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.
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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. 
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.
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.
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/