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SJF Automation Development Team announces Beta Release of Chameleon Carousel Controls for Dual Carousel Control System

02-10-2009  Press Release:

SJF Automation Development Team announces beta release of Chameleon Carousel Controls for Dual Carousel Control System.  The new dual control system provides  the client the ability to control 2 carousels with 1 Chameleon controller. Single system clients of Chameleon can  upgrade to this option simply  by having the clients return single system controllers and touch screens to SJF be upgraded to the new Dual program and Screen set. In addition to the softwware upgrade,  a new Input module will replace  the customers existing input module. More details and contact information can be found by contacting  Mike Fortin at Surepik via phone at  303-748-9752 or by going to  http://www.sjf.com/carousel_controls.html

SJF Introduces Software Solution for Carousel Control

Winsted, MN – (Dec. 9, 2008) SJF Material Handling of Winsted, Minnesota has announced the introduction of Sure-Pik(TM) Lite Carousel Storage and Retrieval Software. Sure-Pik can be used with any make or model of horizontal or vertical carousel using the original controls or SJF’s Chameleon Carousel Controls.(TM)

Users log in, then use the keyboard or a scanner to enter the part number, SKU or other identifier. Information about the part is displayed on screen, and a click of the Retrieve button brings the part location to the operations area. Full diagnostics are included, and the system can also be run in Bin Location mode, which operates much like manual carousel controls to retrieve parts by location. The View Parts function permits the operator to search for a part with incomplete knowledge such as half a part number, product type, etc.

Included is Sure-Pik Lite Manager, database management software based on Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine. Authorized users can update the parts database by adding, deleting or editing product information, location and graphics.

Sure-Pik Lite is the first off-the-shelf Sure-Pik software release from SJF. More features will be available on future releases, and custom solutions are currently available.

In business since 1979, SJF Material Handling (SJF.com) is a nationwide provider of new, used and “renewed” material handling equipment. SJF services include design, layout, engineering, installation and systems integration of material handling equipment. Headquartered in Winsted, Minnesota, SJF recently added a new Indiana sales office in 2008.

Contact: Mike Fortin
Chameleon & Sure-Pik Webpage
303-748-9752
mkfortin@surepik.com

Chameleon Brings New Life to Old Equipment

Recently, if an industrial carousel manufacturer discontinued supporting its controls package, the equipment dependant on it was doomed as instantly obsolete. Manufacturers controls systems are inherently proprietary.

For years, thousands of warehouse and distribution centers around the world have utilized these vertical and horizontal carousel systems to store and retrieve the products they manufacture and distribute.

The status quo required buyers of these systems, to be inherently dependent on the manufacturers to supply all of the support, repair, installation, updates and/or parts necessary to keep these systems operational for the owners. Due to the proprietary control systems that operate these systems, there was no other alternative in the event a buyer wanted to outsource these functions to someone other than the original manufacturer.

With thousands of systems now deemed unsupported, old and/or outdated by the manufacturer, many see a sizable market alternative to the status quo. A sizable, ever growing market for an alternative controls solution which could operate any make or model of older vertical or horizontal carousel regardless of age, make, model does exist.

While industry insiders agree the need and market are real, developing it is not. “Its like trying to find the holy grail”, said one insider. Like the grail, many have tried but all have failed.

Or have they? Some think not.

Recently news has hit the material handling industry about a controls system appropriately named “Chameleon” (because it adapts to everything) rumored to do what many thought impossible. The creators of Chameleon claim the controller can be adapted to any industrial ASRS carousel. Any carousel as in any make, any model, old or new, doesn’t matter what carousel they claim. Even ASRS carousel systems declared obsolete or no longer supported by the manufacturer? “Especially carousels deemed obsolete by the manufacturer,” said Stafford Sterner, a company spokesman.

The key benefit Chameleon offers is bringing new life into equipment thought to be obsolete and worthless. In addition, the elimination of the need to purchase unwanted upgrades in order to maintain warranty and support on an existing system is a big plus as well. Chameleon Carousel Controls provide an economical option for systems that till now, where anything but.

Users can use the touch screen to select a bin location and automatically bring the part to the operations area. The carousel can also be run in Manual or Jog mode, and the system includes full diagnostics and error messages. Encoder type carousels can be “Homed” automatically, or proximity carousels can be positioned at any location.

“The key benefit Chameleon offers,” says Sterner “is the elimination of the need to purchase unwanted upgrades in order to maintain warranty and support on an existing system. Chameleon Carousel Controls provide an economical option.” For users requiring more sophisticated search and retrieval tools, The company is currently testing a PC-based software control option for Chameleon due for release this summer.

Read more about Chameleon Carousel Controls and related software at http://www.sjf.com/controls/carousel_controls.html

SJF introduces Chameleon Carousel Controls™

PRESS RELEASE

Winsted, MN – (May 5, 2008) SJF Material Handling of Winsted, Minnesota has announced the introduction of Chameleon Carousel Controls™ for use with any make or model of vertical or horizontal carousel. Chameleon can be adapted to any carousel, says SJF’s President Stafford Sterner, even carousels declared obsolete or no longer supported by the manufacturer. Chameleon allows clients to once again utilize older systems they already have and put them back into operation. Chameleon was developed in response to the market’s need for an alternative custom solution that provides the necessary components needed to retrofit existing carousels with a fully functional control panel and touch screen interface.

Users can use the touch screen to select a bin location and automatically bring the part to the operations area. The carousel can also be run in Manual or Jog mode, and the system includes full diagnostics and error messages. Encoder type carousels can be “Homed” automatically, or proximity carousels can be positioned at any location.

“The key benefit Chameleon offers,” says Sterner “is the elimination of the need to purchase unwanted upgrades in order to maintain warranty and support on an existing system.Chameleon Carousel Controls provide an economical option.” For users requiring more sophisticated search and retrieval tools, SJF is currently testing a PC-based software control option due for release later this summer.

In business since 1979, SJF Material Handling Equipment (SJF.com) is a Winsted, Minnesota-based full service provider of new, used and “renewed” material handling equipment & services. Services offered include complete design, layout, engineering, installation, project management and systems integration services.

Read more about Chameleon Carousel Controls™ here.