Kalmar continues its long history of eco-efficiency by introducing the industry’s first lithium-ion powered medium forklift

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to introduce a medium electric forklift powered by emission-free lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology. The new forklift is the latest step on the company’s journey towards offering an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021. It is the first forklift in the medium-capacity range to be powered by Li-ion batteries, and the battery technology will initially be available for several models with a wheelbase of 3,500 mm.

Kalmar has a long and proud history in the electric equipment arena, having launched its first light electric forklift truck in 1979, followed by the industry’s first Li-ion powered light electric forklift in 2016 and medium electric forklift powered by lead-acid batteries in 2017. In addition, Kalmar has already launched electric-powered versions of its empty container handlers, Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and yard cranes.

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Driven by the need to comply with increasingly strict environmental legislation, reduce fuel costs and simplify maintenance processes, electrically powered equipment is becoming increasingly common across many different industries. Kalmar’s electric forklift offering is available with a choice of lead-acid or Li-ion battery technology, depending on customer requirements.

Li-ion batteries are ideal for multi-shift operation models as they can be fast-charged during breaks in work, significantly improving the productivity of forklifts. A full charge can be achieved in less than 2 hours. The technology enables 24/7 operation by eliminating the need for battery changes and dedicated charging areas. Because charging is emission-free, charging stations can be located strategically to maximize equipment utilization and uptime in even the most demanding operational environments.

“We’re delighted to be able to announce yet another industry first as we continue our drive to provide customers with innovative new eco-efficient, reliable and easy-to-maintain machines to help them achieve their business goals,” stated Stefan Hultqvist, Vice President Forklifts, Kalmar. “Demand for electrically powered forklifts is rising all the time, and now we can offer our customers even greater convenience and environmental performance in the medium lifting capacity range.”

Toyota Marked 2019 National Forklift Safety Day with 20th Anniversary of System of Active Stability

Toyota system of active stabilityCOLUMBUS, Ind.  –National Forklift Safety Day 2019 also marked the 20th anniversary of Toyota Material Handling USA’s System of Active Stability (SAS). An industry safety innovation, SAS constantly monitors forklift usage to limit the potential for overturn. The SAS takes more than 3,000 readings per second to detect unsafe operating conditions and activates its features improve the lateral and longitudinal stability of the forklift.

Because of its focus on operator safety, SAS has revolutionized the material handling industry’s expectations for safe operation. The system is engineered with 10 sensors, three actuators, and a
controller to help maintain forklift stability. SAS now comes standard on most Toyota forklifts. “Toyota’s number one priority is to create safe products and SAS remains an important innovation to help prevent rollovers,” said TMHU President Jeff Rufener. “This year we will mark 20 years of offering this technology, which leads the way for safety innovation. We’re proud to have developed a technology that can reduce injuries, while mitigating the loss of goods.”

SAS is built on two key systems, the Active Control Rear Stabilizer System and the Active Mast Function Control System. The rear system stabilizes the forklift’s lateral movements by locking the rear axle, converting its usual triangle to a rectangular pattern, reducing risk of lateral tipover. The mast control system uses forward tilt control or rear-tilt speed control to stabilize the forklift longitudinally.

Toyota notes that SAS is not a substitute for operator safety training. National Forklift Safety Day, which took place this year on June 11, is an annual event that serves as the focal point for forklift manufacturers to reinforce the importance of operator safety training and forklift safety practices. The event also provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers and policymakers.

Source: ToyotaForklift.com.

JLT Mobile Computers Presents Next Generation Vehicle‑Mount Computers at TOC Europe

Compact, high-performance 12-inch rugged JLT6012™ computer optimizes uptime, improves safety, and increases workflow efficiency in ports and container terminals

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Växjö, Sweden, 13 June 2019 – JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, showcases its JLT6012™ vehicle-mount computer at the TOC Europe global container supply chain event in Rotterdam from 18-20 June 2019. Well suited for the high reliability and security requirements of port settings, the JLT6012 mobile terminal can be custom-built to fit the exact needs of shippers, carriers, port authorities, global operators, and third-party logistics.

Designed to be installed in vehicles, trucks, and forklifts, the compact JLT6012 computer’s wide-range 9-60 VDC isolated power supply enables installation in most types of vehicles without the need for an external power adapter. Capable of running Windows 10, Android or Linux, the JLT6012 comes with a virtually indestructible high-brightness JLT PowerTouch™ display with adjustable auto-dimming, a feature that is particularly well suited for port operations; the same applies to the fact that the user-friendly touch screen can be operated with or without gloves. The terminal’s ability to withstand shock and vibration, and a very wide -30°C to +55°C operating temperature range allows use in the harshest environments.

Easy to service and maintain, the JLT6012 supports remote upgrading of software and firmware, offers quick login and identification with RFID tags, and is light and compact enough to fit into the tightest spaces. Fanless design and IP65 sealing minimize downtime and guarantee reliable operation. Programmable I/O ports and function buttons, NFC, fast Wi-Fi, as well as advanced sensor technology enable the development of innovative solutions that optimize workflow efficiency.

“A rapidly growing number of customers within the port segment are using our rugged computers,” said Per Holmberg, CEO, JLT Mobile Computers. “With our JLT6012 computer, we are adding a next-generation mobile computing platform that optimizes uptime, improves safety, and offers long-term protection of customer investment.”

The JLT6012, which is for example already being used as part of a self-service terminal in gate automation systems that manage transport in and out of ports, presents a major step change forward in rugged computing, as the new terminal not only delivers unparalleled productivity and an optimal user interface today, but also constitutes a platform for building innovative mobile IT solutions, including hardware, software and services for the needs of ports worldwide tomorrow.

To learn more about JLT Mobile Computers, our products, services, and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com or arrange a personal meeting at TOC Europe in Rotterdam, Stand D74, via https://www.jltmobile.com/toc-europe-2019.

NEW RAYMOND COURIER™ 3030 STACKER UTILIZES SEEGRID VISION-GUIDED TECHNOLOGY TO ADDRESS INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Next-generation automated vehicle ideal for handling, transporting products between connected manufacturing and warehouse facilities

GREENE, N.Y. — The Raymond Corporation has launched a new, next-generation automated lift truck stacker, the Raymond Courier™ 3030 stacker, which utilizes Seegrid vision-guided technology and combines horizontal transport and vertical pallet lift. Supporting Raymond’s introduction of intelligent warehouse solutions, the Courier 3030 stacker is designed to automate stacking from pick to delivery locations.

Ideal for handling and transporting products between connected manufacturing and warehouse facilities, the Courier 3030 stacker automated lift truck helps maximize workforce productivity and drive down labor costs. With a second-level vertical reach capability of up to 72 inches and a weight capacity of 2,500 pounds, the automated stacker is ideal for pickup/drop-off, end-of-aisle and end-of-line applications, as well as conveyor picking.

“Warehouses are constantly driven to address industry challenges like rising labor costs and workflow management. It can be easy to overlook the need to optimize operations before turning to automation,” said Michael Field, CEO, The Raymond Corporation. “The Courier 3030 stacker was built with flexibility and versatility in mind to address customer challenges in the supply chain and logistics industries. Leading-edge technology like the Courier 3030 stacker helps keep customers’ operations functioning at higher efficiency and productivity levels in an on-demand world that is always on.”

The Courier 3030 stacker is able to transport different pallet sizes and types. Additionally, the reverse-motion and auto-engagement functions optimize workflow and increase productivity, helping warehouses work better and more efficiently. With the help of the Courier 3030 stacker, workflow is shared between man and machine — allowing more time for forklift operators to learn additional, more engaging skill sets.

“For nearly a decade, Seegrid and Raymond have strategically partnered to combine Seegrid’s market-leading expertise in automation with Raymond’s end-to-end warehouse solutions and lift truck proficiency,” said Jeff Christensen, vice president of product, Seegrid. “Seegrid’s powerful and proven Vision technology enables vehicles like the Raymond Courier 3030 to autonomously solve the biggest challenges in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment to create real value for customers.”

To learn more about the new Raymond Courier 3030 stacker, visit www.raymondcorp.com or call 800-235-7200.

Hyster Company Introduces Power Match to Help Companies Evaluate Power Sources and Improve Operations

When evaluating opportunities to improve efficiencies, many operations often overlook the power source of their materials handling equipment. With the introduction of new advanced technologies and improvements on existing power sources, there are compelling reasons to look again at better matching a power source to an application.

Hyster Company is offering a dedicated Power Match team to help customers determine the best power solution based on their application and specific needs. The Power Match team can help navigate the complexities of today’s power needs and implement a range of power sources from a variety of brands. Selecting the best power source involves researching and calculating several variables, including shifts, utility prices, space requirements and operator discipline.

“It was only a few years ago that were really starting to explore alternative power solutions,” said Steven LaFevers, vice president for motive power and telematics at Hyster Company. “Today the accelerated adoption and widespread availability of power sources like lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells are transforming how operations think about their materials handling equipment and overall cost of operations.”

Hyster Company offers the broadest range of power options across its full line of lift trucks, including internal combustion engine, lead acid battery, lithium-Ion battery and hydrogen fuel cell.

Interested customers can start a free evaluation of their power source needs by scheduling a consultation with their local Hyster® dealer or by emailing PowerMatch@hyster.com.

About Hyster Company
Hyster Company is a leading world-wide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 lift truck models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with one of the widest capacity ranges in the industry — from 2,000 to 105,000 lbs. Supported by one of the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer networks, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features, accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support.

Hyster Company is a division of Hyster-Yale Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ more than 7,700 people worldwide.

Toyota Industries North America Formally Acquires Hoist

COLUMBUS, Ind.  – The assets of Hoist Liftruck Mfg., LLC, have been acquired by Toyota Industries North America, Inc., effective April 1, 2019. The name of the new company is Hoist Material Handling, Inc., and it will be managed directly by Toyota Material Handling USA in Columbus, IN. The acquisition adds to Toyota’s already robust forklift product line.

Hoist Material Handling’s headquarters and 550,000-square-foot factory are in East Chicago, IN., with sales offices in downtown Chicago. Hoist has nearly 25 years of experience manufacturing heavy-duty cushion tire and pneumatic forklifts, reach stackers, container handlers, and more, ranging in lift capacity from 7 to 57 tons.

Hoist Material Handling will be led by Dan Kossow, General Manager and Vice President; Bob Miller, Vice President of Engineering; Stu Jacover, Vice President of Sales; and Ryan Delaney, Vice President of Operations. Delaney, who spent the last six years as Director of Quality for The Raymond Corporation, will join the Hoist Material Handling team in East Chicago reporting to Tony Miller, Senior Vice President of Operations and Engineering for Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing.

“After 25 years, we are honored to send Marty off with a sincere thank you,” said Kossow. “His entrepreneurial spirit has driven Hoist Liftruck from a once small business to one that now has the distinction of joining the industry leader in Toyota.”

Toyota has had an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Hoist for the manufacture of large-capacity forklifts under the Toyota Heavy Duty (THD) brand since 2015.

“This is the perfect next step in the expansion of our big truck strategy,” said Jeff Rufener, President of Toyota Material Handling USA. “Hoist has been a great manufacturer of heavy-duty equipment for years and brings a group of passionate and talented associates that will help us expand our product offerings as a full-line equipment supplier.”

Advanced Charging Technologies (ACT) Launches ACTFIRST Industrial Battery Room Management System

La Mirada, California — Advanced Charging Technologies (ACT) has announced the launch of ACTfirst, an industrial battery room management system. ACTfirst is a state-of-the-art battery room management system that utilizes ACT Quantum chargers, BATTview battery monitors, ACTintelligent cloud-based asset management program and a proprietary Best-One-First-Out (BOFO) algorithm to select the best battery to use for a given type of forklift or truck battery change.

The Best-One-First-Out (BOFO) algorithm is an intelligent battery ranking algorithm that selects the best battery for use based on battery state of charge (SOC) at the end of charger cycle, total AHRs used during a preset period (i.e. 1 week), cool down time, battery temperature, and reported faults during charge cycles. Unlike conventional battery room management systems that employ a First-in-First-Out (FIFO) process, the new proprietary BOFO algorithm assigns scores to batteries using critical battery performance criteria to ensure equal utilization for all battery assets onsite.

“We are quite excited with the launch of ACTfirst as it reinforces ACT’s vision and leadership in cloud data management and controls,” comments ACT’s CTO, Dr. Nasser Kutkut. “ACTfirst leverages ACT’s deep cloud data management and analytics capabilities to select the best battery for each type of truck and ensures that all batteries are equally utilized,” adds Dr. Kutkut.

ACTfirst features wireless and remote monitoring and configuration identifies intentional mis-picks, separates batteries with issues (parked batteries), and generates in-depth battery room utilization reports.

To provide support for sites with non-Quantum chargers, ACT has developed CHARGlink, a smart accessory that enables ANY charger to integrate with the ACTfirst battery room management system. CHARGlink is an easy to install charger monitoring device and features Power Line Communication (PLC) and WiFi connectivity. It supports wireless and remote monitoring and configuration of any charger asset, seamless cloud integration with ACT BATTview battery monitor, and seamless cloud integration with ACTintelligent asset management program. CHARGlink provides detailed logs and reports of charger asset utilization and can be set up through a dedicated iOS and Android mobile app.

ACTENERGY- SMART GRID ENERGY MANAGEMENT SERVICES

ACT also announced the launch of ACTenergy, a suite of energy management services that allow manufacturing and distribution facilities to realize significant energy cost savings for their ACT Quantum charger fleets through automated peak shaving and dynamic demand response programs. By reducing electrical usage during periods of maximum demand through peak shaving or reducing electricity usage temporarily based on change in the price of power through demand response (DR) programs, facilities can benefit from charger fleet demand reductions in the range of 15% – 30%. ACTenergy is the industry’s first suite of smart-grid, cloud-based, energy management services for industrial battery chargers.

“As distribution and manufacturing facilities strive to reduce their energy usage and the associated energy costs, ACTenergy will streamline these energy savings programs through automation and remote control and configuration,” comments Kutkut. “ACTenergy represents the first step of leveraging ACT’s smart appliances- Quantum industrial battery charger and BATTview battery monitor to deliver more value to our customers.”

ACTenergy supports static (manual) and dynamic (automated) demand response (DR) programs via SMS and/or email DR dispatch services. ACTenergy features intelligent and adaptive energy management algorithms based on battery State of Charge (SOC) to minimize the impact on operations. Wireless and remote load control or web-browser based cloud configuration and control allow for seamless integration with the Quantum and BATTview smart appliances and ACTintelligent cloud-based asset management program. Detailed energy analytics, reports, and charts are readily available within the ACTenergy platform.

EXPANDS PORTFOLIO OF UL CERTIFIED, OUTDOOR GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT CHARGERS

ACT also announced the addition of the Quantum GSE- Q12 Charger to its portfolio of Quantum GSE Chargers – a line of UL Certified, Type 3R Outdoor Chargers designed specifically for Ground Support Equipment. The new Quantum GSE- Q12 doubles the output of the current product offering and extends the charging capabilities from 150A to 300A at 80V. Furthermore, the new Quantum GSE-Q12 Charger supports openCAN communication protocol enabling support for Li-Ion battery charging applications.

“The expansion of our Quantum GSE product line with the introduction of the Q12 will allow ACT to meet the charging needs of a variety of GSE equipment powered by lead-acid and Li-Ion batteries, thereby opening up new market opportunities,” comments ACT CEO, Bob Istwan.

The Quantum GSE chargers feature a rugged UL Certified, Type 3R rated cabinet designed for outdoor installations. Like the Quantum series chargers, the Quantum GSE chargers feature modular technology, built-in redundancy, plug-n-play operation, and scalability through field expansion thus offering the highest reliability and the simplest serviceability in industrial charger technology. The Quantum chargers offer high energy efficiencies with peak efficiencies greater than 94 percent and full-cycle efficiencies greater than 93 percent.

One of the unique aspects of the Quantum charger is the integrated wireless communication that allows for seamless cloud integration, where real-time data is automatically uploaded to ACT’s cloud-based data management platform, ACTintelligent. End users can centrally manage their charger assets, analyze operational data, optimize battery and fleet performance, generate performance reports, and troubleshoot charger issues. In addition, wireless cloud integration allows for remote firmware and software updates enabling new functionalities to be added to the Quantum chargers with minimal effort.

The Quantum GSE chargers feature conventional, opportunity, and fast charge capabilities all integrated into a single charger design, targeted towards FBO, regional, and non-hub maintenance and logistics companies.

The Quantum chargers are UL/cUL certified, CEC compliant, and are backed with a 5-year warranty by ACT.

Vecna Robotics Expands Product Line with Fifth Generation Pallet Jack

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Vecna Robotics (Vecna), a leader in autonomous logistics solutions, continues to keep their customers one step ahead of the competition by unveiling fifth generation autonomous pallet handling. Vecna’s new Pallet Jack will be the first self-driving vehicle to include autonomous pallet identification, lifting, and pickup. The model also features an OEM agnostic base. Vecna’s Pallet Jack is the latest self-driving vehicle in an extensive fleet that features mobile tuggers, conveyors, storage and retrieval systems.

The enhanced software delivers faster, smoother pickups across a broader variety of pallets and goods, including pallets with bottom boards and partial pallets. This new technology is a further extension of Vecna’s cutting-edge Autonomy Stack. Vecna’s Autonomy Stack instills independence in all its vehicles with dynamic obstacle avoidance, topological reasoning, local decision making, high-confidence navigation, and self-learning capabilities. The Autonomy Stack enables Vecna vehicles to learn new skills as they work through diverse levels of demands, seasonal needs, and market changes – creating a constant cycle of improvement and maximizing productivity no matter the situation.

The fifth generation Pallet Jack is the latest of many innovations Vecna has pioneered over the last year, including Pivot.al – the world’s first AI-driven orchestration engine.

Pivot.al coordinates workflows and tasks in real-time based on the capabilities, location, and availability of both humans and robots in operation. Pivot.al reallocates human and vehicle assignments based on the level of demand and shares information across people, robots, and associated systems.

“The improved Pallet Jack is the newest product in our plan to advance warehouse automation,” said Daniel Theobald, CIO of Vecna Robotics. “This is another step on our roadmap to fully automate pallet handling, to include vertical operations and unloading as we expand our industry-leading capabilities and commitment to providing customers sustained long term solutions to all their material handling needs.”

Learn more about Vecna Robotics’ Pallet Jack and Pivot.al, as well as their entire fleet of self-driving vehicles at ProMat 2019. Vecna will be displaying a wide range of vehicles, including its autonomous Tugger and Pallet Jack at booth #S5483.

 

OneCharge Announces Aftermarket Sales Agreement with Hyster-Yale Group, Inc.

OneCharge lithium batteries are now available through Hyster® and Yale® dealer network

Irvine, CA February  – OneCharge Inc. (www.onecharge.biz), a leading provider of lithium motive batteries for the material handling industry, has signed an aftermarket sales agreement with Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. to sell OneCharge lithium batteries through authorized Hyster® and Yale® dealers.

“Since the communication integration of OneCharge lithium batteries with Hyster and Yale electric lift trucks was completed last year, it is the next logical step to make these batteries easily accessible to our dealers and customers,” said Sarah McLawhorn, Director Aftermarket Solutions for Hyster-Yale Group. “We take pride in our 20+ years of experience selecting valuable suppliers offering quality products to Hyster and Yale dealers and their customers through our one-stop shop philosophy and welcome OneCharge as our newest supplier.”

“We’re excited to join Hyster-Yale Group’s aftermarket program as it will allow us to offer our solutions to many new customers and to provide better support to many of our customers who already enjoy OneCharge lithium batteries in their Yale or Hyster lift trucks,” said Tim Karimov, President of OneCharge. “We have been focusing on promoting lithium batteries for use in the material handling equipment for over 6 years and are happy to see the growing acceptance of this technology in this market.”

OneCharge lithium batteries have full communications integration with Hyster® and Yale® electric lift trucks. The plug-and-play configuration allows a lithium battery to integrate seamlessly into the truck, retaining full functionality of the battery state of charge indicator and low battery warning system. “We see rapidly growing interest in and adoption of lithium-ion solutions among our dealer network and valued customers,” said Steven LaFevers, Vice President, Motive Power & Telematics.   “Offering this plug-and-play solution supports our vision and provides robust and advanced methods of motive power in the industry,” continues LaFevers.

Many companies in North America use OneCharge batteries. These clients work in food, manufacturing, distribution, 3PL, consumer packaged goods, and other industries. Every OneCharge battery features data processing module tracking numerous operational parameters. These data gathering capabilities coupled with highly-efficient communications infrastructure allows to acquire and analyze significant volumes of data further enabling value-adding services for the customers. Such services can range from daily usage reports to Energy as a Service (EaaS) offering, which is sometimes referred to as “power by the hour”.

OneCharge is working towards securing full UL Listing in Q1 2019. OneCharge batteries will be listed under UL standard 2580, which makes them also conform to the requirements for the UL583 standard for electric lift trucks.

About Hyster-Yale Group, Inc.

Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts marketed globally primarily under the Hyster® and Yale® brand names. Subsidiaries of Hyster-Yale Group include Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, an alternative-power technology company focused on fuel-cell stacks and related systems, on-site hydrogen production and dispensing systems, and Bolzoni S.p.A., a leading worldwide producer of attachments, forks and lift tables under the Bolzoni Auramo and Meyer brand names. Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 7,700 people worldwide.

About OneCharge Inc.

OneCharge is one of the largest developers, manufacturers, and integrators of lithium-ion batteries for lift trucks in the United States. The company sells large quantities of industrial batteries for warehouse equipment. It successfully collaborates with several OEM market leaders.

While competition is mainly focusing on R&D activities, OneCharge is commercializing lithium-ion battery technology. The company’s aim is to create easy and ready-to-use solutions for a wide range of industrial clients. This strategy has allowed the company to enter several markets quite rapidly.

OneCharge acts as a ‘change ambassador’ in relation to new technologies implementation. The company is continuously investing in technological development. It has been exploring new chemical compositions for batteries that could reduce the cost of the product while improving the operational characteristics. New developments are quickly implemented in the production process and are gradually becoming new benchmarks on the market.

The company does a lot to ensure that the maintenance of its batteries is as simple as possible. It has developed a special modular component system that allows streamlining service department training in order to accelerate the lithium batteries’ acceptance on the market.

For more information, visit www.onecharge.biz.

Hänel Launches Hands-Free Augmented Reality Device for Use with Automated Vertical Storage

Hänel Storage Systems, a leader in the manufacture and integration of automated vertical storage units, is pleased to announce Augmented Reality (AR) features for use in conjunction with its storage systems. Through the use of wireless “data eyeglasses” and Pick-by-Voice, a Hänel Lean-Lift Vertical Lift Module (VLM) can be operated hands-free, without the use of a system controller or keyboard.

The optical AR device uses voice commands to accomplish data input and item selection.  While wearing the AR display, users can view all relevant data and information regarding a stored item, including its description, photograph, and stored location. Once an item is requested via voice command, the storage system automatically brings it to the access point for retrieval.

The item’s position on the shelf can then be identified by Hänel Pick-o-Light, a moveable LED unit inside the access point that shines a targeted beam of light precisely on the specific item awaiting retrieval.

This AR system allows users to focus their full attention on the picking process without the need to handle notes or other paperwork.  When used in conjunction with Pick-o-Light, the system drastically minimizes the risk of human picking errors.  Hänel storage units and AR glasses can be linked to various ERP systems through an integrated Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) interface, which allows programs on different operating systems to communicate.

“In the warehouse environment, Augmented Reality devices show clear advantages,” said Craig Sinclair, manager of systems integration.  “Efficiency gains made by keeping your hands free to do other tasks, especially in dangerous environments, and time savings by directing employees quickly to the next task are large steps forward.  Future applications that can livestream a task to improve accuracy and augmented vision capabilities that can quickly help new staff are right around the corner.”

Hänel will exhibit and provide product demonstrations of the new Augmented Reality system during ProMat 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL on April 8-11, 2019, at Booth #S2036.

About Hänel Storage Systems

Hänel Storage Systems is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, and specializes in the design and engineering of Rotomat® vertical storage carousels and Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Module for a wide range of industries and applications.  Hänel provides sales, service and technical support to North America and South America through a network of factory-trained channel partners and service providers.

Introduced in 1957, the Rotomat® Vertical Carousel is based on the Ferris Wheel principal.  Inventory is stored in a series of carriers that rotate within the unit and are accessed at a single opening.  This vertical “goods to the user” concept improves productivity, lowers costs, increases security and saves valuable floor space.

Introduced in 1994, the Lean-Lift® Vertical Lift Module stores inventory on trays that are automatically measured for height each time they enter the unit. A vertical extractor automatically places the tray within the unit in a location that maximizes available storage space.  Trays can be equipped with dividers, totes, bins and specialized holders to store any type of inventory.

For more information about Hänel products, visit www.hanel.us.