Best of Industry Award for Jungheinrich’s battery charger

  • Suitable for both lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.
  • Large power output values supported with numerous selectable options and high level of efficiency.
  • Diverse range of mains and truck voltages with networking options.

Jungheinrich chargers

The Jungheinrich SLH 300 battery charger system received the Best of Industry Award in the category Operating Technology. The SLH 300 represents a new generation of high-frequency battery chargers that are suitable for both lead acid and lithium ion batteries. In its explanation of its decision, the jury underlined the importance of cross-technology interconnectivity and support for multiple technologies in charging. According to them, the SLH 300 combines the best of both worlds. The in-house development of Jungheinrich, produced in its Norderstedt production plant, is an essential component of Jungheinrich’s system solution, which Jungheinrich uses to provide its customers with a complete, optimized package comprising truck, drive system, battery and charger system.

“The SLH 300 brings together a perfect solution for the needs of the rapidly growing lithium-ion market and new and smart solutions for the existing lead acid market. This makes the new SLH 300 a genuine milestone in the battery charger market. Using communication interfaces that offer substantial future potential, excellent energy efficiency and a standardized and intuitive approach to operation, we aim to convince our customers of the benefits of Jungheinrich technology,” explained Dietrich Vahldiek, Head of Product Management & Development for Energy Storage Systems and Charger Systems at Jungheinrich.

A carefully selected range of versions ensures that the device provides optimum value for money in each given application: the SLH 300 is available with support for 15–320A and caters to many truck voltage classes and many different national voltage standards. It offers maximum flexibility for the user and is available with numerous well-conceived options, for example a fully graphical display or an automated Aquamatik electrolyte refill control unit. This is a unique feature among comparable products – a device that features a smart electrolyte refill system with a level sensor to detect when the fill level is too low, causing the battery charger to transmit the Aquamatik signal. This then triggers an automatic electrolyte refill, boosting the service life of the battery and generating cost benefits for the user.

It is also possible to integrate other novel networking options – such as a telematic module developed in-house that can be used for tasks such as monitoring power consumption across entire truck fleets as closely as possible in order to optimise energy use.

The charger system is also incredibly easy to set up and use. The SLH 300 is a modular system – that is, built with cascaded modules – made up of a basic housing type and includes a country-specific power supply unit, power modules, a display unit and other optional extras. All of the devices in the series are designed to be wall-mounted or installed in a standing position. Once mounted or installed, the compact and lightweight battery chargers can be used immediately. The smart operating concept ensures that the devices are easy to use, and the LED status indicator is visible even from a greater distance.

Raymond Showcases Cutting-Edge Innovations at Future Tech Live! During Comic-Con

Raymond will be showcasing its award-winning VR technology and demonstrating how intralogistics solutions can be used for workforce educational purposes within the warehouse and beyond.

GREENE, N.Y., July 17, 2019 — This week, The Raymond Corporation is attending Future Tech Live! during Comic-Con International in San Diego from July 18 to 21 to showcase some of its newest innovations: the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator and its Raymond Tracking Location System (RTLS) technology. Future Tech Live! convenes and celebrates the boldest innovators in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality, robotics and Internet of Things. Raymond will be showcasing its award-winning VR technology and demonstrating how intralogistics solutions can be used for workforce educational purposes within the warehouse and beyond.

“Raymond is thrilled to be showcasing its products and solutions alongside some of the industry’s most cutting-edge innovators,” said Michael Field, CEO, Raymond. “With tools like the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator and Raymond Tracking Location System, Raymond is adding to the rapidly changing e-commerce industry — helping organizations manage their workforce education needs and getting products into consumers’ hands more efficiently than ever before.”

To attract industry talent and reach higher operator proficiency levels, virtual reality instructional tools help ensure lift truck operators are coached more quickly and confidently — all before reaching the warehouse floor. The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator — the next generation in lift truck operator learning — leverages a high-powered gaming system to provide advanced, hands-on instruction that is designed to improve operator skills, build employee confidence and help retain staff, all while increasing a business’s productivity and efficiency.

The Raymond Tracking Location System (RTLS) tracks assets through a warehouse, offering metrics on truck and operator behaviors within one comprehensive suite of capabilities. The RTLS provides customers with real-time data about zoning, vehicle tracking, operator tracking and vehicle utilization. This information provides warehouse management with insights on operator training needs and identifies areas to maximize warehouse efficiency.

Comic-Con attendees can visit Raymond’s booth, Booth 2, at the Future Tech Live! pavilion in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 L Street, San Diego, to see these innovative, intelligent workforce solutions in action. Visitors can put on a headset while using the controls of a real forklift to try the Virtual Reality Simulator and test the RTLS technology via remote-controlled forklifts. Raymond’s intralogistics solutions experts will be available to assist and answer any questions.

In addition to demonstrations, Stacey Patch, business manager for the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator, will participate in an expert-led panel, “Rising Stars in Tech: Drivers of Innovation and Entertainment (and How to Join Them),” providing advice and best practices for tech and gaming startups. The panel session will be held Friday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in room 5AB.

Westfalia Shares Tips for Justifying the Cost of Warehouse Automation

Storage solutions provider shares insight into the benefits, costs and return on investment of warehouse automation

Westfalia Technologies, Inc. (Westfalia), a leading provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers and distributors since 1992, advises warehouses and distribution centers to turn toward automation to maximize efficiency and reliability of daily operations. Titled “Does it Add Up? Justifying the Cost of Your Automation Project,” Westfalia’s new white paper explores the benefits of warehouse automation and how to maximize return on investment. Westfalia suggests by using automation, warehouses can make better use of cube space and reduce overall building footprint, leading to increased productivity.

Over the past few decades, warehouse automation has become crucial to the efficiency and reliability of warehouse operations across the globe. The recent rapid growth of sales in the omni-channel marketplace has significantly affected warehousing operations, causing a heightened need for adaptable systems with increased capabilities and flexibility.

Today, automation can help warehouses and distribution centers operate more proactively and efficiently year-round. The benefits of warehouse automation include:
–Maximizing the square footage of the warehouse
–More work opportunities for millennials
–Enhanced inventory accuracy and control
–Higher throughput with less labor
–Minimized product waste
–Increased ROI and efficiency

Dan Labell, president, Westfalia Technologies, “Our goal at Westfalia is to help growing companies expand operations and increase overall efficiency in order to meet the escalation of consumer demand. By introducing automation solutions into the warehouse, including high-density automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) and warehouse execution systems (WES), manufacturers can not only meet high levels of demand, but also set themselves up for future growth.”

To learn more about justifying the cost of warehouse automation, access the free Westfalia white paper here: Does it Add Up? Justifying the Cost of Your Automation Project.

Plug Power announces expanded contract with FM Logistic, further extending presence in the European market

FM Logistic becomes first traditional GenKey customer in Europe, deploying Plug Power hydrogen refueling station in Neuville aux Bois, France

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leading provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions enabling e-mobility, has announced an expanded contract with FM Logistic, making it the first traditional GenKey customer in Europe. FM Logistic initially adopted Plug Power’s GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell technology in 2015. Continuing use today, this expanded relationship will include an increased fleet of GenDrive fuel cells along with a GenFuel hydrogen refueling station – Plug Power’s first in Europe – which will supply FM Logistic’s hydrogen capacity over the next five years. The deal with FM Logistic follows Plug Power’s announcement of a new partnership with StreetScooter and DHL, representing continued European growth as part of Plug Power’s strategic 2019 goals.

“For years we’ve been able to offer our material handling and logistic customers with the end-to-end solution they needed, whether it’s fuel cell engines or hydrogen storage and dispensers,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “We are very excited to bring our customers in Europe the same services. Europe has been an area of focus for us this year, and this is a truly monumental step in proliferating hydrogen power. Ensuring a steady supply of hydrogen is a foundational element of reliable hydrogen infrastructure, and we continue to be a driving force for the global solution.”

As one of the most forward-thinking companies in Europe, FM Logistic has worked with Plug Power for five years to decrease their carbon footprint and increase productivity and efficiency of the fleet vehicles running in their distribution centers and warehouses. With their accelerated growth and facilities across France, FM Logistic turned to Plug Power’s GenKey solution. FM Logistic continues to show their commitment to clean, dependable, efficient power solution.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Plug Power over the last five years, and we look forward to continuing to grow this partnership,” said Yannick Buisson, FM Logistic’s Directeur Général France. “Plug Power’s GenKey offering will allow us to benefit from a unique, turnkey solution that aligns with our business and sustainability goals. We have a corporate responsibility to ensure our options are green, and this partnership is a crucial one.”

The new contract was signed in May 2019 and will include all necessary refueling infrastructure, related services, and hydrogen fuel. The new hydrogen refueling station will be located at FM Logistic’s operation in Neuville aux Bois, France.

Binghamton University, Raymond Corp. & NYSEG Partner to Create More Sustainable Warehouses

Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the project will allow researchers to work with The Raymond Corporation to develop an economically viable storage demonstration project.

BINGHAMTON, NY—Faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York will develop and demonstrate a new energy storage process and solution for warehouse energy management. The solution will use solar panels, a stationary energy storage system and lithium-ion batteries on forklifts that will reduce energy costs for warehouse owners.

Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the project will allow researchers to work with The Raymond Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electric forklift trucks and intralogistics solutions, to develop an economically viable storage demonstration project. The project is designed to demonstrate why a behind-the-meter storage system and controllable forklift charging can be beneficial for warehouse owners and the utility grid. Ziang (John) Zhang, principal investigator, and Pritam Das, co-principal investigator, both assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering at Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, will work closely with Raymond engineers to manage the energy generation, storage and consumption of lithium-ion batteries in their forklift trucks.

“We are honored to be selected by NYSERDA to support its clean energy initiative with research that includes a solar power system (photovoltaic), a stationary energy storage system, and several forklift battery chargers,” said Zhang. “We believe this partnership with Raymond can give the industry an example of what future warehouse energy systems look like and how it can benefit all parties involved.”

Electric forklift trucks are traditionally powered by lead-acid batteries, which can have an extended recharge time of up to eight hours. In many high-use warehouses, several of these shifts may overlap where each forklift truck may have two or three batteries utilized per truck – one in use, one on recharge, and one cooling down in storage. Lithium-ion batteries provide great benefits to Raymond’s customers, but the fast-charging feature may cause significant energy demands to warehouse owners during peak times, which is why this project was developed.

“Our partnership stemmed from the manufacturing industry’s growing need for more sustainable, more controllable resources,” said Michael Field, chief executive officer of The Raymond Corporation. “By implementing lithium-ion batteries into more forklifts, our customers will see the same high-quality products but with overall energy consumption reduction due to the ability to charge at nearly 100 percent efficiency and reduced costs, on account of the batteries having a longer lifespan.”

The proposed solution can turn warehouses into a controllable energy hub which can be optimized to support the power grid during normal and peak grid conditions. Binghamton University will work with New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) to estimate the grid benefit/impact of the proposed system. The preliminary analysis includes an estimation of how the system impacts the efficiency of the local circuit. “Controllable distributed energy resources, such as battery storage, will play a significant role in managing the electricity grid in the future. We are excited to be working with Binghamton University and The Raymond Corporation on this exciting project,” said Carl Taylor, President, and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E.

NYSERDA’s project was founded to assist the state in combatting climate change and put it on the path to carbon neutrality. By partnering with Raymond, a New York-based company, this initiative is focused on driving down costs and creating a self-sustaining energy market for both wholesale and commercial businesses in the state. Ultimately, Binghamton University and Raymond will work together to implement changes in warehouses to encourage sustainability, while engaging and educating the local community on their efforts.

“This is an excellent example of how companies are pushing beyond the status quo to bring clean energy technologies into their workplace while supporting Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goals,” said Alicia Barton, president, and CEO of NYSERDA. “Incorporating multiple clean energy technologies into one system, such as this project, will enable warehouses to become more energy efficient, save money and increase productivity while making their buildings healthier for workers.”

This project builds on a previously NYSERDA-funded project completed by Raymond in 2017 which showed the advantages to using lithium-ion batteries for energy storage on forklifts. The earlier project developed methods for the battery, truck, and charger to communicate temperatures, state of charge and other status information, as well as demonstrate improved performance while the forklifts were in use.

Contributing to this project from The Raymond Corporation are Steven Medwin, director of energy solutions; Stephen Bentley, operations project manager; and John Kirk, research engineer. Scott Bochenek, manager of AVANGRID’s Smart Grid Programs, is also involved in this project.

Achieve Operational Cost Savings With an Optimal Balance Between Productivity and Fuel Consumption

forklift fuel consumption vs productivityHyster Europe has done extensive analysis using data from telematics which offers insight into ways to reduce the cost per tonne moved. The overall conclusion is that productivity has a greater impact on Total Cost of Operation (TCO) compared to minimizing fuel consumption. While Hyster® Container Handlers offer one of the lowest fuel consumption rates, this has been achieved without compromising productivity.
“Better productivity has a greater impact on the cost per container moved,” states Chris van de Werdt, Product Strategy Manager EMEA Big Trucks for Hyster Europe. “Fuel savings are good to have when they are not affecting productivity, as they are also a small percentage of the cost of running a machine.”

The company estimates that typically for the European and US market (excluding the tire costs) just 16% of the total cost to run a ReachStacker, for example, is the fuel cost. 20% is maintenance costs, 20% is depreciation and a full 44% is operational costs, including the driver.

“Our approach to fuel savings has always been about the best balance to support busy operations,” says Chris. “Tests we have conducted indicated that the Hyster® ReachStacker can be up to 12% more productive than a comparable product.”

“Real-life testing shows that 12% more containers can be moved per truck per hour in many operations, which quickly adds up. Excellent power response and productivity is often much better for operations with seasonal peaks and tight timescales when they need to push harder,” claims Chris.

“Hyster Europe offers fast, responsive machines that can help keep drivers fresh and productive,” he says. “Slow machines can lead to complaints, poor staff retention, and an inefficient operation, despite marginal savings at the fuel pump.”

Hyster has always been at the forefront of fuel-saving technologies particularly during the launch of its Stage IV Big Truck range.

“We were the first to bring huge fuel savings to the market, but we did not compromise on productivity,” he says.  “As we launch our Stage V range, the fuel savings are significant, but the productivity is exceptional, making this the best balance for operations who want to make real financial savings.”

For more information about the range of Hyster® Stage V Big Trucks, visit www.hyster.eu.

Konecranes wins another Flow Drive reach stacker order from Dutch terminal Alpherium

Konecrane reach stacker

In March 2019, CCT Alpherium, an inland waterway container terminal located in Alphen aan den Rijn, a mid-size town in the western Netherlands, received their second Konecranes Flow Drive reach stacker in as many years, and placed an order for a third one. All the three units are being used for container handling around the site.

Located almost halfway between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the inland terminal has a capacity of more than 200,000 TEU per year. Keen to manage environmental issues more effectively, Alpherium in 2018 invested in their first two Konecranes Flow Drive reach stackers, aiming to reduce fuel consumption and costs, as well as carbon emissions and noise within the terminal.

Almost immediately, truck drivers gave direct feedback to terminal manager Ivo Hilhorst. They told him that the Flow Drive lift truck gave then a smooth ride, with no issues affecting the transmission. Braking and reversing were simpler and maneuverability was excellent. In addition, the truck ran at a lower noise level that made operating the vehicle at any time more pleasant, and a better choice during night shifts. They also noticed that fuel consumption was down by around 25%.

”We were very happy with our first Flow Drive machine,” says Mr Hilhorst. “It performed so well, we decided to get another one less than a year later. We plan to replace all of our old reach stackers with Konecranes Flow Drive vehicles, and that’s why we have one additional order in the pipeline”

Peinemann Mobilift Group was responsible for brokering the deal. As one of Rotterdam’s premier heavy lift solution providers, the company offered Alpherium their “total terminal maintenance concept”, by which they mean a complete service and maintenance package. “Together with Alpherium. we are continuously improving on environmental issues, including the reduction of fuel consumption,” said Marcel Toepoel of Peinemann. “All the machines have also been equipped with TRUCONNECT for close monitoring.”

Konecranes has developed three ECOLIFTING concepts – Power, Flow, and Hybrid – that employ innovative engineering solutions to help customers save money, maintain performance and benefit the environment. Flow Drive uses a combination of hydrodynamic and hydrostatic technology to improve efficiency at high speed and precision at low speed. The result is its impressive performance for customers including Alpherium.

“We’re excited to hear how much our customers like Flow Drive,” says Tobias Åkesson, Area Sales Manager, Konecranes Lift Trucks. “ECOLIFTING helps them make better choices for their businesses and the future.”

Lifting America: The Economic Impact of Industrial Truck Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers

Demand for forklifts, other industrial trucks, and associated services exists in every state throughout the US. While data on units produced, sold, and imported is readily available, an analysis of the economic contribution that industrial truck manufacturing makes to the US economy and individual states has not previously been undertaken. To address this, the Industrial Truck Association commissioned Oxford Economics to conduct research, analysis, and impact modeling to clearly quantify the economic contribution of industrial truck manufacturing and its support services in the US. This report highlights the importance of the industry to the US economy in terms of jobs, wages, tax revenue, and GDP.

The report from the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) and Oxford Economics offers detailed data at national and state levels. Click here to view the full report.

FLTA addresses latest queries from public

As the leading UK authority on forklift matters, the Fork Lift Truck Association is often the go-to place for members of the public with pressing lift truck queries.

Tim Waples forklift questionsWhile a library of informative fact sheets is available on fork-truck.org.uk with detailed answers to many of the most common questions, Tim Waples, FLTA CEO has responded to some of the recent questions received by the Association.

Forklifts on public roads

If someone is crossing a side street on a forklift to travel from one department to another: Do they need to register the forklift? Does it require taxing? How far can they travel before having to register?

“The issue of forklifts on public streets is one the Association is regularly asked about. All mechanically propelled vehicles need to be registered and taxed under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.

“As to how they are taxed: forklifts are taxed based on their means of propulsion as well as their weight.

“Any electric trucks are taxed in the Electric Vehicle class.

“A forklift with a revenue weight up to 3500kg comes under the Private/Light Goods taxation class.

“A forklift with a revenue weight exceeding 3500kg (provided it is designed for use on private premises) can be classed as a work truck. It can be used on the road to carry goods between the premises and a nearby vehicle.

“Distances exceeding 1000 yards on a public road will require the vehicle to be taxed in the HGV taxation class. Distances under 1000 yards do not require registration for road use but be aware of the requirements for insurance in case the truck is involved in an accident.”

Forklift finance

Is there a way of finding out if a forklift has finance still owing on it?

“Unfortunately, only trucks registered with the DVLA can be HPI checked. However, Investec Materials Handling Finance — one of our members — can carry out a check on your behalf using their systems and at their absolute discretion.  If you wish them to do this for you, please contact them on 0330 123 2017 and ask for any of the following members of the team: Jon Hussey, Stacey West or Leanne Kirkwood. They will require as much detail as possible on the machine such as make, model, year of manufacture, serial number etc.”

Second-hand guards

If you fit a second-hand overhead guard, would this need to be tested?

“Provided that the guard is undamaged, unmodified (including holes drilled for fixtures added post manufacture), is an original guard, fitted to the original mounts, with genuine fixtures and is from a machine of the same brand, model and capacity, it should not be necessary to subject it to testing. It will be up to you, or your engineer, as a competent person, to ultimately determine the integrity of the repaired machine.”

Power pallet trucks

What training is required to operate a Powered Pallet Truck?

Does a powered pallet truck require an annual LOLER inspection or is it only servicing that is required/advised?

“Regarding training for power pallet trucks: Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) states that an employer must provide adequate training for all persons using work equipment — and this includes powered pallet trucks. It also specifies that the training must cover how the machine is used, the risks involved, and detail the precautions to be taken.

“It is also essential for you to maintain up-to-date risk assessments and training records, and to ensure that adequate refresher training is provided, especially if there is a change of machinery or the application has been subject to changes. Please do not assume that there is no legal requirement to provide formal training — there most certainly is.

“The HSE has recently updated its Approved Code of Practice to clarify that LOLER applies to high-lift pallet trucks (both manual and powered) that have the ability to raise the forks above 300mm. The ACoP can be downloaded free of charge from the HSE’s website.”

Summing up, Tim said “It’s always good to see how many non-Members know to come to us for guidance on forklift matters. The Association’s wealth of knowledge and reputation as the experts is well established. We’re always looking to expand our archive of information and keep it up-to-date, so the more we’re asked the better our resources become.

JLT Mobile Computers Selected for Two New ICTSI Terminals in Papua New Guinea

ICTSI selects JLT computersJLT Mobile Computers, a leading supplier of reliable computers for demanding environments, has strengthened its long-standing relationship with global port operator ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services, Inc.) with the deployment of its VERSO™ 12 computers at the operator’s new container terminals in Papua New Guinea.

ICTSI is one of the top five major maritime port operators in the world with 32 terminals in 19 countries. JLT partner Autepra delivered and installed rugged VERSO 12 computers from JLT to maximize everyday terminal operation efficiency at two new ICTSI terminals, South Pacific International Container Terminal Ltd (SPICT) in Lae and Motukea International Terminal Ltd in Port Moresby. Last year, these new terminals contributed to a 6% increase in ICTSI handled shipping volume.

ICTSI is undertaking an ongoing initiative to improve the operational efficiency of SPICT, Papua New Guinea’s leading container terminal. The operator has invested over 4.51 million USD in the terminal to date, in excess of its commitments for 2022 and more than half of the initial agreed outlay for operational efficiency improvements.

The delivery of JLT VERSO 12 mobile computers supports the efficiency gains, ensuring uninterrupted operation and seamless integration with the Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS). JLT Mobile Computers signed a five-year partnership with the Navis Ready Program in March 2019. The agreement guarantees JLT rugged computers validation for use with all major releases of the market-leading Navis N4 TOS over the next five years. Navis Ready validation means that customers can be assured that equipment from JLT Mobile Computers has passed Navis’ rigorous testing processes.

Tomas Girdzevičius, CEO of Autepra, a key contractor and business partner of JLT Mobile Computers, said: “We have worked worldwide with ICTSI since 2013 and are proud suppliers of choice for rugged mobile computers. JLT devices are used with Navis TOS in everyday terminal operation to bring efficiencies to ICTSI’s business.”

He continued: “When ICTSI acquired the two new terminals in Papua New Guinea in 2018, they came straight to us for the supply of world-class rugged JLT computers. ICTSI know us and they know that they can rely on us to deliver, wherever they operate in the world.”

Beatrice G. Mahuru, General Manager – Corporate Affairs at ICTSI South Pacific, said: “As maritime terminals are a central link in the supply chain, we at ICTSI South Pacific are committed to digitization and automation to bring efficiencies into our Papua New Guinea business. We are proud of our association with Autepra for ease of business using smart solutions.”

The rugged JLT VERSO 12 computers are specifically developed for use in the harshest environments and for business-critical functions where performance and reliability are of utmost importance. The VERSO 12 features high-performance Intel Core i5 or E3845 quad-core processor options for demanding applications; JLT PowerTouch™ display technology with hardened glass for outstanding resistance to wear and tear; and rugged design for outdoor and indoor usage. The VERSO 12 also features a 12-in sunlight readable display and integrated backup battery for uninterrupted operation.

To learn more about JLT Mobile Computers, our products, services and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com.