New-generation Cat® tow trucks lead on comfort and effectiveness

With its market-leading efficiency, control and comfort, the new NTR30-50N2 tow truck range from Cat® Lift Trucks promises to boost both machine and operator effectiveness.

Buyers can choose between standard 3.0 tonne and heavy-duty 5.0 tonne models, each featuring an integrated single-unit motor and gear design which delivers the market’s highest efficiency. They benefit from clever designs and intelligent systems developed and proven in the energy-focused Cat NO-N2 low-level order picker range.

Comfortable and effective operation

The driver’s large and unobstructed work area, with wide entrances, a low step height, a non-slip mat, and no tripping hazards, enables quick on-off and walk-through access. For maximum comfort and low fatigue, its triple-suspension floor offers: a floating structure to dampen shocks and vibrations; sideways dampening to relax knees and ankles; and state-of-the-art matting to reduce micro-vibration. An optimally shaped backrest adds further luxury and provides a secure leaning position during turns.

Operating the innovative steering wheel is effortless, with either hand. It features vibration damping and is adjustable for height and angle to fit each driver perfectly. When reversing, the driver’s hand can be positioned on top of the wheel to steer precisely and comfortably while reducing the twisting of the shoulders and wrists. Ergonomically shaped accelerator triggers and other controls, integrated within the wheel, can be reached easily without releasing grip.

Smart and efficient control

Smart technology built on the Cat Responsive Drive System (RDS) ensures a precise, safe, relaxed and enjoyable driving experience. Advanced steering functionality adapts rapidly to every change in the driver’s steering behavior and travel speed to keep all movements smooth and controlled. When turning, unique intelligent curve control constantly adjusts steering sensitivity, cornering speed and angle limitation to maintain fluent motion, traction and balance from start to finish.

Walk-beside operation, controlled via the steering wheel, gives clear views of the trailer. It is especially useful when maneuvering to couple or uncouple trailers, or for conveniently moving the truck over very short distances. Optional side-mounted controls are available. From a walking position, the ‘flying start’ function allows operators to begin accelerating before stepping onto the presence-detecting floor mat. Full acceleration is permitted once on board.

The latest advances in traction control ensure smooth, rapid acceleration and prevent wheelspin – along with related wear – when driving on slippery surfaces or pulling heavy loads. Regenerative braking is optimized to eliminate swaying effects when the truck comes to a full stop. Together with a hill-hold function and anti-lock brakes, it helps the driver to operate smoothly, confidently and safely, whatever the conditions. Deceleration rates and stopping distances are easy to control and predict, for accurate positioning, and are programmable using TruckTool.

Options

In addition to a generous standard specification, NTR30-50N2 tow trucks can be customized with a variety of extra features. They include an automatic coupling device that instantly locks the truck and trailer once they are in the right position. An additional manual release option enables decoupling without leaving the truck. Along with the NO-N2 low-level order pickers, these are the first Cat trucks to offer Li-ion batteries as an option.

Further information on Cat® forklifts, warehouse equipment, and related services can be found at www.catlifttruck.com. See the new tow trucks in action via www.catlifttruck.com/videos.

Flux Power Accelerates Momentum with Major Order and Multi-Year Purchase Agreement

VISTA, Calif., February 4, 2020 – Flux Power Holdings, Inc., a developer of advanced lithium-ion battery packs for industrial applications such as electric forklifts and airport ground support equipment (GSE), today announced that it has received an order for several hundred GSE Packs for a global airline.  The order was facilitated by Flux Power’s GSE distribution partner Averest, Inc.

The nearly $6M order, on a retail basis, will be delivered in scheduled shipments throughout 2020 (subject to cancellations and/or change orders).  The 80V, 300Ah lithium-ion battery packs will be deployed to power a fleet of baggage tractors at airports across North America.

“Airlines are increasingly looking for energy solutions for their GSE fleets that provide high performance, no emissions, and no water maintenance requirements,” Flux Power CEO Ron Dutt commented.  “The GSE Packs deliver all those benefits and provide a lower total cost of ownership for large fleets.”

Additionally, Flux Power announced that it has signed a Master Purchase Agreement with one of its existing Fortune 500 global heavy equipment customers.

This new multi-year contract covers a broad range of lithium-ion battery packs for use in material handling equipment.  Flux Power has been shipping packs to this customer beginning in Fall 2018, which has led to this agreement.

Flux Power plans to report results for its FY’20 Quarter Ending December 31, 2019, on February 11, 2020.

Creform designs new custom AGV for automotive supplier

Automotive powertrain supplier uses AGV to handle around the clock operation to support its process equipment

Greer, SC—Creform Corporation has designed and built a new custom AGV system, designated the FH-A35046 bolt-on AGV, that uses a recycled and refurbished drive unit, control box/components and photo-eye matched up with a new conveyor, new frame, new HMI and new opportunity charging system to arrive at a cost-effective AGV system for an existing automotive powertrain customer.

The single-direction AGV was developed for a specific application with detailed requirements to support the user’s “around the clock” operation. Creform developed four AGVs for this specific job recipe to act as transfer vehicles between conveyors at multiple points in the manufacturing process.

The AGV, with overall dimensions of 83″ L x 36″ W x 60″ T features two powered 36 in. high conveyor decks for automatic load transfers. One deck handles right-hand part pallets. The other deck handles the left. Full and empty pallets are handled among the six production stations and follow an approximate 150-foot long magnetic tape guide path. The loads are transferred off one side of each AGV.

Photocells on the AGV load transfer conveyor are used for slow down and stop functions and are also used for secure load verification while the AGV is traveling. Optical communication devices coordinate the conveyor operation between the AGV and stationary units. Any load shift would be detected and will stop AGV.

Mechanical load safety stops rotate down when pulling into conveyor stations to allow transfers. Gravity causes them to rotate back up when leaving the transfer point to ensure that the load is secure. Conveyor sections are covered to help keep loads clean while aboard, while removable and see-through panels provide access for maintenance.

Each AGV features a heavy-duty fabricated steel base for strength and rigidity. Forklift tubes are integrated into the frame’s design which allows easy and safe lifting for easy maintenance. The units can travel up to 35 M/min and have a load capacity of up to 800 lb. (364 kg). Floor positioned RFID tags are used for control of speed and obstacle sensor views.

Each unit incorporates a 24-volt system, powered by two covered 12 V AGM batteries with easy access at the center of the AGV. The opportunity charging system, activated by photocells, minimizes the need for the user to manually change batteries. With each circuit of the guidepath, batteries are automatically charged by just pulling into the charging station positioned along the route. No human intervention is necessary. In this application, the AGVs charge at four locations where the units spend most of the time. Also, with four chargers and four AGVs, the units can sit on the chargers between shifts for extended charging time.

Safety category 3 features on the AGVs include a safety circuit to cut power, audible warning device, flashing light, E-stops and the Unit features a laser scanner on the leading edge of AGV.
The Creform System is used to create an array of material handling and efficiency-enhancing devices and is a proven component in continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing programs. The company partners with customers in developing and implementing these programs.

Toyota Material Handling Introduces New Energy Solutions Platform to Meet Evolving Customer Needs

Columbus, Ind. – Toyota Material Handling (TMH) has announced the launch of a new energy solutions platform designed to help the material handling industry meet the complex demands of evolving equipment, the environmental landscape, and energy management requirements. The new platform is called Toyota Industrial Energy Solutions.

Toyota Industrial Energy Solutions encompasses a suite of energy solutions to meet the current and future demands of material handling, including on-site consultation, environmental support, battery and alternative energy sources, chargers and accessories, and service and repair.

Toyota Industrial Energy Solutions utilizes resources that are unique to the Toyota dealer network, allowing customers to increase efficiency and optimize their operations. Through the new platform, Toyota forklift dealers can perform energy studies to highlight information and pinpoint efficiencies that optimize overall operational productivity.

“This is the next step on our journey to become a full-line provider of innovative, sustainable energy solutions for the material handling industry,” said Toyota Material Handling Senior Vice President Tony Miller. “As the market evolves and customers demand environmentally sustainable ways to power their forklifts, we will offer energy-saving and waste-reducing solutions nobody else in the industry can because of Toyota’s commitment to quality and our unmatched dealer network.”

The services provided through Toyota Industrial Energy Solutions include: reducing maintenance costs, lowering electric utility bills, reducing forklift downtime, and optimizing charging efficiency.

Toyota’s latest UL-rated lithium-ion battery lineup is part of the company’s aggressive offering for alternative energy solutions for its customers. Toyota is the first and only 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. Over 50 lithium-ion battery solutions have now been tested and approved by Toyota for use across its electric forklift lineup.

“We remain committed to delivering the best products and services in the material handling industry, and that extends to alternative energy solutions,” Miller said. “Our customers count on us to offer versatile solutions that are also reliable and safe. Toyota Industrial Energy Solutions will help customers as they encounter evolving environmental standards and increasing throughput demands.”

To learn more about Toyota Industrial Energy Solutions or schedule a free, on-site energy consultation, visit online at https://www.ToyotaForklift.com/Energy-Solutions.

Raymond Named a Finalist For International Forklift of The Year Award 2020

Raymond Courier™ 3030 automated stacker nominated for innovation in automation, one-of-a-kind vision-guided technology

Raymond Courier 3030

GREENE, N.Y. — The Raymond Corporation’s Courier™ 3030 automated stacker has been named a finalist for an International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award, which recognizes the industry’s best intralogistics products and system solutions from around the world.

The Courier 3030 automated stacker, which can be used in both automated and manual operation modes, combines horizontal transport and vertical pallet lift with a 72-inch reach capacity and a 2,500-pound load capacity, making it ideal for pickup/drop-off, end-of-aisle and end-of-line application, as well as conveyor picking. In addition, the Supervisor software of the Courier 3030 enables an operator to simultaneously monitor and manage multiple trucks from a mobile or web-enabled computer.

The Courier 3030 utilizes unique to the industry Seegrid vision-guided technology to capture a 360-degree view of its surroundings while providing the ability to map locations, identify obstructions and control vehicle behaviors. When integrated with the Raymond iWAREHOUSE® warehouse optimization system, any web-enabled device can deliver real-time location and status updates, providing data-driven insights into a facility’s operations. The innovative technology frees operators from repetitive, low value tasks to provide maximum productivity and efficiency throughout warehouse, distribution and supply chain operations.

Additional benefits include:
• The Vision Guidance Unit uses 10 cameras to learn and navigate its environment
• No changes to infrastructure are needed, minimal business interruptions
• The 3030 can automatically move in reverse direction with dual object detection sensors and ITA fork design
• Route training is easy and fast to do and/or modify compared to other technologies
• Easy one day initial set-up time
• Provides operators the ability to manage multiple trucks

“Raymond is very proud to again be nominated for a prestigious IFOY Award after our Virtual Reality Simulator was recognized as the top innovation in the Special of the Year category in 2019,” said Michael Field, CEO, The Raymond Corporation. “At Raymond, we work diligently with our customers to develop systems and solutions that fit their needs. The Courier 3030’s unique technology exemplifies our commitment to producing innovative solutions designed for enabling lean management optimization and maximum productivity.”

The IFOY Award honors the best industrial trucks and intralogistics solutions of the year as selected by a jury of leading international logistics media. The competition enters an audit phase in February when IFOY experts test all the nominated products. Test parameters include productivity, energy efficiency, safety, ergonomics and design.

To learn more about The Raymond Corporation, visit www.raymondcorp.com or call 800-235-7200.

Crown helps California Community News improve its productivity

California Community News provides a range of printing, inserting, packaging and distribution services for several newspaper and media companies including the Los Angeles Times Media Group. At its busy 325,000-square-foot production facility in Irwindale, Calif., millions of inserts and papers are printed and packaged each year.

With a busy schedule of nearly constant production and activity, California Community News needs a powerful and reliable forklift to meet production demands as well as one that is agile enough to move through a busy facility quickly and safely while being used for a multitude of tasks. On the production floor alone, operators need forklifts that are used 24 hours a day for five to six days per week.

The company has come to rely on the Crown FC Series counterbalance forklift, the TSP Series Very Narrow Aisle forklift, the InfoLink® fleet and operator management system, and especially the Crown SC Series counterbalance forklift and its incredible maneuverability. With its on-board Intrinsic Stability System®, the SC Series assists the operator with precision handling and control based on steer angle, truck speed, load weight and lift height. The versatile SC Series helps improve operations in virtually every area of the company except the pressroom. In fact, California Community News saw a 15 to 20 percent improvement in productivity compared to their previous forklift fleet.

Utilizing Crown’s optional InfoLink® fleet management system has allowed the company to effectively manage and document operator and fleet performance. Providing real-time alerts, intuitive dashboards and detailed reports, InfoLink® allows California Community News to explore and analyze issues quickly and accurately with on-demand performance data.

The company also relies on the long-term durability of the Crown SC Series to provide lasting value. From its heavy-duty chassis and rugged drive motors to its steel steer axle and strong I-Beam mast, the SC offers the power and reliability needed to withstand the unrelenting uptime its production schedule demands.

“It’s reliable, it’s agile and it’s flexible. It has power,” commented Durga Bhoj, California Community News Division Manager. “It’s hard to find all those components in one unit and the SC fits that.”

For more details of how California Community News and Crown work together, visit the customer result on crown.com.

Source: www.crown.com.

 

Crown Equipment Introduces New Ergonomically Advanced Industrial Armrest

NEW BREMEN, Ohio  – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has introduced the D4 Armrest as an option for its Crown C-5 SeriesCrown FC Series and Crown SC Series sit-down counterbalance forklifts. It is ergonomically designed to help improve operator experience and comfort, ultimately helping boost productivity throughout the entire operation. The armrest recently captured a GOOD DESIGN® Award, further strengthening Crown’s international recognition for excellence in industrial design.

“Crown designers and engineers conducted extensive field research to ensure the design of our new armrest properly incorporates the operator’s work context, physiological needs and cognitive requirements. The result is one of the industry’s most ergonomically advanced armrests designed for optimal comfort and operation,” said Jared Ranly, marketing product manager, Crown Equipment. “The armrest is vital to providing operators a comfortable, productive work environment. This is important as warehouse managers struggle to attract and retain skilled employees in a tight labor market.”

The fully adjustable, D4 Armrest features a large surface area with a breathable pad that pulls moisture from the operator’s arm and is replaceable as wear and tear occur. It has an integrated horn button, built-in grab handle and complete up/down and fore/aft adjustment allowing the operator to easily and comfortably operate the forklift in a more productive manner. For the Crown FC Series and Crown SC Series, customers may choose any one of four integrated bionic hydraulic control layout options:

  • Fingertip option for operators who require rapid, minimal hand movements to operate, and easy blending of hydraulic functions. It features thumb-activated directional control, wrist support, and optimally spaced soft-touch controls.
  • Dual-lever option for operators wearing heavy gloves in the freezer and cold storage environments. It features finger-activated direction control and two multi-axis control levers.
  • Mini-lever option for operators who require precise control and use a variety of control methods (finger, pinch-grip, etc.). Variable-spaced controls can be field-adjusted to provide spacing versatility to match operator preference.
  • Combination option for operators who prefer the dual-lever option for the most used functions but also require the finer hydraulic control for the attachments.

In December 2019, the D4 Armrest earned a GOOD DESIGN Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies. The competition’s jury honored the vehicles for high-quality design in the industrial category. This recognition marks the 16th GOOD DESIGN Award for Crown.

The introduction of the D4 Armrest is accompanied by new Work Assist® organizers that can be purchased as one of three kits for electric sit-down counterbalance trucks. These magnetized one-pocket, three-pocket and clipboard organizers can be added for additional ergonomic advantages while optimizing operator efficiency and application flexibility.

JLT Introduces Rugged Industry’s Smallest Fixed-Mount Vehicle Computer with Highest Performance

JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, has introducedan addition to its popular VERSO™ Series of high-performance vehicle-mount computers. The new VERSO 10 computer provides customers with the industry’s most compact, highest-performing rugged fixed-mount terminal and is perfect for installation even in the tightest spaces.

Featuring the smallest footprint in its class, the fixed-mount VERSO 10 is even slimmer than JLT’s existing cradle-mount VERSO+ 10. With all connectors integrated into its casing, the VERSO 10 is also significantly lighter and comes at a lower cost. Secure fixed-mount installation addresses safety concerns inherent in certain vehicle types and deployments.

“Available space in a driver’s cabin is a challenge in many industrial vehicles,” explains Per Holmberg, CEO of JLT Mobile Computers. “That’s why we designed our new VERSO 10 computer to fit virtually anywhere. It is the smallest rugged vehicle terminal on the market, giving customers the highest performance regardless of space limitations.”

The ultra-compact VERSO 10 computer comes with a standard (400NIT) or high-bright (800NIT) virtually unbreakable 10-inch LED 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, can be used in extremely cold and hot temperatures, offers a wide 9-36 VDC power input, and has an internal battery for graceful shutdown in case of an unexpected vehicle power outage.

The high-performance VERSO 10 comes with an advanced Intel© Kaby Lake Core™ i7‑7600U processor with Turbo Boost, or the optional Core i3-7100U processor. Both are optimized for Windows 10 LTSC and come with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 support. The computer also features integrated dual-band WLAN 802.11ac with integrated PIFA antennas, Bluetooth, and optional GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou and 4G LTE mobile broadband to ensure reliable connectivity and positioning over large areas.

Customers with maximum performance requirements will benefit from up to 60% higher CPU performance with the Intel Core i7 option, making it possible to run advanced thick-client applications such as HD video streaming, positioning calculations and real-time video analysis or high-resolution graphical representations, as well as creating advanced new user interfaces for improving overall user productivity. Even with the Intel Core i3 option, customers with lesser performance requirements will see the same or better performance than was offered in older high-end VERSO models, but with lower power draw and lower cost as additional benefits.

JLT created the VERSO 10 for customers with high demands on computing power as well as the need for reliable, trouble-free operation in vehicles where space may be limited. Target customers are found within industry segments such as mining and drilling, forestry and agriculture, GIS, and defense.

Renewance to Provide Battery Recycling Services to KORE Power

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho, Dec. 19, 2019 – KORE Power, Inc., a leading developer of high density, high voltage energy storage solutions, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to enter into a strategic partnership with Renewance, Inc. (“Renewance”) to collaborate on the execution of battery recycling projects for KORE Power batteries which have reached their end-of-life.

Renewance has extensive knowledge of regulations related to industrial battery storage, packaging, transportation, and recycling. Renewance has also established an extensive network of logistics, field service, and recycling partners who, collectively, create a reliable and efficient means by which KORE Power will be able to transport and recycle lithium-ion batteries that have reached their end-of-life. This alliance will facilitate the proper disposal of KORE Power’s Mark 1™ battery cells at their end-of-life and will simultaneously create an opportunity for used battery materials to be reused in new batteries. In addition, Renewance will assist KORE Power in implementing strong and environmentally responsible recycling processes, thereby minimizing KORE Power’s end-of-life liabilities.

“This partnership with Renewance is a significant step towards enabling us to implement strong sustainability practices. We are determined to be an environmentally conscious company and to minimize the impact that the manufacture and use of industrial batteries can have on our environment,” said Lindsay Gorrill, CEO of KORE Power. “A significant driver of the immense demand for battery storage relates to people’s strong desire for green energy sources, such as wind and solar. We share that desire and want to feed that demand in the same spirit – by keeping the need for cleaner energy top of mind throughout the whole life cycle of industrial batteries.”

“Renewance is excited to partner with KORE Power on battery recycling projects. This alliance will enable KORE Power to deliver cost-effective and environmentally friendly reuse and recycling solutions to their customers. Renewance brings a wealth of experience and expertise on industry best practices and regulatory considerations to all reverse supply chain projects. We are looking forward to working closely with KORE Power on this mutually beneficial partnership,” said Dave Mauer, VP of Sales & Services.

ABOUT KORE Power, Inc.

Based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, KORE Power is a leading developer of high density, high voltage energy storage solutions for utility, industrial and mission-critical markets.  KORE Power designs and manufactures the industry-leading, 1500V Mark 1™ Energy Storage System. Developed to lower installation and operation costs with higher efficiency, the Mark 1™ includes proprietary NMC cells and modules, with innovative safety features, managed and optimized by the Mark 1™ BMS.  KORE Power serves the growing demand for applications such as replacing fossil fuel peaker plants, wind and solar plus storage projects, Microgrid optimization, behind-the-meter C&I, mining energy solutions and the Military.

For more information, visit www.korepower.com

KION Group opens India’s largest material handling equipment facility in Pune

  • KION India consolidates strong position in important growth market;
  • Capital expenditure of around €15 million for expansion of Pune site;
  • More than 100 new jobs to be created;
  • Cutting-edge R&D center built;
  • 700 KVA solar power facility installed.

New plant of the KION Group in India

Frankfurt/Main, 28. November 2019 – KION GROUP AG has officially launched its new plant – India’s largest production facility for intralogistics equipment – in Pune, Maharashtra. Diesel and electric forklifts as well as battery-powered lift trucks and reach trucks are manufactured in the ultra-modern plant on an area of around 25 hectares (roughly 62 acres). The new plant is equipped with a total of three assembly lines including a paint shop, parts warehouse and an R&D center, where the constantly changing requirements and trends of the Indian market are to be evaluated and corresponding future products developed. In addition, the new plant has a solar power plant with 700-kilowatt amperes for energy generation as well as in-house processes for water conservation and waste management.

“KION Group continues to invest in India, looking at the growth opportunity available here. We realized the Indian market has been growing very rapidly and the demand for high-performance products has been increasing as well, which is the domain of KION Group,” states CP Quek, Chief Asia Pacific Officer and a member of KION’s Executive Board, attending the launch ceremonies.

Capital expenditure will amount to approximately €15 million. The globally positioned intralogistics provider is creating more than 100 additional jobs in Pune.

“The new factory represents our long-term commitment to the market here in India, its customers, employees, vendors and our channel partners,” explains Sunil K Gupta, President of KION India Private Limited.

KION in India

The KION Group has had a presence in India, an important growth market, since 2011. KION India has been the country’s leading industrial truck and warehouse technology vendor since 2016 through sales of the well-known Italian brand, OM, and its Indian-Italian brand, OM Voltas. In addition to the OM and OM Voltas products, KION India also sells industrial trucks, warehouse technology and services from Baoli in China and the German premium brand, Linde, allowing the Group to serve the premium, value and economy segments. The range includes diesel forklift trucks from 1.5 to 16 metric tons, electric forklift trucks from 1.5 to 3.5 metric tons as well as industrial trucks, warehouse technology and intralogistics services.

KION India has recently begun launching new automated supply chain solutions from KION brand Dematic on the market.

The company has a production facility in Pune in Western India as well as a countrywide sales and service network consisting of over 40 locations and dealerships with over 100 sales outlets. KION India currently employs around 400 employees.