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Kollmorgen and KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH Announce Partnership
Kollmorgen Posted 04/23/2010
RADFORD, VA, April 23, 2010 – Kollmorgen, a leading manufacturer of driverless control technology, and KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH, a member of KNAPP group and leading warehouse automation specialist, have reached a strategic partnership agreement, whereby KNAPP will license and integrate Kollmorgen’s NDC Suite technology in warehouse applications for automated order-picking and automating standard forklifts for operator-less transport applications on a global basis. For automated order picking applications, KNAPP has the right to use Kollmorgen’s Pick-n-Go® brand.
“With a market share of 30 percent and an installed base of 15,000+ vehicles, Kollmorgen is the industry expert in control solutions for driverless vehicles and forklifts. So partnering with KNAPP is truly a win-win in that it gets our complete, scalable and field-proven solutions into the hands of a leading warehouse automation specialist, while allowing them to focus on their core competency of automating warehouses to improve productivity and reduce costs for their customers. In a very real sense, the Kollmorgen solution provides automation engineers with another automation element that may be used to further automate factories or warehouses,” says Benny Forsman, Product Manager, Kollmorgen.
KNAPP will implement driverless control solutions together with other applications like the KiSoft VOICE pick-by-voice system, KiSoft WMS Warehouse Management System and KiSoft CONTROL Warehouse Control System from KNAPP.
Pick-n-Go from Kollmorgen is a highly flexible order picking system that streamlines any order fulfillment process, with significantly reduced operating expenses. The Pick-n-Go system seamlessly integrates with existing Warehouse Management Systems and established processes, and is easily adapted to satisfy specific application needs. In many applications, the Pick-n-Go system will give improvements in order picking productivity of over 60% and pay for itself in just 12 – 24 months.
NDC Suite from Kollmorgen is a complete AGV control solution that promises lower total costs for system integrators and end-users. The heart of NDC Suite is the NDC8 – Kollmorgen’s applications-independent and scalable control module that works with all AGVs, from the small and simple to the big and complex. It is also easy to integrate with host systems and material handling systems, and because the same platform is used everywhere, the same engineering skill set applies for all types of applications.
The KNAPP AG ranks among the leading system and solution providers in warehouse logistics and warehouse automation. The 26 subsidiaries and offices around the world underline the international character of the company group with its headquarters in Hart bei Graz, Austria.
As Solution Provider, the KNAPP group delivers everything for the modernization or remodeling of distribution warehouses in trade and production from a single source - from system development, installation and startup to comprehensive after-sales support. The range of products spans from customer-specific adaptations of patented logistics components for warehouse and automation projects, tailored systems for major customers that meet every demand of efficient logistics solutions to the servicing and maintenance of existing warehouses.
More than 55 years of experience and know-how from more than 1200 successful projects today make KNAPP a global player in the development and production of conveyor systems, picking systems, logistics for warehouses and warehouse logistics software.
Kollmorgen is a leading provider of motion systems and components for machine builders around the globe, with over 60 years of motion control design and application expertise. Through world-class knowledge in motion, industry-leading quality and marketshare, and 35 years of proven performance in driverless control technology, Kollmorgen continues to deliver breakthrough driverless control solutions unmatched in performance, reliability and ease-of-use, giving warehouse operations an irrefutable marketplace advantage. Kollmorgen technology and expertise was integral to the world’s first automobile production plant with driverless vehicles, laser-guided vehicle, Pick-n-Go system and 170 metric ton driverless vehicle with 16 controlled wheels.