Renewance to Provide Battery Recycling Services to KORE Power

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho, Dec. 19, 2019 – KORE Power, Inc., a leading developer of high density, high voltage energy storage solutions, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to enter into a strategic partnership with Renewance, Inc. (“Renewance”) to collaborate on the execution of battery recycling projects for KORE Power batteries which have reached their end-of-life.

Renewance has extensive knowledge of regulations related to industrial battery storage, packaging, transportation, and recycling. Renewance has also established an extensive network of logistics, field service, and recycling partners who, collectively, create a reliable and efficient means by which KORE Power will be able to transport and recycle lithium-ion batteries that have reached their end-of-life. This alliance will facilitate the proper disposal of KORE Power’s Mark 1™ battery cells at their end-of-life and will simultaneously create an opportunity for used battery materials to be reused in new batteries. In addition, Renewance will assist KORE Power in implementing strong and environmentally responsible recycling processes, thereby minimizing KORE Power’s end-of-life liabilities.

“This partnership with Renewance is a significant step towards enabling us to implement strong sustainability practices. We are determined to be an environmentally conscious company and to minimize the impact that the manufacture and use of industrial batteries can have on our environment,” said Lindsay Gorrill, CEO of KORE Power. “A significant driver of the immense demand for battery storage relates to people’s strong desire for green energy sources, such as wind and solar. We share that desire and want to feed that demand in the same spirit – by keeping the need for cleaner energy top of mind throughout the whole life cycle of industrial batteries.”

“Renewance is excited to partner with KORE Power on battery recycling projects. This alliance will enable KORE Power to deliver cost-effective and environmentally friendly reuse and recycling solutions to their customers. Renewance brings a wealth of experience and expertise on industry best practices and regulatory considerations to all reverse supply chain projects. We are looking forward to working closely with KORE Power on this mutually beneficial partnership,” said Dave Mauer, VP of Sales & Services.

ABOUT KORE Power, Inc.

Based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, KORE Power is a leading developer of high density, high voltage energy storage solutions for utility, industrial and mission-critical markets.  KORE Power designs and manufactures the industry-leading, 1500V Mark 1™ Energy Storage System. Developed to lower installation and operation costs with higher efficiency, the Mark 1™ includes proprietary NMC cells and modules, with innovative safety features, managed and optimized by the Mark 1™ BMS.  KORE Power serves the growing demand for applications such as replacing fossil fuel peaker plants, wind and solar plus storage projects, Microgrid optimization, behind-the-meter C&I, mining energy solutions and the Military.

For more information, visit www.korepower.com

TrueCommerce Announces Enhancements for its Magento eCommerce Integration

Cloud-based solution now allows e-merchants to consolidate retail and online orders, manage shipments and inventory in one system

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 122019)—TrueCommerce, a global provider of trading partner connectivity, integration, and unified commerce solutions, has announced new upgrades for its popular integration with Adobe (Magento), the leading e-commerce platform for brands of all sizes that support B2B, B2C and B2E use cases. The new features of the cloud-based offering allow organizations to manage orders on one platform that seamlessly connects TrueCommerce’s unified commerce offering with Magento and a wide range of business systems.

“We are excited to add new offerings to our unified commerce solutions suite,” said TrueCommerce president Ross Elliott. “Magento is a dynamic leader, hugely respected by omnichannel players worldwide. The new enhancements for this integration, increasingly popular with our customers, will allow them to make the most of their Magento implementations and seamlessly integrate their e-commerce programs with shipping and inventory management processes.”

The TrueCommerce Magento Integration new features enable its users to:

  • Seamlessly transfer critical data like orders, shipments, and inventory between most popular business systems and Magento storefronts
  • Automatically create new customer profiles in a business system from online orders
  • Create shipments with tracking information to keep customers up to date on the status of their order
  • Update online products quantity with ERP inventory integration
  • Unleash eCommerce sales potential by saving time, cutting costs and boosting brand image
  • Fulfill Magento-based orders faster and at optimal cost with the TrueCommerce Pack & Ship solution

“The digital commerce landscape is quickly evolving, as B2B and B2C organizations double down on their investments in digital selling channels. To effectively compete in this environment and delight customers, organizations need their technology stack to be tightly integrated,” says Jordan Jewell, Research Manager for IDC’s Digital Commerce program. “Adobe (Magento) has one of the largest footprints in the worldwide digital commerce market, both in terms of market share and mind share. TrueCommerce’s announcement to beef up its Magento integration is a move that’s sure to benefit customers of both platforms by making it easier to assemble a unified eCommerce stack.”

TrueCommerce’s integration with Magento is an extension of TrueCommerce Foundry – a broad set of unified commerce services and apps that connects customers, suppliers, channels, and systems. This platform revolutionizes supply chain visibility and collaboration by helping organizations make the most of their omnichannel initiatives through business P2P connectivity, order management, collaborative replenishment, intelligent fulfillment, cross-functional analytics, and product information management.

The solution leverages TrueCommerce’s Global Commerce Network that includes over 92,000 pre-connected retailers, distributors, and logistics service providers. A true managed services provider, TrueCommerce manages the onboarding process for new trading partners as well as the ongoing management of trading partner specific mapping and labeling changes.

KION Group opens India’s largest material handling equipment facility in Pune

  • KION India consolidates strong position in important growth market;
  • Capital expenditure of around €15 million for expansion of Pune site;
  • More than 100 new jobs to be created;
  • Cutting-edge R&D center built;
  • 700 KVA solar power facility installed.

New plant of the KION Group in India

Frankfurt/Main, 28. November 2019 – KION GROUP AG has officially launched its new plant – India’s largest production facility for intralogistics equipment – in Pune, Maharashtra. Diesel and electric forklifts as well as battery-powered lift trucks and reach trucks are manufactured in the ultra-modern plant on an area of around 25 hectares (roughly 62 acres). The new plant is equipped with a total of three assembly lines including a paint shop, parts warehouse and an R&D center, where the constantly changing requirements and trends of the Indian market are to be evaluated and corresponding future products developed. In addition, the new plant has a solar power plant with 700-kilowatt amperes for energy generation as well as in-house processes for water conservation and waste management.

“KION Group continues to invest in India, looking at the growth opportunity available here. We realized the Indian market has been growing very rapidly and the demand for high-performance products has been increasing as well, which is the domain of KION Group,” states CP Quek, Chief Asia Pacific Officer and a member of KION’s Executive Board, attending the launch ceremonies.

Capital expenditure will amount to approximately €15 million. The globally positioned intralogistics provider is creating more than 100 additional jobs in Pune.

“The new factory represents our long-term commitment to the market here in India, its customers, employees, vendors and our channel partners,” explains Sunil K Gupta, President of KION India Private Limited.

KION in India

The KION Group has had a presence in India, an important growth market, since 2011. KION India has been the country’s leading industrial truck and warehouse technology vendor since 2016 through sales of the well-known Italian brand, OM, and its Indian-Italian brand, OM Voltas. In addition to the OM and OM Voltas products, KION India also sells industrial trucks, warehouse technology and services from Baoli in China and the German premium brand, Linde, allowing the Group to serve the premium, value and economy segments. The range includes diesel forklift trucks from 1.5 to 16 metric tons, electric forklift trucks from 1.5 to 3.5 metric tons as well as industrial trucks, warehouse technology and intralogistics services.

KION India has recently begun launching new automated supply chain solutions from KION brand Dematic on the market.

The company has a production facility in Pune in Western India as well as a countrywide sales and service network consisting of over 40 locations and dealerships with over 100 sales outlets. KION India currently employs around 400 employees.

KION North America Participates in Apprenticeship Carolina Two-Day Training Event

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — In conjunction with Apprenticeship Carolina and New America, KION North America participated in Trident Technical College’s two-day training event on November 18 and 19, 2019, designed to assist state and local communities in developing youth apprenticeship programs.

“The two-day training event showcased the strong benefits of the apprenticeship program for participating companies and the students,” said Jeff Peterson, director of manufacturing, KION North America.

This invitation-only event engaged partners from five states in a study-tour and workshop following the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) Guiding Principles for High-Quality Youth Apprenticeship. The conference, which featured the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program as a national model, included panel discussions with employers, K-12 leaders and current/former youth apprentices and a tour of current youth apprenticeship employers. KION North America welcomed a total of 25 individuals from throughout the southeast, providing them with an introduction to KION North America and a tour of its 250,000 sq ft facility in Summerville, South Carolina.

“By participating in a plant tour, educators were able to hear from our industrial engineering apprentice, Drake Head, and see first-hand the projects that our apprentices are directly involved with,” added Peterson.

For the past three years, KION North America has hosted a total of five apprentices through the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program. As apprentices in this program, high school juniors, seniors or recent high school graduates gain a minimum of 2,000 hours of job-specific skills in their chosen education track and complete half of their Associate’s Degree from Trident Technical College – at no cost to them. 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.

Fairbanks Scales Announces New WF Series Forklift Scale

Converts most forklifts into a precision scale in minutes

forklift scale

Kansas City, MO – Fairbanks Scales Inc., the oldest scale company in the U.S. and the world’s leader in weighing equipment, announces the new WF Series forklift scale, which features a unique design ideal for today’s mobile weighing market needs. The WF Series converts most forklifts into a precision scale in minutes.

The WF Series is the perfect choice for today’s medium-to-large warehousing applications, which are rapidly moving towards on-the-go, real-time weighing to increase profitability by reducing material handling time. The WF Series is factory calibrated, so for non-commercial applications, the customer is ready to weigh immediately after completing the installation.

Incorporating a proven weighbridge design with two load cells in each weigh fork, the WF Series uses Bluetooth technology to communicate a highly accurate digital signal to the WF Series FB3200 Series instrument. Depending on the number of pallet weight measurements required, the WF Series could pay for itself within a few months!

The WF Series design has advantages over other solutions that incorporate the weighbridge into a secondary carriage plate, which changes forklift capacity center-of-balance. The design is also superior to other forklift scale solutions that use a cable between the weighbridge and the instrument, which is a known, and frequent, service problem.

A variety of features and options are available for the WF Series, including different fork lengths, remote displays, numerous capacities, Wi-Fi output, additional carriage heights, and Bluetooth output for PDA.

To learn more about the new WF Series forklift scale, visit http://www.fairbanks.com/.

Interroll and Logstore deliver fully automated cell phone repair center to Grupo PLL in Brazil

Logstore

Interroll and Logstore have realized a new repair center for Grupo PLL, the largest authorized service center for mobile phones and smartphones in Brazil.

The facility in São Paulo, Brazil, applies an advanced Factory Repair Service concept whereby all device repair steps are automated at the same pace as within the electronics assembly industry. One key element of this high-performance solution is Interroll’s Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP) which allows monthly handling of up to 24,000 cell phones in two work shifts. Moreover, the automated factory design makes it possible to provide same-day deliveries of repaired phones to the owner within the city area of São Paulo.

An easy-to-maintain minimalist system with high connectivity

As an integral part of the headquarters of Grupo PLL in the Moema region of São Paulo, the repair center offers a new experience and a high-quality service standard to the consumer, focusing on the triad: efficiency, technology, and scale. ”With our new facility, we wanted to dramatically increase our performance by avoiding complex manual internal processes. Our goal was to realize a highly advanced solution which is also unique in Latin America,” says Lucas Linhares, Managing Partner of Grupo PLL.

The design of the new repair center follows the industrial Factory Repair Service concept and was implemented by Logstore, the system integrator responsible for this project.

“The project was carefully and holistically planned—from furniture design to automated conveyor systems. It gained its specific strength by receiving Industry 4.0 attributes and by transforming the retail services in omnichannel through advanced technological solutions,” adds Helson Santos, Logstore Business Manager. “We built conveyors into the furniture, thereby making the whole system minimalist. With the technologies applied, we created a real Industry 4.0 concept where everything is connected, has high energy efficiency, and can be easily refurbished or expanded without replacing existing conveyors, making this a sustainable project.”

Logstore

Lower noise levels and power consumption with 24V RollerDrive

“To seamlessly integrate into the whole concept behind the PLL solution, Interroll has customized the conveyors to a width of 50 cm so that they can later circulate notebooks and drones,” says Marcos Gaio, Managing Director at Interroll Brazil. “We also equipped the system with 24V RollerDrive technology to reduce the noise level as well as the power consumption, boosting the system’s efficiency and increasing the overall sustainability of the 300-square-meter repair lab.”

In addition to the RollerDrive technology, the MCP from Interroll is equipped with image barcode scanning systems and uses 24V high-performance diverts (HPDs). The new system has been designed to support a monthly transport capacity of up to 24,000 cell phones using two work shifts. It is entirely managed by software developed by Logstore that regulates the automatic transportation of mobile phones between repair cells.

“Without the Modular Conveyor Platform in this 300-square-meter space, we could hardly repair 15,000 units per month and would need many more employees for the various stages of the production process. We are at the conceptual and technological forefronts, with full support from Interroll and Logstore,” says Lucas Linhares of Grupo PLL.

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.