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Month: September 2019

Robotic Hyster Trucks Target Automotive Supply Chain Efficiency

Robotic Hyster Trucks Target Automotive Supply Chain Efficiency

Innovation, Manufacturer
New self-drive lift truck solutions from Hyster Europe will enable the automotive supply chain to introduce “affordable automation” for repetitive handling tasks, the company says. Intelligent Hyster® trucks can help support Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, through reliable consistency, with the flexibility of manual use to perform additional tasks and support the “unexpected”. “Repetitive lift truck tasks can be unnecessarily expensive,” says Tracy Brooks, Industry Solutions Group Manager for Hyster Europe. “The automotive industry has been adopting automated technologies in its factories to keep the busy production lines running smoothly, while driving down cost.” Hyster ‘Driven by Balyo’ technology uses reliable Hyster® lift trucks with the addition of robotic c...
Ful-ton Turns 40

Ful-ton Turns 40

Dealer
Since 1978, Ful-ton Forklifts has supplied over 1,500 brand new and second-hand equipment, as well as maintained 2,000 materials handling equipment for new and existing customers across the United Kingdom. Ful-ton Forklifts is an experienced forklift supplier run by the Fulston family. Since 1978, the company has been providing flexible materials handling solutions across the UK. In four decades, they have supplied over 1,500 brand new and second-hand lifting equipment from 1 to 25-tonne capacity. Furthermore, they offer excellent maintenance and backup service, having repaired and refurbished over 2,000 lift trucks for its new and existing customers. Based in Hamilton (South Lanarkshire), near Glasgow, they are one of the leading independent forklift suppliers in Scotland with over...
Budweiser Brewing Group talks automation at IMHX 2019

Budweiser Brewing Group talks automation at IMHX 2019

Logistics
John Tudball, Warehousing Specialist for AB InBev, is set to discuss the company's 80,000 m3 automated warehouse on Friday 27 September at the NEC Birmingham. Budweiser Brewing Group opened its new automated warehouse with space to store 23 million pints of beer at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales, late last year. The world’s largest brewer plans a global roll-out of the warehouse technology, making Wales the starting point for the technology expected to cut its carbon impact. The new facility was opened by local MP for Newport East, Jessica Morden.
Quiet equipment ‘essential for good local relations’, says JCB boss

Quiet equipment ‘essential for good local relations’, says JCB boss

General
If urban warehouse operators want to avoid costly legal disputes and be seen as good neighbours careful consideration must be given to the design of the facility and the mix of material handling equipment that operates outside and in, claims Paul Murray, JCB’s Teletruk General Manager. “Given that logistics hubs may need to operate 24 hours a day, it is essential that every effort is made to ensure that materials handling equipment in use within any urban warehouse is as quiet as possible,” he says. “Site managers must also ensure that they are using the cleanest machinery available and be certain that it complies with the minimum emission standard requirement for the area in which they operate – especially in higher density environments.” Two of the most common causes of fri...
Digital Electric Motor Technology Now in Flexi Range

Digital Electric Motor Technology Now in Flexi Range

Manufacturer
Narrow Aisle Ltd has announced the introduction of new digital electric motor technology across its Flexi range of battery powered VNA warehouse trucks. With all drive, hydraulic and power-steering functions controlled digitally, the trucks in the Flexi ACiON battery power collection are described as a ‘tour de force’ in articulated lift truck technology. “The development of digital multiplex control systems for our battery powered trucks’ key functions delivers a more integrated performance, and results in greater reliability and higher productivity combined with significantly reduced operating and maintenance costs,” says Narrow Aisle Ltd’s managing director, John Maguire. Full digital control means that all models are ultra energy efficient: regenerative energy produced every ...
UK’s biggest logistics tradeshow IMHX to move to bi-annual event

UK’s biggest logistics tradeshow IMHX to move to bi-annual event

Featured, Industry
Following an extensive period of consultation involving many of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and technology to the logistics sector as well as other partners and stakeholders, IMHX – the International Materials Handling Exhibition – will increase its frequency to every two years. This means that the next event in the IMHX series takes place on September 14-16, 2021, at the NEC, Birmingham. IMHX Event Director, Rob Fisher, comments: “The show has been held every three years since it was launched in 2001 and our sector-wide research demonstrated that the industry is overwhelmingly in favour of resetting IMHX’s cycle.” He continued: “The greater frequency will enable the event – which is the UK’s largest international logistics solutions exhibition - to me...
Clark Veteran Appointed to New Role in Spain

Clark Veteran Appointed to New Role in Spain

Movers and Shakers
Clark Europe, widely seen as the oldest forklift maker in the world, has named a new senior executive for the Spanish market. Johannes Menzel started his new Clark Europe role as Regional Sales Manager for Spain on 1 July 2019. He is now responsible for the supervision and expansion of Clark’s forklift and spare parts activities in the country. In his 14 years at Clark Europe GmbH – where he has worked in spare parts order processing, interdepartmental technological coordination, spare parts procurement and sales, right through to the planning and implementation of web-based spare parts sales – the company says he has not only managed to expand his expertise in the field of industrial trucks, but also built up an extensive network of contacts in Spain. Menzel will be reporting di...
JCB pays bumper £75m dividend to Bamford owners

JCB pays bumper £75m dividend to Bamford owners

Business
JCB has paid a bumper £75m dividend after the diggers and dumper trucks company controlled by the Bamford family achieved record financial results. The pay-out for 2018 by the UK-based manufacturer was shown in filings to Companies House by the group’s main holding entity JCB Service and compares with a £60m dividend in 2017. JCB Service is owned by a Dutch parent company which is ultimately controlled by “Bamford family interests”. Lord Anthony Bamford, whose father founded JCB in Staffordshire in the 1940s, is chairman of the company and a prominent supporter of Britain’s departure from the European Union. He is a backer of the ruling Conservatives, though the filings showed that JCB Service’s political donations to the party dropped by one-third to £1m in 2018. Mr Bam...
Konecranes Lift Trucks turns 25

Konecranes Lift Trucks turns 25

Manufacturer
  September 15th marked the 25th year since Konecranes Lift Trucks started business, as SMV. The year 2019 also marks 15 years since SMV joined Konecranes Group n 1994, a team of nine heavy lift truck industry experts - Hans Carlsson, Nils-Olof Larsson, Hans Matzner, brothers Conny and Roger Persson, Anders Sandström, Göran Skogsborn, Paul Westergren, and Olle Österlund came together to buy a local manufacturing company in Silverdalen, in south-east Sweden, where they produced their first reach stacker as SMV Silverdalens Mekaniska Verkstad before moving to a new assembly plant in Markaryd in 1995. This was made possible through the backing of a private Swedish investor, Göthe Parkander. The set-up at Markaryd was an assembly line where different parts of the machine were...
Hyster develops warehouse space-saving solutions

Hyster develops warehouse space-saving solutions

Logistics
Warehouse space is becoming increasingly inadequate in the face of rising demand. One reason for this, is the continued growth of online shopping. Statista forecasts that revenues in B2B transactions alone will rise from over €40 billion in 2018 to around €46 billion this year. Space-saving solutions from Hyster can help to utilise every square meter of available space within the warehouse. As early as the 1970s, the construction of high-bay warehouses led to the construction of special narrow-aisle lift trucks that enable companies to optimise their storage capacity. Today, many companies are forced by the ever-growing on-line market to increase their storage space with an unchanged floor plan. Optimise available space “In warehouses, a typical counterbalance truck may need a...
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