Pick-to-Light Components employ intelligent diagnostics.

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EASYpick® Trak3(TM) devices snap into track at pick face with cable-less connection. Four-inch wide Trak3 display and 2 in. wide components permit dense placement and precise alignment with pick location. Trak3 units replace single incandescent gumball picking direction light with 6 bright LEDs. Components include self-diagnostic tools that can be run at device and/or network level and embedded software that checks and self-corrects common problems.

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New Line of FKI Logistex EASYpick Trak3 Pick-To-Light Components

Enables Increased Productivity and Accuracy in Warehouse and Distribution Center Operations

Compact, highly visible, and "cable-less" devices employ intelligent diagnostics and are easily configurable

(Emeryville, CA: March 24, 2005) FKI Logistex® (www.fkilogistex.com), a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, introduces the EASYpick® Trak3(tm) modular pick-to-light system. Trak3 components offer increased functionality, improved ergonomic features, and advanced diagnostic tools. These significant hardware developments enable higher productivity and accuracy in order fulfillment operations when compared to conventional pick-to-light systems.

FKI Logistex® EASYpick® Trak3
Trak3 devices snap into the track at the pick face with a "cable-less" connection, allowing easy configuration and reconfiguration. The standard four-inch wide Trak3 pick-to-display and two-inch wide pick-to-light components are the most compact available and permit dense placement and more precise alignment with the pick location.

"We've designed the Trak3 line to be the most picker-friendly picking devices available today in the material handling market," says Lance Reese, director of sales, distribution technologies, FKI Logistex North America. "Trak3 devices are more visible and more sensitive to operator needs than competing solutions. They allow pickers to easily identify picking requirements and to quickly communicate with the controlling EASYpick software system, improving productivity and accuracy in warehouse and distribution center operations."

Improved Technical Features
Acknowledgement buttons on the Trak3 devices are designed for durability and easy response to finger pressure. Pressed buttons will make a connection if any of four touch actuators are engaged, offering redundancy and longer life. An elastomer keypad design provides greater reliability and eliminates the possibility of keycaps falling off, a common problem with keycap devices deployed in high-use environments.

Trak3 units replace the single incandescent gumball picking direction light used in conventional picking units with six small bright and easily readable LEDs. Depending on function, devices can display red, amber or green lights, and can be set for static illumination or intermittent flash.

Robust and intelligent self-diagnostic tools that can be run at the device and/or the network level are built into all Trak3 devices, significantly reducing the time required to isolate faulty hardware. Trak3 devices also feature embedded device-level software that automatically checks and self-corrects common problems caused by power fluctuations or severed power connections. In the event of malfunction, Trak3 devices continue to allow the overall system to function and avoid work interruptions.

Trak3 devices are available in a wide variety of formats to accommodate a range of system and budget needs. The pick-to-light version uses pick lights to indicate bin location and bay displays to indicate picking quantities. Pick-to-light devices, like pick-to-display pick lights, can function in a dual mode controlling an upper and lower location. They are also available for left/right location, which is commonly used in pallet picking.

Trak3 Pick-to-display units, which consist of a pick light and four standard LED characters, display pick quantities and allow selected pick menu options, such as short adjustments and carton full at each location. The standard four-character units are available either for up/down or left/right location. Pick-to-display LED readouts are three-quarter inches high for maximum visibility.

Trak3 bay displays are available in a standard 12-character unit and an optional 16-character unit. Bay displays provide pickers with a wide range of picking information, as well as full access to the complete range of pick menu options available with EASYpick order fulfillment software. They can also be outfitted with a remote keypad when bay displays require out-of-reach mounting.

When used in conjunction with EASYpick order fulfillment software from FKI Logistex, Trak3 devices give warehouse and distribution center managers unparalleled order fulfillment system visibility via EASYpick's new web-based supervisor screens. Installed in more than 300 order fulfillment operations worldwide, EASYpick includes standard supervisor screens for work status, workload planning, and productivity.

The new EASYpick Trak3 modular pick-to-light system offers high durability, reliability and ease-of-use for picking and order-filling operations, extending the range of capabilities offered by the EASYpick and EASYput® line of light- and voice-directed picking and putting systems from FKI Logistex. To learn more about Trak3 and other FKI Logistex distribution technologies, visit FKI Logistex at booth 535 at the National Conference on Operations & Fulfillment (NCOF: www.ncof.com), April 3-6, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

For sales or marketing information or to request an appointment with FKI Logistex at NCOF, contact Jeff Everingham, sales and marketing assistant, FKI Logistex North America, by phone at (510) 985-6316 or by e-mail at jeff.everingham@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 www.fkilogistex.com/media-center/ here to visit the FKI Logistex media center. For sales information, contact FKI Logistexn by phone at (877) 935-4564 or by e-mail at info@fkilogistex.com

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