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New Konecranes technology offers glimpse of the future

New Konecranes technology offers glimpse of the future

Innovation
  Customers know that each Konecranes lift truck is an investment in the best industrial technology available. They benefit from ongoing support with consulting, training, spare parts, upgrades and much more – everything needed to keep their lift trucks running efficiently in the unique conditions they experience in their own worlds. Here Konecranes presents four of the latest technical advances: increased reach stacker capacity, empty container handlers with triplex and free-lift mast, new lighter Konecranes Liftace models and Ecolifting features for greater eco-efficiency. Reach stackers get stronger The new, specially-designed top-pick spreader has given impressive abilities to the full range of Konecranes reach stackers for standard container handling. All three rows ...
IFOY 2020 finalists shortlisted

IFOY 2020 finalists shortlisted

Industry, Innovation
Seventeen products and solutions from 16 manufacturers have been named as finalists in this year's IFOY (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year) Awards, from a field of 32 company entrants. Bosch Rexroth, Combilift, Crown, Easy Mile, Geek+, Hyster, Jungheinrich, ProGlove, Raymond, Sany Europe, Still and Toyota Material Handling as well as the start-ups cellumation, doks. innovation, ForkOn and Wiferion are all in the running for awards. The finalists will go through the IFOY Audit at the international IFOY Test Days from February 6 to 13 at the exhibition grounds of IFOY partner Hannover Messe. In the IFOY Test, experts measure the key figures of the finalists in a standardised procedure. The IFOY Innovation Check sees scientists assess the innovative value o...
In-process Forklift Charging

In-process Forklift Charging

Batteries, Innovation
The logistics start-up Wiferion will present the future of energy supply for industrial electric vehicles at LogiMAT Stuttgart 2020: in Hall 2, Stand A18, the system provider of charging and storage technology will present its inductive rapid charging system ‘etaLINK 12000’ for the first time. The solution enables in-process charging of lithium-ion-batteries of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), industrial trucks and mobile robots. Charging processes can therefore be flexibly integrated into intralogistics procedures. The scalable energy solution is the world’s first contactless battery charging system with an output of 12 kW and an efficiency of 93%. The result is fully automated charging processes and up to 30% higher vehicle availability. etaLINK 12000 unleashes the full potential...
Linde Material Handling Develops Interactive Warning Vest

Linde Material Handling Develops Interactive Warning Vest

Innovation
Linde Material Handling has developed an interactive warning vest. The vest protects pedestrians in warehouse and production environments by alerting them early on to approaching industrial trucks. The intelligent garment with a tactile, audible and widely visible warning function is a further development of the Linde Safety Guard system and helps to prevent collisions between forklifts and pedestrians. Every logistics operator will be familiar with this situation: Walking along an aisle of shelves, lost in thought, sometimes it is only at the last moment that you notice a forklift truck or other warehouse equipment in the immediate vicinity. A dangerous situation which can have serious consequences. Statistics issued by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) confirm this: Peop...
Connected Trucks: New Fleet Management System From Jungheinrich

Connected Trucks: New Fleet Management System From Jungheinrich

Innovation, Manufacturer, Uncategorized
Jungheinrich is bringing a completely redesigned modular web tool to the market for the digital optimisation of truck fleets and intralogistics processes. The cloud-based solution helps the user keep a keen eye on efficiency and productivity numbers for their fleet, for example by analysing up-to-date information on operating hours and unit costs – across all locations, regardless of the manufacturer. Through the intelligent integration of data, the system can generate easy and quick analyses of operating hours, capacity utilisation and operating costs. The Jungheinrich fleet management system can be used for fleets of any size and can be adjusted to any and all customer needs, thanks to the combinable modules. The web portal emphasises intuitive operability and makes all the ...
New lithium-ion traction battery ‘cuts costs by up to 50%

New lithium-ion traction battery ‘cuts costs by up to 50%

Batteries, Innovation
A cost-cutting traction battery for industrial vehicles is being launched by Swiss battery system manufacturer ecovolta. Ideal for use in forklifts and pallet jacks, the new evoTractionBattery can replace lead-acid batteries thanks to a standardised lithium-ion solution, cutting the costs per charge cycle by up to 50 percent. Each evoTractionBattery can be monitored individually via the cloud, which makes it easy to check battery data and manage charging online. To smooth the battery’s introduction, ecovolta is offering support to companies in integrating the new solution into their existing logistics systems. The higher usable capacity of ecovolta’s evoTractionBattery and the significantly longer service life of its Li-ion technology offer major benefits in comparison to lead-ac...
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...
Features of Toyota’s AGVs

Features of Toyota’s AGVs

Innovation
With 3D mapping capabilities, Toyota Material Handling’s automated guided vehicles (AGV) are bringing tomorrow’s technologies into the warehouses of today. Watch the video to see some of the other features of the nimble machines.
Innovative thinking characterises Design4Safety Awards 2019

Innovative thinking characterises Design4Safety Awards 2019

Innovation
The exhaustive work conducted by lift truck manufacturers and support services in the quest to make the material handling industry safer are being recognised at this year’s Design4Safety awards. The awards, organised by the British Industrial Truck Association, highlight the importance of product or service design in improving safety standards. Focusing specifically on design, the awards recognise and celebrate innovative thinking – regardless of the type or cost of the product or service. The awards will be announced during IMHX 2019, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham between 24-27th September. As well as offering the opportunity to highlight the crucial safety benefits of their individual products or services, the companies shortlisted will be...
Exoskeletons Tested in Warehouses

Exoskeletons Tested in Warehouses

Innovation
DB Schenker has intensively and successfully tested the use of exoskeletons at several logistics locations. The logistics service provider is thus continuing its efforts to relieve warehouse staff of physically-demanding tasks. Exoskeletons, also known as outer skeletons or support robots, are electro-mechanical support structures carried on the body. In addition to ergonomically-designed workstations, they are designed to support the warehouse employees during lifting and rotating movements of the body. In particular, this protects the lumbar vertebrae and the back muscles. The strain on these parts of the body is often the cause of illness and inability to work. “Here at DB Schenker, our employees are our most important and valuable asset. I am therefore very pleased that we ar...
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