New Combilift Container Slipsheet

LOADS A 20’ CONTAINER IN THREE MINUTES  

Combilift’s latest innovation, the Combilift Container Slip-Sheet (Combi-CSS), has been designed for quicker and easier mechanized loading of products (particularly long ones) into containers. First unveiled during Combilift’s 20th anniversary last year, this product is now in serial production. The Combi-CSS addresses the challenges associated with the combination of forklifts and manual labor often required for this application.

Using a forklift to lift and maneuver the product laterally into the container and another forklift operator to push the load into the container from the end is time consuming and not overly efficient. Following the launch of the Combilift Straddle Carrier a few years ago, feedback from customers in the containerization sector prompted Combilift to look at how these procedures could be improved.

The result is the patented Combi-CSS; a low, free-standing platform with a dual-directional motor-driven pulling mechanism, on which a Hardox 500 steel sheet rests. It has a capacity of 30,000kg  and allows a full load of product to be prepared behind the container on the sheet and loaded onto a 20’ container in just three minutes (and six for a 40’ container).

Once loaded, the sheet is guided into the container by the mechanism underneath, which consists of four hydraulic cylinders moving in sequence. Hydraulic pins on the ends of the cylinders move up, fitting into holes cut into the sheet to secure it, while the cylinders pull the sheet forward, ensuring safe loading without any risk of product damage.

When the goods are fully loaded within the container, a hydraulic rear barrier gate, fixed to the end of the platform, swings across the container opening and is locked in place across the entire width of the platform. This holds the material within the container while the metal sheet is slipped out from underneath it, hence the name.

Red Dot Design Award for Cat® Lift Trucks is good news for customers too

The presentation event for this year’s prestigious Red Dot Design Awards, which took place on 8th July, gave Cat® Lift Trucks another stage on which to highlight the importance of customer-focused product development.

Designers Kero Uusitalo and Antti Asunmaa received a laureate certificate for their work on the Cat® EP14-20A(C)N(T) 48V electric counterbalance forklift range.

“This product has been designed and built around our customers, and we are very proud that our success in meeting their needs has been recognized by a Red Dot Design Award,” said Kero Uusitalo. The award-winning Cat lift truck was one of more than 5,500 entries, from which the judges selected only the best for this honor.

At a celebratory gala in the Aalto Theatre, Essen, Germany, the Red Dot organization paid tribute to 2019’s leading designers and manufacturers. This was followed by a Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum, attended by around 1,200 international guests, where the Red Dot Award winners were presented with their certificates.

Those present were able to take a close look at the Cat lift truck and other winning product designs. They also had an exclusive opportunity, at the after-show party, to view three special exhibitions before their official opening on 12 July.

Antti Asunmaa commented: “We are thrilled and proud to stand and network among so many great designers. This celebration brings together designers from a wide variety of different product sectors, all united by their wish to offer high-quality design. For Kero, myself and our fellow professionals at Cat Lift Trucks, that means making sure we understand our customers and translate that understanding into the product.”

All award-winning products are presented in the Red Dot yearbook and can be viewed online at https://www.red-dot.org.

In the yearbook, the write up of the Cat 48V lift truck reads: This electric forklift range comes with 360-degree steering, which keeps the load particularly stable due to smooth but fast flowing turns. Its responsive drive system reacts to speed, steering and pedal movements, ensuring well-controlled handling and maneuvering. In addition, the range is equipped with load-sensing hydraulics and features such as curve control and hill-hold. The customized functions and options of these Cat 48V models offer improved operator ergonomics and help to reduce fatigue.

 

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

Konecrane flow drive

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crown Equipment Introduces InfoLink 7” Touch Display Module

Infolink 7 Crown

NEW BREMEN, Ohio – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has introduced a larger, more robust display module for its forklifts equipped with Crown’s InfoLink® fleet and operator management system. The InfoLink 7” Touch Display Module enhances the operator experience with greater functionality and an interface designed to simplify onboarding, maximize productivity and reinforce safety.

The information presented on the adjustable color LCD display creates a more informative and personalized experience for operators. For example, intuitive and easy-to-read menus and configurable widgets enable operators to customize their screen and receive context-sensitive alerts to increase engagement with the forklift. Three programmable-performance modes, as well as multiple language support, allow for equipment operation to be tailored to each user.

“We believe deployment of any technology must immediately disprove the misperception that it is more complex than the prior solution. This is why our design thinking approach includes studying how operators interact with our forklifts to better understand work context, physiological needs and cognitive requirements,” said Kim Stachler, marketing connected product manager, Crown Equipment Corporation. “Our new InfoLink 7” Touch Display Module is an example of how we apply learnings to facilitate enhanced engagement that leads to elevated productivity and safety levels throughout the entire operation. The module also provides a platform for introducing new InfoLink functionality and capabilities as operations change and evolve.”

An operator checklist with images at login helps ensure inspection compliance, while on-screen safety reminders and Dynamic Coaching™ messaging during operation reinforce operator training and deliver real-time feedback to operators. Built-in wireless connectivity provides access to enterprise networks and allows the sharing of real-time data for productivity tracking and preventive service, among many other uses. Wireless firmware downloads ensure new features can be leveraged for additional functionality and accommodate future application requirements as customer needs evolve.

Toyota Forklift Announces New Lithium-ion Battery Lineup

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. has announced the approval of a new lineup of lithium-ion batteries for use in its 3- and 4-wheel electric sit-down models. This introduction makes Toyota the first manufacturer in the industry to obtain UL-E and UL-EE certification for the combination of lift truck and lithium-ion batteries on a sit-down counterbalanced forklift.

Toyota engineers worked directly with Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to test and certify the use of four new Navitas lithium-ion batteries in Toyota forklifts. This development provides a solution for customers requiring UL-E or UL-EE rated forklifts who would also like to benefit from the use of lithium-ion batteries.

“This is the next step on our journey to become a full-line provider of material handling solutions,” said Toyota Material Handling Senior Vice President Tony Miller. “It’s important to us to offer our customers versatile solutions that are also reliable and safe.”

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to public safety, UL is a world leader in product safety testing and certification. For more than 100 years, manufacturers have had their merchandise evaluated and tested for safety risks by UL’s independent, third-party safety certification organization.

Some of the key benefits of lithium-ion batteries over traditional lead-acid batteries include lower maintenance costs, longer run times, increased performance, faster and more efficient charging, and less downtime.

Toyota’s latest lithium-ion battery offering is part of the company’s aggressive development plan for offering a wide variety of alternative energy solutions for its customers through Toyota Energy Solutions.

“We remain committed to delivering the best products in the industry, and that extends to alternative energy solutions,” Miller said. “As the market evolves and customers demand new and innovative ways to power their forklifts, we will offer solutions nobody else in the industry can because of Toyota’s commitment to quality and our unmatched dealer network.”

 

Manitex International, Inc. Announces TC600 Series Boom Truck Mounted Crane

Broadening Manitex Straight-Mast Product Line With 60-Ton Series

BRIDGEVIEW, IL. – Manitex International, Inc., a leading international provider of cranes and specialized industrial equipment, has introduced the newest model in the next generation TC-series lineup. The new TC600 features a base rating of 60 tons and a maximum main boom height of 141 feet and a194-foot maximum height when equipped with an optional jib, expanding the company’s heavy-crane product offerings.

The TC600 incorporates a 4-section boom and offsetable lattice style jib utilizing high strength steel and components providing high strength-to-weight ratio for increased capacities at long radius. The TC600 includes a spacious, high-visibility cab and the advanced hydraulics of the Manitex TC line of lift solutions with increased lifting capabilities. Featuring a removable counter-weight system and uniquely designed trapezoid subframe, the TC600 provides added stability and precision control.

Steve Kiefer, President, Chief Operating Officer, added, “We are excited to add the TC600 boom truck to our line of products, supporting the industry’s growing need for high-capacity machines. Manitex has consistently been an innovator in meeting end-users’ needs for equipment delivering high-value, operator comfort and overall performance. The TC600 is available for immediate sale through the Manitex dealer network, and we are looking forward to displaying the TC600 at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, KY in early-October and beginning deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2019.”

Best of Industry Award for Jungheinrich’s battery charger

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

Jungheinrich chargers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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