how FKI Logistex is the standard-bearing leader in product development for the palletizing market." For an onsite demonstration of the Alvey bumpless case turner's capabilities and its integration with other Alvey material handling equipment, visit FKI Logistex at booth S-2636 during PackExpo 2004 in Chicago, November 7-11. For sales and marketing information, please contact Jill Raab, marketing communications coordinator, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems, by phone at (314) 993-4700 or by e-mail at jill.raab@fkilogistex.com. About FKI Logistex North America FKI Logistex® North America (www.fkilogistex.com) is a leading provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, carousels, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order processing software, RFID implementation, warehouse control systems, and total materials handling automation. FKI Logistex Airport, Post and Parcel integrates high-speed sortation and conveying systems to meet the high-throughput needs of postal and parcel customers, and provides advanced baggage handling, security, and RFID track-and-tracing for airports of all sizes. FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems builds automated material handling systems using state-of-the-art technology for storing, picking, ID solutions, palletizing, kitting, packing and shipping that enable manufacturers to process more orders per day at a lower cost. FKI Logistex Warehouse and Distribution designs high-accuracy, high-speed, high-reliability material handling, sortation, and order fulfillment solutions for warehouses and distribution centers that shrink the supply chain and maximize material handling ROI. With projects that include many of the world's most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex is home to the industry's most successful and recognized brands, including Alvey palletizers, Buschman conveyors, Cleco cranes and AS/RS solutions, Crisplant sorters and baggage handling applications, IoSystems supervisory and automated control systems, Mathews conveyors, Real Time Solutions order fulfillment and picking solutions, and White carousels and automated storage solutions. For more information on FKI Logistex, click here to visit the FKI Logistex media center. For sales information, contact FKI Logistex by phone at (877) 935-4564 or by e-mail at info@fkilogistex.com.

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