SKY HOOK Provides Manufacturers with Immediate Lifting Solution for Social Distancing Requirements

Sky Hook

Maintaining efficiency with a limited or restricted workforce has never been more paramount. With the widespread impact of COVID-19, many companies have temporarily closed their doors or made changes for personal safety, including employees working from home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. Essential businesses, however, that have been deemed critical to our current endeavors are rapidly ramping up production to meet the growing demands brought on by this new challenge that the nation faces. 

Manufacturers all over the country are in full swing bringing medical supplies, equipment, and other necessities to market as quickly as possible to assist the growing number of individuals impacted by this pandemic. This does, however, create its own challenges as many companies have implemented Social Distancing policies to curb the potential spread of this virus. Maintaining a six-foot distance between employees can make some vital operations either challenging or impossible to perform safely. 

Two-person lifts are currently prohibited due to the close quarters between employees. Additionally, implementing new overhead crane solutions are typically three to four months out before they can become operational. They can also be expensive and take additional time and training to integrate into operations. How do companies working with limited or restricted staff maintain operational efficiency, while meeting critical safety and ergonomic standards? 

With this growing pandemic, companies all over the world are calling on their employees and vendors alike to innovate and develop new strategies and processes to maintain operations that deliver their vital products to the masses. The Sky Hook is the ergonomic lifting device many companies are reaching for as it provides a safe, single operator lifting solution to meet today’s health and safety needs. As a customizable, lightweight lifting device, the Sky Hook can be an essential component in this endeavor that offers a much-needed solution to a variety of applications spanning countless industries.

Syclone ATTCO Service has been manufacturing the Sky Hook lifting device in the USA since 1969 and they have adapted their unique products to fill a variety of needs. Being both OSHA and ASME compliant, their equipment integrates easily into operations and provides a timely and effective solution to those in need.

“During this time of crisis, we’ve been contacted by many companies seeking lifting solutions to fill these lifting needs and Sky Hook has been proud to rise to the occasion!” says Dusty White, Technical Sales Manager.

With the Sky Hook lifting device, employees are now able to safely work independently to perform critical lifts instead of team lifts, which would violate the proximity policies that many local governments and companies have now implemented.

“We are currently waiving our production expedite charges on both custom and standard units so customers can obtain the lifting solution that they need in a timely and efficient manner to keep up with their current production demand,” says Dusty White, Technical Sales Manager.  “We also have cleanroom modifications available allowing our products to adapt to a variety of work environments. Americans all across our nation are pulling together to meet this adversity head-on and Sky Hook is proud to do its part!”

Contact Syclone ATTCO Service today for additional information on their products, custom capabilities and expedited production options. Additional information can be obtained by emailing info@skyhookmfr.com or by visiting their website at www.SKYHOOKMFR.com.

 

Seegrid Raises $25 Million in Growth Equity

G2VP invests in Seegrid to accelerate new product development and fund growth initiatives

PITTSBURGH, PA  — Seegrid, the leader in self-driving industrial vehicles for material handling, today announced that it has closed a $25 million growth equity investment from G2VP, a venture capital firm focused on investing in industrial technology companies. Specific financial terms were not disclosed, however, the company indicated that the investment reflects a multi-hundred million dollar valuation.

“Revenue in 2019 was record-breaking for Seegrid, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we already have orders in hand to assure continued growth in 2020,” said Jim Rock, Seegrid chief executive officer. “The investment from G2VP allows us to more quickly meet demand and accelerate new product introductions previously scheduled for 2021 and 2022 — as well as support our significant growth and hiring plans.”

“G2VP invests in emerging technology companies that digitize traditional industries and drive market transformations. Seegrid is such a company. Its self-driving vehicle technology is indisputable in its value and safety track record, and we are thrilled to invest in Seegrid and support their mission of helping the world’s leading companies transform into smart factories and distribution centers of the future,” said G2VP co-founder and partner David Mount.

“Seegrid’s best-in-class service goes above and beyond to ensure their impressive portfolio of customers are successful, which is a winning combination for sustainability and growth.”

Mount, who led a number of successful investments in his prior role of partner at Kleiner Perkins, has joined Seegrid’s board of directors.

UBS Investment Bank acted as financial advisor to Seegrid in connection with the transaction. Eric Moskal, Head of UBS’s Americas Industrials Group said, “The success of this fundraising despite the COVID-19 environment is a strong testament to the strength of Seegrid’s technology and its growth prospects. Seegrid is well-positioned as a leader in the rapidly growing market for warehouse and manufacturing automation.”

Seegrid provides turnkey automation solutions for some of the world’s largest brands, including global leaders in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment. Seegrid’s vision guided vehicles (VGVs), fleet management software and industry-leading services teams help manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics facilities achieve Industry 4.0 and material handling automation initiatives, making facilities safer and more productive. Seegrid is focused on delivering solutions that transform the world’s supply chain, autonomously moving material as safely, effectively, and efficiently as possible.

Seegrid stands out in the rapidly growing and evolving automated guided vehicle (AGV) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) industry, and the new investment round will enable Seegrid to further capitalize on its position as a market leader. The company leads the category by pairing the most robust, flexible and reliable technology with unmatched service and support. Seegrid’s proprietary navigation technology, which uses cameras, sophisticated algorithms and machine learning to navigate in dynamic environments, along with its leading safety record, is fundamental to reaching nearly 3 million miles at customer sites without a single personnel safety incident. Seegrid leads the world in miles logged by an infrastructure-free AGV company.

For more information about Seegrid’s products and services, visit www.seegrid.com.

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

Crown M3000-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAKING AUTONOMOUS ORDER PICKING A SUCCESS

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

autonomous order picker

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

Robot system learns via the user interface

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


THE QBIIK TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

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


The iGo neo has all the right ingredients

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

Virtual protective cage increases safety

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

Learning processes completed successfully

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

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

Source: Kion Group

John Rosenberger of The Raymond Corporation Receives MHI Mentor Award

John Rosenberger, director of iWAREHOUSE GATEWAY and global telematics for The Raymond Corporation, has been presented with the MHI Mentor Award. This award recognizes Rosenberger’s dedication to The Raymond Corporation for the past 10 years, providing technical and managerial leadership to the material handling industry.

Rosenberger and his team were instrumental in the development of Raymond’s iWAREHOUSE product offerings. Under Rosenberger’s management, Raymond has become a leading telematics manufacturer. As an active member of the Toyota Industries global product planning team, Rosenberger shares his expertise and guidance across the entire network.

In addition to providing leadership for Raymond’s iWAREHOUSE offerings, Rosenberger leads internal team development, promoting continuing education for his staff members and providing guidance to his workforce and encouraging them to become leaders, with a number of them pursuing management positions.

“We are extremely proud that John Rosenberger was chosen as the 2020 MHI Mentor Award winner,” said Michael Field, chief executive officer of The Raymond Corporation. “Under John’s leadership and guidance, Raymond’s global telematics team has developed industry-leading solutions that have fulfilled Raymond’s promise to continuously improve and keep our clients always on.”

The award winner was announced at Industry Night on Wednesday, March 11, during MODEX 2020 in Atlanta.

TMHNA University Research Program

Also at the MODEX Show, Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) selected two universities’ research proposals to receive funding through the TMHNA University Research Program.

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

Dynamic Capacitive Wireless Charging System for Autonomous MH Vehicles

Proposal Author: Prof. Khurram Afridi, Cornell University

Material Handling for Industry 4.0 in Small and Medium Enterprises

Proposal Author: Prof. Jorge Dorribo Camba, Purdue University

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

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

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

Products on Pallets: 5 Ways to Make Sure Disasters Don’t Happen

IKEA warehouse

Image by icondigital from Pixabay

In the global supply chain, wooden pallets provide a secure base for storing and moving products and are often handled on a daily basis. While a pallet that is in top condition can safely hold multiple boxes and heavy merchandise, problems like incorrect stacking, inappropriate usage, or unnoticed damage can result in a pallet collapse that destroys thousands of dollars’ worth of product and threatens the safety and even the lives of workers. Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent this and tips to follow that will help ensure your company’s pallet racking or stacking is safe and able to do the job.

  1. Choose the Right Pallets for the Purpose

Safe pallet use starts with safe pallets, and it’s well worth your time getting it right from the get-go to avoid having to replace pallets, machinery, and inventory in the future. To start with, make sure that you purchase new pallets from a reputable company that provides detailed usage and maintenance specifications. If you’re shipping outside of Canada or the US, you’ll need to provide evidence of appropriate heat-treating for insects and mold, but this step is not required for domestic shipping. The supplier will be able to indicate if their pallets are suitable for use in racking and which pallet models are suitable for different kinds of loads.

“Pallets represent one of the most important tools in the supply chain industry today and must be sourced responsibly if global trade is to be sustainable over the longer term,” Jake Thill, Director of Marketing and Sales at Fruit Growers Supply explained. “When looking for the best pallet to use in your warehouse, look for a sustainable forestry certification. That’s important if you want to ensure your pallets are coming from environmentally-responsible sources. The quality of wood is often better when the land is treated better, too.”

While wood pallets are the most popular, there are several other options available too, including plastic pallets, paper pallets, wood composite and even metal ones too. Each has its own benefits and strengths, and you need to ensure you’re sourcing the right product for your business. 

  1. Have Pallet Racking Designed and Installed by Professionals

Your company may be small now, but the design of your pallet racking or stacking must take future growth into account. Retrofitting your racking system to allow for storing more inventory is not only more expensive than getting the design right from the start, but can also lead to overloading, forklift collisions, and racking collapses with potentially devastating consequences.

Having your racking or stacking system designed and installed by an experienced, professional company will ensure that you choose the correct system for the products you stock and the machinery that you use, and is also the best way to be certain that all of the relevant manufacturer and building code instructions will be followed at the time of installation. 

  1. Follow Manufacturer Instructions and Label Racking Clearly

Safety with pallets — as with any product — really is a matter of reading the instructions. Every pallet manufacturer will provide weight limits for the loads that their pallets can safely bear and these limits should be displayed with clear notices and followed by all staff and supervisors. As a general rule, heavier loads should be stored in lower bays and long and bulky items are best stored using a cantilever system. These guidelines must also be followed in seasonal hot spots for product turnover — as even temporary overloading or careless storage could lead to a disaster.

  1. Hire an Independent Company to Inspect Your Pallet Racking

Over time, pallets can weaken and become damaged, and accidents while handling pallets can cause them to break. For the safety of staff and the product inventory, it’s essential that any broken pallets be removed and repaired or recycled to prevent a slip or trip injury, and that staff are trained to report any signs of damage or faults in pallets as soon as they see them so that those pallets can be removed from circulation and repaired.

As a routine measure to prevent collapse, every company that uses pallets should have their pallets inspected by an independent company on an annual basis and maintenance and repair measures implemented immediately.

  1. Teach Safe Pallet Handling Guidelines to All Staff

Many accidents and injuries are a direct result of risky pallet handling behaviors, so your staff needs to be trained in safe pallet handling and adequately supervised to ensure they follow these guidelines on the job. For example, personnel should never climb on pallets to retrieve an item that is stored up high, should never be lifted while standing on a pallet, and should always lift a pallet with a lighter load between two people with appropriate steel-toed shoes if a forklift is not available.

By taking these safety precautions and never improvising when it comes to pallets, your company can enjoy greater efficiency, safety for workers, and a healthier bottom line in the long run. 

Author Bio: Jordan McDowell is a writer and content strategist. He specializes in manufacturing and often covers workplace safety, but also enjoys writing about the automotive industry and exploring the great outdoors.

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

FlexQube

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

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

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

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

About FlexQube

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

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

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

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

JLT ultra-compact vehicle-mount terminal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crown C-G Series forklift

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toyota Material Handling Research Program

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

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

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

  • Dynamic Capacitive Wireless Charging System for Autonomous MH Vehicles

Proposal Author: Prof. Khurram Afridi, Cornell University

  • Material Handling for Industry 4.0 in Small and Medium Enterprises

Proposal Author: Prof. Jorge Dorribo Camba, Purdue University

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

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

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

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