In an effort to expand its offerings in warehouse and supply chain applications, Regal Rexnord announced Nov. 23 that it had acquired Oshkosh, Wis.-based Arrowhead Systems.
“Regal Rexnord and Arrowhead have highly complementary offerings that are expected to deliver enormous value to our customers,” said Regal Rexnord CEO Louis Pinkham in a press release announcing the acquisition. “We are particularly excited about the complementary nature of Arrowhead and our ModSort modular transfer and diverter stations, which are fast becoming important last-mile components in e-commerce warehouse applications, but have much broader applicability in other end uses, including those where Arrowhead focuses.”
Arrowhead provides industrial process automation solutions including conveyors, palletizers and depalletizers to the food and beverage, aluminum can and consumer products industries. Arrowhead’s palletizing and conveying business has been expanded to include investments to support IIoT, artificial intelligence and predictive maintenance capabilities.
“Strategically, Arrowhead is everything Regal Rexnord looks for in an acquisition,” said Pinkham. “It increases our exposure to attractive, high-growth end applications. In addition, its highly engineered products and solutions, including digital capabilities, are differentiated and highly valued by its customers. Arrowhead’s growth strategy is also consistent with our mindset of driving innovation with purpose—purposeful for our customers and for our planet—considering its offering directly supports rising consumer demand for more environmentally friendly packaging, particularly a migration away from single-use plastics to aluminum cans.
Regal Rexnord’s ModSort modular transfer and diverter stations can be added into new or existing conveyor systems to provide 360-deg. steering functionality for very lightweight items, such as polybags. ModSort modules now will be added to Arrowhead’s conveying and palletizing systems and Regal Rexnord’s existing lines of conveyor belts, chains, guides and components, company officials said in the press release.
Located in Beloit, Wis., Regal Rexnord has four operating segments: Motion Control Solutions, Climate Solutions, Commercial Systems and Industrial Systems. The company had more than $4 billion in sales in 2020 and has 29,000 employees.