Steel King Announces I-Beam Cantilever Rack Now Part of Quick Ship Program

Steel King I-beam cantilever rack

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency, announces that the I-Beam Cantilever Rack is now available as part of Steel King’s Quick Ship program, delivered within two weeks of ordering. Quick Ship makes configuration easy – users can choose from two heights and three different bay widths, each with pre-kitted bracing.

Offering maximum storage capacity and density, the I-Beam Cantilever Rack clears floor space of stacked long, heavy, odd-shaped items such as piping, conduit, sheet metal, building materials, or cable spools. With no need for a front column, Steel King’s I-Beam Cantilever Rack is faster to load and unload than standard pallet racks. By saving horizontal space normally lost to rack structure, the unique design reduces fork truck damage and saves time otherwise spent on double handling typical with other more cumbersome floor storage systems.

Built for either one- or two-sided configurations, the I-Beam Cantilever Rack is constructed of I-beam structural steel with a 50,000 pounds per square inch (psi) minimum yield. Arms are secured to the columns with grade 5 bolted connections and bases are bolted to columns. The heavy arm connector plate remains rigid even under heavy loads.

Steel King’s I-Beam Cantilever Rack offers custom configuration without a custom cost. With its modular design, the I-Beam Cantilever Rack is easy to install, readily expandable and offers greater adjustability. The rack features 4-inch vertical spacing, allowing flexibility to accommodate load capacity and position. Pre-punched connection holes enable easy arm installation, adjustment, and leveling to eliminate arms slipping out of position.

In addition to the Quick Ship products, the I-Beam Cantilever Rack product line offers a variety of options and accessories. Available are roof brackets, removable pipe end stops and bolted end lips, and a variety of heights of welded lips, as well as saddles for decking support, core/axle saddles for rolls, and wire deck and drop on storage pans.

For more information about the Quick Ship program, visit https://www.steelking.com/quick-ship/.

Delta-Q Technologies Releases New Software Capability to Provide Stackable Charging Solutions

VANCOUVER, B.C. – September 4, 2019 – Delta-Q Technologies (Delta-Q), a leader in battery charging solutions for electric vehicles and industrial equipment, announced today its entry into mid-range power charging through its new stackable charging software. This software allows for two to six Delta-Q chargers to link together to create charging solutions that can deliver up to 7.5 kW.

Driven by changes in the market, Delta-Q designed the stackable charging system for OEMs in need of a charging solution that is modular, scalable and can be distributed across their vehicle or equipment. The stackable solution provides added flexibility in that it can be used as an onboard or offboard charger or as a combination of the two. Further, the new stackable charger is ideal for electric vehicles in the urban mobility, utility, articulated booms, compact construction, and material handling industries.

“This launch is an exciting move for Delta-Q,” says Steve Blaine, executive vice president of engineering and quality. “With this new software, our products can scale across our customers’ electric product lines. OEMs will also have the flexibility to choose how they want to charge their products based on their needs.”

Key benefits of the stackable charging system include:

  • Allows modular, scalable and rugged onboard and offboard battery charging solution delivering up to 7.5kW
  • Offers CAN bus communication for BMS charge control, vehicle, and telematics system integration
  • Supports charging from North American and European standard charging stations (EVSEs)
  • Delivers precise charge of battery packs of various chemistries and voltages, up to 120 Vdc prolonging battery life while minimizing charge time
  • Helps OEMs reduce SKU count and wiring infrastructure overhead costs

Delta-Q is now accepting sample requests and will start production of the stackable charging system in November 2019.

About Delta-Q Technologies software capabilities:

The Delta-Q software development team has more than a combined 60 years of CAN programing and customization experience. This team works directly with Delta-Q’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers to deliver CAN-based charging solutions specific to their needs. Its current offerings include CAN bus communication for battery management systems and telematic integrations with CANopen and SAE J1939 protocols. Delta-Q’s software team has also built more than 200 custom algorithms, ensuring that users experience better run time and flexibility for different lithium and lead acid battery chemistries.

Durable electric pallet truck now available at Crown’s online store

NEW BREMEN, Ohio – The Crown WP Series pallet truck is now available for purchase through the Crown online storeOnline orders of the truck come with free, five-day shipping and a five-year power unit and fork weldment guarantee.

“More than 10 years ago, Crown was the first major lift truck manufacturer to bring the convenience, speed, and ease of online shopping to forklift purchases,” said Michelle Chapman, director of marketing, Crown Equipment. “As we expand our online offering, we continue to look for new ways to provide advanced material handling equipment and technology, when and where our customers need it most.” That availability, he said, supports their growth, cost control measures, and safety and efficiency initiatives.”

Built to be the most durable electric pallet jack in the industry, the Crown WP Series provides the exceptional maneuverability and control vital for demanding applications. These pallet trucks maneuver in tight spaces, deliver power on demand and give operators controlled performance.

The pallet truck available for online purchase handles loads up to 4,500 pounds. It features wet swing-out batteries, built-in charger, battery straps, drive/tow switch, AC traction, and e-GEN® braking that uses the motor to provide frictionless braking. Additionally, Crown’s exclusive X10® Control Handle offers advanced ergonomics so operators can experience less fatigue and work more efficiently. The online store includes LiveChat functionality that allows customers to communicate directly with a Crown representative and ask questions during the purchasing process.

While the transaction takes place online, delivery of the pallet truck is coordinated through Crown’s extensive network of retail locations to enhance customer support on a local level.

KION North America Participates in Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day

 

KION youth apprenticeship

(L-R) David Brown, KION North America Director of Human Resources, Evan Quade (Production), Taj’Jay Jackson (Production), Drake Head (Industrial Engineering) and Jeff Peterson, Director of Manufacturing

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — In July, representatives from KION North America participated in Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day. Students gathered at Trident Technical College to sign their employment letters to become apprentices with Charleston-area employers. Evan Quade and Drake Head – recent graduates of Ashley Ridge High School and Taj’Jay Jackson – a recent graduate of Goose Creek High School, have since completed their first month as apprentices with the Summerville-based forklift manufacturer.

In the Youth Apprenticeship Program, students and recent high school graduates are selected by local employers as trainees in functions such as Automotive, Bookkeeping, Civil CAD, CNA/Pre-Nursing, Computer Programming, Culinary Arts, Emergency Medical Technician, Engineering Assistant/Technician, Hotel Operations, HVAC, Industrial Mechanics, Machine Tool Technology, Networking and Security/Pre-Law Enforcement. The program gives selected students the opportunity to earn while they learn through paid on-the-job training under the direction of an industry mentor.

While working part-time, the students are enrolled in entry-level and job-specific courses at Trident Technical College that is funded by the Accelerate Greater Charleston 2 campaign, which is run by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

As apprentices in this program, Quade, Head and Jackson will gain a minimum of 2,000 hours of job-specific skills in their chosen education track and will be approximately halfway through their Associate’s Degree from Trident Technical College – at no cost to them.

Quade and Jackson’s production curriculum will include industrial safety; hands-on assembly; reading assembly work instructions; participating in quality audits; lean manufacturing techniques such as one-piece flow, 5S and Kaizen; problem-solving techniques; how to work with torque tooling and air-powered equipment; and performing product tests and final inspections.

Head’s industrial engineering curriculum will include understanding lean techniques, production efficiency, creates flowcharts, manufacturing processes & control systems and elements of automation.

This is KION North America’s third year hosting youth apprentices. KION North America representatives believe that this program is one measure towards closing the gap that exists between the jobs of the future and the available workforce in our area.

KION NA Receives Largest Industrial Truck Order in Company History

Menards lithium forklifts KION

 

Menards lithium lift truck

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. KION North America’s partnership with fellow KION Group brand Dematic and the Group’s advanced lithium-ion technology, has positioned KION North America to receive its largest order in company history from Wisconsin-based Menard Inc. (Menards). A privately held company headquartered in Eau Claire, Menards, has approximately 325 home improvement stores throughout 14 states in the Midwestern United States.

The deal calls for KION North America to manufacture and supply Menards with over 600 Linde industrial trucks which run on lithium-ion batteries, as well as several FM-X Reach trucks from STILL, another KION brand, that will be fully automated by Atlanta-based Dematic. Not only does the order represent the largest in company history, but it is “the biggest lithium-ion order ever received in North America,” according to Michael Gore, Vice President of Sales, KION North America.

“When it comes to cost reduction in the warehouse environment, our new combination of proven Linde quality, total cost of ownership, lithium-ion batteries and hybrid automation gives Menards a significant competitive edge,” noted Vincent Halma, President & CEO of KION North America. He added that with the partnership with fellow KION brand Dematic as well as the new technologies offered exclusively by other KION Group brands, KION North America is in a strong position to supply large retailers in the Americas with fully integrated material handling solutions.

KION North America professionals showed their appreciation and support to Menards and the milestone order by autographing a photograph of a Menards inspired Linde industrial truck.

The Future Is Looking Electric

KION lithium ion battery

If you want to shape the future of intralogistics, you need to have the right drive solutions – in the truest sense of the word. The KION Group and its strong brands recognized the potential of the lithium-ion battery early on, incorporated it into their drive technology portfolio and established themselves as a leading supplier of electrically-powered forklift trucks and warehouse equipment. In the meantime, electrically powered vehicles now account for 80 percent of sales. Industry specialist BMZ and the KION Group have just signed an agreement to set up a joint venture (JV) to produce the batteries.

Over one million electric vehicles delivered within ten years; the sales figures are a clear indication that the KION Group has backed the right horse when it comes to e-Mobility. With the KION 2027 Strategy, the company has energy efficiency as one of its top priorities and thus has set the course for focusing on the right research and development activities. Among the numerous key drive technologies KION currently offers – from combustion engines to lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries to fuel cells – electromobility has played a particularly important role from the very start. The latest trend in drive technology offers numerous benefits for customers: lithium-ion batteries do not have to be swapped out, and, thanks to rapid charging times and practical opportunity ones, they represent an economical alternative to the classic lead-acid battery, especially for intensive shift operations in a warehouse.

These advantages are convincing a growing number of customers to request them and the proof, it seems, is in the pudding: e-vehicles accounted for 80 percent of KION Group sales in 2018.

With the demand steadily increasing and the desire to further expand its leading market position, the KION Group is now heading for the next milestone: a strategic partnership with BMZ Holding, Europe’s leading supplier of lithium-ion battery solutions. However, the respective antitrust authorities must first approve the deal. The goal at KION Battery Systems GmbH, the name of the new JV, is to establish an efficient production of lithium-ion batteries and quickly deliver them to customers.

Productive partnership benefitting both companies

“This alliance significantly strengthens our position in lithium-ion battery solutions and gives the KION Group – and thus all brands in the Group worldwide – an even stronger competitive position,” notes Gordon Riske, CEO of KION GROUP AG. The company has had a long-standing relationship with BMZ Holding, creating the perfect launching pad for the latest projects together. “The technology and the BMZ Group’s 25 years of experience provide the JV with an excellent foundation for a successful future, where both companies will benefit sustainably,” emphasizes Sven Bauer, BMZ Holding’s founder and managing director.

Both companies each hold 50 percent of the new JV with equal rights. The place where the two partners pool their experience and expertise is located directly at the BMZ headquarters in the Bavarian town of Karlstein am Main. In the new production plant, 48-volt and 80-volt batteries for counterbalanced trucks will be the initial products with 24-volt batteries for smaller warehouse equipment to round out the portfolio, covering the full range of battery requirements in intralogistics.

An address for the lithium-ion tomorrow’s standards

The team at the new location is expected to reach around 80 employees by 2023, providing powerful answers to the steadily growing demand for lithium-ion batteries. But Karlstein is not only seen as a production site; the technological possibilities of the battery are far from exhausted and offer numerous optimization options and further development where both partners can better respond to customer requests and individual operating characteristics in the future. Plans call for intensive research to be carried out at the new location to design and manufacture new standards for tomorrow’s driver technology.

However, the JV benefits for KION customers are already obvious, regardless of the research involved. With its own production facility, KION can offer maximum delivery reliability and cover the long-term demand for the latest lithium-ion batteries available – all from its very own resources. The JV creates the best conditions for customers to achieve their own sustainability goals, thanks to future-proof drive solutions made in Germany.

Clark Europe expands sales in Barcelona

The experienced materials handling specialist based in Rubí, Barcelona is taking over the sale and service of Clark materials handling equipment in the Barcelona region.

On the occasion of signing the contract, Rolf Eiten, President & CEO of Clark Europe GmbH, said: “We are delighted to have found in Serema a partner with many years of experience in the materials handling business who can competently support our customers in the Barcelona region. With this strategic partnership, we can further expand our presence in Europe and explicitly in the Spanish market”. With Serema, Clark now has a total of 10 dealers in Spain.

Montse Padrós, CEO of Serema S.A., commented on the partnership with Clark: “We are delighted to be part of the Clark family now. Clark has not only made a name for itself with more than 100 years of know-how in the field of materials handling equipment, but today also stands for a wide range of counterbalance and warehouse trucks as well as a high degree of professionalism. Clark’s striving for high product quality and durability is perfectly in line with our principles of working closely with our customers, providing them with professional and efficient advice and always offering them a high-quality technical service”.

Competent partner with high-quality standards

Serema S.A. was founded in 1986 and has its headquarters in the Catalan city of Rubí in northeastern Spain, about 32 km from Barcelona. The company premises include an office building with offices for employees and a training room, a modern workshop, a warehouse for the rental fleet of around 200 trucks and a spare parts warehouse with around 6,000 parts. With a total of 17 highly qualified and committed employees – including seven service technicians – the company is a reliable and competent partner for its customers. Its core business includes the sale, rental and servicing of new and used industrial trucks. Serema is an ATEX specialist and has an ATEX-certified technical team that specializes in carrying out professional repairs on explosion-protected trucks. As a Clark dealer with more than 30 years of experience in the market, Serema will offer its customers not only complete materials handling solutions, including the delivery of test trucks, but also sound advice and a comprehensive range of services relating to Clark materials handling vehicles.

New Hyster® Reach Trucks With Tilting Mast

Hyster Europe has launched a new, compact Reach Truck series with a tilting mast, perfectly suited to warehouses where space is at a premium, such as those commonly found in retail, food and beverage applications.

“The new Hyster® Reach Truck models are designed for retail, food and drink warehouses operations in mind, lifting up to 1400kg and reaching heights of up to 7.5m says Timo Antony, Area Business Director Central Europe, Hyster. “These operations typically have tight spaces, so we have included a mast which can be tilted back.”

By tilting the mast, the Hyster® R1.0E, 1.2E and 1.4E Reach Trucks provide greater maneuverability, saving all-important centimeters so the truck can handle stock in even narrower aisles. An integral side shift and compact chassis design also help improve productivity, as even in tight spaces, goods can be stored and retrieved efficiently.

An extension of the existing Hyster® R1.4–2.5 Reach Truck range, the new compact reach truck series affords the same high level of toughness, visibility, driveability, and ease of control, as well as a comfortable operator compartment.

A robust frame, top protection of the load wheels, sealed connectors and critical sensors all contribute to overall dependability, helping to maintain a low Total Cost of Ownership. As with all Hyster® equipment, the new compact Reach Trucks are easy to service, helping to minimize downtime.

The new Reach Truck models include a range of ergonomic features as standard to increase driver comfort. However, a wide variety of customization options, including the Hyster Tracker fleet management system, are also available to enable applications to match the truck to their specific industry needs.

For further information, visit www.hyster.eu.
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Crown Equipment Acknowledged by Food Logistics as Top Green Provider

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, was recognized for the third straight year with selection to the Food Logistics 2019 Top Green Providers list. Food Logistics featured the honorees in its June issue and acknowledges these companies for products, services and exemplary leadership that enhance sustainability within the food and beverage industry.

The industry publication recognized Crown for its long-term commitment to being a leader in environmental improvement and sustainability within the material handling industry. The company’s long list of sustainability accomplishments includes:

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Crown remains focused on delivering high-quality, energy-efficient lift trucks that use fewer parts, require less maintenance and produce less waste, all while enhancing the customer experience through longer usable life and greater productivity. Examples of this commitment include Crown’s wireless InfoLink® fleet and operator management systemAuto Positioning System, Xpress Lower and eGen® Braking. Crown’s Encore® line of renewed lift trucks is another example of the company’s commitment to sustainability. As part of the Encore remanufacturing process, Crown technicians strip each electric forklift down to its frame and meticulously inspect, repair and/or replace every part that goes back into the forklift.

Throughout the last two decades, Crown has earned more than 20 sustainability awards. For more information on Crown’s corporate ecologic program focused on smart business and environmental sustainability, including environmental initiatives and achievements, download a copy of the ecologic Report.

Kalmar to deliver eight heavy-duty forklifts for fleet renewal programme at C.RO Ports terminals

 

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to supply C.RO Ports SA (C.RO) with eight Kalmar heavy-duty forklifts for use in three of their European terminals. The order, which also includes a Kalmar Complete Care service contract covering all the machines, was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q2 order intake with delivery scheduled to be completed during Q4 2019.

C.RO operates ro-ro terminals in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, all of which are dedicated to the handling, storage and on-carriage of trailers, containers, vehicles and general cargo. Three of the Kalmar forklifts are destined for C.RO’s terminal in Belgium, two for their terminals in the Netherlands and three for their UK terminals.

Kalmar heavy-duty forklifts are powerful and reliable machines designed to cope with the heaviest and most challenging lifting operations. They are trusted by customers around the world for their reliability, flexibility and precision in a wide variety of terminal and heavy-industry applications. The machines will be connected to the Kalmar Insight performance management tool, which helps to improve operations by turning data into actionable, impactful insights.

Paul Van Malderen, COO of C.RO Ports: “We have been using Kalmar machines for many years and have always appreciated their quality and reliability. The tier-4 compliant engine technology in the new forklifts will help us to reduce emissions in the terminals and meet our sustainability targets, while the reverse warning system and speed limiters will ensure we maintain our excellent safety standards.”

Dave Patterson, Vice President Market Area West, Kalmar: “This order further strengthens our long and successful relationship with C.RO Ports. We are looking forward to working together to renew and maintain their Kalmar fleet, ensuring their terminals remain efficient and productive far into the future.”