Electrovaya’s Electric Forklift Battery Line Expanded to More Than 25 Models in 20 Months

Multiple battery models allow the vast majority of distribution centers to replace all lead-acid batteries in their forklift fleets with lithium-ion batteries

Toronto, Ontario  – Electrovaya Inc. has announced that it has launched more than 25 different lithium-ion ceramic battery models for the electric forklift market. This accelerated development was carried out over the last 20 months after the initial launch of just two battery models in 2017. The Company states that it is now able to provide complete battery motive power solutions for the vast majority of warehouse configurations.

The batteries currently available include 24V, 36V, 48V and most recently 80V in energy capacities ranging from 6 kWh to 63 kWh. The battery systems are available in different shapes and sizes to meet a multitude of Class I, II and III forklift truck models from various manufacturers. The batteries can also be digitally integrated with a variety of electric forklift trucks.

The users of Electrovaya’s batteries are primarily large, sophisticated customers in diverse sectors including automotive and other manufacturing, e-commerce, distribution and warehousing.

By eliminating lead acid batteries from their forklift fleets and replacing them with Electrovaya’s lithium-ion batteries, distribution centers can:
• Reduce manpower through the removal of lead-acid battery changes and maintenance
• Eliminate lead acid battery charging rooms
• Reduce gas handling, ventilation and acid spills from lead-acid batteries
• Remove any need to keep environmental records on lead batteries in inventory
• Reduce the number of chargers
• Improve their environmental footprint through reduced energy consumption and through the ability to charge during off-peak hours

Electrovaya’s lithium-ion ceramic batteries are currently operating in 23 locations, including 20 in the United States, two in Canada and one in Mexico. The Company’s batteries are known for their superior cycle life, safety, energy and power attributes, which are vital for electric forklifts and other intensive-use applications.

For more information, visit www.electrovaya.com.

 

Kalmar continues its long history of eco-efficiency by introducing the industry’s first lithium-ion powered medium forklift

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to introduce a medium electric forklift powered by emission-free lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology. The new forklift is the latest step on the company’s journey towards offering an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021. It is the first forklift in the medium-capacity range to be powered by Li-ion batteries, and the battery technology will initially be available for several models with a wheelbase of 3,500 mm.

Kalmar has a long and proud history in the electric equipment arena, having launched its first light electric forklift truck in 1979, followed by the industry’s first Li-ion powered light electric forklift in 2016 and medium electric forklift powered by lead-acid batteries in 2017. In addition, Kalmar has already launched electric-powered versions of its empty container handlers, Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and yard cranes.

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Driven by the need to comply with increasingly strict environmental legislation, reduce fuel costs and simplify maintenance processes, electrically powered equipment is becoming increasingly common across many different industries. Kalmar’s electric forklift offering is available with a choice of lead-acid or Li-ion battery technology, depending on customer requirements.

Li-ion batteries are ideal for multi-shift operation models as they can be fast-charged during breaks in work, significantly improving the productivity of forklifts. A full charge can be achieved in less than 2 hours. The technology enables 24/7 operation by eliminating the need for battery changes and dedicated charging areas. Because charging is emission-free, charging stations can be located strategically to maximize equipment utilization and uptime in even the most demanding operational environments.

“We’re delighted to be able to announce yet another industry first as we continue our drive to provide customers with innovative new eco-efficient, reliable and easy-to-maintain machines to help them achieve their business goals,” stated Stefan Hultqvist, Vice President Forklifts, Kalmar. “Demand for electrically powered forklifts is rising all the time, and now we can offer our customers even greater convenience and environmental performance in the medium lifting capacity range.”

Toyota Marked 2019 National Forklift Safety Day with 20th Anniversary of System of Active Stability

Toyota system of active stabilityCOLUMBUS, Ind.  –National Forklift Safety Day 2019 also marked the 20th anniversary of Toyota Material Handling USA’s System of Active Stability (SAS). An industry safety innovation, SAS constantly monitors forklift usage to limit the potential for overturn. The SAS takes more than 3,000 readings per second to detect unsafe operating conditions and activates its features improve the lateral and longitudinal stability of the forklift.

Because of its focus on operator safety, SAS has revolutionized the material handling industry’s expectations for safe operation. The system is engineered with 10 sensors, three actuators, and a
controller to help maintain forklift stability. SAS now comes standard on most Toyota forklifts. “Toyota’s number one priority is to create safe products and SAS remains an important innovation to help prevent rollovers,” said TMHU President Jeff Rufener. “This year we will mark 20 years of offering this technology, which leads the way for safety innovation. We’re proud to have developed a technology that can reduce injuries, while mitigating the loss of goods.”

SAS is built on two key systems, the Active Control Rear Stabilizer System and the Active Mast Function Control System. The rear system stabilizes the forklift’s lateral movements by locking the rear axle, converting its usual triangle to a rectangular pattern, reducing risk of lateral tipover. The mast control system uses forward tilt control or rear-tilt speed control to stabilize the forklift longitudinally.

Toyota notes that SAS is not a substitute for operator safety training. National Forklift Safety Day, which took place this year on June 11, is an annual event that serves as the focal point for forklift manufacturers to reinforce the importance of operator safety training and forklift safety practices. The event also provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers and policymakers.

Source: ToyotaForklift.com.

JLT Mobile Computers Presents Next Generation Vehicle‑Mount Computers at TOC Europe

Compact, high-performance 12-inch rugged JLT6012™ computer optimizes uptime, improves safety, and increases workflow efficiency in ports and container terminals

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Växjö, Sweden, 13 June 2019 – JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, showcases its JLT6012™ vehicle-mount computer at the TOC Europe global container supply chain event in Rotterdam from 18-20 June 2019. Well suited for the high reliability and security requirements of port settings, the JLT6012 mobile terminal can be custom-built to fit the exact needs of shippers, carriers, port authorities, global operators, and third-party logistics.

Designed to be installed in vehicles, trucks, and forklifts, the compact JLT6012 computer’s wide-range 9-60 VDC isolated power supply enables installation in most types of vehicles without the need for an external power adapter. Capable of running Windows 10, Android or Linux, the JLT6012 comes with a virtually indestructible high-brightness JLT PowerTouch™ display with adjustable auto-dimming, a feature that is particularly well suited for port operations; the same applies to the fact that the user-friendly touch screen can be operated with or without gloves. The terminal’s ability to withstand shock and vibration, and a very wide -30°C to +55°C operating temperature range allows use in the harshest environments.

Easy to service and maintain, the JLT6012 supports remote upgrading of software and firmware, offers quick login and identification with RFID tags, and is light and compact enough to fit into the tightest spaces. Fanless design and IP65 sealing minimize downtime and guarantee reliable operation. Programmable I/O ports and function buttons, NFC, fast Wi-Fi, as well as advanced sensor technology enable the development of innovative solutions that optimize workflow efficiency.

“A rapidly growing number of customers within the port segment are using our rugged computers,” said Per Holmberg, CEO, JLT Mobile Computers. “With our JLT6012 computer, we are adding a next-generation mobile computing platform that optimizes uptime, improves safety, and offers long-term protection of customer investment.”

The JLT6012, which is for example already being used as part of a self-service terminal in gate automation systems that manage transport in and out of ports, presents a major step change forward in rugged computing, as the new terminal not only delivers unparalleled productivity and an optimal user interface today, but also constitutes a platform for building innovative mobile IT solutions, including hardware, software and services for the needs of ports worldwide tomorrow.

To learn more about JLT Mobile Computers, our products, services, and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com or arrange a personal meeting at TOC Europe in Rotterdam, Stand D74, via https://www.jltmobile.com/toc-europe-2019.

Eastey Adds Extended Length Conveyors to Its Product Offering

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June 11, 2019, Brooklyn Park, MN – Eastey, a leading manufacturer of L-sealers, sleeve wrappers, shrink tunnels, bundling equipment and conveyors, has introduced additional conveyor sizes to its product offering.

Eastey now offers five size options when ordering the EC Series conveyor. The new six foot conveyors provide additional options for customers that need extended length product transportation within their facilities. Customers have the option of selecting between these five conveyor size configurations:

  • EC1248 (12”W x 48”L)
  • EC1272 (12”W x 72”L)
  • EC1848 (18”W x 48”L)
  • EC1872 (18”W x 72”L)
  • EC2472 (24”W x 72”L)

The EC Series conveyors offer a reliable stand-alone product transport for primary or secondary product marking, and make a convenient add-on infeed or exit feed conveyor to existing case taping or shrink wrapping equipment. The conveyor design is perfect for integration with ink jet printing equipment; each conveyor comes pre-drilled in multiple locations to easily add printer and encoder mounting brackets. The smooth drive belt provides consistent speed for reliable, scannable barcoding and product transfer. Systems include a lower shelf with holes for cable management and provide storage for supplies such as spare printheads, printer and UV LED control boxes, spare ink, and more.

EC Series conveyors utilize an endless belt with self-tracking V-groove for consistent alignment. The variable speed drive motor is adjustable up to 100 fpm for a variety of applications. The unit also features a magnetic control box that can be mounted on either side of the conveyor. Conveyor legs are adjustable from 20” up to 33.5”. The system is designed to keep maintenance to a minimum and provide a fast and efficient method of product transport.

Heavy-duty motor, industrial strength drive belt, and a simple design make Eastey conveyors a workhorse that will stand up to manufacturing’s toughest challenges. Each conveyor is made from ¼” steel that will withstand even the most rugged applications while a custom two-part epoxy finish protects the machine from abusive conditions and ensures years of use.

The EC Series conveyors are available now through Eastey’s network of authorized distributors. Sales inquiries can be directed to Joshua Nelson, Eastey, 7041 Boone Avenue, Brooklyn Park, MN  55428, 1-800-835-9344.

Eastey operates as a subsidiary of Engage Technologies Corporation, the parent company of Squid Ink, Eastey, AFM, and Cogent Technologies.  Squid Ink (www.squidink.com) is a leading manufacturer of superior quality inks and inkjet printing equipment.  American Film & Manufacturing (www.afmsleeves.com) manufactures and supplies shrink sleeves and shrink labeling solutions.  Cogent Technologies (www.cogent-tech.com) manufactures infrared drying systems used to dry ink in the industrial and graphics industries.

INTRODUCING POWERFOIL D: THE INDUSTRIAL DIRECT-DRIVE HVLS FAN PERFECTED

 

 

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Big Ass Fans has unveiled Powerfoil D, the product of 10 years’ experience and purpose-built design.

The exceptionally engineered Powerfoil D is the first and only direct-drive overhead fan designed for harsh industrial environments. Powerfoil D illustrates the company’s continued commitment to building premium-quality products specifically designed for customer spaces.

Powerfoil D delivers strength and performance required for industrial applications, but with virtually silent operation and aesthetic appeal to thrive in any commercial or public setting.

“We’re leading the industry in direct-drive technology,” says John Gerhardt, Big Ass Fans product manager. “We designed Powerfoil D with the same premium materials and safety features as every fan in our Powerfoil line. As the only industrial fan with a standard IP66 rating, it’s every inch an industrial product.”

For more information, visit bigassfans.com or call 877-244-3267.

Steel King Announces Self-Closing Safety Gates

Adds versatility to steel guard railing systems

 

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency, announces a line of self-closing safety gates. Made of heavy, 11-gauge corrugated steel rails, the safety gates are designed to fit a 48-inch post-to-post center line within a protective railing system. They are available for both the Steel Guard® and Armor Guard® railing systems.

Featuring a yellow powder coat finish that is highly visible, durable, and UV resistant, the new line of safety gates offers easy installation, with no cutting, welding, or drilling required. The versatile safety gate can be turned or flipped to achieve the desired opening direction.

Part of Steel King’s industrial guard rail product line, the self-closing gates are available in standard sizes as part of the company’s 48 Hour Quick Ship program.

For more information about the safety gates and how they add versatility to your steel guard rail systems, visit: https://www.steelking.com/products/safety-gates/.

NEW RAYMOND COURIER™ 3030 STACKER UTILIZES SEEGRID VISION-GUIDED TECHNOLOGY TO ADDRESS INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Next-generation automated vehicle ideal for handling, transporting products between connected manufacturing and warehouse facilities

GREENE, N.Y. — The Raymond Corporation has launched a new, next-generation automated lift truck stacker, the Raymond Courier™ 3030 stacker, which utilizes Seegrid vision-guided technology and combines horizontal transport and vertical pallet lift. Supporting Raymond’s introduction of intelligent warehouse solutions, the Courier 3030 stacker is designed to automate stacking from pick to delivery locations.

Ideal for handling and transporting products between connected manufacturing and warehouse facilities, the Courier 3030 stacker automated lift truck helps maximize workforce productivity and drive down labor costs. With a second-level vertical reach capability of up to 72 inches and a weight capacity of 2,500 pounds, the automated stacker is ideal for pickup/drop-off, end-of-aisle and end-of-line applications, as well as conveyor picking.

“Warehouses are constantly driven to address industry challenges like rising labor costs and workflow management. It can be easy to overlook the need to optimize operations before turning to automation,” said Michael Field, CEO, The Raymond Corporation. “The Courier 3030 stacker was built with flexibility and versatility in mind to address customer challenges in the supply chain and logistics industries. Leading-edge technology like the Courier 3030 stacker helps keep customers’ operations functioning at higher efficiency and productivity levels in an on-demand world that is always on.”

The Courier 3030 stacker is able to transport different pallet sizes and types. Additionally, the reverse-motion and auto-engagement functions optimize workflow and increase productivity, helping warehouses work better and more efficiently. With the help of the Courier 3030 stacker, workflow is shared between man and machine — allowing more time for forklift operators to learn additional, more engaging skill sets.

“For nearly a decade, Seegrid and Raymond have strategically partnered to combine Seegrid’s market-leading expertise in automation with Raymond’s end-to-end warehouse solutions and lift truck proficiency,” said Jeff Christensen, vice president of product, Seegrid. “Seegrid’s powerful and proven Vision technology enables vehicles like the Raymond Courier 3030 to autonomously solve the biggest challenges in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment to create real value for customers.”

To learn more about the new Raymond Courier 3030 stacker, visit www.raymondcorp.com or call 800-235-7200.

Interroll’s production capacities in Atlanta to double

Sant’Antonino, Switzerland/Atlanta, USA, May 10, 2019. Interroll has announced the creation of extra capacities in the United States of America. An additional plant next to the existing one will be built in Hiram near Atlanta, Georgia. The company is investing a total of around US $11 million in this extension, and completion of the second factory is expected by the end of 2019.

At Interroll, the Americas region continues to see a high level of project activities, with 2018 sales resulting in double-digit growth. At the same time, the company is introducing innovative solutions at a fast pace to meet the market’s ever-evolving demands. Important business trends such as increased automation for warehouses and airports as well as the rise of e-commerce continue to support this positive outlook.

“We continue to see high demand for Interroll solutions in the Americas,” says Richard Keely, Executive Vice President of the Americas region. “Because of this, we are preparing ourselves by raising capacities in order to ensure fast delivery times for our customers and end users in the years to come.”

The planned investment volume will amount to approximately US $11 million (approximately CHF 10.9 million). The project adds 121,500 square feet (approximately 11,300 square meters) of available floor space of which 15,000 square feet (approximately 1,400 square meters) will be used as office space.

“Our extended capacities will allow us to further develop our lean and agile production and increase the level of automation in our factories,” says Keely.

Interroll is now introducing a new version of its oil-free drum motor based on the new and improved Interroll Drum Motor Platform.

Already back in 2010 Interroll introduced the first oil-free drum motors. Since then, thousands of oil-free motors have been installed and are currently in use as a proven solution for many applications, in particular in the food industry. The oil-free drum motors now being introduced into the market are drum motors based on the new and improved Interroll Drum Motor Platform that has been on the market since 2017. Synchronous oil-free drum motors are by nature very efficient, which means fewer heat losses and a much higher power density, as opposed to asynchronous oil-free drum motors which are prone to overheating and power reduction and therefore a loss in torque.

Compared to standard drum motors, the oil-free motor’s performance is only minimally impacted by the different type of lubrication. Also, compared to a standard asynchronous motor, oil-free synchronous motors are stronger and better performing. But they require a frequency inverter and speed and torque are slightly reduced compared to a standard synchronous motor lubricated with oil. However, high-speed applications are still possible if the belt pull force is sufficient. This is also true for low-speed applications. Typical oil-free motor applications include transportation and packaging of lightweight goods such as candy, chocolate or pralines.

No leakage issues in sensitive production processes

Food manufacturers who have to comply with certain restrictions regarding food contamination benefit from this new option. Oil-free drum motors can be used for any application where the belt moves slowly (i.e., when the production process is in steps and accuracy is of paramount importance, like portioning and cutting for instance). When installed correctly, Interroll Drum Motors have no leakage issue. The oil-free drum motor makes the entire production flow safer as it eliminates any potential risk of oil contamination. It works well in cool temperatures, which are often a requirement in the food manufacturing sector. In certain industries such as fish processing, the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) recommends the use of oil-free motors.