Doosan Industrial Vehicle America Launches new 9-Series Forklift

Doosan 9 series GC35

Doosan Industrial Vehicle America has launched its all-new 9-Series Internal Combustion Cushion Tire Forklift line. With improved maneuverability, a high visibility mast, and heavy-duty cooling systems, Doosan has again delivered what dealers want and what customers need. Ranging from 3,000 lb. to 12,000 lb. capacity, these lift trucks were made specifically for the warehousing, paper, bottling, and trucking industries.

These 9 Series reward operators with 20% more leg room while enhancing safety with over 20% more mast visibility. These new trucks boast power and speed that is immediately apparent once you put your foot on the accelerator. The boxcar model creates a solution for applications with tight spaces.
“We are thrilled to expand our product line in the North American market. Not only will this be a great addition to our current offerings, but it will also solidify the partnership we share with our dealers. It’s another example of our commitment to North America, to our dealers and to our customers,” Tony Jones, CEO remarked.
About Doosan
Doosan is Korea’s oldest business organization with a proud history of 122 years. As the world’s leading Infrastructure Support Business (ISB) provider, Doosan delivers the basics necessary for improving the quality of people’s lives. Doosan’s history represents a story of dynamic change and growth. Founded in 1896 as Korea’s first modern retail business (known then as Park Seung-jik Store), Doosan has established itself as a world-class ISB provider. With about 40,000 employees in 38 countries, Doosan now operates 25 affiliates and 121 global entities. Doosan is present in every area of the infrastructure support business, which encompasses energy development, industrial facilities, parts and machinery, heavy equipment, construction, civil engineering, transportation, and other value-added areas.

Toyota Industries North America Acquires Hoist Liftruck

COLUMBUS, Ind.  – Toyota Industries North America, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Hoist Liftruck Mfg., LLC effective February 8, 2019. The new company will be Hoist Material Handling, Inc.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in building a terrific brand and quality products,” said Hoist Founder Marty Flaska. “I am retiring and will no longer be part of the business, but the company is in good hands. It’s an honor to hand it off to the industry leader Toyota.”

Hoist Material Handling will be led by Vice President (VP) and General Manager Dan Kossow; VP of Engineering Bob Miller; VP of Sales Stu Jacover; and VP of Operations Ryan Delaney. 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 VP of Operations and Engineering for Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing.

“This is the perfect next step in the expansion of our Toyota Heavy Duty (THD) line,” said Jeff Rufener, President of Toyota Material Handling U.SA. “Hoist has been a great manufacturer of heavy-duty equipment for years and brings a group of passionate, talented associates that will help us in our role as a full-line equipment supplier. We are excited about the future of Hoist Material Handling.”

The acquisition of Hoist Material Handling adds to Toyota’s already robust presence in the state of Indiana. Headquartered in East Chicago, Ind. with a 550,000-square-foot factory, 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.

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

About Toyota Material Handling

Toyota Material Handling offers a full line of material handling products proudly assembled in the United States, including forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers, pallet jacks, container handlers, automated guided vehicles, and tow tractors, along with aerial work platforms, fleet management services, and advanced automation engineering and design. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 230 locations across North America. For more information, visit ToyotaForklift.com.

Four eyes see more than two for forklift operators

Forklift cameras: Bosch is bringing its automotive multi-camera system to the logistics market

  • Fewer accidents: its new multi-camera system for forklifts helps with precision maneuvers
  • Four near-range cameras capture the vehicle’s entire surroundings
  • Sight assist and route overlay increase safety in logistics

Stuttgart, Germany – In a warehouse, space is often hard to come by. Forklift drivers frequently have to maneuver their vehicles through tight spaces between shelves and stacked pallets. Time and again, this leads to accidents that result in damage to the goods or the vehicles – a consequence that is not only annoying but can also become quite expensive. A far worse consequence than property damage is personal injury. According to a study by the German employers’ liability insurance association for the wood and metal industries (BGHW), personal injuries occur most often when the vehicle is backing up in a small space of one to three meters. In Germany alone, official reports put the number of accidents involving forklifts at some 12,000 each year (source: WEKA). “A driver’s eyes cannot be everywhere at once – that’s where the Bosch multi-camera system comes in,” says Andrew Allen, responsible for Bosch’s Commercial Vehicle and Off-Road unit. Its forklift camera system will be publicly showcased for the first time at LogiMAT.

The full picture

Using the sight assist, the multi-camera system can provide a full 360° view around the forklift – even if it is carrying bulky freight. This simplifies the task of picking up and moving loads, even in tight spaces. The system helps the forklift maneuver with precision and makes it possible to estimate distances more accurately while on the move. Drivers can thus execute logistics tasks simply, safely, and efficiently.

The multi-camera system consists of a control unit plus four very compact near-range cameras. Working together, they can capture an area measuring eight by eight meters. The cameras were originally designed for Bosch’s passenger-car segment but have now been adapted for the special needs of the logistics market.

Cameras capture the vehicle’s entire surroundings

Forklift cameras are positioned at the front, rear, and each side of the vehicle. With an aperture of nearly 190°, they capture the vehicle’s entire surroundings. Drivers see a realistic representation of their vehicle as a detailed 3D model on a display. As the vehicle moves, the display adjusts the view of its surroundings in real time. To better suit the vehicle’s purpose, the manufacturer can preconfigure the screen to display individual or 360° views as well as full-screen or split-screen views. The driver then can choose the best view for the task at hand from the preprogrammed options.

Route overlay shows the way

The multi-camera system can visually project the vehicle’s immediate path over the forward, rear, or top view. To achieve this, the control unit measures the steering angle, calculates the resulting route, and shows it on the display. If the steering angle changes, the system recalculates the route and adapts the display accordingly. The route overlay serves primarily to aid in maneuvering and merging.

World premiere for Linde Roadster with fuel cell drive

Linde Roadster Fuel Cell

With its Roadster concept, Linde Material Handling has set completely new standards in terms of visibility and safety for industrial trucks. The company is now adding one of the most promising energy systems to the advantages of this unique design: It’s curtain up for the first Linde Roadster with fuel cell drive!

It is one of the crucial questions in goods handling: Which drive technology is best suited for the operating conditions of a particular forklift fleet? To find the answer, fleet managers have to take a wide range of factors into account: Are the trucks meant to be used indoors or outdoors, will they operate in single or multi-shift systems, what kind of goods have to be moved, what is the local infrastructure like – and finally, what type of drive is recommendable in terms of total cost of ownership? “Our customers are looking for economical energy solutions and more and more often the CO2 footprint is playing a decisive role in this context,” says Markus Weinberger, International Product Manager Energy Solutions at Linde Material Handling: “Our sales consultants can offer them a wide range of possible energy solutions, from electric drives with lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries to fuel cell powered vehicles or combustion engine drives using diesel, LPG or natural gas. The best solution always depends on the local conditions.”

For two decades now, Linde Material Handling has been working on the development of series-production industrial trucks with fuel cells. “In 1997, we were ahead of the game, focusing intensively on this promising technology, and production of the first trucks started in 2010,” says Weinberger. “Today, the Linde brand offers the largest range of fuel cell-powered industrial trucks on the market. Around 80 percent of our models can be ordered with this promising energy option. These include pallet trucks, tow tractors and reach trucks as well as counterbalanced trucks including the Roadster model.”

A smart combination

With the Linde-Roadster, an extraordinary forklift meets an extraordinary drive concept: Thanks to its sophisticated vehicle layout, it provides optimum load and driving visibility. The absence of the usual A-pillar makes a significant contribution in this regard. This could be dispensed with thanks to overhead tilt cylinders that absorb the lifting forces and direct them backwards via the overhead guard frame. The Roadster versions of electric forklift trucks Linde E20 to E35 score particularly well in logistics and industrial facilities with heavy passenger traffic. In addition, the driver can carry out precision work such as container loading more easily thanks to the significantly larger field of vision.

It is one of the crucial questions in goods handling: Which drive technology is best suited for the operating conditions of a particular forklift fleet? To find the answer, fleet managers have to take a wide range of factors into account: Are the trucks meant to be used indoors or outdoors, will they operate in single or multi-shift systems, what kind of goods have to be moved, what is the local infrastructure like – and finally, what type of drive is recommendable in terms of total cost of ownership? “Our customers are looking for economical energy solutions and more and more often the CO2 footprint is playing a decisive role in this context,” says Markus Weinberger, International Product Manager Energy Solutions at Linde Material Handling: “Our sales consultants can offer them a wide range of possible energy solutions, from electric drives with lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries to fuel cell powered vehicles or combustion engine drives using diesel, LPG or natural gas. The best solution always depends on the local conditions.”

For two decades now, Linde Material Handling has been working on the development of series-production industrial trucks with fuel cells. “In 1997, we were ahead of the game, focusing intensively on this promising technology, and production of the first trucks started in 2010,” says Weinberger. “Today, the Linde brand offers the largest range of fuel cell-powered industrial trucks on the market. Around 80 percent of our models can be ordered with this promising energy option. These include pallet trucks, tow tractors and reach trucks as well as counterbalanced trucks including the Roadster model.”

A smart combination

With the Linde-Roadster, an extraordinary forklift meets an extraordinary drive concept: Thanks to its sophisticated vehicle layout, it provides optimum load and driving visibility. The absence of the usual A-pillar makes a significant contribution in this regard. This could be dispensed with thanks to overhead tilt cylinders that absorb the lifting forces and direct them backwards via the overhead guard frame. The Roadster versions of electric forklift trucks Linde E20 to E35 score particularly well in logistics and industrial facilities with heavy passenger traffic. In addition, the driver can carry out precision work such as container loading more easily thanks to the significantly larger field of vision.

Extraordinary forklift meets an extraordinary drive concept: the Linde-Roadster with fuel cell drive.

Extraordinary forklift meets an extraordinary drive concept: the Linde-Roadster with fuel cell drive.

“As the strengths of the Roadster come to bear especially in indoor areas, its combination with fuel cell technology seemed ideal to us,” says Linde expert Weinberger, explaining the expansion of the portfolio. After all, the energy system does not generate any harmful emissions during operation. Energy production is through a chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen. The electricity generated in this way feeds a lithium-ion battery, which in turn supplies the traction and lift motors; at the same time, the accumulator serves as an intermediate storage for recovered braking energy and as a “power reserve” for peak periods of demand. The only by-products during the process are heat and pure water. The latter is pumped off during hydrogen refueling.

Speaking of refueling: This is where fuel cell technology reveals its greatest strength: A complete filling process takes a mere three minutes. This ensures maximum availability – especially in tough multi-shift operation, where the energy system makes a convincing case with its continuous power output. Since the simple, fast and clean filling process makes battery replacement obsolete, the fuel cell Roadster is ideal for use even in hygiene-critical sectors such as the pharmaceutical and food industries.

Of course, the factor of economic efficiency plays a decisive role too. Linde expert Markus Weinberger: “Our investigations and practical tests prove that fuel cell systems can become economical with a fleet of around 20 vehicles plus. If the company already has its own hydrogen infrastructure because hydrogen is needed in its production anyway, the concept becomes even more attractive from an economical point of view.” In addition, there is a whole range of ecological benefits, starting with the comparatively long service life of a fuel cell – around 10,000 operating hours – and extending to CO2 savings if the hydrogen used comes from regenerative sources such as biogas or electrolysis using solar and/or wind energy.

Blind Squirrel Entertainment’s Forklift Simulator 2019 Adds Side Stance Reach Truck

Blind Squirrel Entertainment’s Forklift Simulator 2019 puts players in the seat of a highly realistic virtual forklift. Released on November 23rd, 2018, the Early Access of Forklift Simulator 2019 launched with 40 challenges. These challenges help players learn how to safely operate a 4-Wheel Counterbalance Forklift. In addition to the standard play, Forklift Simulator 2019 supports both Vive and Oculus VR headsets.

Latest Patch Notes

  • Added: Side Stance Reach Truck and a whole new set of challenges designed to teach and test players on the safe use of this versatile vehicle
  • Localization support has been added for French, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
    • There are currently machine translations in-game, but the team is working with localization specialists around the world to improve the translation quality
  • Additional Quality of Life Improvements and Bug Fixes
  • The Patch Notes hinted at a surprise on either 12/17/2018 or 12/18/2018

For a full list of changes visit: https://steamcommunity.com/games/939450/announcements/detail/3407434592454161680

Global and China Forklift Industry Report, 2018-2023

Operation and Forklift Business of 9 Global and 31 Chinese Forklift Manufacturers

In 2017, global forklift sales reached a record high of 1.334 million units with a year-on-year increase of 15.7%; wherein, China’s sales rose 34.2% year on year to 497,000 units, still ranking first worldwide. In 2018, the Chinese market maintained rapid growth, with the fork sales outnumbering 500,000 units in the first ten months of 2018 and expectedly approaching 600,000 units throughout the year. In the future, the Chinese forklift market will still have huge growth potentials and forklift sales in 2023 will double that in 2018.

Electric forklifts, particularly electric warehouse forklifts, saw the highest growth rates in 2017 and 2018, namely 48.4% and 49.8% respectively (Jan-Oct). This is largely due to intensive introduction of environmental protection policies, increased fuel costs, and robust demand for warehousing logistics. Moreover, the demand picks up in the new energy forklift market to which more and more entrants have accessed. BYD lithium battery forklifts have been promoted by annual sales of 10,000 units; Anhui HeLi, Hangcha Group, EP Equipment, Noblelift, Ningbo Ruyi and Tailift have without exception produced their own lithium battery forklifts. A total of 8,681 lithium battery forklifts were sold in China in 2017, according to China Forklift Association. Although with a small share in electric forklifts, lithium battery forklifts are growing rapidly with its sales volume in 2018 expected to double that in 2017. As logistics go automated and intelligent, AGV sales have soared. Major forklift producers like Hangcha Group, LiuGong and Linde have rolled out forklift AGV to seize the market.

The burgeoning market in China has prompted many overseas companies to speedily get their business optimized and integrated for competitive edges. In January 2018, KION Group entered into a strategic partnership with Zhejiang EP Equipment; the partnership will focus on joint product development and supply chain synergies and is expected to make both parties more competitive in terms of their product offerings.

In June 2018, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling completed its acquisition of 75% shares in Zhejiang Maximal Forklift. In July 2018, the subsidiaries of Mitsubishi Logisnext — MF (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Nichiyu Forklift Manufacturing Co., Ltd. were integrated into Mitsubishi Logisnext Forklift (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., which will be responsible for marketing and services of all forklift brands of Mitsubishi Logisnext in China with a sales target of more than 10,000 units in 2020.

In addition, Hyundai announced its return to the Chinese market in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in June 2018 after exiting the market in 2016, and launched a number of new products.

Meanwhile, two Chinese forklift giants integrate resources to be more competitive in key components. In February 2018, Hangcha Group invested in Zhengzhou Jiachen Instrument Co., Ltd.; in the same month, ZF set up a joint venture named ZF-HELI Drivetech (Hefei) Co., Ltd. with Anhui Heli.

 

Forklift Inspection Blitz Scheduled in Northern Ireland

forklift safety Northern Ireland

 

United Kingdom–HSENI (Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland) will begin a week-long programme of inspections from Monday 14 January 2019, focusing on forklift truck safety within the freight transport sector.

Forklift trucks (FLTs) are widely used for moving materials and goods, but they are involved in about a quarter of all workplace transport accidents. The deaths and injuries can ruin lives and businesses. Even when an incident does not cause injury, it can still mean costly damage to FLTs, buildings, fittings and goods. Particular issues include inadequate training, lack of thorough examinations and maintenance, use of non-integrated working platforms (man cages) and inadequate pedestrian/FLT segregation.

HSENI will undertake unannounced visits to freight transport operators to ensure that they are taking action to control the risks from using FLTs in their premises. The targeted initiative will look at forklift operator training, general maintenance and thorough examinations, key control and safe systems of work.

Urging businesses to make forklift truck safety a priority, Inspector Karen Todd from HSENI’s Transport Group said: “Those in control of work activities have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.

“HSENI will provide advice during the targeted visits, and take enforcement action against poor practices, especially where workers lives are at risk.

For more information about forklift truck safety please visit www.hseni.gov.uk or call the HSENI helpline on 0800 0320 121.

 

Forklift safety a high priority this Christmas

Businesses which use forklifts are being warned to lift their game as the retail sector moves to stock stores in time for Christmas following a number of tragic incidents in recent months.

SafeWork NSW Executive Director Tony Williams said rushing to get goods out the door, poor safety systems and fatigue with workers on the job for more hours are all factors which can lead to tragedy.

“The lead up to the holiday season is the busiest time of the year in distribution centres, warehouses and loading docks and we have too many incidents under active investigation involving forklifts,” Mr Williams said.

“In one incident a 41-year old lost his life having been crushed when his forklift overturned, and in another incident a 27-year old female factory worker suffered massive internal injuries to her abdomen when a forklift crashed into equipment she was operating. In yet another case a 29-year old male required surgery to a foot after the forklift struck him.

“SafeWork inspectors visited more than 180 businesses in March this year and it was disappointing to see more than 90 Improvement Notices handed out for unsafe work practices.”

From July 2014 to July 2016, more than 1,300 workers were injured in forklift incidents costing the NSW workers compensation system more than $30 million. Tragically this also included three fatalities.

SafeWork recommends a number of simple steps employers and workers could take to make this Christmas season a safe one:

  • Employers must ensure that only licenced workers operate the forklift and that they are used only for their intended purpose.
  • Physical fences or barriers or clearly defined walkways should be in place to ensure a separation as the two don’t mix.
  • Forklift speeds should be kept as low as possible which can be achieved by fitting speed limiters or sensors which automatically adjust the forklift’s speed.
  • Workers should never be lifted on the forklift tynes or on pallets – they should only be lifted with a forklift truck in an approved work box.
  • And when parking a forklift, make sure the brakes are on, that it is turned off and key removed.

For further information on forklift safety, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au

Steel King Announces Products to Extend the Life of Rack Systems

Safety and protection products guard against forklift damage and protect rack system investment

Steel Guard racking protector from Steel King

Guard Dawg, Steel King

Guard Dawg from Steel King

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling systems for improving operational efficiency, announces the availability of several products that can help reduce maintenance costs and extend the life of rack systems. The company’s safety and protection rack enforcement products include: Snap-Guard® and Column Core®, and its guardrail products include: Steel Guard®, Armor Guard®, Guard Dawg®, and Mega Guard®. By utilizing these products, companies can protect the investment made in pallet rack systems and ensure safe usage over time.

Steel King’s SK Snap-Guard is an adjustable rack column protector for boltless racks that protects the upright rack column from forklift damage. Snap-Guard is constructed of structural angle and features an exclusive 4-rivet connection that automatically locks into the upright column. Adjustable, removable and flexible, Snap-Guard can be used to protect each storage level.

Column Core is a unique C-shaped column reinforcement that doubles the impact resistance of Steel King’s SK2000 boltless pallet rack. With Column Core, the boltless pallet rack system retains full beam adjustability but reduced puncturing, buckling, and torsional twisting without additional installation costs.

The Steel Guard and Armor Guard guard rails protect people, products, and the physical plant from collisions. They feature a modular design that makes expansion or relocation easy, and effectively separate workstations and walkways from shop traffic. The guardrail systems feature universal posts with connection holes on three sides for added design flexibility.

With a bright industrial yellow paint finish and anchored to the floor, Guard Dawg is a highly visible and effective end-of-aisle protector for the prevention of fork truck-incurred damage. Its low-profile rack protection design makes it ideal for use at intersections and along high traffic routes.

Steel King’s Mega Guard is an all welded steel protector designed to help keep forklift trucks and other in-plant vehicles from damaging facilities and equipment, all while protecting employees. Mega Guard acts as both a visual and physical barrier against costly damage, downtime, and injury.

Steel King also carries a full line of safety accessories including Safety Gates, which can be ordered as part of a new installation or retrofitted into an existing system. The gates are self-closing and include a hinge assembly on one side of the gate and two gate stops on the opposite side, for hanging in either direction.

For more information on safety and protection products, visit www.steelking.com.

Johnson Matthey obtains license for the GEMX™ advanced battery material platform from CAMX Power

LONDON and LEXINGTON, Mass., Nov. 21, 2018–Johnson Matthey (JM) and CAMX Power LLC (CAMX) has announced that JM has obtained a license under the intellectual property of CAMX relating to the GEMX™ platform of nickel-based high energy high power cathode materials for use in lithium-ion batteries especially for electric vehicles (EVs).

The GEMX platform is based on a fundamental invention of CAMX for which broad patents have been granted in the US, EU, Japan and China. The invention creates a broad class of cathode materials, overarching the high nickel material classes NMC, NCA and LNO, the chemistries currently used, and expected to be used in the next ten years or more, in lithium-ion batteries for EVs. The GEMX invention, through molecular engineering, places cobalt at the critical places of the cathode particles resulting in the use of less cobalt, yet with greater stability, higher performance and lower cost for all classes of high nickel materials.

“We are pleased to have obtained this further license from CAMX to support JM’s development of ultra-high energy density automotive battery cathode materials,” commented Alan Nelson, Sector Chief Executive and CTO at JM.  “This license improves and extends our intellectual property protection and supports the commercialisation plans for our market leading eLNO technology.”

“Adding the GEMX platform also gives us a broader chemistry landscape to which we can apply JM’s expertise in materials design, development, scale-up and manufacturing.  This is how JM provides our customers, and ultimately consumers, with battery materials that have the performance characteristics required to drive an electric vehicle revolution and enable the journey to pollution-free roads.

“In May 2016, Johnson Matthey purchased a license for the CAM-7 platform of CAMX. Using its own processing technologies and other know how Johnson Matthey successfully developed eLNO and is currently commercialising its technology. With the GEMX license JM can further enhance eLNO as well as take an advanced position in other material classes such as NCA and NMC,” said Dr. Kenan Sahin, president and founder of CAMX. He continued, “Also with the GEMX license which extends CAM-7, JM will now have patent protection beyond 2030 in the key jurisdictions in the world and especially in the biggest market, China.” Dr. Sahin expressed his enthusiasm for the deepening relationship with JM remarking how rapidly and successfully JM developed and began commercialising eLNO, concluding “Instead of attempting production ourselves, by working with eminent and established companies like JM we as CAMX can see our inventions rapidly and more broadly come to market for the benefit of society especially in the environmentally beneficial connected and self-aware EVs poised to dominate transportation and become a multi-trillion dollar industry in itself.”