Crown Equipment Launches Small Footprint Lift Truck That’s Big on Operator Comfort

Crown C-G Series forklift

NEW BREMEN, Ohio – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has introduced a new line of small footprint LPG lift trucks – the C-G Series Cushion Tire 3,000-4,000 lb. – designed for easy maneuvering and operator comfort in manufacturing, warehouse and beverage operations with limited space.

“Crown C-G series forklifts are space-savers for customers with limited floor space, and at the same time they are space-givers for lift truck operators who appreciate extra room to freely, efficiently and safely drive their machines,” said Rob Chaney, C-G Series marketing product manager.

The 37-inch-wide C-G chassis – about five to six inches narrower than the chassis of a typical 4,000 to 7,000 lb. forklift – allows C-G Series forklifts to nimbly navigate tight rack storage aisles. Chaney added that the new model economizes on space for end-users that utilize floor space to block stack. The truck also is well-suited for tight manufacturing areas and small businesses, such as breweries, that have limited space.

Available in 3,000-, 3,500- and 4,000-lb. capacities, the new lift truck comes with a choice of masts, with a range of lift heights, from 78 to 236 inches.

The operator compartment offers a spacious floorboard and strategic pedal placement to allow operators to easily pivot their foot from accelerator to brake, and to the inching pedal.

“And because C-G forklifts are equipped with an electronic switch parking brake, they don’t have a parking brake handle, giving operators even more room to move freely,” Chaney said. “Combined with the low step height, grab bar, extra headroom, and sculpted seat deck, this makes entry and exit easy for operators.”

Other operator comforts include the tilting and telescoping steering column, standard adjustable suspension seat, USB ports, and the standard reverse travel handle and horn button, which add to the comfort and safety of reversing with a load, allowing the operator to keep hands inside the forklift.

The new lift truck is powered by a 4-cylinder, 2-liter LP engine with powershift transmission. The 50.6 HP engine includes a selectable economy mode and top speed control.

The truck frame, heavy cast iron steer axle, and powertrain are rugged enough for transporting product outdoors between plants over concrete and black top surfaces. Several tire options are available.

An optional heavy-duty cooling package is available for heavy-use applications and for operation in high ambient temperatures.

The C-G Series’ oil-cooled disc brakes, covered by a five-year/10,000-hour warranty, are sealed to keep out dirt and contamination. “This feature cuts down on maintenance and is another plus for operator comfort,” Chaney said. “The brakes are always running in an oil bath to cool them and provide consistent pedal pressure, which means longer-lasting brakes and less operator fatigue.”

For ease of maintenance, C-G forklifts provide easy access for routine upkeep such as fluid checks and replacement. And the forklift’s convenient electronic air filter minder provides an on-dash warning when the air filter is plugged.

Toyota Material Handling North America Annnounces 2020 University Research Program Grant Recipients

Program to fund two research proposals designed to advance the material handling industry.

Toyota Material Handling Research Program

Brett Wood, President and CEO, Toyota Material Handling North America (right) congratulates Khurram Afridi, professor, Cornell University, (left) for receiving a University Research Program grant

ATLANTA (March 10, 2020) — Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) has selected two universities’ research proposals to receive funding through the TMHNA University Research Program.

TMHNA announced the recipients of grant funding during a joint press conference at MODEX 2020 held in conjunction with Material Handling Institute (MHI). The research proposals selected for funding include:

  • Dynamic Capacitive Wireless Charging System for Autonomous MH Vehicles

Proposal Author: Prof. Khurram Afridi, Cornell University

  • Material Handling for Industry 4.0 in Small and Medium Enterprises

Proposal Author: Prof. Jorge Dorribo Camba, Purdue University

The sponsored research program was created to drive the next generation of technology for the supply chain, logistics and material handling industries. The program encourages university professors and researchers to apply their knowledge of engineering and technical fields, drawing synergies and collaboration between collegiate research and TMHNA.

The University Research Program, now in its fourth year, attracted a record 44 research proposals from 30 leading universities across the country.

“Our University Research Program is reflective of Toyota’s mission to solve challenges creatively,” said Brett Wood, TMHNA President and CEO. “In partnering with leading universities, we seek to foster industry-led innovation by combining our resources and guidance with the fresh and new ideas coming out of academia. Together in the spirit of collaboration, we hope to build a better, safer, more efficient future for the material handling industry.”

To learn more about the TMHNA University Research Program including information on previously funded projects and how to apply, visit UniversityResearchProgram.com.

MHS introduces IoT-based predictive maintenance solution for logistics facilities

Condition-based maintenance reduces unplanned downtime, avoids unnecessary service

predictive maintenance IIoT

(Mt. Washington, Ky.) March 10, 2020 – MHS (www.mhsglobal.com), a single-source provider of material handling automation and software solutions, announces the launch of MHS Insights, a condition-based maintenance solution that monitors assets through IoT sensors and system data to provide timely maintenance recommendations and strategic health assessments.

“By not leveraging data, warehouses and distribution centers miss significant opportunities to reduce downtime and make their service operations more effective and efficient,” says John Sorensen, senior vice president, Lifecycle Performance Services, MHS. “MHS Insights is designed to address this deficiency by combining data and analytics to provide precise, timely maintenance insights.”

MHS Insights integrates readings from multiple data sources with predictive models, historical readings and detailed knowledge of failure modes. This provides service organizations with precise, condition-based predictive alerts on potential failures, rated with a red, yellow or green level of urgency. These proactive maintenance and component replacement recommendations come well ahead of when alarms would activate in the control room.

By detecting emerging failure risks early, businesses can turn unplanned downtime into strategically planned repairs that minimize system disruption and help maximize reliability. Condition-based maintenance can also avoid unnecessary routine preventive maintenance tasks based on arbitrary schedules, not asset-specific information.

Facilities can integrate MHS Insights with the company’s CMMS solution, for a seamless, effective package to optimize maintenance spend and system performance. MHS Insight alerts can auto-populate work orders and part orders, saving time and cost on administrative tasks, and arming technicians with OEM specific recommendations and equipment information to expedite service.

To learn more about MHS Insights, click here.

EnerSys® Battery Solutions Enable Hybrid Power Approach for Optimal Operational Performance and Productivity

 

EnerSys Battery Solutions

READING, Pennsylvania, March 9, 2020 – EnerSys®, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, is featuring its virtually maintenance-free NexSys® battery solutions at MODEX® 2020 in booth no. 7632. The NexSys® battery portfolio, including NexSys® PURE and NexSys® iON batteries, offer warehouse and distribution centers varying technologies, enabling a hybrid power approach to material handling operations.

Engineered with the latest generation of proprietary Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) and advanced Lithium-ion (Li-ion) technologies, both NexSys® batteries are designed to deliver simple, more productive, predictable power for a wide range of material handling applications, no matter the size of the operation.

“EnerSys strives to remain at the forefront of innovation to provide our customers with premium motive power solutions that maximize productivity and profitability,” said Harold Vanasse, Senior Director of Marketing, Motive Power Americas at EnerSys. “Our suite of advanced NexSys® batteries gives operators two dependable choices exclusively tailored to meet and exceed their power demands regardless of the vehicle application. Both battery chemistries can be utilized in different applications in the same facility to achieve an overall lower total cost of ownership.”

Optimized for fast- and opportunity-charging, NexSys® PURE batteries are ideal for light- to medium-duty applications and are available in a range of capacities and configurations. Featuring a proprietary carbon additive for extended cycle life and increased lifetime energy throughput, the batteries are also equipped with an integrated Battery Management System (BMS) and Wi-iQ® battery monitoring device to track various performance metrics, including discharge current, charge current and State of Charge (SOC).

NexSys® iON batteries are built to the highest safety, design, and manufacturing standards and are an ideal solution for powering heavy-duty applications. They are engineered with large format prismatic cells and Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) cell chemistry and the control module in each battery features an integrated BMS that enables communication with the charger and truck for optimum safety and control.

EnerSys also showcased the innovation behind wireless charging with an on-site demonstration. Wireless battery charging systems free up valuable floor space by eliminating the need for dedicated charging rooms. It can also slash labor demands, as operators will not be required to manually plug or unplug batteries. Instead, lift truck operators will simply drive over a location on the floor where a unit installed beneath it will automatically charge the battery.

For more information on EnerSys and its full line of products, systems, and support, visit www.enersys.com.

Seegrid Announces New Auto-Charging Self-Driving Vehicle for Material Handling

Seegrid GT10 Series 7 Plus

PITTSBURGH, PA – March 9, 2020 – Seegrid, leader in infrastructure-free, self-driving vehicles for materials handling, today announced the launch of GT10 Series 7 Plus, the first vision guided vehicle (VGV) to feature auto-charge integration and an enhanced sensing technology, further advancing automated material movement for manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce companies.

The newest addition to the Seegrid product offering, the GT10 Series 7 Plus automated tow tractor features a shorter mast structure to accommodate facilities with height restrictions, comes standard with auto-hitch capabilities, and features reverse sensing for added functionality. 

It also boasts auto-charge technology which allows the customer to automate the VGV battery charging process. The new auto-charge functionality is integrated into Seegrid Supervisor, the company’s fleet management software, which monitors the vehicle battery levels, automatically sends vehicles to charging stations, and schedules vehicles to return to production once a full charge is reached. 

“The GT10 Series 7 Plus closes the automation loop by providing an end-to-end solution with charging in-between jobs, removing the need for human assistance to complete the repetitive and hazardous task of battery maintenance,” said Jeff Christensen, Seegrid’s vice president of product. “This not only allows for safer work environments, but it also provides a more consistent throughput for a rapid return on investment for our customers.” 

Seegrid vehicles are designed to provide maximum reliability and flexibility in dynamic environments by using the industry-proven vision technology. Every vehicle features ten cameras which collect and interpret thousands of data points every second to create a 3D map of its environment – the most robust navigation system in the industry. Already the most reliable navigation in dynamic environments, this new advancement provides better maneuverability and visibility in tight spaces, while turning, and when moving backwards for increased customer throughput.

The addition of the GT10 Series 7 Plus is another example of Seegrid’s commitment to helping customers continue process improvement in their facilities. For more information about Seegrid’s products and services, visit www.seegrid.com

Efficient order picking – even on the second level

New man-up order picker V08 from Linde Material Handling

Higher pick rates, ergonomic working conditions, greater safety for employees: These are just some of the advantages offered by the new V08 vertical order picker from Linde Material Handling. The truck allows for regular picking at up to 2.80 meters height and helps logistics managers to keep the costs of labor-intensive pick processes under control.

In many warehouses, ever more goods have to be picked within ever shorter periods of time. Often one rack level is not sufficient so that goods are stored not only next to each other but also on the rack above. Up to heights of 1.60 meters, it is quite convenient to use a ground-level order picker. But beyond that, work becomes uncomfortable and strenuous for warehouse staff – and inefficient as well.

In addition to the driver’s platform, in the new Linde V08 vertical order picker the load handling device moves upwards as well. The operator can immediately place down the goods removed from the rack on the forks and continue to the next pick position. “This ensures greater efficiency when employees regularly pick from the first and second levels,” says Eloïse Lévêque, Product Manager at Linde Material Handling.

Since companies have different pick systems in place, there are two order picker models available:

  • On the Linde V08-01, the driver’s platform and forks are firmly connected to each other – and the operator is able to access the pallet directly from the platform. This allows bulky or heavy products to be pushed onto the pallet or roller container without lifting them from the rack. For constricted spaces with tight bends, there is a version with short load arms and 700 kg load capacity (with 500-millimeter load center). By comparison, the version with longer load arms and 1,000 kg load capacity provides greater stability.
  • The second model, Linde V08-02, has an auxiliary lift with 800 kg load capacity. This allows the operator to raise the forks independently of the driver’s platform in order to place the goods removed from the racking at a convenient height on the pallet.

ERGONOMIC DESIGN ENSURES PRODUCTIVITY

All Linde Material Handling low- and medium-lift order pickers follow the same operating philosophy. This makes it easier for employees to switch between the different types of trucks. The operating concept includes the new, height-adjustable Linde steering wheel with rocker switches to control the direction of travel. The switches for raising and lowering the driver’s platform and actuating the auxiliary lift (for V08-02) are positioned in the center of the steering wheel. This provides the advantage that the operator can steer the truck with one hand. The control platform can be lowered while driving, using a footswitch – this saves even more time.

A multifunction color display on the dashboard provides an overview of all important operating data using large digits and symbols. Additionally, the tailor-made fleet management system Linde:connect with an optional cloud solution and improved access to service and battery components also ensures higher productivity.

However, the new models not only enable customers to increase their handling capacity but also provide greater safety and enhanced health protection in warehouse operations. The visually optimized truck design gives the operator better visibility. Additional optional safety features are also available, including electrically monitored side barriers, an auxiliary support frame to offer support when reversing, a ram protection system integrated into the chassis front and the Linde Curve Control assistance system for automatic speed adjustment in curves.

Evans Deploys New Machine Vision AI System from ADLINK to Improve Warehouse Order Accuracy and Efficiency

Evans chooses the ADLINK Edge Smart Pallet solution to optimize warehouse packing line and automate quality checking – as showcased at ADLINK’s booth 614, IWLA Convention & Expo

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Evans Distribution Systems, a provider of third-party logistics and supply chain solutions, is transforming its warehouse packing line with a machine vision AI solution from ADLINK Technology, a global leader in edge computing. The ADLINK Edge™ Smart Pallet technology will be showcased by ADLINK in booth 614 during the 2020 IWLA Convention & Expo in San Diego, March 15-17, 2020.

Evans has deployed the ADLINK Edge™ Smart Pallet solution to improve accuracy and efficiency using two GigE cameras, an Edge AI Gateway computer and ADLINK Edge™ software. Package contents are recorded and classified as they move along the packing line and rule-based analytics are able to identify any incorrect contents.

The solution is able to cross-reference real-time vision data viewing the box contents on the packing line against the packing list on Evans’ Warehouse Management System and, if an error is detected, a label is printed on the box to signal that a manual quality check is required.

“Our investment in this technology from ADLINK is a small step toward a larger organizational goal: To provide the highest quality service to Evans customers using people and innovation to enhance the end-to-end supply chain,” said Steve Ruch, Vice President of Warehousing at Evans. “The goal is to enhance our current operations with a nondisruptive technology and machine vision AI has great potential to transform our business. The packing line conveyor still works in the same way but this machine is over 99% accurate, allowing us to utilize the valuable skills of our people in other areas more efficiently.”

“Our Smart Pallet solution is out of the box technology with minimal configuration and is proven to transform warehouse logistics operations. It replaces traditional barcode hand-scanning by using machine learning to help automate correct packing in the warehouse, removing errors in inventory,” said Daniel Collins, Director of IoT Solutions for ADLINK Americas. “As a smart solution, Smart Pallet includes all the hardware, software and training needed, including ADLINK’s leading Smart Cameras, Edge IoT software for real-time connectivity and Edge IoT apps for machine vision.”

ADLINK is also proud to join the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) as a partner member. Attendees of the 2020 IWLA Convention & Expo can see the Smart Pallet technology live by visiting ADLINK in booth 614.

For more information about the ADLINK Edge™ Smart Pallet solution visit ADLINK’s website at https://www.adlinktech.com/en/Smart-Pallet and stay up to date by following ADLINK on twitter @ADLINK_Tech.

WAI Global to Showcase Starters and Alternators at ConExpo-Con/Agg Show 2020

Visit Booth #B93921

WAI starter motor

Miramar, FL –WAI Global, a premier global parts manufacturer for the heavy-duty, agricultural, automotive, industrial, and power sports aftermarket, announces that it will showcase its starters and alternators at the ConExpo-Con/Agg Show in Las Vegas, March 10-14, 2020, Booth #B93921. 

WAI has worked relentlessly to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers in the heavy-duty, agricultural & industrial markets. This includes an unwavering commitment to be “first-to-market” with the latest model products available. WAI will showcase an extensive range of its 100% new alternators, starters, and their components. WAI’s complete line of starters and alternators are ideal for class one to class eight trucks, construction, forklift, and farm equipment.

WAI alternator

WAI Global’s starters and alternators boast proven superior quality. More than two million units have been sold over the past decade which are tested to OEM specifications and include premium Transpo electronics and WBD grade bearings manufactured by WAI. Alternator output current is thoroughly tested at idle and full load RPMs. Starters are tested for RPM, torque, voltage, and solenoid performance. Validation testing for all products includes endurance, humidity, power thermal cycling, vibration, salt spray, and thermal shock. Every starter and alternator comes with extensive coverage and a warranty rate reduction through the extended field life of new units. Test sheets are included in every box.

For more information on WAI Global’s starters and alternators visit booth B#93921 at ConExpo-Con/Agg Show 2020 or visit www.waiglobal.com.

JLT Mobile Computers expands partnership and becomes exclusive reseller of Winmate products on the US market

The agreement deepens existing relationship between the companies with the aim to provide complete rugged computing solutions for enhanced operational efficiency in the warehouse, ports and other demanding application environments

Växjö, Sweden, 5 March 2020  –JLT Mobile Computers, a leading supplier of reliable computers for demanding environments, announces that it has signed a distribution agreement with rugged computing and embedded solutions provider Winmate Inc. Under the terms of the new agreement, JLT will exclusively distribute Winmate’s portfolio of rugged mobile computers, rugged tablets, and vehicle-mount computers in the United States. Strengthening the existing relationship between the two companies, the agreement marks another step in JLT’s growth strategy centering on their expanded product, service, and solution offerings and strategic partnerships to address customers’ business needs.

Recognizing the increasing complexity of customers’ planning, acquisition, implementation, and management processes as a result of digitization, IoT, Cloud and Industry 4.0 trends, JLT’s vision is to ensure trouble-free business operations for its customers. To realize this vision, JLT is gradually transforming itself into a provider of end-to-end rugged IT solutions, with a strengthened commitment to customers through the sale of complementary products, services, and consultancy besides the leverage of a growing number of strategic partnerships.

“JLT has been a pioneer and leader in the rugged computing industry for more than 25 years and today owns a long-standing presence in the U.S., especially within the warehousing, transportation and ports segments”, said Allan Lin, COO of Winmate. “By combining the JLT offering with Winmate products and expertise, we will together provide the best possible enterprise mobility solutions and services in the U.S. market.”

“Our strategy to become a provider of end-to-end rugged IT solutions is an ongoing transformation that has been underway for a while”, explained Per Holmberg, CEO at JLT Mobile Computers Group. “JLT is transforming from predominantly being a traditional hardware vendor to becoming a business partner and trusted advisor to our customers, providing the best combination of rugged hardware, software, services, and solutions.”

“Leveraging the strength of JLT’s products, deep expertise in system integration and proactive customer support, in combination with Winmate’s rugged enterprise mobility offering, we will bring outstanding products and solutions to the growing industrial-grade enterprise mobility industry in the United States,” says Eric Miller, CEO at JLT Mobile Computers USA.

To learn more about JLT Mobile Computers, and the company’s products, services, and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com.

Vecna Robotics Expands Partnership with UniCarriers Americas to Meet Soaring Demand for Automated Materials Handling Equipment

Vecna Robotics

March 4, 2020, Waltham, MA — Vecna Robotics, a leading automation provider in the materials handling space, today announced an expansion of their partnership with UniCarriers® Americas, part of the Mitsubishi Logisnext family companies – the third-largest forklift manufacturer in the world. Through this partnership, UniCarriers will manufacture and promote their best-in-class pallet jacks running Vecna Robotics’ Pivotal™ automation software.

With UniCarriers’ manufacturing capabilities, this alliance enables Vecna Robotics to satisfy soaring demand for automation solutions amongst their customer base, including the largest retailers, 3PLs and manufacturers in North America. UniCarriers’ Marengo, IL operation employs sophisticated manufacturing equipment, a team of more than 350 highly skilled professionals, and a half a million square foot manufacturing facility.

Vecna Robotics is also working with UCA to leverage UniCarriers’ Authorized Dealer network of 125 Dealers throughout the Americas. Through this support network, customers can expect rapid response times in the field, further improving the already best-in-class uptime offered by Vecna Robotics autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

“It is clear that logistics is no longer a cost center for the material handling industry; it is the differentiator,” said Daniel Theobald, Founder and CEO of Vecna Robotics. “Our partnership with UniCarriers America allows our customers to quickly expand their use of automation solutions in order to satisfy the customer expectations for faster delivery.”

In addition, UniCarriers will promote Vecna Robotics AMRs to their national accounts. “We are seeing the need to expand our offering to address our customer’s growing needs to automate their operations”, said Brian Markison, Senior Director, National Accounts & AGV Sales at Unicarriers America Corporation. “The combination of our pallet jack’s high quality and Vecna’s PivotalTM automation software is a great combination for us to offer to help our customers meet automation challenges.”

In addition to the ability to deliver autonomous mobile robots at scale, Vecna Robotics provides one of the most integrated solutions in the industry through its continuously-learning orchestration engine, Pivotal. Created to help enterprise organizations navigate the challenges associated with coordinating human and robot productivity, Pivotal works with the site WMS to coordinate and assign tasks to robots, humans, and manual MHE in real-time based on resource capability, location, and availability. Pivotal also provides the ability to bring new units into a fleet quickly, without interrupting already-established workflows and productivity.

For more information visit www.vecnarobotics.com.