Omnichannel Commerce Consultancy enVista Acquires Automation Integrator HCM Systems

Longtime partners say their combination will help them meet growing market demand for materials handling systems.

HCM Systems

HCM Systems integrates robotic palletizing systems such as these FANUC robots.
enVista, which provides software, services, and automation for physical and digital commerce, says integrator HCM will help it meet demand for materials handling robots.

enVista Corp., which provides software, managed services, and automation for physical and digital commerce, today announced that it has acquired longtime partner HCM Systems Inc., a systems integrator specializing in conveyor hardware and software, controls, robots, and accessories for manufacturers and distributors. Terms were not disclosed, and the acquisition took effect on July 1.

“Demand for automated solutions has never been greater due to surging ecommerce demands, coupled with ongoing labor shortages,” stated Mike Kasperski, senior vice president of automation at enVista. “enVista and HCM’s combined expertise across process optimization, labor management, facility design, engineering, robotics and systems selection and implementation will optimize manufacturing and distribution operations and accelerate time to value.”

“This acquisition also strategically expands HCM’s and enVista’s global growth, client base, and revenue opportunities,” he said.

enVista focuses on DC design, optimization

Carmel, Ind.-based enVista said its unified commerce platform, Enspire Commerce, and its ability to consult, implement, and operate across supply chain, transportation, IT, enterprise business systems and omnichannel commerce can help mid-market and Fortune 100/5,000 companies.

The company added that its distribution center (DC) optimization and automation offerings include process optimization, workforce management, facility design/build, engineering, robotics proofs-of-concept and implementations, systems selection and implementation, and more.

enVista said its team of robotics, labor management, facility design, and systems implementation experts can help clients project and model an optimal approach to both DC labor productivity and automation. With nearly 20 years of experience in supply chain strategy, operations and systems implementation, enVista said it has helped dozens of world-leading brands optimize existing facilities and design/build greenfield facilities to meet long-term objectives.

“This acquisition is strategic in nature, strengthening enVista’s position as the only physical and digital commerce solutions provider in the market,” said Jim Barnes, CEO of enVista. “We look forward to bringing HCM’s capabilities into enVista’s enterprise suite of solutions and adding their talented team to ours.”

HCM integrates warehouse systems

HCM Systems said it has evolved from a single-line conveyor distributorship into a respected and diversified leader in integrating an extensive range of materials handling automation.

The Chicago-based company claimed that its core competencies involve conveyors, conveyor control, warehouse control system to warehouse management system (WCS-to-WMS) data processing, high-speed pick-and-pack applications, palletizing systems, end-of-line packaging systems, and bar-code scanning.

“My grandfather founded HCM in 1962,” said Charlie Hillebold, president of HCM Systems. “As the third-generation owner/operator, it has been vitally important for me to strategically grow HCM in a way that best serves our clients and associates and honors our company’s heritage of client service.”

“As a long-term partner of enVista, we have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with their leadership and project teams and observe their talent, integrity, passion and commitment to delivering client results,” he said. “This move will bring added value to our HCM client base that will benefit from a single solutions partner to solve their complex supply chain and commerce challenges, and our associates will certainly benefit from expanded professional growth opportunities.”

Robotic Palletizing Cell featuring (2) M410iC/185 palletizing robots with custom End-Of-Arm-Tooling capable of handling up to 40 unique case sizes. The system is also capable of handling up to 40 separate pallet unit loads. In addition, HCM Systems integrated a pallet transfer car, stretch wrapper, and a custom case conveying system.

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HCM Systems integrates robotic palletizing systems such as these FANUC robots.

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