Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Do not forget to visit us at MODEX 2018!

Please join Kuecker Logistics Group (KLG) next April for MODEX 2018. We will be demonstrating our world-class systems and meeting prospective new customers.
MODEX 2018 will be held April 9-12, 2018, at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. We will be demonstrating at Booth # B3638. 
At MODEX:
CONNECT
with over 850 of the leading providers and see in-person, in-action how their efficiency-enhancing and cost-cutting equipment and technology solutions can futureproof your supply chain.
LEARN
from the industry's best minds how key industry trends and innovations can transform your manufacturing and supply chain operations during 100+ free education sessions and four powerful keynotes.
MEET FACE-TO-FACE
with your industry peers from the U.S. and over 110 countries across the globe.
Whatever manufacturing and supply chain solutions or insights you need to FUTUREPROOF your business, you'll find them at MODEX 2018.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Material handling

Material handling is the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, consumption, and disposal. As a process, material handling incorporates a wide range of manual, semi-automated and automated equipment and systems that support logistics and make the supply chain work. Their application helps with:
  • Forecasting
  • Resource allocation
  • Production planning
  • Flow and process management
  • Inventory management and control
  • Customer delivery
  • After-sales support and service
A company’s material handling system and processes are put in place to improve customer service, reduce inventory, shorten delivery time, and lower overall handling costs in manufacturing, distribution and transportation. KUECKER LOGISTICS GROUP is a leader in the materials management solutions business!

Visit us at www.kuecker.com or at MODEX 2018 at booth # B3638.!

Monday, March 26, 2018

We are going to be at MODEX 2018

Please join Kuecker Logistics Group (KLG) next April for MODEX 2018. We will be demonstrating our world-class systems and meeting prospective new customers.
MODEX 2018 will be held April 9-12, 2018, at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. We will be demonstrating at Booth # B3638. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Our services!

Services

Kuecker Logistics Group, Inc. is a turnkey systems integrator providing logistics management solutions to businesses all over the United States. We can guide you from the planning stage through test and debug, along with after sale service and support.
1. Planning and Purchasing
KLG's sales representatives provide an average of 18 years logistics management solutions industry experience to our clients. Our objective has never been to just knock on the door and hope to sell equipment and services. We pride ourselves on being able to offer valuable guidance toward finding the best solutions for our customers. We know every company we work with has plenty of choices when deciding who they want to do business with. We provide innovative logistics management solutions ideas and a vast knowledge of industry products and practices in order to facilitate productive meetings with solid analysis. At KLG, we feel this sets us apart from other companies in our industry.
2. Design
KLG has been on the cutting edge of designing material handling systems for many years. Our design department constantly works with the latest version of AutoCad. This ensures the ability to utilize existing layouts as well as develop detailed three-dimensional views of a complex system. We have created an extensive library of three-dimensional materials handling products. These assist in system layout and development. Each project no matter the size is created in 3D and produced in color. This simplifies and eases understanding and helps keep the planning process running smoothly.
3. Project Management
Our project management department takes a team approach to all system projects.  A lead manager is assigned to every project. This is the customer's primary point of contact. This person is your go-to for every question or concern. Our director of project management and your sales account executive are also involved from the beginning to the end of the project. We feel with this approach, all details are covered and each customer has multiple resources to communicate with as the project proceeds.
We use Microsoft Project to produce detailed schedules. This ensures everyone understands the overall timeline in the logistics management process and their individual role in accomplishing each step. Continuous assessments of those timelines, as well as the actual installation details, are made throughout the project. The lines of communication are always kept up between all parties to make sure each project runs smoothly. After all, project logistics are what we do best -- ours for you, our customer -- and yours for your customers.
4. Mechanical Installation
KLG has a staff of trained personnel who work on the installation of systems as well as custom fabrication of specialty items and service-oriented contract work. In addition, we have excellent working relationships with some of the best mechanical and electrical installation companies in this industry. The lowest bid is not always the best solution and we are well aware of this philosophy. Our number one priority is to always produce a high-quality installation which creates a satisfied customer and we know this will not happen without the right people on the job. Although portions of the installation process may be subcontracted out, the project management and design of a system are always done internally. KLG manages and assumes responsibility for all projects from start to finish.
5. Maintenance, Service, Spare Parts
KLG has a department devoted to keeping logistics projects fully serviced after the sale. Our Field Support Service Team is composed up of uniquely experienced and talented logistics project professionals, each of whom provides a full spectrum of support services. They ensure the system provided by KLG will operate smoothly and consistently, providing maximum production through the years.
The Field Support and Service Team's commitment is to provide a proactive, customer oriented resource which is always available to respond immediately to your needs. Our logistics management services are designed to maximize the productivity and utilization of your system through its entire life. We are constantly striving to better understand and fulfill your needs by keeping you current on the latest service capability for your system.
Call Jim for more information at 816-348-3100.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Warehouse automation

Contact Kuecker Logistics Group Today for Warehouse Automation Solutions

If you're ready for your operations to run more efficiently, contact us today. KLG is happy to provide you with more information about our comprehensive warehouse automation technology.
Call (816) 348-3100 to discuss your warehouse automation options with our expert team.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Retrofit systems and your business!

Advantages of Choosing a Retrofitted Inventory Management System

There are a number of benefits that can be gained when selecting a retrofitting solution to fulfill the needs of your company.

1. Cost-Effectiveness

The primary advantage that many companies look at when making this decision is cost. Through the retrofitting of an inventory management system, a company can take advantage of updated technologies without the full expense of developing a solution that consists entirely of brand new components. Depending on the scope of the inventory management system, these savings can range from thousands to millions of dollars.

2. Repurposing Equipment

In a retrofitted inventory management solution the companies existing equipment can be re-used or equipment that has been lightly used in another operation can be integrated into the solution.

3. Gaining Efficiencies

Retrofitting allows individual elements or the entire inventory management system as a whole to be easily optimized for maximum efficiency.

4. Adaptability

The flexibility of being able to adapt machinery to accommodate new or different products or processes is a benefit that meets the unique requirements for many companies, manufacturers and distributors.

Retrofitted Inventory Management Solution Systems by KLG

If you are still not sure if a retrofitted inventory management system solution is the right choice for your project, we ask you to learn more about how Kuecker Logistics Groups can improve your productivity with a retrofitted system solution. You are also welcome to take a look at what we currently have available in our used equipment for retrofitting section of the website.

If you need assistance in developing the perfect retrofitted inventory management solution system solution to meet the unique requirements of your company, contact Kuecker Logistics Group today at (816) 348-3100.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Robots are coming

Robots That Pick Up and Sort Objects Created for Simplifying Warehouses

Researchers have developed a robot that can pick up and sort objects to help improve warehouse efficiency.
February 21, 2018
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Sorting and organizing may not always be the most difficult tasks, but they can certainly get tedious. While it has been difficult in the past to teach machines to do that task, researchers at MIT and Princeton have developed a robot that can do it just that. In the future, it could be used for things like warehouse sorting or cleaning up a disaster area.
The team first trained the robot how to determine the best way to grip an object. They showed it bins of various items and then demonstrated which of four main grasping behaviors was the best option for a particular object. They did this over and over again, labeling which attempts were successful and which were not. Eventually, they plugged all of the information in a deep neural network. 
Once the object is gripped and lifted out of the bin, the robot then has to figure out what it is. In their setup, the researchers have a set of cameras that take pictures of the object from all sorts of angles and those images can then be compared to a library of other images the robot has access to. Once it finds a close match, the robot then moves the object to another bin, based on what the item is.
At the Amazon Robotics Challenge last July, the robot was able to successfully grasp objects 75 percent of the time and it correctly classified each novel item it was presented with. 

An interesting article from supply chain executive

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

We sell conveyor systems

we sell several of these conveyors:

Types of conveyor systems

Belt driven roller conveyor for cartons and totes.
Flexible conveyor






Monday, February 19, 2018

The e-commerce food industry is changing

Competition in the grocery sector continues to heat up as Kroger considers purchasing online wholesaler Boxed.
With the news of Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, buying Whole Foods for $137 billion last year, the U.S. grocery market looked for ways to compete.  In December, Target announced that they would be buying the same-day delivery service Shipt.
Boxed sells bulk products such as dish soap and chips to customers’ front door. Kroger’s consideration occurs as more shoppers order their products online. The New York-based company is expecting more offers within the next couple of weeks as Morgan Stanley advises.
Kuecker Logistics Group is a leader in the warehousing distribution automation industry. The changes we are now seeing pushed forward by Amazon means the grocery industry must change and change fast and we can assist in that change. Call Jim today at 816-348-3100 tell him Joe sent you!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The manufacturing economy is doing well

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently offered a look at how fourth quarter financial results impacted the U.S. economy and the industrial sector.
  • A report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that the U.S. economy grew 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter, which was lower than the 3.1 percent and 3.2 percent gains seen in the second and third quarters, respectively. While consumer, business, and government spending grew, net exports and inventory spending decreased to bring this number down.
  • For 2017, real GDP increased by 2.3 percent, up from 1.5 percent in 2016 and slightly above the annual average of 2.2 percent since the recession ended. Moving forward, the NAM anticipates three percent growth driven by tax reform and other measures it describes as “pro-growth.”
  • According to the NAM, the IHS Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI rose to 55.5 in January – its best reading in nearly three years. New orders, output, and exports all accelerated in January, with demand and production hitting 12-month highs.
  • Employment news was a bit mixed. While hiring has slowed since reaching a 38-month high in December, there are a number of positive indicators. They include high levels of NAM member optimism and growth in consumer demand and shipments.
  • The Census Bureau reported that new durable goods orders rose 2.9 percent in December, extending the 1.7 percent gain seen in November. The increase stemmed primarily from strong defense and non-defense aircraft and parts sales. New durable goods orders are up 11.5 percent since December 2016.
More to come

Friday, January 26, 2018

KLG Technology Center

Kuecker Logistics Group is one of the only integrators in the United States to have a Technology Center of their own, and is perhaps the only one with a site that is this extensive. The great investment we have made in our Technology Center allows us to demonstrate the latest generation of material handling equipment and the like, as well as test your solution prior to implementation. Visit KLG at our corporate office, and we can plan and concept in our conference rooms, and then walk right into the Technology Center to see firsthand the equipment we are referring to. You can also ship your product to us for testing on the actual equipment.

Tech Center Features:

  • System Logistics carousels
    with inserter extractor

  • Intelligrated sliding shoe sorter

  • In-motion scale

  • ID Tech Print & Apply/Manifest station

  • Intelligrated 24V technology
  • Unarco & Konstant racking

  • Wildeck free standing mezzanine

  • Bilt shelving pick module

  • Accu-Sort & SICK scanners

  • WMS & WCS controls

  • RF & voice directed picking

  • Pick-to-Light/Put-to-Light

Let us demonstrate first hand, the latest technology on the market right here in our facility. Please call us today and have us arrange a demonstration for you!

Monday, January 22, 2018

The robots are coming!

It is a fact that the age of the robot is coming fast. I see that in retail robots are being used now to stock, to reorder and to give directions to patrons. The question is, is this a good thing or a bad thing? In regards to jobs at a retail store, this can not be good as the robot might take jobs that use to be done by humans. The good is that if you have the programming talent then high paying jobs to program these robots will be needed. Robots have grown in the distribution facility area also and they are making over time significant impact on a distribution facility bottom line. So it is apparent that as long as automation in one form or another continues to make more profits and cut expenses then this trend will continue!

More to come.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fast Track

Online Fulfilment “Fast Track”

Over the last 30 years, Kuecker Logistics Group has developed a reputation for providing innovative system solutions and great service to the industry. Our team of recognized professionals can provide you the very best in material handling products, cutting edge design and impeccable implementation and support.

Online Fulfillment Center OFC "Fast Track" - System Solutions


Our market presence as an integrator allows us to provide you best of breed products and system solutions at the right price for all facets of your project.

Online Fulfillment Solutions On Time & Within Budget

  • Conveyor & Sortation Systems  
    We work with the best brands in the industry and provide you with the perfect solution for your unique requirements. Our job is finding the right sortation and conveyor systems solutions for you.
  • Storage Media 
    We understand the benefits of different types of storage solutions for different applications. We also understand the competitive nature of this industry. We can provide with you the best products at a competitive price.
  • Software - WCS 
    Our well-staffed team of design experts, engineering professionals and problem solvers will work closely with your company in order to develop a customized solution that is guaranteed to optimize the many unique aspects of your warehouse and distribution process.
Import Facilities Provider
2014 Panama Canal Opening is Rapidly Approaching. With double the capacity and capable of handling Post-Panamax Ships).
Kuecker Logistics Group is part of a strategic alliance of partners who can rapidly provide enhanced results in a compressed time frame while cutting cost and effort. Designers, Architects, Engineers, Builders, MHE Integrators / Consultants, WMS/WCS Software, Controls, and Electrical Constructors all working in unison to get your facility rapidly and correctly deployed.
If you are looking for the best online fulfillment solution to meet the unique requirements of your company, contact Kuecker Logistics Group today at (816) 348-3100.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Automation through Artificial Intelligence

By Eddie Amos, General Manager & VP Industrial Applications Software, GE Digital
What does the future hold for industrial organizations like those in manufacturing? Today’s digital transformation has established the foundation for what’s to come. Like the paved highway systems for cars to drive on, the increased connectivity of industrial assets has been foundational for the next wave of technological advancements.
While the physical machines that make up industrial infrastructure, such as power generators, turbines and locomotives, appear to be relatively unchanged compared to a decade ago, these assets have undergone significant changes to bring them into the digital age. That said, industrials have historically been the slowest to tap into the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). According to a recent report, industrial companies recognize the upsides to IIoT, but 79 percent say they do not have a mature plan in place to reap the benefits of this connected network.
With sensors and intelligent control systems in place across industrial facilities, organizations will now be able to leverage this next wave of technology for more efficient business processes and increased digital maturity. Over the next year and beyond, we can expect a few advancements to take us further than we ever have been before on this digital journey. 

 

Automation through Artificial Intelligence

Plant operators are already seeing the benefits of machine learning that powers artificial intelligence. These software algorithms in asset performance management drive the integration of historical data to help predict maintenance issues and equipment failures with more accuracy and more advanced warning. What will make AI even more valuable is the application of more sophisticated machine learning algorithms to real-time performance data. This will create smarter, more self-sufficient machines. Because many organizations are still in the digital transformation process, connecting all machines and assets across plants and fleets, various enterprise resource planning systems and disparate data hinder data analytics and decision-making. As machines deliver more data through connected sensors, artificial intelligence in asset performance management systems will not only organize and standardize data inputs, but it will also augment an organization’s ability to analyze it in different ways, resulting in more automated and accurate decision-making. Current manual processes, such as issuing work orders and scheduling inspections, will become automated, streamlining maintenance practices and improving machine performance.

 

Digital Twin Drives New Levels of Productivity

Digital twins are becoming more prevalent across industries, providing a key advantage for organizations that run a true digital ecosystem powered by asset performance management. The digital twin concept is based on the idea of having pre-defined content about how assets are operating and performing, and then leveraging that information to build a replica of the asset. With a virtual replica of every asset that informs operators about health status, equipment life and performance levels, organizations are fully equipped to optimize machines at all hours of the day to adjust for peak demand levels and optimize productivity as a result. For companies that operate active assets every second of the year, this saves millions of dollars by avoiding unplanned downtime.
Once organizations have a better understanding of their entire plant and fleet operations based on the digital replicas of their assets, they can identify any anomalies or poor performing equipment and take action as appropriate. Taking this one step further, this data can eventually be anonymized and shared industry-wide for a larger data sample and more accurate benchmarks. The power of statistics is limited for organizations running a set number of assets, but leveraging a broader dataset will provide better performance insights for asset management.
 

Augmented Reality

Not all industrial equipment is easily accessible. Some machines have thousands of parts, each embedded inside layers of the strongest materials, and other machines that operate within the world’s harshest environment. For decades, this has created time consuming, laborious inspection processes for routine checks or when an asset indicated an error. Inspection teams need to perform hands-on testing of the equipment or literally look “under the hood” to identify the problem, particularly for assets that are necessary for operations.
A medical technology manufacturer, for example, has to prioritize inspection for its critical healthcare systems. If there is an infection in a hospital, equipment used to test for infection is critical for immediate response. If a manufacturer’s microbiology machine has any performance issues, it would put the entire healthcare ecosystem at risk. This equipment requires regular monitoring and inspection.
Fortunately, technology is rapidly changing how inspection teams approach these processes. With advances in augmented reality for mobile devices and the help of digital twins, field workers can now perform in-depth inspections based on real-time information without having to take the equipment offline and physically analyze things. As more field service professionals are able to take advantage of augmented reality technology, organizations will minimize the risk that extreme environments can pose to workers - for instance, near pipelines or on oil rigs - as well as maximize efficiency by keeping equipment running online.
These technologies - artificial intelligence, digital twins and augmented reality - are available today, but they will only continue to advance and will become fundamental components of industrial operations. The key to taking full advantage of these newer capabilities is to have the right digital infrastructure in place today, including connected assets that feed information through a centralized asset management system. As more equipment enables data analytics and drives intelligent asset strategies, industrial organizations will have the level of digital maturity they need to optimize asset performance in real-time. 
An interesting and eye opening article with more and more to come and Kuecker Logistics Group will be in the forefront to guide our customers.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kuecker Logistics Group (KLG) next April for MODEX 2018.




Please join Kuecker Logistics Group (KLG) next April for MODEX 2018. We will be demonstrating our world-class systems and meeting prospective new customers.
MODEX 2018 will be held April 9-12, 2018, at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. We will be demonstrating at Booth # B3638. 
At MODEX:
CONNECT
with over 850 of the leading providers and see in-person, in-action how their efficiency-enhancing and cost-cutting equipment and technology solutions can futureproof your supply chain.
LEARN
from the industry's best minds how key industry trends and innovations can transform your manufacturing and supply chain operations during 100+ free education sessions and four powerful keynotes.
MEET FACE-TO-FACE
with your industry peers from the U.S. and over 110 countries across the globe.
Whatever manufacturing and supply chain solutions or insights you need to FUTUREPROOF your business, you'll find them at MODEX 2018.
For more information or to register for MODEX 2018, please visit their website HERE:  https://www.modexshow.com/