Smith Corona Doubles Storage Capacity with the Completion of Second Poweracks Installation

  • First Poweracks installation in existing manufacturing and distribution facility completed in 2017
  • Second Poweracks installation doubles storage capacity of original Poweracks installation; completed in four weeks

Charleston, SC – September 12, 2018 – FLEXSPACE announced the completion of the second Poweracks installation in less than a year at Smith Corona’s Ohio manufacturing and distribution facility. The second Poweracks, high-density mobile racking system, will double the storage capacity of the original 2017 Poweracks installation. The second Poweracks installation was completed within four weeks with minimal business interruption.
The FLEXSPACE team again demonstrates with the second installation of Poweracks at Smith Corona’s existing facility, the ability to modify an existing warehouse space with its high-density mobile storage system.  “Increasing storage capacity with our semi-automated, high-density Poweracks system can easily and relatively quickly be accomplished in existing facilities,” says Todd Jessup, principal, FLEXSPACE.  “In this historic downtown location, Smith Corona has relied on Poweracks to continue to meet its growing business and storage needs without moving its operations and people”
FLEXSPACE will be exhibiting at PACK EXPO INTERNATIONAL co-located with HEALTHCARE PACKAGING EXPO, booth E-9032, taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago; October 14-17, 2018.  PACK EXPO INTERNATIONAL is indisputably the year’s most comprehensive packaging event on the continent—and the one that powers innovation like no other.
“PACK EXPO is where we first met the Smith Corona team,” continues Jessup. “PACK EXPO provides us with the unique opportunity to present how high-density storage solutions like Poweracks and our pallet shuttle, Ranger can positively impact their businesses with greater revenue potential, decreased operational and labor costs, and overall increased efficiencies.”
About FLEXSPACE 
FLEXSPACE is an innovative storage solution provider whose vision is to revolutionize industrial storage space across America. We excel at providing our clients with solutions that minimize energy demands, capital exposure, and impact to our Earth’s resources.
FLEXSPACE is also the exclusive North American partner to Storax, forming Storax America. To learn more, visit www.flexspace360.com 

Pick-by-Vision: Fiege Equips Another Location with Picavi Smart Glasses

The contract logistics pioneer Fiege is setting new standards in the field of pick-by-vision: The company, which already uses the Picavi solution, has now ordered 40 more pairs of smart glasses for its site in Worms. In addition, the Fiege branch in Großbeeren will now also be equipped with the smart glasses. Fiege has purchased more than a dozen from Picavi for its logistics center near Berlin. Picavi sees these projects as milestones in the company’s development.

Picavi’s Chief Sales Officer Carsten Funke puts a spotlight on the latest developments: “The new order for the warehouse in Großbeeren and the tripling of the number of glasses for the branch in Worms represent a huge step for our company,” he says. “There’s nothing better than when a satisfied customer backs up or expands the pick-by-vision solution to other locations. It is a clear signal that our product is working well in everyday life because it optimizes logistics processes.”

Fiege began to pick products such as power or garden tools with smart glasses for local customers in Worms almost a year and a half ago. Twenty pairs of Picavi smart glasses were recently in use there. “The efficiency gains achieved with the pick-by-vision solution have convinced us. For this reason, we are now equipping even more warehouse workers with smart glasses,” Michael Suden, Managing Director of Fiege Industry Logistics in Worms commented on the purchase of 40 more glasses.

The hands-free approach for order picking is also used in the Fiege branch in Großbeeren. “By using smart glasses, we want to reduce picking times and error rates through the visual guidance of warehouse staff,” says Martin Schacht, Branch Manager at Fiege in Großbeeren. “After the good experiences our colleagues in Worms had, we consider these goals to be realistic. We are pleased that smart glasses are becoming the second location in the Fiege world.”

“Because of the turnkey solution that we can offer, the integration phases are short-lived and so our customers can replace their old systems quickly. The training period needed for the workers is also very short due to the clear and always comprehensible display,” emphasizes Johanna Bellenberg, Director of Marketing and Communications at Picavi, who now has more than 50 successful pick-by-vision projects to her credit.

About Picavi GmbH

Picavi GmbH is an award-winning and well-recognised full-service provider with a 100 percent dedication of its intralogistics and wearable expertise to Pick-by-Vision solutions. By wearing smart glasses, a strict visual guidance through the complete picking process enables workers to maximize their productivity and minimize errors while working hands-free. Picavi is already being used by numerous logistics experts from a variety of sectors.

The German company is deeply rooted in the IT industry and in intralogistics. Picavi is an official Glass Partner, a Vuzix VIP Partner and connected to many other wearable providers, so the system works independently from the smart glass hardware. Clients worldwide can rely on a network of technology and sales partners such as DSA Systems in Northern America and WRH Global Australia for the Oceania region.

CEO Dirk Franke has over two decades of experience in the development and sale of software systems for paperless order picking. Alexander Voss, professor of applied informatics in Aachen, supports strategic product development and software quality assurance at Picavi as a consulting shareholder. A wide network of service, integration, technology and sales partners provides additional expertise.

Thanks to its practicality, the pick-by-vision solution was also awarded the IT Innovation Prize in the industry & logistics category by the Initiative Mittelstand association in 2016. In the same year, the IT and logistics specialist was one of three companies to be awarded the “Hidden Champion” prize in the “Vision” category by German news broadcaster n-tv.

Raymond Announces Model 5300 Order Picker for Light-Duty Applications

 The Raymond Corporation has introduced the new Raymond® Model 5300 orderpicker, providing a configuration for every application.

Raymond 5300 OrderpickerModel 5300 offers updated technology for enhanced truck performance and design features for improved efficiency and lower cost of ownership — particularly ideal for smaller operations with light-duty cycles. The new orderpicker will have a 24-volt battery and is available with two mast options:

  • Two-stage mast with a lift height of 241 inches and up to a 2,200-pound capacity.
  • Three-stage mast with a lift height of 240 inches and up to a 3,000-pound capacity.

With Raymond’s exclusive ACR System, operators will have more uptime, quicker acceleration and smoother directional changes on the Model 5300. The system also allows for fewer battery changes and advanced diagnostics, equating to reduced maintenance costs and lower total cost per ownership.

“To maximize productivity in today’s fast-paced industry, the Model 5300 will offer design versatility and affordability to better serve customers’ needs for light-duty, value-driven applications and single-shift pick throughput requirements,” said Shannon Curtis, product manager for orderpickers, Raymond.

In addition, product enhancements have been made to the Raymond Model 5500 and 5600 orderpickers, which are used for medium- to high-throughput and heavy performance applications. On both models, the lift and lower speeds have been improved, allowing for more picks per shift and increased productivity.

“These product line enhancements help us offer configurations for all applications, and our improved lift and lower speeds will move more product faster to keep pace with today’s heightened demands,” Curtis said.

Hyster Receives Grant for Fuel Cell Powered Container Handler for Port of Los Angeles

Hyster fuel cell zero emissionH

yster Company has announced the receipt of a grant from California Climate Investments (CCI) to support the development of a zero-emissions container handling truck powered by a Nuvera® fuel cell. The funding, awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), part of CCI, the state of California’s climate change-fighting, cap-and-trade program, aims to help Hyster and its partners develop a zero-emissions container handler for an end-user in the Port of Los Angeles. To receive the award, recipients must meet defined business practices and overall rigorous performance measurement standards. These standards are reviewed and updated annually to represent the most critical business activities and performance excellence principles necessary to keep pace with evolving customer expectations and industry dynamics.

The Hyster® electric laden container handler entering development is intended to be powered by a Nuvera® fuel cell combined with a lithium-ion battery. This follows the news released in 2017 that a Hyster® H1150HD-CH container handling truck with fully electric motors and a large lithium-ion battery has entered the test phase.

“The right power option for a truck will always depend on the specific operation,” says Lyndle McCurley, Vice President, Big Truck Sales Americas for Hyster Company. “Whereas the large lithium-ion battery is expected to suit those applications with a medium duty cycle where opportunity charging is possible, we anticipate the truck powered by a battery re-charged by an onboard fuel cell will better suit the challenges of this particular end-user in the Port of L.A.”

The Hyster zero emissions top-loader with a fuel cell and lithium-ion battery has the potential to effectively support applications with higher power consumption and a heavy duty cycle as the truck is expected to operate for a full day before requiring hydrogen re-fueling. As the truck can also operate for longer before battery re-charging is needed, this also supports operations with irregular break periods, where it may not be practical to plan in battery charging throughout the day.

Hyster aims to offer the fuel cell and battery powered Container Handler with a choice of charging options. The model in development is expected to utilize fully integrated wireless fast charging. “Hydrogen and grid power provide complementary power solutions for ports,” says McCurley. “Where the requirements to power a fleet of electric Big Trucks are likely to exceed power capabilities of the grid, hydrogen may provide ports with readily available energy without a requirement for a high capacity electric charging infrastructure.”

“Electric charging for a large number of trucks during the day also adds complexity to overall work planning in the terminal, which can be avoided using hydrogen,” he continues, explaining that with hydrogen fuel cell technology, Hyster expects the Big Truck in development to offer ‘clean’ energy with zero emissions, as well as a low cost of ownership and comparable performance to its diesel equivalent.

The new fuel cell-powered truck is also expected to benefit from the patented Hyster energy recovery systems revealed earlier in 2018 at the TOC Europe event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. By recovering and storing energy from lowering loads and braking, Hyster electric container handling trucks are expected to support an extended drive cycle, providing longer operating time before recharge is necessary. The innovative systems aim to increase uptime and profitability for port applications while also helping to reduce energy costs for charging.

Port and terminal operations that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint and total cost of ownership can visit Hyster at Breakbulk Americas 2018 in Houston Texas on October 2-4, 2018. Product and industry experts will be available to answer questions and discuss solutions that can be designed to meet any operations most challenging needs.

To follow the latest developments in zero emissions handling and for more information visit www.hyster.com and http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/.

Steel King Announces SK2000® Closed-Tube Roll Form Rack Systems

Fully welded tubular uprights give rack system superior impact and torsional resistance

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency, announces the availability of SK2000 closed-tube roll form rack systems. The SK2000 features a fully welded tubular upright, giving the racks superior impact resistance over open-back style uprights and is ideal for a wide range of warehouse applications and markets including food and beverage, retail, agriculture, and automotive. Because the SK2000 is roll-form steel, it is cost-effective for small storage applications, and has the strength and durability to provide the framework for a multi-level pick module/distribution center.

The strength of the SK2000’s closed tube beams and upright rack frames make each rack system safer and more functional. Independent engineering tests have confirmed that, when compared to open back column, SK2000® pallet racking has 250% greater frontal impact strength, 68% greater side impact resistance, and 44 times greater torsional strength (resistance to twisting).

SK2000 columns have a unique 90 degree bend and no corner holes. The SK2000 is a boltless rack system with teardrop connections and auto-engaging safety locks, meaning that it can be assembled without tools. Easy, boltless assembly of the system enables more flexibility for any future adjustments. “Depending on future needs, with boltless assembly you can add the pick module, move it, or build another as needed,” explains Kyle Arndt, a Werner Electric Supply project manager.

Columns are available in multiple sizes and thicknesses according to application needs. The system’s braces and step beams are made from the same high strength closed tubing as the columns and are available in many profiles and lengths. Bracing is secured with full fillet weld, which in many cases is four times more weld than competing rack systems. The SK2000’s three-rivet connection offer 26% greater strength than a two-rivet connection. In addition, the SK2000 is made with 100% U.S. steel.

Steel King also offers additional safety and durability accessories for the SK2000 rack systems, such as factory-installed Column Core inserts that can stand up to even the most demanding applications with frequent forklift loading and unloading, and therefore the greatest risk of collision.

For more information about Steel King and the SK2000 closed-tube roll form rack system, visit: https://www.steelking.com/products/pallet-rack-boltless-closed-tube/.

Forklift/Lift Truck News Briefs

Lift truck/forklift news and other MHE information.

RELiON Battery Announces New Online Store

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RELiON Battery, a leading global manufacturer of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, announced today the launch of its new online store. In a continued effort to strengthen the brand’s accessibility, enhance customer interactions and increase consumer product knowledge, the RELiON website offers e-commerce functionality for the first time.

Online shoppers in the U.S. looking for high performance LiFePO4 batteries for recreational vehicles, boats, electric vehicles, solar energy systems and more can now not only access in-depth technical information on RELiON’s products, but also shop from the comfort of their home. The online store stocks many of the company’s standard LiFePO4 batteries, including a range of 12V, 24V and 48V products. RELiON also offers free shipping on all orders, making sure that customers can take advantage of quick delivery.

“Launching our online store is a direct response to requests from consumers for an online shopping experience. Our goal is to offer a seamless customer experience by blending the convenience of ordering standard items in smaller quantities online with technical support to ensure customers get the right solution for their application,” said Paul Hecimovich, CEO, RELiON Battery.

RELiON will continue to increase product offering within the online store as the company’s product lines expand and new innovative technology is released into the market. With an assortment of products larger than most online lithium battery retailers, shopping at relionbattery.commakes it easy and convenient for consumers to order a LiFePO4 battery for their high powered applications.

“For anyone looking to quickly find an alternative to lead-acid or other traditional batteries, the RELiON online store will streamline the customer buying experience and save valuable time,” added Hecimovich.

RELiONBattery.com conveniently accepts all major credit cards and products purchased can be shipped anywhere within the continental United States. For more information on their new online store, visit https://relionbattery.com/products/lithium.


Forklift Accident Kills Man at Campbell’s Soup Plant

July 16, 2018. An accident involving a forklift and a dumpster at the Campbell’s Soup plant in Maxton, NC on Sunday left one man dead and another person with injuries., according to Powder & Bulk Solids.

Plant employees told local ABC News affiliate WPDE that a dumpster being moved by a forklift fell, fatally injuring one man. Another worker was injured in the incident and transported by helicopter to a local hospital. The Robesonian reported that the person received injuries while attempting to assist the man who died.


Doosan Industrial Vehicle unveils eco-friendly, smart forklifts

Doosan lithium ionJuly 16, 2018. Doosan Corporation Industrial Vehicle (DIV), celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation, introduced a high-tech forklift model BS7 running on lithium-ion batteries. Read more.


Poorly Maintained Propane Lift Trucks Send Workers to Hospital with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

https://www.ien.com/safety/video/21012680/bad-forklifts-sent-workers-to-the-hospital


Forklift slips off truck after it hits I-5, I-84 overpass

PORTLAND, Ore. — A truck carrying a forklift hit the the underside of an overpass while traveling north on interstate-5 on Monday afternoon, causing delays as crews work to get the forklift back on the trailer.  Read more.


RPA 2018 EXCELLENCE IN REUSABLE PACKAGING AWARD SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 30

The Wide World of Forklifts

May 15, 2018 – There are said to be roughly 400 forklift manufacturers in the world, of all types and varieties of equipment. No single trade show, no matter how big, could possibly include all of them, but CeMAT 2018, held in late April on the sprawling exhibit hall campus outside of Hannover, Germany, included a couple dozen forklift suppliers from the continents of Europe, Asia and North America. Read more at MH&L.


LEEA and IPAF working together to the benefit of members 

May 15, 2018 – The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) CEO, Dr Ross Moloney, recently met with Tim Whiteman, CEO of The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), and Richard Whiting, UK Market General Manager for IPAF, to discuss shared approaches for supporting members as well as exploring opportunities to work closely together in the future across the sector.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Tim and Richard to LEEA’s office. This meeting is part of our determination at LEEA to work across the sector to deliver more benefit for our members,” says Dr Moloney. “We see this as the start of an exciting period of cooperation between our two organisations.”

IPAF promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide through technical advice and information, influencing and interpreting legislation and standards, and safety initiatives and training programmes.

The not-for-profit organisation is owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the Mobile Elevating Work Platfrorms (MEWP) rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.


Toyota Forklifts Expand Product Line with Marina Truck

 April 5, 2018 – Toyota Forklifts, a leading forklift manufacturer in North America, announced a new marina truck option for select models of its THD pneumatic forklifts. The fully-customizable marina truck option helps lift boats out of the water or transfer them from one location to another more efficiently than traditional methods. It’s a great solution for marinas, boatyards, dry stack facilities and any customer who launches watercraft.

The marina truck option boasts a lift capacity up to 55,000 pounds with load centers designed for the unique balance of watercraft and mast options with a negative lift of down to 20 feet. Equipped with features designed for marine environments including galvanized epoxy coated carriages and padded rotating forks to protect boat hulls, the marina truck option makes lowering and lifting boats out of the water and moving them in and out of storage a smoother process.

Toyota’s latest marina truck option also features a 7-inch touch-screen multi-function display with a capacity estimator and an optional wireless remote control for operating the forklift outside of the normal seating position. The new marina truck option is available now to order. For more information, visit ToyotaForklift.com.


CLARK MATERIAL HANDLING COMPANY APPOINTS PACIFIC MATERIAL HANDLING SOLUTIONS INC. AS AN AUTHORIZED DEALER IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MARKETS

Lexington, KY – April 2, 2018 – CLARK Material Handling Company today announced it has appointed Pacific Material Handling Solutions, Inc. (PMHSI) as an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the San Francisco Bay and Northern California markets.

“Pacific Material Handling Solutions, Inc. is part of the Pacific Solutions group of Companies that provides Material Handling, Commercial Truck, Rental & Leasing solutions to their customers while focusing on long-term customer relations by providing cost-effective solutions. We are excited to have them join our dealer network,” commented Dale Guckian, CLARK’s Director of Dealer Development.

“We are extremely excited about our new affiliation with CLARK Material Handling and its rich tradition to the material handling industry. The CLARK organization provides Pacific the opportunity to bring increased value to our customers and aligns with our 24-7-365 commitment to our customers, associates, and partners,” commented Ralph Logan, Pacific’s President/CEO.

PMHSI will support its CLARK new equipment, aftermarket parts, and service efforts out of its facilities located in Union City, Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto, California locations. Additional information can be found on the web at www.pmhsi.com or by calling (510) 429-0303.

Holt of California remains an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the Sacramento, CA markets with facilities in West Sacramento, Stockton, Yuba City, and Redding, CA. Holt is a full-service material handling dealer featuring full sales and service departments.


April 5, 2018.  Storage Equipment Safety Service returns to MODEX and the North American Market

Storage Equipment Safety Service returns bringing its 31 years of expertise in Rack and Shelving Safety Inspections and Training to the North American Market.  SESS states it is the market leader in independent rack safety inspections covering the UK, Ireland, Europe, North America and the Caribbean.

Many warehouse users are unaware of the requirements of the RMI codes and guidelines or even the manufacturer’s requirements for installation and use of racking systems.  They are therefore unaware that they are in fact operating in conditions that are unsafe.

SESS USA LLC is passionate about ensuring that all warehouse users operate in a safe environment, which allows them to return home safely to their loved ones. Years of working with warehouse and health and safety personnel have identified a need to educate and raise the awareness of end users on the correct and safe use of racking and shelving.

SESS USA LLC works closely with its customers to ensure that:

  • Annual Inspections are done and damaged racking is identified and classified according to risk level as well as to identify operational issues such as pallet condition, clearances, housekeeping, general conformance to RMI Codes, etc
  • Employees are properly trained to perform in-house monthly inspection
  • Post-Installation inspections are done to ensure that racking has been installed according to manufacturer specifications.

SESS USA LLC  will be participating in Modex 2018 where it will showcase its rack inspection and training services. We look forward to meeting with attendees to discuss their rack safety needs.

Post-Modex will see the re-introduction of the company’s online store and our safety blog which will assist in raising the awareness for rack safety and assist in educating their customers on information pertinent to rack and warehouse safety.


InterrollApril 5, 2018.  Sant’Antonino, Switzerland. Interroll, leading global provider of material handling solutions, announces today that Dr. Ralf Garlichs, Executive Vice President Products & Technology and member of Interroll Group Management, has decided to leave the company by the end of June.

Garlichs, 55, joined the Interroll Group in 2006 as Executive Vice President Drives & Rollers. Since 2011, he has been Executive Vice President Products & Technology and a member Interroll Group Management.

“Ralf Garlichs has been highly successful in advancing Interroll’s technological development and innovation over the past few years, especially with regard to our platform strategy and the digitalization of our company,” says Paul Zumbühl, CEO of the worldwide Interroll Group. “He also directed the successful expansion of our production capacities and pushed forward the implementation of lean manufacturing as part of our globally oriented Interroll production system. We are convinced that on these very good foundations we will successfully speed up our further expansion. On behalf of the entire Interroll Group Management, I would like to thank Ralf Garlichs and wish him the very best for the future.”

The successor of Garlichs will be announced at a later date.


December 5, 2017.  HANNIBAL INDUSTRIES PROVIDES RACKING SOLUTION FOR WESTERN WINDOW SYSTEMS

Pallet Rack News
Hannibal Industries, Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of steel pallet racks for the material handling industry, today announced its cantilever racking system has been successfully installed in Western Window Systems’ new warehouse through Handling Systems.
Based in Phoenix, Western Window Systems designs and manufactures door and window systems that bring indoor and outdoor spaces together. As a preferred choice of architects, builders, and homeowners throughout North America, it’s inspired by modern living with unlimited design possibilities in residential, prefab, retail, commercial and educational projects.
Western Window Systems and Handling Systems worked closely with Hannibal to obtain permits, design concepts and development to complete the installation ahead of schedule. Hannibal Industries Cantilever Racks are ideal for storage of long, bulky products and are available in heavy-duty structural or medium duty roll-formed design.
Additional information on Hannibal Industries is available at http://www.hannibalindustries.com.

December 4, 2017. Chamberlain Group acquires Systems, Inc.

Automated dock-levelers now a part of CGI’s product suite

Warehouse equipment news
Oak Brook, IL-Chamberlain Group (CGI), a global leader in access solutions and products, has acquired Systems, Inc. (SI), one of North America’s leading dock-leveler manufacturers.

“Online retailers are driving growth in the warehouse space and that growth has increased the demand for integrated and efficient access solutions,” said JoAnna Sohovich, CEO of CGI. “We’re very excited about this acquisition because it expands the scope of solutions CGI provides by adding dock-levelers to our product offering and expanding our brand portfolio to meet the diverse needs of warehouse managers. It will also allow us to offer enhanced efficiency to end-users through the integration of automated solutions on our connected platforms.”

Sohovich noted that Sl will continue to operate as they do now, with their President, Mike Pilgrim continuing to lead the dock-leveler business.

“We’re very excited to be a part of the CGI team now,” said Pilgrim. “A family-owned company of their caliber has the kind of resources and values-driven culture that any organization would want to be a part of.”

“SI has excellent strength in manufacturing, they have great customer service and a very robust network of independent dealers, installers and national accounts,” Sohovich added. “We’re looking forward to the great things Mike and his team will do as a part of CGI.”


December 4, 2017. Eberspaecher Vecture: Intelligent battery solutions for Industry 4.0 and logistics.

Forklift news
In logistics and warehousing forklifts are the driving force. Eberspaecher Vecture’s Battery Management Systems (BMS), digital acquisition systems (DAQ) and battery chemistries ensure their optimal functioning. One year after Eberspaecher acquired the majority stake in Vecture Inc., the company further develops its expertise for industrial purposes.


December 1, 2017.

Forklift news
Woman injured after forklift tips and falls from dock.  A woman was taken to hospital after her forklift tipped over, falling five feet from a dock. She was restrained by the use of her seatbelt.


November 29, 2017.

Forklift news
Buffalo Forklift to Consolidate in Amherst.


November 27, 2017

Dr. Thomas Toepfer, CFO of KION GROUP AG, will be leaving the company on March 31, 2018. He will be joining Covestro AG in Leverkusen, one of the world’s leading polymer material manufacturers, in the same role. On Monday, the Supervisory Board of KION GROUP AG agreed to Dr. Toepfer’s request to have his contract – which would have run until August 31, 2020 – terminated early. The Supervisory Board will decide on his successor very soon.

Dr. John Feldmann, chairman of the Supervisory Board, stated: “It is with regret that the Supervisory Board has accepted Thomas Toepfer’s resignation, but we respect his decision to pursue his next career step outside our Group. Thomas is a very experienced CFO and Labor Relations Director and we are sorry to be losing him. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Gordon Riske, he has worked closely with his colleagues on the Executive Board and has played a crucial role in our success and in shaping the positive development of our Group over more than five years. He has placed the financial structure of the Group on a sound long-term footing and will be handing over the finance function in very good shape. Dr. Toepfer has played a crucial role in ensuring that the KION Group has enjoyed the confidence of the capital markets and of its shareholders in recent years.”

Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of the KION Group, said: “I would like to thank Dr. Toepfer for the successful and collaborative working relationship and for the substantial contribution he has made to the trajectory of profitable growth and our transformation into an integrated supply chain solutions provider. We wish him the best of luck and every success in his new role.”


November 7, 2017. Wajax celebrates 50 years as Hyster distributor.

2017 marks the 50th year of the business relationship between Wajax and Hyster Company, who celebrated the occasion with a series of events across Canada as well as with the introduction of new warehouse products and the latest Class V internal combustion pneumatic forklifts.


November 6, 2017. Researchers work on autonomous forklift trucks.

The European consortium behind the Iliad Project is working on the development of autonomous forklift trucks.  The team, which consists of robotics specialists from the UK, Sweden, Italy, and Germany, has been working on the project for four years and believes the machines can support tasks such as packing, palletizing and transporting goods.


October 29, 2017.  Forklift battery technology is a top priority for the future.

Battery technology has emerged as the top technical challenge for the future by forklift truck operators, dealers and the wider industry according to early results from a new national survey being undertaken by FLT manufacturer TCM.


October 23, 2017.  Smart Glasses Make the Difference in Food Logistics Order Picking

Warehouse logistics needs to run quickly when goods rotation is high, especially when it comes to perishable food products. Belgian third-party logistics provider Weerts Supply Chain S.A. therefore relies on the pick by vision solution from logistics IT developer Picavi. In its central warehouse near Liege, Weerts currently uses fifteen pairs of Glass Enterprise Edition to pick orders for American food giant Mondelēz.


October 19, 2017. KION North America Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Forklift news briefs

This month, KION North America Corporation made a donation to Susan G. Komen South Carolina in support of their mission to “save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.”

In addition their financial contribution, the company is displaying a pink forklift in front of their facility and employees have been encouraged to wear pink on each Tuesday throughout the month of October.

“We have employees and their families members who have personally been affected by breast cancer, or other types of cancer,” said Vincent Halma, President and CEO of KION North America. “We felt a responsibility to show our support of this critical mission.”

KION North America is a member of the KION Group, one of the world’s two leading manufacturers of industrial trucks and the world’s largest manufacturer of electric forklifts. The company, which employees an estimated 200 employees, has been in operation in Summerville, S.C. since 1985.


October 19, 2017. Hoist and Rigging Training Made Easier with Columbus McKinnon’s New Website

Whether you need to meet OSHA or ASME requirements, receive overhead crane and rigging certification or simply gain the peace of mind that comes from having a safer work environment, Columbus McKinnon can help. Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, launched its new training website, putting all of the information professionals need to get trained and do their jobs safely right at their fingertips.

“Promoting the safe and proper use of hoist and rigging products is a top priority for Columbus McKinnon,” said Paul Smielecki, marketing and training manager. “Our new website will allow Channel Partners and end users to easily find detailed course information and immediately register for training classes.”

In addition to comprehensive course information, Columbus McKinnon’s new training website provides information on the company’s professional trainers as well as its training locations, including the state‐of‐the‐ art Niagara Training Center and Rock Lititz entertainment center of excellence. There is even hotel and flight information available for easy and convenient trip planning.

The site also features downloadable safety resources, like a Hoist Pre‐Operational Inspection Checklist, that riggers, plant managers and safety supervisors can share and post at their facilities.


October 17, 2017. Worker dies in serious incident at Swift CaravansA UK worker was fatally injured in a collision involving a forklift.


October 13, 2017.  Newmarket Company Fined $135,000 After Worker Fatally Injured by Forklift. A temporary worker was critically injured and later died after being struck by a forklift in an area that was shared by both forklifts and pedestrians.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour’s investigation found that the walkway was a shared pedestrian and forklift aisle frequently used as a traffic corridor in both directions. There were no pedestrian crossways, stop signs, mirrors, walkways or barriers separating pedestrians from forklift traffic, and there were no identified crossing points along the aisle to make pedestrian movement more predictable and easier to anticipate.

A Ministry of  Labour ergonomist conducted a line-of-sight assessment and concluded that there had been an insufficient distance for the forklift operator to safely bring the forklift to a stop before the impact with the worker. Also, there was a ‘blind spot’ area, and the forklift operator had not been speeding.

Empty bins were stored two high adjacent to the yellow lines on the floor in the surface line area. The line-of-sight assessment indicated that the storage of empty bins adjacent to the yellow lines on the floor in the surface line area was a contributing factor to the incident. The location and height of the bins limited the sight lines available to the forklift operator by effectively blocking part of the view.


September 18, 2017. Silver Jubilee — Mitsubishi releases special edition warehouse and forklift trucks.


September 11, 2017. Pallet-Track to roll out cameras on its forklift trucks after successful trial. Leading logistics company Pallet-Track is rolling out more than 100 bespoke high resolution cameras for its fleet of fork lift trucks (FLTs) to help drive increased efficiencies and protect its unparalleled industry record of never losing a consignment during its 13-year history. The company moves more than 20 million pallets annually.


September 6, 2017. Tougher new test for UK fork lift operators comes into force.  From the 1st September, anyone training as a fork lift truck operator will find the test considerably tougher than ever before.


September 1, 2017. Forklift Foils Gravity’s Effects. Toyota’s System of Active Stability (SAS) was designed to directly improve vehicle stability by automatically stabilizing loads during high lifting and reducing the possibility of the forklift and its load tipping over as it turns.


August 29, 2017. Hyster lowers handling costs for paper recyclers.  The collection and recycling in Europe increased by almost one million tonnes of paper in just 5 years. As the industry continues to grow, Hyster Europe claims that it can help even the most intensive paper recycling operations reduce cost and maximise efficiency.


August 26, 2017. When Automation Doesn’t Bring Layoffs. UniCarriers Americas, a subsidiary of Kyoto, Japan-based Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift, employs 600 workers at its plant 75 minutes northwest of downtown Chicago. Though the plant has automated more and more production in the past five years, no workers have been laid off. In fact, headcount has doubled since 2012, and the company has spent $1.1 million to retrain employees for other jobs within the factory.


August 23, 2017. Massive Forklift Used to Steal ATM. Closed circuit television captures the heist.


August 18, 2017. Schoolboy who stole forklift truck and went on a two-hour rampage escapes a PRISON sentence.

The 15-year-old, who was also carrying a rifle, stole the industrial machine from a farm shop before setting off along country roads in the late evening last September, a court heard. He recklessly crisscrossed lanes around Sonning Common and Cane End near Henley-on-Thames in Berkshire at speed before maneuvering the prongs under the chassis of a blue Fiat Punto before tipping it onto its side, writing it off.


August 15, 2017. Hyundai Construction Equipment’s has launched the newest of its all-around heavy-duty diesel forklifts – the compact but powerful 160D-9L. The new truck fills the gap between the 160D-9 and 180D-9 and offers an increased load capacity, extra safety, cost-effectiveness and operator comfort.


August 7, 2017. Forklift Operators: Drivers of Change.


August 7, 2017. Delivery driver who had leg ‘crushed’ by forklift truck at work sues for £300k.


August 3, 2017. Man Heralded After Spotting Runaway Forklift.


Augusts 3, 2017. Food firm fined for forklift accident. A manufacturer of prepared meals has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 for safety failings, fter a worker fell 6m off the back of a forklift truck.


August 3, 2017. Ontario’s Concord Premium Meats Ltd. has been fined $55,000 for a forklift accident at its Brampton, Ont. plant.  The incident took place in May 2013 and involved a shipper/receiver operating a walkie forklift. According to the Ministry of Labour, the young worker was moving meat with the small forklift and collided with materials being moved by a co-worker. The worker suffered a broken ankle during the accident.


August 2, 2017. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are finally taking off—inside Amazon and Walmart warehouses. In the last few months, Plug Power has struck two $600-million deals. One with Amazon for forklift fleets in 11 warehouses, and another with Walmart for the same in 10 warehouses. (Walmart is already using Plug Power forklifts in 22 warehouses).


August 2, 2017. E Instruments has introduced the F900 Carbon Monoxide Exhaust Analyzer. This device is designed to accurately measure CO from forklifts and small engines for CO safety testing, pre-compliance testing, and engine tuning and maintenance.

The F900 is now available with a wireless Bluetooth printer, which allows users to print on-site exhaust analysis reports.


July 28, 2017. Top 6 Forklift Mobility Trends. In case you are wondering, these include alternative power, low resistance and non-marking tires, safety, lift scales, Internet of Forklifts, and compact platform.


July 26, 2017. Winnebago plant in Middlebury fined $10,000 following worker’s death. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the Winnebago plant in Middlebury $10,000 for workplace violations after a 54-year-old employee was run over and killed by a forklift in April. Two serious violations were noted: A windshield was installed on a forklift, which affected it’s operation, and the forklift wasn’t operated at a safe speed.


July 23, 2017. Teen Worker Run Over by Forklift.


July 22, 2017. Plug Power shares jumped as much as 19% in response to an announcement that the company had expanded its relationship with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


July 21, 2017. Port of Tilbury is London’s major port and operates on such a large scale it needs its own on-site, resident engineers to ensure the continual running of vital equipment. FSDF member Briggs Equipment is able to offer a 3 hour response time to breakdowns thanks to its nationwide fleet of service engineers, however the expectations of a busy port are even more immediate and the Port remains one of the company’s longest standing examples of providing a resident team to help a customer achieve their productivity goals.


July 19, 2017. A worker at a UK building site was potentially seriously injured when he was crushed between a forklift and a post. He was airlifted to a London Hospital.


July 18, 2017. The AC-powered forklift market is expected to grow at 6.5% CAGR through 2021. The new BCC Research report also notes the major applications of forklift trucks are distribution centers and warehouses, accounting for 27.5% and 25.2%, respectively, of the 2016 global market. In response to consumer desire for ever-shorter delivery times, e-commerce companies are seeking warehouse spaces near urban areas. As the demand for distribution centers increases, the demand for forklifts is expected to jump during the forecast period.

BCC Research projects that the global forklift truck market will grow from $41.9 billion in 2016 to $56.3 billion in 2021 at a 6.1% CAGR.


July 17, 2017.  EnerSys® NexSys® TPPL (Thin Plate Pure Lead) technology batteries have been chosen by Kuehne+Nagel to power vehicles at a new warehouse in Turkey, eliminating gas emissions and thus increasing safety and reducing time loss on battery change.


July 13, 2017.  Brazen cash machine thieves use a forklift to smash through building society wall and escape with the loot.  CCTV footage captured a Bobcat telehandler ramming a building three times before lifting free an ATM and placing it onto a pick-up truck. Click image to watch.

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July 12, 2017.  A Mississippi man was fatally injured while pressure washing a building. He was standing on a forklift platform when the forklift tipped.


June 27, 2017.  Drunken Rampage. A 20-year-old man Ontario man is facing numerous charges after allegedly stealing a forklift while drunk and taking it on a destructive drive, according to the Toronto Sun. When police arrived they found damage to property and trees, as well as overhead wires which were pulled down.


June 25, 2017.  Forklift safety training is critical. An article from the National Safety Council stresses the importance of forklift training.

Food Logistics Recognizes Crown as Top Green Provider

NEW BREMEN, Ohio (August 1, 2018) – Food Logistics has recognized Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, for its sustainability efforts within the food and beverage industry for the second year in a row. The recipients of the Top Green Provider award are chosen annually by Food Logistics’ editorial staff and advisory board.

“It is gratifying to see Crown’s efforts to minimize waste, minimize energy use and maximize facility and product lifespan earn this recognition,” said Brian Duffy, director of corporate environmental and manufacturing safety, Crown Equipment. “These efforts form the basis of Crown ecologic™, our core sustainability program that focuses on social, environmental and economic improvements. These improvements can impact not only our own operations but also those of our customers around the world.”

Crown has recorded many achievements in promoting sustainability including the attainment of zero landfill status for five of its North American facilities, the elimination of thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gases through transportation improvements and the reclamation of more than one-half million square meters of brownfield space around the world.

The design of Crown’s lift trucks is also a key initiative in its focus on sustainability. Crown lift trucks are designed to use fewer parts, require less maintenance and produce less waste throughout their lifetime. In addition, many Crown lift trucks are given a second life through the company’s Encore program, in which forklifts are inspected, repaired and fully revitalized with Crown Integrity Parts. These initiatives create both environmental and economic advantages for Crown’s customers and the communities in which they operate.

Crown has also been recognized as a three-time recipient of the Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence gold-level award, which acknowledges organizations that exceed regulatory obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improvement environmental performance. In total, the company has received more than 20 sustainability awards since its first in 1991.

For more information on Crown’s corporate ecologic program focused on smart business and environmental sustainability, including environmental initiatives and achievements, download a copy of its newly-released ecologic Report.

KION Group confirms positive trend with a sharp rise in orders

  • Sustained high demand in fast-growing core markets
  • Supply Chain Solutions attracts record level of new orders worth EUR874.2 million in the second quarter
  • Total value of order intake for the Group rises by 23 percent to EUR2.424 billion; with EUR3.060 billion, order book up significantly on December 31, 2017
  • Revenue increases by 1.5 percent to EUR2.031 billion
  • Adjusted EBIT margin stands at 9.2 percent
  • Net income for the period of EUR79.3 million
  • Significant negative foreign exchange effect among others from US dollar
  • Outlook for 2018 confirmed

Frankfurt/Main, July 26, 2018 – The KION Group benefited from sustained strong growth in the markets for industrial trucks and supply chain solutions in the second quarter of 2018. The Group’s order intake rose by a substantial 23 percent to EUR2.424 billion, one of the main contributors being its project business for automated systems. At EUR3.060 billion, the order book was up significantly compared with December 31, 2017 (EUR2.614 billion). Revenue rose by 1.5 percent to EUR2.031 billion in the second quarter. The share of consolidated revenue attributable to the service business increased from 39.2 percent to 41.6 percent.

Adjusted EBIT came to EUR187.0 million, which was below the figure for the prior-year period of EUR210.4 million. This KPI was affected by wage cost increases, higher prices for materials, production inefficiencies caused by bottlenecks at individual suppliers, and negative currency effects. The adjusted EBIT margin thus declined to 9.2 percent (Q2 2017: 10.5 percent). Second-quarter net income amounted to EUR79.3 million, a 24.6 percent fall compared with the second quarter of 2017.

Over the first six months of 2018, KION increased its order intake by 11.9 percent to EUR4.309 billion (foreign exchange effect: – EUR159.8 million). Revenue rose by 1.9 percent to EUR3.874 billion (foreign exchange effect: – EUR151.2 million). Adjusted EBIT came to EUR344.9 million, which was 4.7 percent lower than the figure for the prior-year period (foreign exchange effect: – EUR14.3 million). The adjusted EBIT margin was 8.9 percent (H1 2017: 9.5 percent). Net income rose by 2.1 percent to EUR147.7 million. Earnings per share for the first half of 2018 therefore stood at EUR1.26 (H1 2017: EUR1.30). Free cash flow came to EUR9.0 million in the first six months due to a temporary rise in inventories (H1 2017: EUR143.0 million).

“Our record order intake in the second quarter confirms our excellent positioning in fast-growing core markets. The growth drivers remain intact both for industrial trucks and in the supply chain solutions market, ensuring sustained high demand,” said Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of the KION Group. “By appointing Susanna Schneeberger as our Chief Digital Officer with effect from October 1, 2018 and launching our Digital Campus, we are putting great emphasis on aligning our business with the areas that will dominate the future of our industry. At the same time, we are continuing to invest heavily in strategic projects and technologies in the fields of mobile automation, robotics, and new digital solutions that enable the connectivity of industrial trucks. We want to continue offering our customers the best solutions in our industry.”

The global market for industrial trucks experienced strong growth across all regions, with the number of new trucks ordered rising by 15.4 percent in the first half of 2018. As before, the rapid expansion of the e-commerce sector and the increasing use of Industry 4.0 technologies are shaping the market for warehouse systems and automation solutions. Many companies continue to expand and optimize their warehouse capacities and invest into automated warehouse systems.

Segment performance in detail

Orders in the Industrial Trucks & Services segment (forklift trucks, warehouse technology, and related services) increased to around 57,000 units in the second quarter, while the total value of order intake rose by 2.2 percent to EUR1.546 billion. Over the first six months, order intake grew at a rate of 3.5 percent to reach EUR3.032 billion. Revenue rose by 3.7 percent to EUR1.450 billion in the second quarter and amounted to EUR2.818 billion in the first half of 2018. Adjusted EBIT for the second quarter of 2018 amounted to EUR148.2 million, a year-on-year drop of 7.0 percent. This was due to wage cost rises, higher material prices, and inefficiencies resulting from bottlenecks at individual suppliers. The EBIT margin was 10.2 percent (Q2 2017: 11.4 percent). For the first six months of 2018, adjusted EBIT came to EUR284.2 million, which almost matched the figure for the first half of 2017 of EUR286.4 million. The adjusted EBIT margin stood at 10.1 percent (H1 2017: 10.6 percent).

The value of order intake in the Supply Chain Solutions segment increased sharply in the second quarter of 2018, rising by 93.3 percent to EUR874 million. In the first half of the year, order intake thus grew by 39.0 percent to EUR1.270 billion. Excluding significant adverse currency effects amounting to EUR38.7 million, second-quarter revenue rose by 3.0 percent. Taking these currency effects into account, however, revenue fell by 3.5 percent to EUR578.8 million. Revenue for the first six months amounted to EUR1.049 billion. This equates to a decrease of 3.0 percent. Normalized for currency effects, revenue was up by 5.5 percent compared with the first half of 2017. In the second quarter, adjusted EBIT decreased by 19.7 percent year on year to EUR51.5 million. This was due, in particular, to the negative impact of the US dollar exchange rate as well as underutilization of project-related personnel capacity resulting from delays in the awarding of projects by customers during recent quarters. The adjusted EBIT margin stood at 8.9 percent. In the first six months, adjusted EBIT amounted to EUR86.5 million, resulting in a margin of 8.2 percent (H1 2017: 9.1 percent). Excluding foreign exchange effects of – EUR12.5 million it matched the figure for the first half of 2017.

Outlook

Despite temporary bottlenecks at individual suppliers and the related production inefficiencies in the Industrial Trucks & Services segment, the KION Group expects to achieve the outlook for the year as published in the 2017 combined management report. In 2018, the KION Group aims to build on its successful performance in 2017 and, based on the outlook for market growth, achieve further increases in order intake, revenue, and adjusted EBIT.

The order intake of the KION Group is expected to be between EUR8,050 million and EUR8,550 million. The target figure for consolidated revenue is in the range of EUR7,700 million to EUR8,200 million. The target range for adjusted EBIT is EUR770 million to EUR835 million. Free cash flow is expected to be in a range between EUR410 million and EUR475 million. The target figure for ROCE is in the range of 8.7 percent to 9.7 percent.

Order intake in the Industrial Trucks & Services segment is expected to be between EUR5,950 million and EUR6,150 million. The target figure for revenue is in the range of EUR5,700 million to EUR5,900 million. The target range for adjusted EBIT is EUR650 million to EUR685 million.

Order intake in the Supply Chain Solutions segment is expected to be between EUR2,100 million and EUR2,400 million. The target figure for revenue is in the range of EUR2,000 million to EUR2,300 million. The target range for adjusted EBIT is EUR180 million to EUR215 million.

The outlook is based on the assumption that material prices and the exchange rate environment will remain broadly the same as at the time the outlook was prepared.

Actual business performance may deviate from the outlook due, among other factors, to the opportunities and risks described in the 2017 combined management report. Performance particularly depends on macroeconomic and industry-specific conditions and may be negatively affected by increasing uncertainty or a worsening of the economic and political situation.

KION Group key performance indicators for the second quarter and for the first half-year, which ended June 30, 2018

EUR million Q2 2018 Q2 2017* Difference H1 2018 H1 2017* Difference
Order intake 2,424.0 1,970.5 23.0% 4,309.0 3,852.3 11.9%
Revenue 2,031.1 2,001.3 1.5% 3,874.4 3,802.3 1.9%
Order book[1] 3,060.2 2,614.6 17.0%
EBITDA[2] 
EBITDA[2] margin
377.0
18.6%
387.7
19.4%
-2.8% 717.8
18.5%
709.8
18.7%
1.1%
EBIT[2] 
EBIT[2] margin
187.0
9.2%
210.4
10.5%
-11.2% 344.9
8.9%
362.0
9.5%
-4.7%
Net income for the period 79.3 105.2 -24.6% 147.7 144.7 2.1%
Free cash flow[3] -3.7 57.9 <-100% 9.0 143.0 -93.7%
Employees[4]
(FTEs, incl. apprentices/trainees)
32,309 31,608 2.2%

 

[1] Figure as at June 30, 2018 compared with December 31, 2017.

[2] EBIT and EBITDA adjusted for purchase price allocation items and non-recurring items.

[3] Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities plus cash flow from investing activities

[4] Number of employees stated in full-time equivalents as at June 30, 2018 compared with December 31, 2017.

* Key figures for 2017 have been adjusted because of the first-time adoption of IFRS 15 and IFRS 16.

Next Generation RFID and IoT Forklift Reader for the Most Demanding Warehouse and Logistics Applications

The intelligent Forklift Reader from Venture Research can autonomously manage a pick, drop, stack and move operation using an array of RFID and IoT sensors.

PLANO, Texas — July 25, 2018 —  Venture Research, Inc., a leading global supplier of RFID and IoT solutions has announced the next generation ofIndustrial Forklift Readers. The Venture Research solution is designed from the ground up to withstand both indoor and outdoor harsh environments of forklift usage with its IP65 rating while incorporating the state of the art in RFID and IoT technology. With the swappable rechargeable Li-ion battery, the reader can be quickly installed to full operation in just 5 minutes on a standard type 2 or type 3 carriage forklift.

The Forklift Reader can sense its environment and autonomously manage the complete pick, drop and stack operations while providing store and forward transactions directly to the cloud via Wi-Fi or optional Cellular communications. Built-in location tracking incorporating GPS, RFID, and IoT (BLE) provides positional awareness of the forklift in real time.

An extensive array of options including support of up to 8 additional antennas, front facing camera, Vehicle Mount Terminal (VMT) support, GPIO, CAN Bus interfacing and flexible power options round out the extensive built in features.

Key features of the rugged RFID system for forklifts include:

  • IP65 rating protects from harsh environments
  • Integrated RFID reader and dual antenna array in a single enclosure
  • 12V to 36V integrated power conditioner/regulator for forklift provided battery power
  • Integrated Li-Ion swappable rechargeable battery provides 9 hours of continuous use
  • Height sensor to provide stacking and rack placement
  • Front facing distance sensor for accurate pallet sensing
  • Visibility indication with red, yellow and green LED indicators
  • Dual band 802.11a/b/g with Enterprise Wi-Fi® support,
  • RS232 console, or optional cellular connectivity
  • Directly compatible with Type 2 or Type 3 carriage standards
  • Built-in GPS
  • Integrated positional tracking using BLE
  • Supports up to 8 additional RFID antennas
  • Real-time support available 24/7, 365 days

For over 20 years, Venture Research Inc. has been providing end to end solutions for customers in the area of supply chain automation and asset management with specialization in RFID and IoT. The Company’s products and services have been deployed in over 1,000 installations in 28 countries on 6 continents. Venture Research provides state of the art solutions to the Aerospace, Department of Defense, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Distribution, Security, Document Tracking, Waste Management, and specialty tracking industries and has been an industry consultant related to the technology, processes and methodology to embed RFID and IoT sensors in existing processes. Visit: www.ventureresearch.com

Jungheinrich Virtual Reality Training Wins Immersive Learning Award

  • Entire fleet of forklift trucks can be presented as near life-like 3D model
  • Ability to learn from mistakes with no risk involved
  • Virtual training can take place anywhere, any time

forklift virtual reality training

Hamburg: Jungheinrich has won gold in the “Customer Project” category of the Immersive Learning Award 2018. The jury found that the use of virtual reality (VR) in the Jungheinrich Training Centre clearly demonstrates how new technologies can bring quick and effective success in a learning environment. The Hamburg-based intralogistics expert uses VR to provide initial and further training for its after-sales service engineers across the whole of Europe. As part of the award-winning VR training, these engineers are placed in a virtual warehouse environment where they can gain in-depth experience of selected Jungheinrich forklift trucks in a variety of working situations. This enables trainees to practise a wide range of scenarios in a safe space without the risk of property damage or personal injury. Jungheinrich has succeeded in boosting the flexibility of the training it provides while also making considerable savings in terms of time and travel expenditure.

Thomas Diwan, head of the Jungheinrich Training Centre, explains: “Those taking part in the training completely forget that they are in a virtual environment. Everything seems perfectly real. Experience has shown that actions learned as part of the VR training are performed much better in real applications later on and error rates are vastly reduced. Jungheinrich is therefore planning significant expansion of its VR training. The award is additional proof that we are on the right track.”

The idea for the VR training came from two Jungheinrich employees as they were playing computer games. Together with colleagues, they developed a practical concept for using virtual reality within training. This involves trainees wearing special glasses to view a virtual warehouse environment. The various training units enable them to view selected forklift trucks from all sides, operate functions, take a look inside and make repairs with the appropriate tools. The entire fleet of Jungheinrich forklift trucks can be represented as an actual-size 3D model where every component can be individually disassembled. It is also possible to go through logistical functions and processes in close-to-real conditions. Virtual reality therefore makes it possible to learn from your mistakes with no risk involved.