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FKI Logistex Audits for Palletizers Help Optimize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO — FKI Logistex® a leader in integrated material handling solutions, offers a professionally conducted audit program for its line of palletizers. Designed to help FKI Logistex customers restore their palletizers to original operating performance levels and to identify any potential upgrades, the audits help optimize equipment effectiveness and extend system life.

FKI Logistex audits are performed by certified audit engineers trained in palletizer maintenance and OEM specifications. Audits include a review of operating and maintenance practices and a thorough, infeed-to-discharge inspection of all palletizer components, including wear points, chains, rollers and other moving parts. Upon completion of the inspection, the audit engineer prepares a detailed formal report that documents the audit findings and outlines a recommended course of action.

“FKI Logistex recommends these audits as proactive maintenance that can address problems in mission-critical equipment and reduce the risk of palletizer downtime,” said Ken Morris, manager, Audits, FKI Logistex. “Our engineers can perform these audits at times that are convenient for the production line to ensure that the audit itself is not cause for downtime.“

The audit report includes a comprehensive machine assessment that specifies items requiring cleaning, adjustment, lubrication, repair, or replacement to restore the palletizer to original benchmark performance. A comprehensive list of recommended modifications, upgrades, preventive maintenance techniques and spare parts is provided. The report also includes detailed equipment drawings, performance checklists and a portfolio of digital photographs for technical reference.

To help expedite and simplify post-audit machine maintenance, FKI Logistex also offers an “Overhaul Module Program” under which FKI Logistex supplies a machine-specific kit of parts for rebuilding palletizers section-by-section. Customers use and pay for only the parts required to restore the equipment’s original operating performance.

Implementing machine overhauls as part of a zoned-maintenance program, allows companies to perform required maintenance with minimal downtime and makes it possible to schedule planned overhauls around annual budgets.

Mechanical audits and the Overhaul Module Program are available for the complete line of FKI Logistex palletizers, including low-speed, mid-speed, high-speed and very high-speed case palletizers, GS100 Series palletizers and robotic palletizers.

About FKI Logistex
FKI Logistex® ( is a leading provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order fulfillment systems, RFID implementation, EDS integration, baggage handling systems, warehouse control systems, and total material handling automation.

FKI Logistex provides material handling solutions for airports, postal facilities, parcel distribution, manufacturing operations, library automation, and for warehouse and distribution facilities. With projects that include many of the largest and most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex has the resources and the experience to solve the most demanding material handling challenges

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