Ericsson and China Mobile showcase automated guided vehicles for industry digitalization

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019 (MWC19 Shanghai), Ericsson and China Mobile demonstrated an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) prototype on an end-to-end, stand-alone 5G network.

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With the growing adoption of industry digitalization and improvements in industrial automation and intelligence, the AGV is becoming increasingly prevalent in manufacturing, ports, and other industries. 5G networks’ powerful mobility management, seamless coverage, and quality of service assurance enable them to provide the reliable communication needed for of various AGV applications, such as AGV tractors, AGV pallet movers or AGV forklifts.

The AGV prototype that China Mobile and Ericsson demonstrated at MWC Shanghai 2019 shows how AGV helps to automate product testing using a 5G network. This validates that a stand-alone 5G architecture can adequately be used for industry digitalization:

  • The network slicing-based Dedicated Industrial Network—This technology enhances vertical industries with networking technologies. It can help to create dedicated industrial networks based on the requirements of industrial scenarios and leverage network slicing to ensure the security and reliability of production data.
  • Edge Computing—Deploy the AGV application systems on edge clouds and use the forwarding plane for edge computing to divert traffic locally; meet the requirement for low latency; and ensure the effective management of industrial applications by the factory. This also helps to reduce the complexity of AGV equipment and improve the operating stability of the entire system.
  • Data Intelligence—Moreover, AGV application can leverage the powerful computing capability of edge clouds to make in-depth analyses of test data to improve efficiency and integrate data from other manufacturing systems. This enables closed-loop management from product manufacturing to testing and improves the factory’s smart manufacturing.

Lu Lu, Deputy Director of the Networks and IT, China Mobile Research (CMRI), said: “Edge computing and network slicing are the most important enabling technologies for 5G. They also provide important capabilities that operators need to serve vertical industries. Teaming up with Ericsson, we demonstrate the strong potential of edge computing and network slicing for the Industrial Internet, and this is a valuable experiment for industrial applications of 5G.”

Zhang Guangzhuo, Deputy General Manager of Core Network Products at Ericsson North East Asia, said: “As a strategic partner, Ericsson has been working closely with China Mobile to drive the development of the Industrial Internet through 5G, aiming to help in making digital transformation a reality.”

Kalmar Empty Container Handlers help Shantou China Merchants Port Group Co., Ltd. achieve sustainable business growth

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has supplied Shantou China Merchants Port Group Co., Ltd. with eight Essential Range Empty Container Handlers, which have been delivered respectively to Huagang Container Branch and Container Service Branch under Shantou China Merchants Port Group Co., Ltd. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q1 order intake.

China Merchants Port Holdings Co. Ltd., a world-leading port developer, investor and operator, has established comprehensive port network covering the main hub ports along the coastal area of China, including the container hub ports distributed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, Zhangzhou, Zhenjiang and Shantou, in which it either has investment or both investment and administration authority. It has also expanded its businesses to South Asia, Africa, Mediterranean Europe, South America and Oceania. By April 2019, it boasts a presence among 41 ports in 18 countries and regions across six continents. In 2018, its container terminals achieved an annual throughput of 109.73 million TEU and bulk cargo throughput of 540 million tons.

The newly purchased machines will be added to Shantou China Merchants Port Group’s existing Kalmar mobile equipment fleet. In the future, more than 30 Kalmar reachstackers and empty container handlers will continue to support the container handling businesses of the group and its terminals. Kalmar maintains two senior service engineers at the port service station of Shantou CMPort to support the daily operation of the terminal.

Kalmar Essential Range of empty container handlers (DCU80-100) offers a choice of three different lifting capacities – 8, 9 and 10 tones – and four different mast heights each with different stacking capabilities. Just as with Essential reachstackers, customers can select from three driveline combinations and emissions standards compliant engines. All Essential Range reachstackers and empty container handlers come fitted with a load sensing hydraulic system, which measures the load and applies the right amount of power to move it efficiently.

Alex Tang, Solution Sales Director, Kalmar China, said: “Since its delivery of the first machine to Shantou China Merchants Port Group in 1992, Kalmar has established a stable partnership with the customer for more than 20 years. The machines that are currently being used by Shantou China Merchants Port Group cover almost every generation of Kalmar reachstackers and container handlers. We are grateful for the support and trust granted for us over the years. Kalmar will continue to contribute to the future development of Shantou China Merchants Port Group with our service-oriented values and high-quality products.”

“We are delighted to continue our long term partnership with Kalmar, as we are planning to expand our machine fleet to meet the growing business demands. Kalmar’s efficient and reliable equipment and good after-sale service and technical support are the main drivers behind our decision to choose Kalmar over the years,” said a representative of Shantou China Merchants Port Group.

KION Group and BMZ Holding to launch joint venture for lithium-ion batteries

– The leading global provider of intralogistics solutions and the European market leader for lithium-ion battery system solutions are forging a strategic alliance

– KION and BMZ will each hold a 50 percent stake in the joint venture: KION Battery Systems

– Plans include a new production facility at BMZ’s Karlstein headquarters

Frankfurt – KION GROUP AG, a leading global provider of intralogistics solutions, will join forces with BMZ Holding GmbH to form a joint venture under the name of KION Battery Systems GmbH. This joint venture will manufacture lithium-ion batteries for industrial trucks in the EMEA region. The two companies have now signed an agreement to this effect. KION GROUP AG and BMZ Holding GmbH will each hold a 50 percent stake in the joint venture (JV). The objective of the JV is to broaden the lithium-ion product offering and to increase production capacity to best serve the rapidly growing demand for lithium-ion battery systems in the intralogistics market.

The production facility for the joint venture is built by BMZ Holding GmbH in Karlstein am Main, the headquarters of the BMZ Group. By 2023, the workforce of the JV is expected to grow to around 80 employees working in mainly research, development and production functions.

Both KION and BMZ have world-leading know-how in the field of lithium-ion technology. Initially, the new JV will focus on the production of 48-volt and 80-volt batteries for counterbalance trucks. Soon, the offering will be expanded to 24-volt batteries for smaller warehouse trucks.

The transaction still needs to be approved by the competent antitrust regulator.

This joint venture represents a far-reaching strategic partnership between Europe’s biggest manufacturer of industrial trucks and the leading European provider of lithium-ion battery solutions. “This alliance will boost our role in the lithium-ion battery segment and will put the KION Group – and, by extension, all of the KION brand companies – in an even stronger competitive position,” explains Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of KION GROUP AG. “The cooperation with BMZ Group will enable us to effectively meet the steadily growing demand for advanced lithium-ion batteries and to ensure highest reliability of supply for our customers.”

Sven Bauer, founder and CEO of BMZ Holding, also confirms the great potential of this collaboration: “KION has been a highly valued partner and customer of ours for a long time. Our two companies have been fostering a strategic and operational business relationship for many years. The technology of BMZ Group and its 25 years of industry experience form a great basis on which the joint venture can build its future success and deliver benefits for both founding companies.” According to Bauer, direct access to proprietary test labs and development teams as well as strategic, cost-optimized product developments will be key to the success of the joint venture.

The new business will be jointly managed by the KION Group and BMZ Holding. KION’s Carsten Harnisch and Christian Hasenstab from BMZ will be appointed as managing directors of KION Battery Systems GmbH. Likewise, each founding company will appoint two members of the four-person shareholders’ committee. The joint venture will be fully consolidated by KION GROUP AG.

Strategic focus and energy

In its KION 2027 strategy, the KION Group is also placing particular emphasis on providing all relevant energy solutions at highest energy efficiency, as this is one of the key value drivers in intralogistics and material flows. The Group’s global research and development activities focus on key drive technologies for the future. The product portfolios of KION’s brands already provide keydrive technologies, from internal combustion engines to lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries as well as fuel cells. Electric drive systems are of particular importance as KION’s brands are the leading provider of electric-powered forklift and warehouse trucks. Across its brands, the Group has sold more than one million electric trucks in the past ten years.

Last year, electric trucks accounted for about 80 percent of unit sales – and the share continues to increase. Lithium-ion batteries offer a particular advantage for use in electric vehicles: For example, in contrast to traditional lead-acid batteries, there is no need to swap batteries, because lithium-ion technology supports rapid charging and opportunity charging. There have also been huge advances in the technological development of lithium-ion batteries. They are already a very attractive and cost-effective option in all areas where industrial trucks are used, especially where facilities operate an intensive shift schedule. The batteries are suitable even for heavy-duty trucks that carry substantial loads.

BMZ was founded by its current CEO 25 years ago and has played a leading role in the development of lithium-ion batteries since the early days of this technology. With a very broad-based supply chain, the BMZ Group is perfectly positioned on the international stage and can access high-quality, mature products with stable supply concepts, thanks to its long-standing business relationships with cell manufacturers.

The Companies

The KION Group is a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The Group is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally and a leading provider of automation technology.

The KION Group’s world-renowned brands are clear industry leaders. Dematic, the newest addition to the KION Group, is a global leader in automated material handling, providing a comprehensive range of intelligent supply chain and automation solutions. The Linde and STILL brands serve the premium industrial truck segment. Baoli focuses on industrial trucks in the economy segment. Among KION’s regional industrial truck brand companies, Fenwick is the largest supplier of material handling products in France and OM Voltas is a leading provider of industrial trucks in India.

With an installed base of more than 1.4 million industrial trucks and over 6,000 installed systems, the KION Group’s customer base includes companies in all industries and of all sizes on six continents. The Group has more than 33,000 employees and generated revenue of EUR8 billion in 2018.

The BMZ Group is a global player in the production of lithium-ion system solutions and was founded by its CEO Sven Bauer 25 years ago. The group operates research and development facilities at various locations around the world. It employs around 3,000 staff at its locations in the US, Germany, Poland, France, Japan and China, creating a global service network to ensure that customers can access local support quickly and easily. The BMZ Group has been growing steadily at an average rate of around 25-30 percent in recent years and has become a European market leader in battery production.

Its supply portfolio covers a wide range of products that include, for example, electric vehicles, e-bike batteries, drive system solutions, power tools, gardening tools, medical services, and industrial battery solutions. The BMZ Group is a single-source provider that offers an end-to-end service – from the development and prototyping stages and testing in its proprietary test lab (including certifications) to complex assembly-line planning for the volume production setup. In addition, customers of BMZ benefit from one of the market’s quickest and most innovative service concepts, extensive recycling solutions and ‘2nd life’ applications.

Crown Equipment Adds Forklift Power Source Versatility and Efficiency to Chargers

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, today announced the availability of the V-HFM3 Series of modular battery chargers for lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries. The chargers are designed to help facility and maintenance managers reduce energy costs and extend the life of their forklift batteries. The V-HFM3 Series, which is part of Crown Equipment’s full line of V-Force forklift chargers, batteries and accessories, is available first in North America and will roll out globally in the months ahead.

Users gain energy savings through a 97 percent efficiency performance level of the V-HFM3 Series, which is more efficient than similar high-frequency chargers. Ease of use is enhanced through automatic voltage sensing technology that identifies a battery upon connection and intelligently applies the correct charging profile from 24-96 volt without the use of a monitoring device. The V-HFM3 Series models require a smaller footprint and are lighter in weight compared to prior models. The product supports conventional, opportunity, fast and lithium-ion charging approaches depending upon the needs of the facility.

One company using the V-HFM3 Series for opportunity charging is LEDVANCE, which is one of the world’s leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers.

Frank Mattingly, operations manager of LEDVANCE’s Midwest distribution center, said, “Our forklift operators are charging their lift truck for short periods of time during breaks and shift changes. The V-HFM3 Series is up to the challenge of delivering reliable power amid the many connection cycles.”

Customers receive their charger preconfigured to their unique specifications including AC input, charge profile, connector size and color, and DC cable length. Management and maintenance are easily accomplished through a web-browser accessible interface allowing facility and maintenance managers to configure, monitor and complete diagnostics from their phone, tablet or desktop computer and without special apps, cables or software.

Additional accessories are available including a wired remote control for facilities storing chargers above batteries or in hard-to-reach locations, tower light kit for viewing charging status from a distance, and a battery monitoring identification device for greater control of battery health and longevity through more advanced reporting capabilities, simplified equalization approaches, and temperature adjustment for variable environments.

Todd Fleck, director of parts and motive power, Crown Equipment Corporation, concluded, “We know that the needs of our customers are changing at more frequent intervals, which requires a flexible systems infrastructure to support a dynamic operation. The V-HFM3 Series provides a battery-charging solution that can be configured to charge virtually any forklift battery and handle inputs from around the world.”

Barcoding, Inc. to Host Geek Tank Workshop Series for Android Migration

Workshops to take place in five different cities across two countries with industry-leading speakers

Barcoding, Inc., the leader in supply chain efficiency, accuracy and connectivity, is excited to present its new workshop series, Android in the Enterprise: Barcoding Geek Tanks.

The automated data capture industry is changing fast. Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Windows CE, which companies have relied on for the last several decades to run their mobile devices, will be unsupported starting in 2020. What has emerged — in most cases — is adoption of the Android operating system, which is fundamentally changing the way companies deploy and manage enterprise mobility.

Barcoding has launched a focused effort to help companies as they modernize, providing resources to understand what is needed for success and the benefits of the Android platform for the long term. Through the Barcoding Geek Tanks (a take on “think tanks”), Barcoding will demonstrate the power of a human-centered approach to innovation and provide actionable takeaways on migrating to Android in the enterprise.

Barcoding Geek Tank events will be held in five different cities in the U.S. and Canada:

  • Anaheim, California on July 18
  • Vancouver, British Columbia on July 23
  • Houston, Texas on August 1
  • Oak Brook, Illinois on August 8
  • Mississauga, Ontario on August 27

These events are designed specifically for IT, operations, logistics and supply chain professionals. During the workshops, attendees will collaborate, share and envision new ideas around the specific challenges of migrating and modernizing mobile computing platforms. Each event will be packed with activities that include exercises and active conversations with industry experts from Barcoding, Zebra Technologies, SOTI, and Ivanti to help companies get ready for Android migration.

“With the support ending for Windows Mobile, we wanted to create a truly collaborative event for organizations to come together to prepare for this challenge,” said Jody Costa, VP of Marketing for Barcoding, Inc. “We believe that a hands-on approach with industry leadership and peers can lead to the best conversations and thoughtful discussions that will inspire continuous learning and real change, ultimately helping attendees prepare for the future of enterprise mobile computing.”

Barcoding partners, Zebra Technologies, Ivanti and SOTI, will also participate in the Geek Tanks, bringing different areas of expertise to the events. At each event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with executive leadership from these organizations to learn more about their offerings and how they can assist with the Android migration.

For more information about Barcoding Geek Tanks or to register for an event, visit: https://learn.barcoding.com/geektank/workshops

A-Safe Launches Alarm Bar to Protect Overhead Assets

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Baltimore, Maryland-based A-Safe Inc., a manufacturer of protective guarding for warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and other workplace environments, has launched the Alarm Bar, a tubular product that actively responds to impact to protect overhead assets from moving vehicles.

Like other products in the A-Safe range, the Alarm Bar is made from A-Safe’s Memaplex material, the company’s patented blend of eight materials and rubber additives that, practically, absorbs impact without incurring damage. The bar is just over 6ft long (78 ¾ in) and has a diameter of 5? in. These are standard dimensions, although bespoke systems are available if ordered in bulk. The lightweight, 28-lb. Alarm Bar is easily installed, hung from two thin cables towards either end.

A series of high profile companies have already installed Alarm Bars, including Lowes, Michelin, Ford, Tyson Foods, Boston Beer, Walmart, and Nissin Foods.

Importantly, the product is self-powered, with 12-volt battery life providing more than two years of constant power. Audio and visual alarms alert the operator of contact; two 102dB buzzers sound (the equivalent of a car horn 1m away) for 20 seconds after impact and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) display two red flashing indicator strips that span the length of the bar, lasting for 40 seconds.

Paul Barlow, CEO at A-Safe Inc., said: “The product is suited to any facility where there is a restriction on height and potential damage can be caused by impacts in the absence of a robust height warning system. The product safeguards doorframes, loading docks, infrastructure, and overhead walkways, as well as key safety assets such as sprinkler systems and ventilation pipes. It can be installed where no barriers are currently in place or where an existing height restrictor is not active or, in other words, it doesn’t feedback to the user beyond the physical impact.”

He added: “It’s a great replacement for applications that are currently using basic painted steel tubes, which are often heavy and require secondary redundant hanging systems in case the primary system fails, or replacement for existing polymer solutions that provide no active alert response upon impact. At just 28 lbs., an Alarm Bar isn’t going to cause significant injury if it were to fall and requires no additional electrical supply.”

An abundance of other product features includesshock-absorbing casing, created from the aforementioned memaplex, offering high-strength durability, flexibility, and crack resistance. The bar’s yellow color is UV-stabilized for continued coloration, fade resistance and, thus, long-lasting visibility. It is suited to use in temperatures ranging from +41°F to 122°F. Notably, the Alarm Bar doesn’t swing in wind and resets itself after impact.

A-Safe is offering the Alarm Bar directly to end users and through its Guardrail range of ‘boxed products’, principally aimed at the reseller / distributor marketplace. Barlow reiterated that the product has fixed dimensions and is not targeted at the custom marketplace, unless a client wanted to purchase, say, 100+ units in a single order. Multiple Alarm Bars can cover a wider area.

Electrovaya’s Electric Forklift Battery Line Expanded to More Than 25 Models in 20 Months

Multiple battery models allow the vast majority of distribution centers to replace all lead-acid batteries in their forklift fleets with lithium-ion batteries

Toronto, Ontario  – Electrovaya Inc. has announced that it has launched more than 25 different lithium-ion ceramic battery models for the electric forklift market. This accelerated development was carried out over the last 20 months after the initial launch of just two battery models in 2017. The Company states that it is now able to provide complete battery motive power solutions for the vast majority of warehouse configurations.

The batteries currently available include 24V, 36V, 48V and most recently 80V in energy capacities ranging from 6 kWh to 63 kWh. The battery systems are available in different shapes and sizes to meet a multitude of Class I, II and III forklift truck models from various manufacturers. The batteries can also be digitally integrated with a variety of electric forklift trucks.

The users of Electrovaya’s batteries are primarily large, sophisticated customers in diverse sectors including automotive and other manufacturing, e-commerce, distribution and warehousing.

By eliminating lead acid batteries from their forklift fleets and replacing them with Electrovaya’s lithium-ion batteries, distribution centers can:
• Reduce manpower through the removal of lead-acid battery changes and maintenance
• Eliminate lead acid battery charging rooms
• Reduce gas handling, ventilation and acid spills from lead-acid batteries
• Remove any need to keep environmental records on lead batteries in inventory
• Reduce the number of chargers
• Improve their environmental footprint through reduced energy consumption and through the ability to charge during off-peak hours

Electrovaya’s lithium-ion ceramic batteries are currently operating in 23 locations, including 20 in the United States, two in Canada and one in Mexico. The Company’s batteries are known for their superior cycle life, safety, energy and power attributes, which are vital for electric forklifts and other intensive-use applications.

For more information, visit www.electrovaya.com.

 

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

JLT 6012

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.