Software controls high-speed sorting applications.

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PC-based, OPC-compliant BOSS(TM) Sorter Control Module combines conveyor and sorting controls, system diagnostics, real-time data collection, and human-machine interface. It handles sorter speeds up to 600 fpm and 200+ cartons per minute, and includes machine level control and productivity-tracking tools. Module offers connectivity for networking and remote troubleshooting via support for TCP/IP message exchanges (sockets), RS232/422 serial, and PLC data highway type interfaces.



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FKI Logistex Unveils Boss(TM) High-Speed Sorter Control Module



Modular design provides scalability, intelligent controls for high-speed sortation applications

(Cincinnati, OH: December 12, 2002) FKI Logistex (LSE: FKI.L) Automation Division, a market-leader in the design, manufacture, installation, and integration of innovative material handling solutions announces the BOSS(TM) Sorter Control Module. A modular software package designed specifically for high-speed sortation applications, the BOSS Sorter Control Module can handle sorter speeds of up to 600 feet per minute (fpm) and more than 200 cartons per minute (cpm).

Built on FKI Logistex Buschman BOSS controls system architecture, the Sorter Control Module is a full-featured sortation control solution that combines advanced conveyor and sortation controls, system diagnostics, real-time data collection, and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) in a single integrated software unit. The module offers the latest in machine level control and data acquisition while providing robust diagnostic and productivity tracking tools.

Seamless integration, advanced configurability, superior scalability

The Sorter Control Module is an efficient, stable control solution for high-speed sortation. 100% PC-based, the software's modular, OPC-compliant construction allows it to integrate quickly and easily with both the full line of FKI Logistex software controls and other OPC-based control packages and applications.

The software's state-of-the-art modular design offers a high degree configurability and ensures reusability from application to application. By setting a number of different parameters to define the sorter's operation, the Sorter Control Module can be tailored to meet specific needs on a per-application basis.

The Sorter Control Module also provides unparalleled scalability and flexibility. With an adaptable software model and support for OPC-based applications, the module can be converted to a complete control solution for the conveyor system at any time, giving operators the maneuverability needed to react quickly to fast-changing market conditions.

Minimized complexity, maximized connectivity

The BOSS Sorter Control Module eliminates unnecessary system complexity by replacing multiple levels of controls, common to PLC-based systems, with a single, streamlined integrated software solution. By decreasing system complexity, connectivity issues are greatly reduced and the overall speed of system information flow is improved.

The module also offers enhanced connectivity for networking and troubleshooting. Like BOSS, once installed on a central control PC, workstation PCs can be networked into the module, providing access from multiple locations within the system. The software supports TCP/IP message exchanges (sockets), FTP file transfers, RS232/422 serial, and PLC data highway type interfaces. In addition, it allows for remote troubleshooting via dial-up modem or the user's existing Virtual Private Network (VPN), giving system operators access to all screens and diagnostic information by simply logging onto their network.

From bent steel to intelligent metal

The BOSS Sorter Control Module is the latest in the line of FKI Logistex intelligent control solutions for sophisticated material handling systems. The company remains committed to integrating leading edge advances such as the BOSS Sorter Control Module with its proven, award-winning material handling technologies.

"The BOSS Sorter Control Module represents the most advanced modular, scalable controls," said John Westendorf, CEO of FKI Logistex Automation Division. "Anyone can bend steel, however, only FKI Logistex has the vision needed to create the intelligence behind the metal."

For further information, please contact the FKI Logistex Automation Division by calling (513)-874-0788 or via e-mail at automation@fkilogistex.com; you can also visit the FKI Logistex Automation Division on the web at http://www.fkilogistex.com/automation.

About FKI Logistex Automation Division

FKI Logistex Automation Division is a designer and supplier of material handling systems for all phases of product distribution and material flow. Whether it's high-speed carton sortation, moving massive parts in an industrial setting, or sorting finished products for shipping - from conveyors to cross docking equipment to order fulfillment equipment and controls - FKI Logistex Automation Division makes integrated material handling systems built to perform reliably for decades.

With nearly a century of material handling experience, FKI Logistex Automation Division has the industry's most diverse base of development and application experience. We are a leader in the material handling industry - designing and building the highest quality equipment and systems, as well as providing installation, training and ongoing service and support. Industry experience, industry knowledge, industry expertise - FKI Logistex Automation Division is the answer for material handling.

About FKI Logistex

FKI Logistex is a leading supplier of integrated material handling solutions for distribution, baggage handling, freight, parcel, and manufacturing applications. FKI Logistex supplies 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, warehouse control systems, and total materials handling automation.

FKI Logistex (www.fkilogistex.com) is a part of FKI plc (LSE: FKI.L) a UK-based international engineering group. FKI Logistex is comprised of the industry's most successful and recognized brands, including Alvey Systems, Cleco, Crisplant, Crisplant a/s, Automation Division (incorporating Buschman Operations, Mathews Operations, and CMP Corporation), Integration Division, Io Systems, Real Time Solutions, and White Systems.

For more information, contact FKI Logistex, 1500 Lebanon Road, Danville, KY, 40422; telephone: (877) 935-4564; e-mail info@fkilogistex.com.

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