Crane helps reduce order fulfillment time.

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Cleco Condor is an all-electric, free-roaming, and fully automatable aisle-changing crane that has max horizontal speed of 9.5 ft/sec, max vertical speed of 1.6 ft/sec, and weight capacity of 3,300 lb. Utilizing synchronized traversing or rotating forks or telescopic shuttles to handle load, it can maintain carrying capacity and operating speed at high elevations. Battery charges during in-aisle operations.

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FKI Logistex Introduces Cleco Condor Aisle-Changing AS/RS Crane

High-bay solution offers higher facility throughput and reduced order fulfillment time

(Marietta, GA: October 05, 2004) FKI Logistex® (, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, introduces the Cleco Condor, an all-electric, free-roaming, and fully automatable aisle-changing crane. The Condor is a cost-effective alternative for high-bay automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS) up to 51 feet, offering higher facility throughput, increased order accuracy, and reduced order fulfillment time over competing solutions. Because the Condor can change aisles, Condor applications also require fewer units and less capital investment than competing solutions using fixed-aisle cranes.

"With floor-space, efficiency and cost pressures increasing, the Cleco Condor gives warehouse and distribution center managers an important option for maximizing their throughput via high-density AS/RS that is more flexible and less capital-intensive than an aisle-dedicated system," says Percy May, director of sales and marketing, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems. "The Condor yields a fast return on investment and high utilization rates. It is a reliable performer for a variety of FKI Logistex clients worldwide, including retailers, food producers, and grocery distributors."

"The Condor is also particularly suited for frozen food applications," notes May. "One of our frozen food clients, Preferred Freezer Services®, operates six distribution centers, all using Cleco Condors."

Operating manually, semi-automatically or fully automatically, the floor-running Cleco Condor provides greater safety, efficiency and performance than traditional turret trucks for pallet-handling applications. It utilizes a top-steady feature that offers stability and comfort, while allowing higher speeds, higher accelerations, and full capacity at all heights.

For unit-load handling, the Condor's all-electric operation makes it an automatable alternative to conventional VNA (very narrow aisle) trucks, as it can maintain carrying capacity and operating speed, even at high elevations.

Other benefits of the Condor include reduced operating expenses; greater energy efficiency; higher equipment utilization due to less downtime; and reduced inventory levels because of its overall material handling efficiency.

The Cleco Condor uses synchronized traversing or rotating forks or telescopic shuttles to handle its load, and charges its battery during in-aisle operations. The unit has a maximum horizontal speed of 9.5 ft/sec and a maximum vertical speed of 1.6 ft/sec. Its weight capacity is 3300 lb.

For an onsite demonstration of the Condor's capabilities, please visit FKI Logistex Booth 1206 during ProMat 2005 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, January 10-15. For sales and marketing information, contact Percy May, director of sales and marketing, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems, by phone at (770) 795-9077 or by e-mail at

About FKI Logistex North America

FKI Logistex® North America ( 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

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