FKI Logistex opens technology and education center

The facility features demonstrations of new sortation innovations, picking technologies and controls and software solutions and allows visitors to test their own products and containers on the equipment.


FKI Logistex opened its new, 31,000-square-foot Technology & Education Center in Cincinnati on July 17. The center offers visitors access to fully functional, automated sortation, conveying, AS/RS and order fulfillment systems for solutions demonstrations, proof-of-concept testing and operator training.
Visitors receive guided tours through the facility, which features a mini-load automated storage and retrieval crane, a high-speed wedge merge feeding a high-speed sliding shoe sortation system, a motorized roller conveyor, tilt-tray and cross-belt sortation systems and warehouse control systems. The facility also features demonstrations of new sortation innovations, picking technologies and controls and software solutions. Visitors can test their own products and containers and preview new material handling solutions. Tours of the adjacent FKI Logistex Cincinnati manufacturing facility are also available.
"The FKI Logistex Technology and Education Center is unique in the automated material handling industry," said Steve Ackerman, president, FKI Logistex North America. "It gives us the capability to offer advanced hands-on learning while enhancing our existing and prospective customer relationships."

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