Crown Equipment Helps Northgate Markets Achieve Lowest Injury Rate in 11 Years

NEW BREMEN, Ohio – Northgate Markets, a chain of supermarkets in Southern California, is reaping the results of its recently fortified safety and compliance efforts at its distribution center in Anaheim. Working with Crown Equipment, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, the family-owned and -operated business has achieved its lowest injury rate in 11 years and reached full compliance with forklift operator pre-shift inspection requirements.

Looking to improve inspection documentation and impact avoidance, Northgate Markets implemented Crown’s InfoLink® wireless operator and fleet management system to monitor and manage every motorized vehicle in its fleet. This includes more than 100 Crown forklifts and non-Crown equipment. From setting impact thresholds for each forklift to electronically filing vehicle inspection data and impact reports, InfoLink has helped Northgate Markets improve operator compliance, productivity and safety. In fact, since implementation, the company has seen declining workplace injury rates for the past three years.

“With Crown’s InfoLink, I get pre-trip inspection reports on every piece of equipment that every individual gets on every day, period,” said Keith McCarron, director of distribution, Northgate Markets. “In every operation I’ve ever been in, it’s really difficult to fill out a piece of paper and turn it in every day at the beginning and end of a shift. Now I get 100 percent return. No matter what, I know that piece of equipment is being operated safely.”

Northgate Markets material handling fleet varies from forklifts working in the elements outdoors to reach trucks working on smooth floors indoors. According to McCarron, the ability to adjust InfoLink’s impact thresholds to meet these various applications has been crucial to minimizing impacts while also modifying operator behavior.

“The ability to set each individual piece of equipment at a different impact threshold is key,” said McCarron. “Now operators are more aware of that threshold and hitting a rack or bumping a pallet. Prior to InfoLink, they wouldn’t have given it a thought. We’ve had a steady decrease in injuries and Crown’s operator and fleet management system is a part of that program.”

For more details of how Northgate Markets and Crown work together, visit the Customer Results section of the Crown website.

New Hyster Rider Stacker Truck Helps Manage Variable Demand

Hyster Europe adds a new Rider Stacker truck to its warehouse equipment range, providing more options for busy warehouse operations that experience variable demand, such as those in distribution, food and drink, retail, and logistics. 

“The tough new Hyster® RS1.6 Rider Stacker truck has been designed to support demanding warehouse operations, especially in tight confines,” explains Monica Radavelli, Product Manager – Warehouse for Hyster. “As we approach the festive season, this reliable truck will help many applications to manage the increased intensity of their operation due to seasonal demand.”

Commonly used for stacking goods up to 1.6 tonnes in single and multiple shift applications, and back-of-store warehouse operations, Hyster® Rider Stacker trucks are designed for working in small spaces. Available with 2- or 3-stage masts and offering a lift height of more than 6 meters, the truck can work in aisle widths as small as 2.5 meters.

The Hyster® Rider Stacker truck also meets the needs of mixed applications, such as warehouse picking. The new Hyster® RS1.6 model can function as a medium-distance platform stacker and a long-distance rider stacker. This means that operations carrying out varied applications may no longer need to choose between two types of machine for different tasks.

To further ensure that businesses can specify the right truck for the particular needs of their industry or application, a number of bespoke options are available for the Hyster® RS1.6, including keypad access, support for telematics display and attachments for holding clipboards, drinks, and more.

“A cold store version is available to help food and drink manufacturing or wholesale applications,” explains Monica. “While a busy retail warehouse with high racking, or an operation handling heavy loads at height, can consider a choice of overhead guard protection add-ons.”

To help aid efficiency at particularly busy times, and during long shifts, the Hyster® RS1.6 offers enhanced operator comfort and control. The truck offers extensive visibility through the mast, and a choice of three driving positions to cater to the preferences of the operator or the application. The operator can easily adjust the seat from a supported standing position for loading and unloading, to a supported perch.  With an award-winning seat design, a fully seated position can be effortlessly adapted for traveling medium or long distances.

Particularly in the run-up to peak times like Christmas and Easter, many companies, such as retail, food and drink manufacturing, wholesale, logistics and couriers, experience an increase in demand. The tough Hyster® RS1.6 stacker keeps up with the high demands of a warehouse at peak times, with a travel speed (both laden and unladen) of up to 9 km/h and fast lift and lowering speeds.

The RS1.6 gives a strong performance, with speed-sensitive 180° electric steering and AC traction and steering motors. It can also operate in tight warehouse spaces, with a turning radius of just 1640 mm (with 1150 mm forks) making it suitable for a 2536 mm working aisle. This provides even greater benefit at peak times when warehouses can become overstocked and the available space for maneuver may be more limited.

“Equipment should be available to use whenever required, especially during busier periods,” says Monica. “The Hyster® RS1.6 is designed to be sturdy and reliable, providing a low total cost of ownership in the most demanding warehouse applications.”

To ensure minimal downtime for any routine or unplanned maintenance, it is also designed to offer excellent serviceability. It features comprehensive fault diagnostics, and a hinged floor plate that enables easy access for checking key components and oil levels. For multi-shift operations, lateral battery extraction also helps to reduce the downtime usually associated with battery exchange.

The extensive range of Hyster® warehouse products is supported by a global network of local distribution partners. For more information please visit www.hyster.eu.

Hyster Trucks Overcome Tough Tests at Sand-lime Brick Factory

From large quantities of dust to extreme temperature variations, Hyster® forklift trucks help overcome the tough conditions at Radmacher Kalksandsteine, a sand-lime brick production plant in Wendeburg, Germany.

The family business has been producing sand-lime bricks using only sand, quicklime and water since 1963. The blocks are hardened in 15-bar pressure autoclaves where more than 60 employees ensure continuous production in a three-shift, around the clock operation. Due to the demands of the application, including a climate that varies from -15°C in Winter to more than 30°C in Summer, the business tested various forklifts thoroughly before selecting new trucks.

“No stone is moved without a Hyster® forklift”

The sand-lime bricks are manufactured in standard sizes as well as in varying dimensions dependent on customer requirements and specific building plans. Hyster® trucks ensure a continuous, reliable process, from production to storage of the blocks.

“No stone is moved without a Hyster® forklift,” says Christian Baars, Production Manager at the plant, who is especially pleased with two new Hyster® H13XM-6 heavy-duty forklift trucks. These trucks, with a lifting capacity of 13-tonnes and a load center of 600mm, were acquired after testing several different trucks from well-known manufacturers.

Hyster® trucks handle slopes easily

While all trucks tested performed well when unloading trolleys and equipping saws, one competitor was unable to deliver the required performance working on the ramp. The heavy forklifts, fully loaded with sand-lime bricks, have to manage a short ramp with a grade of approximately 12 percent. Although some competitor trucks with strong engines managed the ramp, they consumed significantly more fuel than the Hyster® H13XM-6, which is equipped with a powerful six-cylinder Cummins QSB 6.7 litre engine.

“The engine power was not the only deciding factor though,” says Hyster Dealer Torsten Franke, Managing Director of GS-Gabelstapler Service, in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. “The truck has to be a good overall fit, from the 3-speed ZF hydrodynamic transmission to the transmission ratio.”

High performance with lower fuel consumption

“For us, the high-power reserves and low fuel consumption of the Hyster® H13XM-6 were key,” says Christian Baars. “After all the testing, we put the first forklift into use in our sand-lime brick factory in Uslar, and then ordered another 13-tonne truck, with an S + H stone clamp, to use at the Wendeburg plant.”

The state-of-the-art heavy-duty trucks, which comply with Stage IV / Tier 4 final requirements, consume around 20 percent less fuel compared to their predecessors.

Good all-round visibility is delivered by the ergonomic Hyster® cab, and further enhanced by the VISTA® mast with external chains and three, instead of four, hydraulic lines. The noise level has also been reduced, enabling the driver to concentrate during the shift.

Additionally, the wide chassis and wide drive axle ensure maximum lateral stability when using attachments.

Persuaded by the Cool Truck at Hyster® HUB

The business connection between GS Gabelstapler Service and Radmacher Kalksandsteine has developed over 30 years, with the Hyster® dealer offering advice, fast service and relevant solutions. For example, at the Hyster® HUB in Weeze, Germany, Baars was able to learn first-hand about the latest technologies, such as the Hyster® “Cool Truck”.

Based on the H4.0-5.5FT product range, Hyster has developed the Cool Truck especially for use in the dusty conditions found in the paper and recycling industry. The Cool Truck has numerous functions and adaptations to prevent the common problem of the motor overheating due to dust deposits. Hyster® heavy-duty forklift trucks, such as the 13-tonne truck at the stone works, are also designed for use in the toughest operating conditions.

Protection against dust and variable temperatures

To avoid the problems caused by dust, there is an option to extend the air inlet of the pre-filter. This reduces the amount of polluted air that is sucked in when the standard pre-filter is no longer sufficient. An automatic lubrication function can also be installed to keep dirt out.

Drivers also benefit from the Hyster® VISTA Cabin which features an easy-to-clean air filter.

Temperature fluctuations pose no problem for Hyster® forklift trucks as they leave the factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, ready to withstand operation at temperatures from -18°C to 50°C.

Hyster® forklifts provide up to 3,500 operating hours per year

Four Hyster® H3.0FT Fortens ICE forklift trucks are used by Radmacher Kalksandsteine to their maximum performance, reaching up to 3,500 operating hours per year. The trucks are primarily used to transport the sand-lime blocks around the site.

Equipped with Superelastic tires and the maintenance-free Hyster® Stability Mechanism (HSM), which improves side stability, the rugged Hyster® Fortens forklifts support the heavy demands of the operation.

Set to the ECO-eLO fuel efficiency mode, these are among the most fuel-efficient forklift trucks available, another deciding factor for Christian Baars.

Visit www.hyster.eu for more information.

Electrovaya Receives Follow-up Purchase Order from US Fortune 100 Company for its Lithium Ion Ceramic Drop-In Replacement Forklift Battery

Green tech solution allows for reduced energy consumption, lower environmental concerns and increased productivity

TORONTO, ONTARIO–Electrovaya Inc. has announced that a U.S. Fortune 100 company has placed a second purchase order with Electrovaya for its lithium-ion ceramic forklift battery. The second order amounted to US$ 167,000 (C$ 214,000).

This purchaser is one of the five US Fortune 500 companies who have earlier issued initial purchase orders to Electrovaya for its forklift batteries. Over the last three months, Electrovaya has added four Fortune 500 clients for its lithium-ion ceramic drop-in replacement battery and we are pleased with the continuing momentum evidenced by this US Fortune 100 purchaser adding a second purchase order to its initial order last month.

The Electrovaya battery can improve productivity, reduce maintenance, and has the potential to reduce peak demand as well as decrease electricity usage in heavy-duty 24/7 distribution and manufacturing environments. The Electrovaya batteries include the proprietary ceramic separator, SEPARION™, which provides enhanced safety and cycle life. While the sales cycle could be long and there is no guarantee that the Company’s initiatives will result in significant orders, Electrovaya is pleased with the performance of its batteries in both testing and initial deployments and this repeat order from a US Fortune 100 Company.

About Electrovaya Inc.

Electrovaya Inc. designs, develops and manufactures proprietary Lithium-ion Ceramic Batteries, battery systems, and battery-related products for energy storage, clean electric transportation and other specialized applications. Electrovaya, through its fully owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, also produces cells, electrodes and SEPARION™ ceramic separators and has manufacturing capacity of about 500MWh/annum. Electrovaya is a technology focused company with extensive IP. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Electrovaya has production facilities in Canada and Germany with customers around the globe.

New Warehouse Design Book Offers Insights on Pallet Racking , MHE Selection and More

How to Configure and Equip Your Warehouse: Pallet racking, industrial shelving, MHE and more are covered in a practical warehouse design “due diligence primer.”

Warehouse design practical tips offered in new bookWhen two recently retired MHE professionals connected at a social function a few years ago, little did they realize that their enduring passion for the industry would quickly catapult them into a year-long project.  Soon-to-be authors Keith MacDonald and John Binns believed they had a lot to offer emerging and current generations of warehousing professionals. Their discussion turned to the need for a self-help book about warehouse material handling systems and layouts.*

Ongoing changes and new equipment capabilities had transpired over the course of their careers and continued to be added.  These have important implications for warehouse design. For instance, rack spacing has progressed from “wide” aisles to narrow aisles and then to very narrow aisles. The tremendous increase in storage height is another example as is the awareness of the effects of building column spacing.

Authors Look to Fill a Void in Warehouse Design Information

MacDonald and Binns reasoned that warehousing professionals not involved with deciding storage and handling methods on a day-to-day basis could not be expected to be aware of all the choices available or have the know-how for the needed decisions. Warehouse decision makers are often too busy in operating their existing warehouses to keep up to date on new possibilities. While large multinational companies often have warehouse design expertise, they recognized that for many independent warehouses, there is a serious knowledge gap.

A review of available books on the warehousing topic by the authors confirmed their belief that industry professionals needed better information about warehouse design, including configuration and equipment selection. They found existing titles to be strongly skewed toward efficiently operating the facility. And although operational efficiency is critical, it is much more difficult to achieve in the absence of first understanding how to select and dimension the storage and retrieval systems which will best position the warehouse for success. Without such attention to warehouse design in the early stages, the chances of achieving the expected operating results are greatly reduced.

Further, they also recognized that the ability to select correct equipment was, in itself, not sufficient for a trouble-free installation and operation.  The hands-on learning of pitfalls and dimensioning of various types of equipment and aisle widths, which are combined to form a system, is a must. The fact that the two had been involved with many different types of equipment supplied by a large variety of manufacturers allowed them to bring this broad perspective to the discussion.

They decided that the book would have to be easy for all to follow and become a communications tool as complexity increased.  Most importantly the project manager would have to feel comfortable in using it and have others use it; to be literally “all on the same page” in their understandings of any situation. This must include the progression from “what systems to use” through “how best to use them” and on through “how to combine all the different systems and methods into an efficient layout”.

The Selection Process

To attain these difficult goals it was decided to use a modular approach, which works well for warehouse layouts. Most layouts are just a combination of square or rectangular areas called zones; with each zone being a stand-alone segment of the warehouse.

Therefore, the selection process should be to first determine the type of storage and activity required for a zone and then select the equipment and aisle width to suit. The needed area is then easily determined and each zone becomes a moveable warehouse segment. It’s length and width can be easily reconfigured to fit as many complete warehouse configurations (combinations and placements of zones) as required.

The first step is to consider the different types of goods to be stored, their physical sizes and weights and the type of activity they will require for storage and retrieval. These will be fit into different types of zones.

Types of zone activity will usually fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Pallet-In……Pallet-Out
  • Pallet-In……Pallet-Out / Cases-Out / Pieces-Out
  • Cases-In…..Cases-Out / Pieces-Out
  • Pieces-In….Pieces-Out

In order to progress from the types and needed activities of stored products to a completed layout, the authors recommend a six-step process. For enhanced clarity of the explanations, comments, and cautions, many full-page drawings were considered essential.

For each zone the selection process might then become:

1) Consider and select the preferred storage equipment.

2) Consider and select the preferred handling and order selection equipment.

3) Decide on the preferred storage aisle width. This may not be the narrowest possible. There are many considerations in deciding aisle widths.

4) Combine the storage and handling equipment with the chosen aisle. This is the basic system for a zone.

5) Then comes the very important check of all dimensions to ensure that there will not be any surprise problems. Regardless of warehouse size, the planning is based on a game of inches or fractions of an inch.  A rack bay which is ½” longer than expected can make a row of racks unacceptably long, perhaps messing up the width of access aisles or in-floor wire-guidance.  Every equipment and aisle combination should be checked by an experienced person. Quite often ”The Devil is in the  Details”.

The chances of misfits increase when a number of suppliers are involved and close attention from the project manager becomes very important.

6)  When the selections have been finalized and checked for compatibility each zone can then be inserted where wanted in the overall plan. It is here that the number and width of access aisles (“main aisles”, “cross aisles”) can be determined and the locations of building columns checked. Some suggested “fixes” are shown for instances where the columns become a problem.

The authors believe the manual achieves to a large extent the goals they set in regard to illuminating the process of warehouse configuration and equipment selection. Kirkus Reviews calls How to Configure and Equip Your Warehouse “An informative operational due-diligence primer.”

How to Configure and Equip Your Warehouse is available from a number of major book suppliers with a “look inside” on their websites.  In Canada go to friesenpress.com. Also, check it out at Amazon.com and on Google Play.

 

* For the purposes of this manual a “System” or “Storage and Handling System” is used to include any combinations of storage and handling equipment, along with the methods and aisle widths used to store and retrieve products. A warehouse may have any number of these different systems which, through a step-by-step method, are inserted into the total warehouse layout.

Hiab presents the world’s first electric powered MULTILIFT Futura skiploader

Hiab, part of Cargotec, presented the world’s first electric powered skiploader concept vehicle at the Freight in the City Expo, London, in partnership with Dutch electric vehicle manufacturer EMOSS. This fully-integrated electric solution matches the load handling capabilities of a diesel skiploader truck.
“At Hiab, as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we have developed, in partnership with EMOSS, a 100% electric concept truck featuring the latest-generation MULTILIFT Futura 12 skiploader and an ePTO (electric Power Take-Off) solution. As it operates silently and with no CO2 or nitrogen oxide emissions, this fully-electric skiploader is ideal for businesses that involve urban deliveries or out-of-hours operations,” says Henri Janhonen, Director, Sales and Product Business Management, Demountables, Hiab.
Together with the skiploader, Hiab also presented the HIAB loader crane with an ePTO at the Freight in the City Expo, London, as well as the MOFFETT E-Series truck, mounted forklift, which is the world’s first lithium-ion powered truck mounted forklift and is completely emission free. The ePTO loader crane was launched on the market in 2014 and the MOFFETT E-series the year before.
“The pioneering spirit at Hiab is never idle; and as the demand for more environmentally-friendly and emission-free products grows, we want to stay in the driver’s seat. We know that our customers are facing a tougher and more demanding load handling environment, especially in the larger cities, with emission regulations not easing the demand for logistics. Legislation is demanding it and our customers’ customers want it. In order to stay customer focused we presented these three fully to partially electric product and product combinations at the Freight in the City Expo,” says Keith Quigley, Senior Vice President, Truck Mounted Forklifts, Hiab.
Recently, Hiab, together with its UK-based customer Pets at Home, was awarded the Noise Abatement Society’s Quiet Logistics Award, also known as the “Noise Oscars”, for their partnership approach to reducing noise associated with out-of-hours deliveries. As Pets at Home often works with night-time deliveries, the emission-free and silent MOFFETT E-Series truck mounted forklift enables them to enhance their night-time deliveries, saving money on fuel, reducing their carbon footprint and no longer being a nuisance to the neighbors of their stores. For this major investment in low-noise technology to reduce environmental noise and improve customer service, the quiet delivery partnership of Hiab and Pets at Home won the John Connell Quiet Logistics Award 2017.
“Rules and regulations to limit noise and exhaust emissions have already been established in some cities. Congestion charges are already a reality, and additional fees for exhaust emissions are likely to be set in the near future. Furthermore, limitations exist for noise and pollution emissions. These limitations will steer truck operators towards the usage of electric vehicles in densely populated areas. At Hiab, we want to be fully prepared for the growing popularity of electric trucks, and also be the preferred partner for load handling solutions in the future,” continues Mr. Janhonen.

Online shopping boom fuels 20 per cent sales increase for Narrow Aisle Ltd

Narrow Aisle Ltd, the manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks and other intralogistics solutions, has announced that it is on target to achieve a year-on-year global sales uplift across its range of over 20 percent in 2017.

The company attributes the significant increase to growing sales in the Asian and American markets and the success of the Flexi StorMAX AC high-density storage system, which Narrow Aisle introduced at the back end of 2015.

The Flexi StorMAX AC system offers customers the ability to maximise the cube by delivering a net 50 percent increase in pallets stored compared to storage systems served by traditional reach trucks and, according to Narrow Aisle’s commercial director, John Maguire, sites that have been reconfigured around the Flexi StorMAX system have achieved overall project payback in less than 12 months.

“The StorMAX system is particularly appealing to companies with growing online sales that need to adapt their existing pallet stores in order to create space for activities such as pick and pack, returns management and other fulfillment-based processes,” says John Maguire.

Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, John Maguire adds: “We have a number of fresh and exciting developments in the pipeline that we will unveil in 2018 that will provide impressive user benefits, so, all in all, we are very positive about the future.”

Simply Waste Solutions choose Loadmac for their truck mounted forklift solution

Simply Waste Solutions, one of the UK’s largest independently owned waste management companies, has recently invested in a Loadmac truck-mounted forklift that will enable the company to offer a bulk recycling service to its large commercial clients.

Designed and built in Ross-on-Wye, Loadmac is the only truck-mounted forklift made in Britain and, through its ability to improve fleet efficiency and versatility, it is experiencing record sales year-to-date. James Capel, CEO of Simply Waste Solutions, outlined why his company chose Loadmac over alternative brands, “First and foremost we really liked the response we got from our local Loadmac dealer, Plant Equipment. They came down to see us, found out about our operation and really understood what we were looking for.”

Capel continued, “The Loadmac was competitively priced and we were confident it was the best product of its kind on the market. It impressed in areas where other brands were lacking; specifically allowing one-side offload and its stability over difficult terrain. We liked the fact that it’s made in Britain too.”

Simply Waste Solutions operate over fifty vehicles within a twenty-five-mile radius of Heathrow, predominantly focussing on bin and bag collections. James Capel explained that the new truck mounted forklift will now allow the company to offer an expanded service to their customers, “The Loadmac will go on the back of a new curtain-sider we have also recently invested in. It’s part of our plan to encourage our customers to recycle more, so this will now enable us to visit customer sites and collect recyclable material by the bale. These bales can weigh up to half a tonne each so with the Loadmac we have the flexibility to load at any site, without needing to worry about what material handling options our customers have.”

The Loadmac is now in service and has been supplied with a specialized clamping attachment, which allows Simply Waste Solutions to collect bales from the side, rather than underneath, speeding up the loading and unloading process.

Ian Chapman, Loadmac Managing Director, commented, “We are delighted to be able to supply Simply Waste Solutions with the first of what we hope will be many Loadmac machines to support their bulk recycling operation.”

Raymond Handling Raises $17,328 to Benefit Breast Cancer Charities with Fourth Annual Pink Pallet Jack Auction

Raymond Handling Raises $17,328 to Benefit Breast Cancer Charities with Fourth Annual Pink Pallet Jack Auction

Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation (RHCC), a leading material handling equipment supplier in Northern California and the Northwest, announced the winning bid on its fourth annual Pink Pallet Jack Project online auction was $6,150 by John Souza of J & K Trucking. Showing its continued support of Raymond Handling’s fundraising efforts, this year marks the fourth year Souza’s company has placed the winning bid. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds raised from this year’s auction were shared between the Tina Fund in Greene, New York and Northwest Hope and Healing.

“Overall, Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation raised $17,328 to benefit two commendable breast cancer charities this year,” said Steve Raymond, President. “We are thrilled to see our Pink Pallet Jack Project’s continued success in uniting our network and communities together in the support of finding a cure. Since 2014, we have raised more than $137,000 for charity, a large portion of this amount coming from the Pink Pallet Jack Project.”

With the second highest bid during the auction, RHCC sold an additional Pink Pallet Jack to Jere VanPuffelen with Prism Logistics. The fight to find a cure is personal for Raymond Handling Concepts as many of its employees have seen the lives of their loved ones shaken by cancer.

Open House

In addition to the auction, RHCC hosted its 30th Anniversary event at its Auburn, Washington facility on October 25, 2017. The open house style event featured Hors d’oeuvres, a live performance by Washington native Gina Belliveau and vendor sponsored raffle prizes including Polaris who donated a gear bag and EnerSys who raffled off a flat screen TV. The event rounded up 27 guests from local communities and several of Raymond Handling’s vendor partners including EnerSys, All Battery, Polaris GEM, Cascade, Quantum, WWMH, WoW Baking and All Battery.

JLT Mobile Computers Selected by Steketee for Smart Farming Precision Agriculture Solutions to Increase Farmers’ Efficiency

Växjö, Sweden, November 13th, 2017.   JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments,  has entered into a partnership with Machinefabriek Steketee B.V., who are using JLT VERSO™+ 10 rugged computers to integrate their Smart Farming solutions for precision agriculture. Steketee is a leading developer of high-tech weeding and soil cultivation machines, used by arable farmers and horticulturalists worldwide.

Leveraging its extensive experience in the agriculture industry, Steketee develops innovative Smart Farming solutions that increase farmers’ efficiency and improve crop yields through the use of IT. Their IC-Light hoeing solution uses a high-definition integrated camera to detect crops in the field and to render a digital image that can be used to detect cultivated crops and enable hoeing machine alignment with outstanding accuracy. The digital image can also be used to measure green surfaces, capture discolorations or count crops. Integrating the IC-Light solution with the rugged VERSO+ 10 computer from JLT Mobile Computers brings exceptional reliability and high computing performance.

The rugged VERSO+ 10 computer deployed in Steketee cultivation solutions is designed to withstand significant temperature changes, severe vibrations, bright sunlight and is IP65 dust and waterproof, making it ideal for use in the agriculture industry.

“The compact format, high performance and great resistance to wear and tear make the rugged PCs from JLT very suitable to our needs,” confirms the R&D Director at Steketee. “The ease with which they can be mounted and dismounted in the farmers’ tractors is another great advantage as this simplifies service and allows devices to be ported between tractors or removed at the end of the working day to prevent theft.”

Featuring the revolutionary JLT PowerTouch™ display technology, the VERSO+ 10 computer provides a user-friendly experience comparable to modern consumer devices – both with a gloved and ungloved hand – while being virtually unbreakable. The clear and bright projected capacitive touchscreen makes it perfectly readable in any conditions, including direct sunlight, enabling real-time visualization of field mapping information right in the field.

For more information about JLT Mobile Computers, its products, and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com.