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

Ultimation Industries Named to Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (Aug. 12, 2020) – Inc. magazine today ranked Ultimation Industries, LLC on its annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Ultimation is a woman-owned leader in the conveyor technology and automation industry and has been designing, manufacturing and installing machinery and equipment, automation devices, tire and wheel processing lines and conveyor systems since 1989.

We are honored that our customer-centric approach to business and the resulting growth of our company is being recognized in the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies,” said Jacqueline Canny, CEO of Ultimation.

 

Ultimation makes Inc 5000 List of fastest growing private companies

Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

Ultimation’s primary business segment historically has been large, turnkey conveyor systems. However, according to Canny, many of Ultimation’s newer customers are companies that are growing fast through e-commerce channels themselves. “They need smart and lean supply chains, which is driving continued investment in conveyors and automation,” she said. To support that transition, Ultimation expanded into smaller, ‘quick ship’ products and systems that are sold through their website and in Amazon’s stores.

“Every contact inquiry we get is an opportunity to learn how to be more customer centric,” she said. “We answer every phone call with a live sales associate. We get back to every enquiry within 24 hours. We work hard to make as much information available on our website as we can to educate and inform customers and ultimately, grow the business.”

The 2020 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019.

“From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk.

In addition to the Inc. 5000 recognition, Ultimation was a finalist for Amazon’s Woman-Owned Small Business Spotlight Awards in 2019, which celebrates entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country selling in Amazon’s stores. The company was also listed as one of  Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2019 by the Michigan Business and Professional Association.  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 2019, the company was a finalist for Amazon’s 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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 For further information please contact:

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

How will COVID 19 affect the Conveyor Systems market?

The conveyor systems market is nearly always on a growth curve. And even with the current COVID 19 crisis, expectations for future growth are still high. Ultimation President, Richard Canny, explains the reasons that conveyor manufacturers are looking ahead. The material handling segment will see some changes.
 
“The most obvious factor is the rapid shift to e-commerce purchasing channels. The shift away from bricks and mortar stores to online stores was already fast. But in the conveyor systems market we are seeing B2B buyers adopt the same shift rapidly. Online sales of quick-ship conveyors like belt conveyors and roller conveyors is strong”.
 
Many Ultimation customers are companies that are growing fast through e-commerce channels themselves. “They need smart and lean supply chains. This is driving continued investment in conveyors and automation. This is happening with companies of all sizes. But in the floor conveyor segment, we are seeing very fast growth in motor driven roller systems. These conveyors have built in lean-logic. It enables automatic buffer movement of product” said Canny.
 

Micro distribution centers coming to your neighborhood?

Ultimation predicts that some of the present enormous scale distribution facilities will change. Some facilities like those used by Amazon will transition to smaller micro distribution centers. Micro distribution centers will be smaller. They will also be closer to the end user customer locations. Using predictive logic for which items to stock reduces space. They will also customize items in stock to the real time demand in that geographic area.
 
The conveyors utilized in micro distribution centers will be more flexible and lower speed. They will be designed for interaction with both humans and robots. Cobots will share the same compact spaces and assist team members with their work.
 
Oversize parcel handling is also changing the conveyor systems market. This is also true for the Fedex and UPS delivery systems that move them to customer locations. Fedex recently announced rate increases for oversize, difficult to handle packages. This is due to a surge in these type of shipments. Ultimation’s motor-driven roller conveyor systems are ready to handle these. Using pre-engineered modules, zones can range up to ten feet. E-commerce delivery of large, perishable products like garden plants represents a huge challenge. Yet this is also an opportunity for conveyor systems and parcel delivery companies.
 
Conveyor manufacturers are wary of the risks of a second wave of COVID 19 infections. According to Canny, “We are seeing customers focus on quick solutions rather than projects that might take 12+ months to install. Everyone wants to be as cautious as possible right now”.

Ultimation é eleita uma das ‘Melhores Empresas para Trabalhar’ em Detroit

A indústria de transportadores está crescendo — literalmente! Um ótimo trabalho em equipe ajuda a Ultimation a construir soluções de manuseio de materiais customizadas para a indústria de agricultura vertical. Membros inovadores e engajados, como Jenni Collins, são a razão pela qual fomos escolhidos como uma das “Melhores e mais Brilhantes Empresas para Trabalhar da Região Metropolitana de Detroit em 2019”.

Grata pela força de sua equipe, a CEO da Ultimation, Jacqueline Canny, comenta que “é nosso pessoal que nos permite ter esse crescimento fantástico. Líderes experientes, como Jenni, no papel de gestora do atendimento ao cliente, são críticos para garantir que cada interação ajude a construir nossa marca”.

Jenni Collins Ultimation

Jenni lidera uma equipe de especialistas na Ultimation que foca na ‘gama de produtos para envio imediato’ da empresa.