hagebau Logistik Decommisions Diesel Forklifts, Turns to Jungheinrich for Rental Fleet Management

  • All hagebau Logistik material handling equipment from Jungheinrich in future
  • Only low-emission electric forklifts in use
  • Rental Fleet Management reduces operating Costs

 

Hamburg. hagebau Logistik will rely entirely on Jungheinrich material handling equipment in the future. At hagebau Logistik’s five logistics sites in Westerkappeln, Neumünster, Herten, Schleinitz and Burgau, the material handling equipment provided by various brands to date will be replaced by some 200 Jungheinrich trucks. As part of this process, the logistics division of the hagebau Group is decommissioning all its diesel-powered trucks and will in the future only use electric vehicles. The company is thus focusing on sustainable intralogistics and significantly reducing the ecological footprint of its truck fleet since the CO2 emissions of a Jungheinrich electric truck are some 42 percent lower than those of an IC engine powered truck of the same payload class.

All trucks are rented trucks. This enables hagebau Logistik to increase the flexibility of its intralogistics fleet. Within the scope of its Rental Fleet Management, Jungheinrich analyzed the previous fleet together with hagebau Logistik. In the process, trucks were identified that had previously been underutilized or inappropriately equipped. The number of trucks in the core fleet was thus reduced by a total of 20 percent. The provision of additional machines is planned for seasonal peaks in demand. In the event of unexpected additional demand, Jungheinrich will supply additional trucks within a very short time. Conversely, trucks that are no longer needed will be withdrawn again. This flexible system avoids overcapacity and guarantees high availability despite a reduced fleet size, significantly reducing the operating costs of hagebau Logistik. hagebau shareholders can also use the framework agreement with Jungheinrich and thus benefit from the new concept and favorable conditions.

About the hagebau group of companies.

Founded in 1964, hagebau Handelsgesellschaft für Baustoffe mbH & Co. KG is a cooperative supported today by around 370 legally independent, medium-sized companies in the specialist and retail trade. More than 1,750 locations in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Spain, and the Netherlands) are affiliated to the hagebau Group.

With a centrally invoiced net turnover (all goods and services purchased via the hagebau head office) of 6.33 billion euros (2018), the hagebau Group occupies a leading position in the industry.

Under the hagebau brand name, the specialist trade serves the building materials, tile, and wood sectors (primarily B2B).

The hagebau retail trade is a franchisor for shareholders of the hagebau Group. With the brands hagebaumarkt, FLORALAND and WERKERS WELT, the hagebau cooperation is active in the location-bound B2C market. Through its subsidiary hagebau connect, the group also covers B2C online trade.

With more than 1,350 employees at seven locations, the hagebau Group provides numerous services for affiliated medium-sized trading houses. The headquarters of the cooperation is in Soltau with around 900 employees. The services for the medium-sized shareholders include purchasing, sales, systems, logistics, IT, marketing and financial consulting. This provides comprehensive and cost-optimized support for the day-to-day business of the independent medium-sized trading houses.

 

Toyota Material Handling Introduces New Electric Models Featuring Toyota-Designed AC Motors

Toyota Material Handling (TMH) introduces two new additions to its industry-leading Core Electric lineup.

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Toyota Material Handling (TMH), the industry’s leader in sit-down counterbalance, 4-wheel electric lift trucks, introduced new 3,000- and 3,500-pound capacity models designed to boost both productivity and uptime.

The new models feature Toyota-designed AC motors that deliver industry-leading runtime and performance. Customers will also benefit from improved ergonomics and new standard features and options that provide additional comfort and versatility.

 “The new Toyota Core Electric models are packed with the latest in technological innovation to increase our customers’ return on investment and increase their productivity without sacrificing efficiency,” said Tony Miller, TMH Senior Vice President of Operations and Engineering.

 In addition to the AC drive motor, both models feature a new AC pump motor. These motors function with reduced current draw, helping to control overall energy and operational costs for superior operability. They also operate without the use of wearable parts such as brushes or commutators, requiring no regular maintenance. Both motors are designed and built by Toyota to maximize uptime and reduce the overall cost of ownership.

 Operators will also enjoy up to 27 percent faster travel and lift/lower speeds as well as an increased runtime of up to 12 percent compared to previous models, delivering industry-leading performance and the ability to move product more efficiently than ever before. They also feature upgraded styling and several new ergonomic improvements for improved comfort and handling. The addition of 34 new options and the availability of limitless special designs adds increased versatility to meet wide-ranging customer demands.

 These models are now available for order. For more information about Toyota’s Core Electric lineup visit ToyotaForklift.com to find your local authorized Toyota forklift dealer.

Toyota Material Handling Earns Recognition as a John Deere “Partner-Level Supplier”

COLUMBUS, Ind.  – Toyota Material Handling (TMH), has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2019 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating.
TMH was selected for the honor because of its dedication to providing quality products, service, and solutions as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. TMH is a supplier of forklift and automated products to numerous John Deere facilities across North America.
Company associates were recognized during formal ceremonies held on January 29 in Davenport, Iowa.
“Kaizen, or continuous improvement, is part of our DNA at Toyota,” said Bill Finerty, TMH Senior Vice President of Sales. “Receiving this recognition is a testament to our brand promise and reinforces our commitment to our customers. We’re proud to be viewed as a partner in John Deere’s success.”
Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.
About Toyota Material Handling
Toyota Material Handling offers a full line of material handling products proudly assembled in the United States, including forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers, pallet jacks, container handlers, automated guided vehicles, and tow tractors, along with aerial work platforms, fleet management services, and advanced automation engineering and design. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 230 locations across North America. For more information, visit ToyotaForklift.com.

Interroll intensifies exchange of expertise with digital channels

Interroll digital

Sant’Antonino, Switzerland. April 21, 2020. Exchange of information and experience at the click of a mouse: Interroll is expanding and deepening interactive contact with its customers with new online services. From now on, training events for customers can be easily booked and conducted via the Internet, meetings with experts can be organized, and short videos on important industry topics can be accessed.

An important cornerstone of the new offering is the Interroll Academy, which for many years has been the driving force behind the transfer of knowledge between employees, customers, and partners. The integrated learning programs offered by the Group-wide training and collaboration center ensure a seamless combination of different learning methods, techniques, and materials. In this way, what has been learned can be optimally deepened and applied. The Interroll Academy cooperates with leading organizations such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund, Germany, and Krauthammer.

With the new e-learning offering by the Interroll Academy, users can access online training content from anywhere at any time. One example of the range of programs on offer is the user training course on the Interroll Layout designer, the popular planning software for the user-friendly design of complete material flow solutions.

Another possibility for a fast, targeted and worldwide exchange of know-how is the online booking of personal expert discussions, for example on technical or industry-specific issues. In addition, informative short videos—educational clips—provide interested parties with a quick introduction to topics that affect important industries such as the food or fashion industry.

“Our customers and partners rely on quality, speed, and easiness from Interroll. We consistently deliver on this promise in the digital world as well. By further expanding our channels for virtual interaction, they can now access our expertise even more easily and enter into a professional exchange with us,” explains Jens Karolyi, Senior Vice President Corporate Marketing & Culture of the Interroll Group.

Yale Robotic Reach Truck Wins Gold Edison Award

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Yale Materials Handling Corporation has announced the company’s first Edison Award, taking home gold in the autonomous work solutions category with its robotic reach truck. A panel of over 3,000 executives from around the world recognized the Yale® robotic reach truck for its use of innovative technology to expand the capability of lift truck-based robotics and address key business challenges facing warehousing and logistics operations.

The ability to lift as high as 30 feet and reach into double-deep storage locations separates the robotic reach truck from other entries in the category and enables operations to automate new processes beyond floor-level, point-to-point transportation. In addition to the LiDAR-based navigation technology used in other Yale robotic solutions, the robotic reach truck uses a combination of 3D cameras and sensors to perceive its surroundings and perform at height.

“These awards honor Thomas Edison’s emphasis on innovations with practical value, from the incandescent light bulb to improvements to the telephone,” says Mick McCormick, Director, Robotics and Automation, Yale Materials Handling Corporation. “The robotic reach truck shares this philosophy, specifically designed to address major challenges facing supply chains like sourcing and retaining labor, finding space for growing inventories and rising commercial real estate costs.”

With consumers demanding a wide range of items for fast delivery, businesses must manage large inventories in close proximity to population centers for fast delivery. The unique high-lifting ability of the robotic reach truck helps operations maximize existing space and avoid costly new construction or expansion.

The robotic reach truck also helps ease the strain on logistics operations to keep hiring and re-training workers for repetitive, turnover-prone positions. Since they are standard Yale® lift trucks outfitted with robotic technology, the same personnel can service both standard and robotic fleets, avoiding the need to train new personnel or call in specialists.

About the Edison Awards

The Edison Awards is the world’s most revered Innovation Award dedicated to recognizing and honoring the best in innovation and innovators since 1987. For more information about the Edison Awards complete program and a list of past winners, visit  www.edisonawards.com.

About Yale Materials Handling Corporation

Yale Materials Handling Corporation markets a full line of materials handling lift truck products and services, including electric, gas, LP-gas and diesel-powered lift trucks; narrow aisle, very narrow aisle and motorized hand trucks. Yale has a comprehensive service offering including Yale® Vision wireless asset management, fleet management, Yale service, parts, financing and training. Yale® trucks are manufactured in an ISO 9001:2008 registered facility and range in capacity from 2,000 to 36,000 lbs.

Yale Materials Handling Corporation is a division of Hyster-Yale Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY).  Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 7,900 people worldwide.

Crown Updates Stacker Offering with Improved M 3000 Series Walkie Straddle Stacker

Crown M3000-20

NEW BREMEN, Ohio  – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, is updating its stacker lineup with the new small footprint M 3000-20 walkie straddle stacker. The M 3000-20 delivers better visibility, productivity, and maneuverability for stacking, moving and managing product in retail, small warehouses and other businesses needing to optimize their space.

“The M 3000-20 improves upon and replaces the Crown M walkie straddle stacker with design changes and new features that raise productivity, ease of use and versatility,” said Ethan Hayes, Class 3 product manager, Crown Equipment.

“With a shorter head length, quieter operation and a 2,000-lb. capacity, the M 3000-20 is right at home in smaller spaces,” said Hayes. “And when it’s time to get to work, this new stacker stands out with an additional lift height of 144 inches – one more pallet position on the rack, double the lifting speed, nearly twice the lowering speed, adjustable straddles and a game-changing feature, the Crown X10® Handle.”

The ergonomically designed X10 Handle improves operator comfort and allows the operator to control the vehicle while standing safely to the side. This improves the operator’s view and the stacker’s maneuverability. The handle includes a thumbwheel, raise/lower buttons and a brake override feature. Brake override enables the M 3000-20 to travel with the handle in a near-vertical position while staying within the footprint of the truck. Crown stackers provide a significantly tighter turn radius than typical rider counterbalance lift trucks.

The M 3000-20 can be used in many applications as a mobile workstation, which can be precisely positioned to improve productivity and comfort. Also, available is an optional snap-on work platform that creates a work surface for a variety of applications.

Other options include Work Assist accessories, keyless on/off, remote raise/lower control, fork locks, load backrest, a soft start hydraulic package and Crown’s InfoLink® operator and fleet management system, which monitors performance and utilization of connected equipment, people and processes.

The M 3000-20 joins Crown’s wide-ranging family of stackers, including straddle, reach, counterbalance and fork over models that address specific applications and challenges. view and greater maneuverability.

MAKING AUTONOMOUS ORDER PICKING A SUCCESS

How can we derive even greater benefit by combining what humans do best with the advantages of autonomous technologies? What should an adaptive autonomous picking system be able to handle and what safety measures are necessary to operate vehicles autonomously in public spaces? Answers to these questions are being provided by the QBIIK research project, which ends in June this year after three and a half years of development work.

autonomous order picker

The QBIIK project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the ‘PAiCE – Digital Technologies for The Private Sector’ technology program (see pullout). The program uses prototype solutions in specific application areas to highlight the opportunities that arise from integrating and using innovative digital technologies. “The various objectives include optimizing the use of resources and ensuring that production is as environmentally friendly as possible. The new QBIIK FTF robot system makes value-added processes more efficient while using fewer resources,” says Gerd Hembach of the German Aerospace Center, which is responsible for the project.

Robot system learns via the user interface

The project is developing an adaptive autonomous picking system that combines the advantages of autonomous technologies with human capabilities. At the heart of the system is a locally controlled truck with a gripper robot capable of moving euro containers with a maximum weight of 15 kilograms. The vehicle can position itself within the warehouse, navigate to its destination, and reach for the ordered goods – all completely autonomously. A human-machine interface can be used to request remote human support via a virtual reality user interface as necessary, for example, if a gripping process fails. In this scenario, a person takes control of the robot to complete the identification and gripping processes. This human intervention allows the robot system to learn how to handle new work processes so that it can carry out new procedures in the future.


THE QBIIK TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

autonomous pickerThrough the PAiCE (Platforms/ Additive Manufacturing/ Imaging/ Communication/ Engineering) technology program, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) funds the testing of new digital technologies in industrial processes and applications. The QBIIK project is part of this funding program, in which the development partners BÄR Automation, STILL GmbH, Audi Sport GmbH, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are participating. The project is scheduled to end in June 2020 after three and a half years.


The iGo neo has all the right ingredients

The iGo neo from industrial truck manufacturer STILL provides the vehicle platform for the QBIIK project. The engineers at STILL incorporated intelligent robot technology – and therefore cognitive abilities – during the picking truck’s development. The result is an autonomous system that is perfectly tailored to the requirements of order picking tasks in environments such as retail, e-commerce, and spare part sales. “The truck’s equipment has proven hugely beneficial in this project. We have retained more than 90 percent of the existing software frameworks in the iGo neo and only had to make minor adjustments,” says Bengt Abel, who is responsible for the QBIIK project at STILL and at the holding company, the KION Group. “Because the vehicle is so autonomous and we know it very well, we have had more time to deal with other tasks.”

Virtual protective cage increases safety

And there have been plenty of other tasks to tackle. For example, a risk analysis identified 116 hazardous situations that could arise with the demonstrator vehicle. “That is why we looked at the necessary safety measures at great length. The biggest issue was that there is no standard to fall back on for this type of application where a robot is mounted on an autonomously moving vehicle. Simply adding a cage around the vehicle was not feasible in this case,” Abel adds. This challenge was resolved by installing a scanner that establishes a safety zone around the iGo neo. If a person or an object enters the zone, the truck and the robot arm are deactivated immediately.

Learning processes completed successfully

Another development priority was the autonomous truck’s ability to orient itself within its environment. For this, the STILL developers used Monte Carlo localization (MCL), a sample-based method for estimating the position and orientation of a mobile system. The first tests were run in the warehouse of project partner Audi. With the help of learning trips, waypoints were recorded which the autonomous system uses to find its way around. The iGo neo can then freely move between them using fixed objects such as walls and pillars as orientation points. “During the initial tests, the learning trips had to be carried out by us, but the plan, later on, is to enable system users to carry out these trips themselves,” says Abel. The containers on the shelves are detected in several stages by an artificial neural network using a combination of imaging sensors, a 3D camera, and tactile proximity sensors.

Overall, STILL development engineer Bengt Abel is very satisfied with the progress on the project. “We still have some work to do to speed up the truck and the robot, as it is currently too slow to use in the field,” he says in summary. However, this is largely due to safety requirements, which are still rather high. Gerd Hembach from the German Aerospace Center is also pleased with the results so far: “The consortium has developed reliable results within three and a half years and implemented them in an application. I expect to see a prototype of the entire system when the project concludes in June 2020.”

Source: Kion Group

FlexQube celebrates 5 years working with its online design platform, DesignOnDemand™

FlexQube

FlexQube is a material handling and industrial cart provider with experience within the logistics, distribution and manufacturing industries. Within this time, FlexQube had launched its DesignOnDemand™ platform, which allowed facility managers, engineers, and other customers to join an online design meeting. Within this meeting, everything is discussed, from transportation methods, the weight of the materials, to delivery times and manufacturing.

Now FlexQube is marking its fifth anniversary in its DesignOnDemand™ platform. This platform has been a pillar for the FlexQube brand in how we interact with our customers. In these five years, FlexQube has been able to help over 500 customers create, develop, and redesign their material handling solutions. This has led to over 1000 designs published on the FlexQube website, and this further improves the ease of creating solutions without the customer needing to leave their computer.

CEO Anders Fogelberg comments, “Without the use of our online platform, we wouldn’t have been able to help so many customers in such a short amount of time. In the beginning, some customers were a little hesitant, but as time went on, it seemed like the more obvious and beneficial method of interacting with customers, for both parties. I look forward to seeing how far we can take this platform in the future”.

We look forward to further strengthen the DesignOnDemand™ platform by using developing technology to create an even better and more valuable experience for the customer.

About FlexQube

FlexQube offers a unique and patented concept for the design and manufacture of robust, modular, and flexible carts and racks. The company has production in Sweden and the US with associated distribution in Europe and North America, including Mexico. On December 14, 2017, the company was listed on Nasdaq First North in Sweden.

FlexQube has some of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive, energy, defense, aviation, appliances, and construction machinery among its customers. Some examples are Volvo Cars, Autoliv, Scania, Whirlpool, Eberspächer, and Oshkosh.

Creform angled cart looks at all the “angles” in brake production

material handling cart

Greer, SC—Creform Corporation, a manufacturer of unique products for material handling structures has designed and produced an angled shelf cart for an automotive parts supplier. The cart, one of several currently in the supplier’s manufacturing operation, holds a supply of brake calipers for a suspension subassembly. 

The compact cart can be loaded up and then positioned in the assembly cell for easy access, allowing the supplier to keep only what is needed in the cell to minimize the space dedicated to inventory.  The design of the cart also works well to support mixed model production or rapid changeover. 

The cart pictured features three angled shelf levels for ergonomic presentation and can easily be restocked from the rear, while still maintaining comfortable parts access from the front for the associate. The wide span is reinforced with central support and casters to create a cart that is both durable and rigid. An extra shelf is provided at the bottom for storage of miscellaneous items. Each of the cart’s levels can be repositioned or reconfigured with simple tools.

The cart features six 4 in. diameter swivel casters with urethane wheels for easy positioning, stability and safe movement.  The wheels lend themselves to easily move the structure from the warehouse to the production floor for housekeeping, or relocation. Four of the casters feature brakes that can be engaged for secure positioning. The cart has overall dimensions of 52” W x 20” D x 48” T and is designed to hold up to 750 lb.

As with all Creform carts, higher capacity and custom cart sizes and configurations are possible with the Creform system of 28 mm, 32 mm and 42 mm plastic coated steel pipes and metal joints. 

A wide variety of pipe color options are available and upgrade hitches are available for AGV delivery. Accessories include hooks, label holders for shelf levels or even shelf positions, writing surface with clipboards to name a few. Creform carts are available as a kit, assembled structure or in component form for a complete DIY solution  

The Creform System is used to create an array of material handling and efficiency-enhancing devices and is a proven component in continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing programs. The company partners with customers in developing and implementing these programs.   

JLT Mobile Computers adds ultra-compact vehicle-mount terminal for logistic applications to its offering

New 10-inch rugged JLT1014P computer provides a cost-effective solution for warehousing and other logistics applications where space is limited, yet reliability and uptime are of utmost importance

JLT ultra-compact vehicle-mount terminal

Växjö, Sweden, 9 March 2020 * JLT Mobile Computers, a leading supplier of reliable computers for demanding environments, announces the launch of an addition to its line of vehicle-mount computers for logistic applications. The new JLT1014P provides customers in warehousing, transportation and other demanding application environments with a cost-effective rugged fixed-mount computer that is perfect for installation in small forklift cabins, trollies or other vehicles where space is at a premium.

“For years, our 12-inch JLT1214P computer has been one of the logistic industry’s most trusted and reliable workhorses,” says Per Holmberg, CEO of JLT Mobile Computers Group. “With the new 10-inch JLT1014P computer our customers get the same hassle-free operation with similar features, functionality, and performance, but in a smaller package – perfect for installation in tight places.”

With the smallest footprint in its class, the slender fixed-mount JLT1014P computer is the perfect choice whenever space in the driver’s cabin is limited. The very compact JLT1014P computer does not disrupt the view or get in the way, thereby improving operation, safety, and productivity.

The space-saving JLT1014P computer comes with a standard (400NIT) or sunlight-readable (800NIT) virtually unbreakable 10.4-inch XGA display with JLT PowerTouch™ technology and is designed to withstand the harshest environments. With an IP65 ingress protection rating, it is impervious to dust and highly resistant to water and can be used in extremely cold and hot temperatures. Furthermore, it offers a wide 9-36 VDC power input and has an internal battery for graceful shutdown in case of an unexpected vehicle power outage.

Based on the same power-efficient quad-core Intel© E3845 processor as the larger JLT1214P computer, the new JLT1014P model is optimized for Windows 10 LTSC and comes with integrated high-sensitivity PIFA antennas for reliable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communication in challenging environments. Optional GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou and 4G LTE mobile broadband ensure connectivity and positioning over large areas.

Despite its compact size and profile, the JLT1014P computer provides a full complement of integrated I/Os, including four USB ports, a Gigabit LAN jack, external SMA antenna connectors, and a legacy serial port, all facing downward for easy, efficient use in any type of vehicle. The strong solid aluminum housing comes with all requisite mounting holes for standard brackets and mounts.

Like the existing 12-inch JLT1214P computer, the new JLT1014P model was created from the ground up for the challenges of logistics applications where productivity and customer satisfaction depend on maximum uptime and trouble-free operation in the toughest environments. Its smaller size and lower weight extend its reach into vehicles with smaller cabins, trollies or other vehicles used in warehouses, on manufacturing floors or any other situation where space is limited.

Contact JLT Mobile Computers for more information about the new JLT1014P computer, or visit www.jltmobile.com to learn more about JLT, its products, services, and solutions.