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.
Other Hyster News

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.”

Kalmar to deliver first Eco Reachstacker in Indonesia

Kalmar Eco-reach stacker

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, had signed a contract with Cikarang Dry Port, for the delivery of the first Kalmar Eco Reachstacker in Indonesia. This order was booked into Cargotec’s 2019 second quarter order intake and scheduled for delivery in July of 2019.

Cikarang Dry Port is a public inland port located in the eastern corridor of greater Jakarta. It serves direct export-import for the surrounding industries under multimodal transport bills of lading provided by shipping lines partners. Kalmar first established its footprint in Indonesia in the 1980s and during the past decades, it has worked in partnership with local dealer PT. Indo Traktor Utama to provide outstanding local services and strategic support for the customers.

“We are pleased with our purchase of the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker. We are excited by the reduced fuel consumption promised in daily operation. Other than cost, it is also better for our working environment. We believe the combined effect would be beneficial for our business and environment. And it is also in line with our mission for green operations,“ said Benny Woenardi, Managing Director of PT. Cikarang Inland Port, terminal operator of the Cikarang Dry Port.

“This order is a continuation of our long term relationship with Cikarang Dry Port in helping them achieve their business goals. We want to thank Cikarang Dry Port for choosing Kalmar as it is our honour to continue supporting them in their efforts to cut emissions and contribute to a sustainable future. We will continue providing the best to our customers and the environment in the region,” said Elvina Chua, Interim Vice President of Kalmar South & Southeast Asia.

Launched in 2018, Kalmar Eco Reachstacker, part of Kalmar’s Eco Range, is designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while guaranteeing great performance for the customers. The Kalmar Eco Reachstacker provides a smoother driving experience for the operators in control which leads to improved productivity and safety.

OSHA Fines New York Manufacturer $287K after Employee Injury

List of infractions included forklift training deficiencies – failing to train and evaluate forklift operators on how to safely operate equipment

WESTBURY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited U.S. Nonwoven Corp. – a home and personal care fabric product manufacturer – for repeat and serious safety violations after an employee suffered a fractured hand at the plant in Hauppauge, New York. The company faces $287,212 in penalties.

Investigators determined the employee’s injury occurred when his hand became caught in a fabric-softener sheet-cutting machine. OSHA cited U.S. Nonwoven Corp. for lack of machine guards; failing to train and evaluate forklift operators on how to safely operate equipment, and provide training on lockout/tagout procedures. OSHA also cited the company for exposing employees to fire and smoke inhalation hazards and failing to report an amputation, provide illness and injury records to OSHA in a timely manner, store materials securely, and repair damaged storage racks.

“Companies are required by law to train employees and provide appropriate measures to protect workers from workplace injuries,” said OSHA Long Island Area Director Anthony Ciuffo in Westbury, New York.

Even though safety deficiencies may be unrelated to the accident, such as forklift training, in this case, a rigorous inspection following an accident can result in them falling into scrutiny.

OSHA offers resources on safeguarding equipmentoperating forklifts safely, and the requirements for reporting injuries.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Further details regarding the cited infractions are listed here.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.