Ultimation Introduces Warehouse Robots to Give Companies of All Sizes More Flexible Material Handling Solutions

ROSEVILLE, MICH. MARCH 31, 2021

 

Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) technology—also known as warehouse robots—is now within the reach of mid-size companies. They provide more flexible material handling when used in conjunction with Motor-Driven Roller (MDR) and other conveyor systems, according to Ultimation Industries LLC. Ultimation is a woman-owned leader in conveyor technology and automation for over 30 years.

“AMRs have become common in large distribution companies such as Amazon and some Fortune 500 companies. But new technologies are making it easier and more affordable to deploy autonomous robots in companies of all sizes as a complement to other types of material handling equipment,” said Richard Canny, president of Ultimation Industries.

Ultimation is partnering with Denmark’s Nord-Modules to expand its portfolio of fast-to-market, productivity solutions. The strategic partnership will grow Nord-Modules’ market share in North America, leading to future opportunities for local assembly and manufacturing to suit local customer requirements.

Nord-Modules delivers reliable robotic top modules for warehouse robot load solutions. These units provide superior returns on investment through optimal speed, space and flexibility and can be fitted to various AMR solutions.

According to Canny, warehouse robots are a good option for manufacturers and distributors of all sizes who need to transfer loads within their facilities quickly and without reconfiguring production lines or factory footprints. They can be deployed wherever and whenever needed, interfacing with existing conveyor systems and providing flexibility as volumes change.

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Nord-Module’s Quick Mover 180, for example, uses an autonomous robot base with a flexible top module that performs multiple material handling tasks and handles a plethora of materials—gates, half pallets, plastic boxes, carton boxes, carts and cobot solutions. Without changing top modules, manufacturers have the ability to integrate the Quick Mover with MDRs to:

Transport multiple types of containers from point A to B to C.

Pick up goods from gates and deliver to a drop-off point.

Precisely re-position goods to another automation area (e.g., a CNC machine).

The unit is controlled by a provided smartphone and can carry up to 485 pounds. Set-up and installation take approximately 30 minutes. Sensors help the Quick Mover 180 navigate quickly and safely around people, stationary objects and other obstacles.

“We’ve all heard about autonomous cars or self-driving vehicles on our roadways. While these technologies are still well into the future for cars and trucks, warehouse robots are bringing that level of intelligence and autonomous operation to the factory floor today,” said Canny. He added that AMRs excel at repetitive tasks that are monotonous and potentially dangerous for humans, such as handling heavy loads.

“Warehouse robots are able to move their loads safely alongside production workers without the need for pre-programmed paths or routes. When obstacles appear, they quickly find alternate safe paths to the destination,” he said.

A video of the process shows how material flows seamlessly from production lines to the AMR to the warehouse.

Solutions such as the Quick Mover 180 are now available through Ultimation’s application and service team. Other Nord-Modules for AMRs include the Pallet Mover style motorized roller conveyor modules, which can carry over 3,000 pounds.

Ultimation is the leading direct-to-consumer conveyor manufacturer and specializes in solving productivity challenges with fast-to-deploy solutions. The company designs, manufactures and installs material handling equipment and has the capacity for automation component manufacturing and subassembly.

“As the industry transitions to the modern high-speed warehouse, innovations such as AMRs are providing the productivity and flexibility solutions they need,” said Canny. Ultimation expects to announce additional relationships with strategic partners in the AMR space later this year.

Ultimation was named to the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies and was a 2019 finalist for Amazon’s Woman-Owned Small Business Spotlight Awards. For more information about Ultimation Industries, visit https://www.ultimationinc.com.

 

About Ultimation:

Ultimation Industries, LLC is a woman-owned leader in the conveyor technology and automation industry. Founded in 1989, Ultimation designs, manufactures and installs machinery and equipment, automation devices, tire and wheel processing lines and conveyor systems for customers throughout the Americas. The company offers a line of proprietary automation systems and is also a leading integrator of Jervis Webb Conveyor Systems. Ultimation’s e-commerce channel sells Ultimation, Interroll, Itoh Denki, Jervis Webb, and a wide range of other conveyor equipment. In 2020, Ultimation was recognized as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing private companies in America. The company was a finalist for Amazon’s 2019 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year and earned honors as one of “2019 Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.”

New Infographic Shows How to Optimize Vertical Farming

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (Jan. 5, 2021) – “How to Optimize Vertical Farming,” a new infographic created by Ultimation Industries LLC, highlights the benefits of vertical farming and ways to maximize the production of an indoor farming system. Ultimation has designed, manufactured and installed conveyor systems for over 30 years and is a leader in vertical farming material handling.

Vertical farms can potentially achieve higher yields for the surface area dedicated to production by controlling the light, temperature, humidity, water and nutrients the plants receive. They also reduce “food miles,” the distance food items travel from the point of production to the table, and can reduce CO2 emission from transport while delivering fresher and better tasting products.

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As sustainable agricultural operations such as vertical and indoor farms become more prevalent, conveyor technology systems can be part of the solution.

“Conveyors are essential to vertical farming because they can make use of all the available vertical space of a facility and can move plants through automated systems as they grow,” said Richard Canny, president, Ultimation Industries LLC. “How to optimize vertical farming is the challenge that the industry faces as it scales up.”

In addition to creating customized products for assembly operations, Ultimation offers food safe grade systems and material handling solutions for the vertical farming industry.  The company has recently expanded into smaller, ‘quick ship’ products and systems that are sold through their website and in Amazon’s stores.

For more information about Ultimation Industries, visit https://www.ultimationinc.com.

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About Ultimation:

Ultimation Industries, LLC is a woman-owned leader in the conveyor technology and automation industry. Founded in 1989, Ultimation designs, manufactures and installs machinery and equipment, automation devices, tire and wheel processing lines and conveyor systems for customers throughout the Americas. The company offers a line of proprietary automation systems and is also a leading integrator of Jervis Webb Conveyor Systems. Ultimation’s e-commerce channel sells Ultimation, Interroll, Itoh Denki, Jervis Webb, and a wide range of other conveyor equipment. In 2020, Ultimation was recognized as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing private companies in America. The company was a finalist for Amazon’s 2019 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year and earned honors as one of “2019 Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Visit https://www.ultimationinc.com/ for the latest product information and news about Ultimation.

 

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Nancy Sarpolis

248-219-5651

Ultimation Announces 2020 STEM Scholarship Winner

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (December 31, 2020) – Vanessa Costa of Fall River, MA is the winner of Ultimation’s 2020 STEM Scholarship. She recently received a $1,500 stipend from Ultimation towards her STEM studies in 2021. Vanessa is a student at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth working towards a Biology Major. Ultimation offers an annual scholarship to encourage students to study STEM programs at colleges across the US.

STEM Scholarship Winner Vanessa Costa

 

“Vanessa’s submission was one of a huge number that we received” says  Jackie Canny, Ultimation’s CEO. “The scholarship is a merit-based award, and we asked each applicant to propose ideas that demonstrate innovative ideas for the use of motorized roller conveyors with 24V DC motors. Vanessa proposed an energy efficient system utilizing gravity conveyor rollers and motorized rollers.

At the end of the downhill sections she proposed MDR braking systems that would recapture the energy and provide the power to adjacent motorized rollers. Our judging panel was impressed by her understanding of these innovative material handling concepts.”

 

Ultimation will be announcing the theme and details of the 2021 STEM Scholarship soon.

 

Curved Conveyor Belts from Interroll added to Ultimation product range

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (November 7, 2020) – Making conveyor belts go around corners has never been easy. These applications are demanding and can be challenging to implement. Ultimation is launching a new range of curved belt conveyors from Interroll. This innovative family of curved belt conveyors are found in 8 out of 10 airports worldwide.

 

 

“Next time your bag arrives at the baggage claim at the airport, think about all the twists and turns your bag takes to get to that point” says  Kali Cresent, E-Commerce marketing specialist at Ultimation. “Straight belt conveyors are relatively common and in wide use. But curved conveyor belts require very special engineering and design. We utilize Interroll curved conveyor belts for that purpose since they have fantastic reliability, performance and simplicity.”

 

Ultimation integrates these belt conveyor curves into systems with MDR straight conveyors, straight belt conveyors and gravity conveyors.

 

Ultimation launches new specialty automated delivery systems for new Ram TRX truck launch

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (September 16, 2020) – Ultimation is launching a new range of specialty automated delivery systems. The products target the automotive and e-commerce industries. The new range builds on the success of automated tire and wheel delivery systems. They will deliver oversize and performance style tires. Initially the first application is a fleet of tire and wheel delivery trucks for the new Ram TRX performance off-road trucks. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will launch the TRX later this year.

“The new Ram TRX tire and wheel assemblies are enormous” said John Daugherty, Engineering and Projects VP at Ultimation. “And because they don’t fit inside existing delivery systems, it required a new look at how to handle these type of off-road style tires. We’re seeing many of these larger mud-style tires used in light truck applications. For performance vehicles, we need to ensure that the delivery method doesn’t include stacking assemblies. They are expensive and easy to damage. Ultimation’s new automated delivery trucks protect the wheel surfaces at all times.”

Ram TRX tire and wheel delivery

Ultimation’s automated system utilizes a continuous loop of conveyors inside the trucks. Motor driven roller (MDR) conveyors move the tires during loading and unloading. Trucks are loaded with tires at the logistics sub assembly site location. When Ultimation’s truck system is backed into a delivery dock, the conveyor inside the truck connects with a shipping conveyor. At the supplier plants the tires enter into the truck at the upper right hand side. Loading continues with the required number of tire and wheel assemblies for each delivery. At the FCA plant, the trucks back into the dock and the unloading process begins. Most importantly, the entire process is automated.

“Avoiding forklift movements for loading and unloading wheel and tire assemblies has major value for the auto companies and suppliers alike” said Daugherty. The productivity savings are significant. Also, each forklift movement in a busy assembly environment carries safety risks. Ultimation believes that many more commodities in the e-commerce segment will soon use these automated processes.”

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Automated Delivery System Options

Ultimation’s automated delivery systems can be fitted to vehicles as small as the Navistar MV series stake trucks. At the upper end of the range, they are as large as 53′ long tractor trailers. Each application includes 3 – 8 vehicles or trailers that can service the just-in-time deliveries. Some of the larger systems include 800 feet of motorized conveyor per trailer. These systems have over 500 individual motorized conveyor rollers. MDR suppliers for the motors are Japanese supplier Itoh Denki and Swiss supplier Interroll.

Ultimation recently joined the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. The company was also a finalist for Amazon’s Woman-Owned Small Business Spotlight Awards in 2019. Ultimation was listed as one of  Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2019.  For more information about Ultimation Industries, visit https://www.ultimationinc.com.

About Ultimation:

Ultimation Industries, LLC is a woman-owned leader in the conveyor and automation industry. Founded in 1989, Ultimation designs, manufactures and installs machinery and equipment for customers throughout the Americas. The company offers a line of proprietary automation systems and is also a leading integrator of Jervis Webb Conveyor Systems. Ultimation’s e-commerce channel sells Ultimation, Interroll, Itoh Denki, Jervis Webb, and a wide range of other conveyor equipment. Visit https://www.ultimationinc.com/ for the latest product information and news about Ultimation.

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 For further information please contact:

Nancy Sarpolis / [email protected] / 248-219-5651