Yale Announces Attachment Ready Trucks to meet Demand for Integrated Solutions

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Specialized applications have little tolerance for attachment integration issues or malfunctions that could cause downtime and eat into profits. To streamline installation and improve reliability of its integrated solutions, Yale Materials Handling Corporation has announced a new line of attachment ready trucks. Engineered with a modified front end, these trucks allow for Bolzoni Auramo paper roll and bale clamp attachments to fit seamlessly on a broad range of Yale® cushion tire and pneumatic tire lift truck models.

The truck-to-clamp interface minimizes installation inconsistencies and can enhance attachment performance. Yale attachment ready trucks help assure that operations consistently use proper hydraulic hose sizing, hose routing and hydraulic fittings. This can extend the useful life of the lift truck and attachment by reducing the risk of hydraulic and engine overheating, and engine component stress.

“Every minute in customer operations is critical. They simply can’t afford unexpected downtime and depend on their equipment to be up and running to meet demanding productivity schedules,” said Chris Murtha, Brand Manager, Yale Materials Handling Corporation. “This is especially true for operations that rely on specialized solutions like clamp-equipped forklifts. The attachment ready trucks offered by Yale exemplify a commitment to meet our customers’ needs for integrated solutions that keep critical operations moving.”

Bolzoni Auramo paper roll and bale clamps are specifically designed for use in heavy-duty applications like paper and recycling. Controlled clamp force, customized opening ranges and a wide selection of arm lengths and configurations are available to fit unique operational requirements.

Toyota Material Handling UK launch two semi-automated order picking trucks equipped with t-mote remote drive

Toyota has launched two order picking trucks equipped with the remote drive feature t-mote to help increase productivity in picking processes, improve ergonomics by reducing operators’ fatigue and contribute to a safer work environment.

Toyota forklift t-mote

Toyota has launched two order picking trucks equipped with the remote drive feature t-mote. The company’s goal is to increase productivity in picking processes, improve ergonomics by reducing operators’ fatigue and contribute to a safer work environment.

Order picking is a labour-intensive process. Operators of traditional order picker trucks are frequently stepping on and off their trucks in order to pick goods and to move their trucks to the next picking location. This is a repetitive and time-consuming activity for the operator.

The BT Optio OSE250 order picking truck and OSE250P order picking truck with operator platform feature the t-mote remote drive feature. This technology improves safety and increases productivity. Using a small finger operated remote control, the remote drive function allows the operator to advance the truck forward without having to ride on it. This feature allows the operator to walk alongside it and pick goods from the racking to a load carrier, reducing the need for an operator to repetitively step on and off the truck.

The remote drive concept shortens the time a working cycle takes, which in turn increases the picking productivity of operators. The use of remote drive trucks can show an increase of up to 20% in productivity gains for identical picking cycles versus manually controlled trucks.

The truck is also fitted with safety scanners which detect objects up to 1m in front of the truck and cause it to stop automatically or adjust its path to prevent collisions. In remote mode, the truck moves at a speed of 4 km/h and a warning light flashes to warn bystanders of the truck’s movement.

“We understand that businesses are constantly looking to increase productivity and efficiency in their order picking processes,” stated Jon Buckley, Commercial Director. “By developing a machine which offers flexible, safe and efficient order picking, we are displaying our commitment to developing and delivering products which will deliver our customers increased gains in efficiency and productivity.”

Toyota receives four nominations at the FLTA awards

Toyota Material Handling have received four nominations for the FLTA Awards for Excellence 2018. The event is one of the biggest and most prestigious in the Materials Handling industry calendar.

The awards were launched to encourage and reward excellence in the materials handling industry.  Now hugely popular, people flock from around the world to see who will scoop the world renowned ‘Archie’ trophies.

The four principal categories are Environment, Ergonomics, Safety and innovation. This year, Toyota has one nomination in the Ergonomics category and a  three nominations on the Innovation shortlist – the only company to do so.

The BT Reflex R,E and O series of reach trucks have been shortlisted in the ergonomics category thanks to their innovative design and range of features which help to increase operator comfort and visibility of the fork tips and load at all heights.

The three products nominated in the innovation category were Natural Navigation, the Toyota Autopilot range of fully automated trucks and the Autopilot TAE050 semi-automated guided cart.

Natural Navigation is a new method of navigation for their range of automated warehouse trucks called natural navigation.

The introduction of this system expands the offer of automated trucks suitable for a range of operations. Natural Navigation is quicker to install with a simpler set up process, providing a more flexible automated solution. The navigation technology uses recognizable landmarks or reference points or landmarks within a warehouse such as racking, walls and other fixed objects to calculate the trucks location.

The Toyota Autopilot automated trucks are a selection of automated warehouse trucks which can utilise dual navigation. This is a combination of laser navigation using a series of scanners, sensors and reflectors and natural navigation which scans landmarks within the trucks natural environment to calculate its location within the warehouse. Because of this, these trucks provide a more flexible and adaptable automated solution.

The Autopilot TAE050 from Toyota Material Handling, simplifies, standardises and optimises customer operations. The Autopilot TAE050 is simple and compact, with a towing capacity of up to 500kg and a lift capacity of up to 175kg it allows the automation of simple, repetitive tasks and allows team members to be utilised on more complex aspects of operations. The TAE050 is simple to install and program and offers a flexible, simple automation to be implemented in a range of applications.

To find out more about the nominated products from Toyota, visit www.toyota-forklifts.co.uk and to find out more about the FLTA Awards visit http://fork-truck.org.uk/flta-awards.

Wildeck Receives “Most Valuable Supplier” Award

Commitment to business excellence earns MVS Award from MHEDA.

Waukesha, WI – Material handling equipment and safety products manufacturer, Wildeck, Inc., has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2018.  The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).  According to MHEDA, this prestigious award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

To qualify for the MVS Award, Wildeck was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to its distributor companies.  In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety, MVS Award winners must also demonstrate an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Distributor Advocacy
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

“It is with great pride that Wildeck has received MHEDA’s 2018 Most Valuable Supplier Award,” stated Wildeck President, Greg Larson. “We are grateful to work with our dedicated dealer partners, systems integrators, and end-users throughout the country. The employee owners of Wildeck truly deserve this honor as they are committed to helping our customers’ projects run smoothly every day.”

“MHEDA members represent the best of our industry; and those who earn the MVS Award have documented that excellence and commitment to their dealers, community, employees and the material handling industry,” said Scott Lee, MHEDA’s 2017 Chairman of the Board and President of Schaumburg, IL based Conveyor Solutions, Inc. “MHEDA is very proud of our MVS Award winners.”

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents nearly 650 companies in the material handling equipment business.  Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit www.mheda.org.

Wildeck, Inc. – based in Waukesha, WI – is a member of MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association), MHI (Material Handling Industry Association), the FMA (Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International), and the NAEC (National Association of Elevator Contractors).  The company is the largest manufacturer of safety guarding products, structural steel mezzanine platforms, manual and automated vertical lifts (VRCs), and rideable material lifts (RMLs) in North America.  A complete line of industrial rolling ladders, custom-designed work platforms and other high access products are also available.  Wildeck products improve supply chain productivity and provide additional capacity, efficiency and safety in manufacturing plants, warehouses, distribution centers, and many other facilities.  They are sold through a dedicated and experienced network of customer-service-oriented dealers and systems integrators nationwide.

Wildeck, Inc. is a subsidiary of Holden Industries, a 100% Employee-Owned Company.  Please visit www.wildeck.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forklift/Lift Truck News Briefs

Lift truck/forklift news and other MHE information.

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

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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.

New Hyster Rider Stacker Truck Helps Manage Variable Demand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Electrovaya Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simply Waste Solutions choose Loadmac for their truck mounted forklift solution

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

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

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

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

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

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