Oct 24, 2008

Daifuku and Webb to Showcase Innovative Material Handling Technology at ProMat 2009 Show in Chicago, Illinois

Daifuku America and Jervis B. Webb Company to exhibit Unit Load Automated Storage and Retrieval System, SmartCart® Automatic Guided Cart and SmartLoader® Automatic Trailer Loading Vehicle

Daifuku America Corporation and the Jervis B. Webb Company, both affiliates of Daifuku Co., Ltd., will jointly exhibit for the first time in booth 3203 at the ProMat 2009 Show.  Webb and Daifuku will demonstrate how an industry-leading Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) integrates with two cutting-edge Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs). ProMat, which is held bi-annually at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., is North America’s premier material handling and logistics event.

Daifuku Co., Ltd. acquired Webb in December 2007. Prior to the acquisition, the companies shared a 50-year technology partnership. Now, they form one of the largest material handling companies in the world, combining 160 years of experience.

“Together, Daifuku and Webb offer the widest range of material handling technologies in the industry, which ensures that we provide the best solution for our customers,” said Brian Stewart, senior vice president and COO at Jervis B. Webb Company. “Our live demonstration at ProMat will show how products from Daifuku and Webb can work together to increase production in your warehouse, distribution center or manufacturing facility.”

Daifuku will showcase a new, faster unit load AS/RS, which is a high-density pallet buffer designed to maximize vertical storage space while maintaining a compact footprint. A unit load is comprised of an input/out station, Storage Retrieval Machine (SRM), storage rack as well as on-board and end-of-aisle controls. Daifuku’s unit load stores and retrieves items placed on pallets, euro pallets, box pallets or roll box pallets. With over 20,000 global installations, Daifuku offers a wide range of AS/RS systems that includes a mini load AS/RS, which handles small products or irregularly shaped objects stored in totes or small boxes, and a synchronized AS/RS, a two-crane system that maximizes throughput.

“The Daifuku unit load AS/RS helps companies all over the world regain floor space, improve efficiency and ensure inventory control,” said Nobo Morita, vice president of manufacturing and distribution for Daifuku America Corporation. “Our customers really like the unit load’s quiet operation and modular design, which allows for easy expansion.”

The Daifuku unit load AS/RS at ProMat will transfer and receive palletized loads from a SmartCart Automatic Guided Cart (AGC) and a SmartLoader Automatic Trailer Loading Vehicle, both supplied by the Webb Company.

Webb will introduce its latest Automatic Trailer Loading Vehicle, the SmartLoader Model 2000.  The 2000 SmartLoader can move loads up to 2500 pounds and is available with single, double or single side shift forks.  At the show, it will automatically load and unload pallets from the AS/RS into a simulated trailer. SmartLoader is now equipped with LADAR vision, which provides pinpoint accuracy when loading/unloading trailers as well as stacking loads.

Webb’s SmartCart Model 300 Counterbalanced Fork AGC, a flexible, cost-effective AGV guided by magnetic tape, will deliver loads from floor storage to Daifuku’s AS/RS. The Counterbalanced Fork SmartCart can also be used to transport loads to and from stretch wrapping systems.  SmartCarts are available in a variety of models and options, including roller conveyor, tugger and scissor lift.

About Daifuku Co., Ltd.

With over 20,000 global installations, no one is more experienced than Daifuku at engineering high-performance automated material handling and warehouse management systems, specifically designed to meet and overcome any challenge.

About Jervis B. Webb Company

Jervis B. Webb Company is a subsidiary of Daifuku Co. Ltd and leading developer of innovative material handling technology and systems.  Webb specializes in the design, engineering, installation and support of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, beverage, warehousing and manufacturing industries.  Webb is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations in Harbor Springs and Boyne City, Mich.; Carlisle, S.C.; Canada; India; and China.  The company was founded in 1919 by Jervis B. Webb who invented the forged rivetless chain conveyor that helped revolutionize mass production.