New Hyster Rider Stacker Truck Helps Manage Variable Demand

Hyster Europe adds a new Rider Stacker truck to its warehouse equipment range, providing more options for busy warehouse operations that experience variable demand, such as those in distribution, food and drink, retail, and logistics. 

“The tough new Hyster® RS1.6 Rider Stacker truck has been designed to support demanding warehouse operations, especially in tight confines,” explains Monica Radavelli, Product Manager – Warehouse for Hyster. “As we approach the festive season, this reliable truck will help many applications to manage the increased intensity of their operation due to seasonal demand.”

Commonly used for stacking goods up to 1.6 tonnes in single and multiple shift applications, and back-of-store warehouse operations, Hyster® Rider Stacker trucks are designed for working in small spaces. Available with 2- or 3-stage masts and offering a lift height of more than 6 meters, the truck can work in aisle widths as small as 2.5 meters.

The Hyster® Rider Stacker truck also meets the needs of mixed applications, such as warehouse picking. The new Hyster® RS1.6 model can function as a medium-distance platform stacker and a long-distance rider stacker. This means that operations carrying out varied applications may no longer need to choose between two types of machine for different tasks.

To further ensure that businesses can specify the right truck for the particular needs of their industry or application, a number of bespoke options are available for the Hyster® RS1.6, including keypad access, support for telematics display and attachments for holding clipboards, drinks, and more.

“A cold store version is available to help food and drink manufacturing or wholesale applications,” explains Monica. “While a busy retail warehouse with high racking, or an operation handling heavy loads at height, can consider a choice of overhead guard protection add-ons.”

To help aid efficiency at particularly busy times, and during long shifts, the Hyster® RS1.6 offers enhanced operator comfort and control. The truck offers extensive visibility through the mast, and a choice of three driving positions to cater to the preferences of the operator or the application. The operator can easily adjust the seat from a supported standing position for loading and unloading, to a supported perch.  With an award-winning seat design, a fully seated position can be effortlessly adapted for traveling medium or long distances.

Particularly in the run-up to peak times like Christmas and Easter, many companies, such as retail, food and drink manufacturing, wholesale, logistics and couriers, experience an increase in demand. The tough Hyster® RS1.6 stacker keeps up with the high demands of a warehouse at peak times, with a travel speed (both laden and unladen) of up to 9 km/h and fast lift and lowering speeds.

The RS1.6 gives a strong performance, with speed-sensitive 180° electric steering and AC traction and steering motors. It can also operate in tight warehouse spaces, with a turning radius of just 1640 mm (with 1150 mm forks) making it suitable for a 2536 mm working aisle. This provides even greater benefit at peak times when warehouses can become overstocked and the available space for maneuver may be more limited.

“Equipment should be available to use whenever required, especially during busier periods,” says Monica. “The Hyster® RS1.6 is designed to be sturdy and reliable, providing a low total cost of ownership in the most demanding warehouse applications.”

To ensure minimal downtime for any routine or unplanned maintenance, it is also designed to offer excellent serviceability. It features comprehensive fault diagnostics, and a hinged floor plate that enables easy access for checking key components and oil levels. For multi-shift operations, lateral battery extraction also helps to reduce the downtime usually associated with battery exchange.

The extensive range of Hyster® warehouse products is supported by a global network of local distribution partners. For more information please visit www.hyster.eu.

Electrovaya Receives Follow-up Purchase Order from US Fortune 100 Company for its Lithium Ion Ceramic Drop-In Replacement Forklift Battery

Green tech solution allows for reduced energy consumption, lower environmental concerns and increased productivity

TORONTO, ONTARIO–Electrovaya Inc. has announced that a U.S. Fortune 100 company has placed a second purchase order with Electrovaya for its lithium-ion ceramic forklift battery. The second order amounted to US$ 167,000 (C$ 214,000).

This purchaser is one of the five US Fortune 500 companies who have earlier issued initial purchase orders to Electrovaya for its forklift batteries. Over the last three months, Electrovaya has added four Fortune 500 clients for its lithium-ion ceramic drop-in replacement battery and we are pleased with the continuing momentum evidenced by this US Fortune 100 purchaser adding a second purchase order to its initial order last month.

The Electrovaya battery can improve productivity, reduce maintenance, and has the potential to reduce peak demand as well as decrease electricity usage in heavy-duty 24/7 distribution and manufacturing environments. The Electrovaya batteries include the proprietary ceramic separator, SEPARION™, which provides enhanced safety and cycle life. While the sales cycle could be long and there is no guarantee that the Company’s initiatives will result in significant orders, Electrovaya is pleased with the performance of its batteries in both testing and initial deployments and this repeat order from a US Fortune 100 Company.

About Electrovaya Inc.

Electrovaya Inc. designs, develops and manufactures proprietary Lithium-ion Ceramic Batteries, battery systems, and battery-related products for energy storage, clean electric transportation and other specialized applications. Electrovaya, through its fully owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, also produces cells, electrodes and SEPARION™ ceramic separators and has manufacturing capacity of about 500MWh/annum. Electrovaya is a technology focused company with extensive IP. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Electrovaya has production facilities in Canada and Germany with customers around the globe.

Hiab presents the world’s first electric powered MULTILIFT Futura skiploader

Hiab, part of Cargotec, presented the world’s first electric powered skiploader concept vehicle at the Freight in the City Expo, London, in partnership with Dutch electric vehicle manufacturer EMOSS. This fully-integrated electric solution matches the load handling capabilities of a diesel skiploader truck.
“At Hiab, as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we have developed, in partnership with EMOSS, a 100% electric concept truck featuring the latest-generation MULTILIFT Futura 12 skiploader and an ePTO (electric Power Take-Off) solution. As it operates silently and with no CO2 or nitrogen oxide emissions, this fully-electric skiploader is ideal for businesses that involve urban deliveries or out-of-hours operations,” says Henri Janhonen, Director, Sales and Product Business Management, Demountables, Hiab.
Together with the skiploader, Hiab also presented the HIAB loader crane with an ePTO at the Freight in the City Expo, London, as well as the MOFFETT E-Series truck, mounted forklift, which is the world’s first lithium-ion powered truck mounted forklift and is completely emission free. The ePTO loader crane was launched on the market in 2014 and the MOFFETT E-series the year before.
“The pioneering spirit at Hiab is never idle; and as the demand for more environmentally-friendly and emission-free products grows, we want to stay in the driver’s seat. We know that our customers are facing a tougher and more demanding load handling environment, especially in the larger cities, with emission regulations not easing the demand for logistics. Legislation is demanding it and our customers’ customers want it. In order to stay customer focused we presented these three fully to partially electric product and product combinations at the Freight in the City Expo,” says Keith Quigley, Senior Vice President, Truck Mounted Forklifts, Hiab.
Recently, Hiab, together with its UK-based customer Pets at Home, was awarded the Noise Abatement Society’s Quiet Logistics Award, also known as the “Noise Oscars”, for their partnership approach to reducing noise associated with out-of-hours deliveries. As Pets at Home often works with night-time deliveries, the emission-free and silent MOFFETT E-Series truck mounted forklift enables them to enhance their night-time deliveries, saving money on fuel, reducing their carbon footprint and no longer being a nuisance to the neighbors of their stores. For this major investment in low-noise technology to reduce environmental noise and improve customer service, the quiet delivery partnership of Hiab and Pets at Home won the John Connell Quiet Logistics Award 2017.
“Rules and regulations to limit noise and exhaust emissions have already been established in some cities. Congestion charges are already a reality, and additional fees for exhaust emissions are likely to be set in the near future. Furthermore, limitations exist for noise and pollution emissions. These limitations will steer truck operators towards the usage of electric vehicles in densely populated areas. At Hiab, we want to be fully prepared for the growing popularity of electric trucks, and also be the preferred partner for load handling solutions in the future,” continues Mr. Janhonen.

Online shopping boom fuels 20 per cent sales increase for Narrow Aisle Ltd

Narrow Aisle Ltd, the manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks and other intralogistics solutions, has announced that it is on target to achieve a year-on-year global sales uplift across its range of over 20 percent in 2017.

The company attributes the significant increase to growing sales in the Asian and American markets and the success of the Flexi StorMAX AC high-density storage system, which Narrow Aisle introduced at the back end of 2015.

The Flexi StorMAX AC system offers customers the ability to maximise the cube by delivering a net 50 percent increase in pallets stored compared to storage systems served by traditional reach trucks and, according to Narrow Aisle’s commercial director, John Maguire, sites that have been reconfigured around the Flexi StorMAX system have achieved overall project payback in less than 12 months.

“The StorMAX system is particularly appealing to companies with growing online sales that need to adapt their existing pallet stores in order to create space for activities such as pick and pack, returns management and other fulfillment-based processes,” says John Maguire.

Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, John Maguire adds: “We have a number of fresh and exciting developments in the pipeline that we will unveil in 2018 that will provide impressive user benefits, so, all in all, we are very positive about the future.”

Simply Waste Solutions choose Loadmac for their truck mounted forklift solution

Simply Waste Solutions, one of the UK’s largest independently owned waste management companies, has recently invested in a Loadmac truck-mounted forklift that will enable the company to offer a bulk recycling service to its large commercial clients.

Designed and built in Ross-on-Wye, Loadmac is the only truck-mounted forklift made in Britain and, through its ability to improve fleet efficiency and versatility, it is experiencing record sales year-to-date. James Capel, CEO of Simply Waste Solutions, outlined why his company chose Loadmac over alternative brands, “First and foremost we really liked the response we got from our local Loadmac dealer, Plant Equipment. They came down to see us, found out about our operation and really understood what we were looking for.”

Capel continued, “The Loadmac was competitively priced and we were confident it was the best product of its kind on the market. It impressed in areas where other brands were lacking; specifically allowing one-side offload and its stability over difficult terrain. We liked the fact that it’s made in Britain too.”

Simply Waste Solutions operate over fifty vehicles within a twenty-five-mile radius of Heathrow, predominantly focussing on bin and bag collections. James Capel explained that the new truck mounted forklift will now allow the company to offer an expanded service to their customers, “The Loadmac will go on the back of a new curtain-sider we have also recently invested in. It’s part of our plan to encourage our customers to recycle more, so this will now enable us to visit customer sites and collect recyclable material by the bale. These bales can weigh up to half a tonne each so with the Loadmac we have the flexibility to load at any site, without needing to worry about what material handling options our customers have.”

The Loadmac is now in service and has been supplied with a specialized clamping attachment, which allows Simply Waste Solutions to collect bales from the side, rather than underneath, speeding up the loading and unloading process.

Ian Chapman, Loadmac Managing Director, commented, “We are delighted to be able to supply Simply Waste Solutions with the first of what we hope will be many Loadmac machines to support their bulk recycling operation.”

Raymond Handling Raises $17,328 to Benefit Breast Cancer Charities with Fourth Annual Pink Pallet Jack Auction

Raymond Handling Raises $17,328 to Benefit Breast Cancer Charities with Fourth Annual Pink Pallet Jack Auction

Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation (RHCC), a leading material handling equipment supplier in Northern California and the Northwest, announced the winning bid on its fourth annual Pink Pallet Jack Project online auction was $6,150 by John Souza of J & K Trucking. Showing its continued support of Raymond Handling’s fundraising efforts, this year marks the fourth year Souza’s company has placed the winning bid. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds raised from this year’s auction were shared between the Tina Fund in Greene, New York and Northwest Hope and Healing.

“Overall, Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation raised $17,328 to benefit two commendable breast cancer charities this year,” said Steve Raymond, President. “We are thrilled to see our Pink Pallet Jack Project’s continued success in uniting our network and communities together in the support of finding a cure. Since 2014, we have raised more than $137,000 for charity, a large portion of this amount coming from the Pink Pallet Jack Project.”

With the second highest bid during the auction, RHCC sold an additional Pink Pallet Jack to Jere VanPuffelen with Prism Logistics. The fight to find a cure is personal for Raymond Handling Concepts as many of its employees have seen the lives of their loved ones shaken by cancer.

Open House

In addition to the auction, RHCC hosted its 30th Anniversary event at its Auburn, Washington facility on October 25, 2017. The open house style event featured Hors d’oeuvres, a live performance by Washington native Gina Belliveau and vendor sponsored raffle prizes including Polaris who donated a gear bag and EnerSys who raffled off a flat screen TV. The event rounded up 27 guests from local communities and several of Raymond Handling’s vendor partners including EnerSys, All Battery, Polaris GEM, Cascade, Quantum, WWMH, WoW Baking and All Battery.

JLT Mobile Computers Selected by Steketee for Smart Farming Precision Agriculture Solutions to Increase Farmers’ Efficiency

Växjö, Sweden, November 13th, 2017.   JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments,  has entered into a partnership with Machinefabriek Steketee B.V., who are using JLT VERSO™+ 10 rugged computers to integrate their Smart Farming solutions for precision agriculture. Steketee is a leading developer of high-tech weeding and soil cultivation machines, used by arable farmers and horticulturalists worldwide.

Leveraging its extensive experience in the agriculture industry, Steketee develops innovative Smart Farming solutions that increase farmers’ efficiency and improve crop yields through the use of IT. Their IC-Light hoeing solution uses a high-definition integrated camera to detect crops in the field and to render a digital image that can be used to detect cultivated crops and enable hoeing machine alignment with outstanding accuracy. The digital image can also be used to measure green surfaces, capture discolorations or count crops. Integrating the IC-Light solution with the rugged VERSO+ 10 computer from JLT Mobile Computers brings exceptional reliability and high computing performance.

The rugged VERSO+ 10 computer deployed in Steketee cultivation solutions is designed to withstand significant temperature changes, severe vibrations, bright sunlight and is IP65 dust and waterproof, making it ideal for use in the agriculture industry.

“The compact format, high performance and great resistance to wear and tear make the rugged PCs from JLT very suitable to our needs,” confirms the R&D Director at Steketee. “The ease with which they can be mounted and dismounted in the farmers’ tractors is another great advantage as this simplifies service and allows devices to be ported between tractors or removed at the end of the working day to prevent theft.”

Featuring the revolutionary JLT PowerTouch™ display technology, the VERSO+ 10 computer provides a user-friendly experience comparable to modern consumer devices – both with a gloved and ungloved hand – while being virtually unbreakable. The clear and bright projected capacitive touchscreen makes it perfectly readable in any conditions, including direct sunlight, enabling real-time visualization of field mapping information right in the field.

For more information about JLT Mobile Computers, its products, and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com.

CNG’s Spicers Canada Acquires Shippers Supply, Expanding Product Mix throughout Western Canada

Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), a leading sales and marketing organization in the global pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, wood products and metal industries, announced today that its Spicers Canada division will acquire Shippers Supply, expanding its position in the distribution of shipping, packaging and warehouse supplies.

Privately owned and headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Shippers Supply operates nine locations throughout Western Canada, and has supplied corrugated boxes, labels, tape, stretch film, shelving, packaging supplies and warehouse equipment to the region since 1975.

“The acquisition of Shippers Supply is another critical step forward in many product categories we want to grow throughout our North American Distribution business,” said Andrew Wallach, CNG President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to building on the strong foundation and success that Shippers Supply has created over the years.”

Spicers Canada President Cory Turner added that the acquisition of Shippers Supply fits with his organization’s strategy to leverage its significant distribution capabilities in new ways.

“The opportunity to acquire Shippers Supply adds significant capabilities and expertise that will be invaluable in meeting our company’s market strategy,” said Turner. “Extending product solutions both inside and outside of our core markets creates immediate opportunities that align well with our growth initiatives.”

Shippers Supply will operate as an independent division of Spicers Canada, working closely with Spicers’ existing operations and distribution network in Western Canada.

Spicers Canada is a leading distributor of quality commercial print and business papers, graphic solutions, industrial packaging supplies, wide format and specialty products.

The transaction is expected to be finalized November 30, 2017.

Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG) is a $5.5 billion global sales and marketing organization in the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, wood products and metal industries. Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Purchase, NY, CNG operates through established industry entities in its Distribution, Publishing Papers and international Central National divisions, building on more than 131 years of family ownership, market knowledge and adaptability to create value for clients around the world. To learn more, please visit www.cng-inc.com.

23rd International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2018

First Announcement and Call for Papers

Curtain up for the International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2018: The call for papers is open until January 31, 2018. Contributions are requested on the topics of battery recycling technologies, materials supply in a circular economy, transport and safety, the Batteries Directive revision and a review of worldwide battery recycling activities.

The 23rd edition of the ICBR will take place in Berlin next year from September 26 – 28, 2018. As in previous years, the ICBR will bring together numerous experts and decision-makers from the battery recycling value chain, such as battery manufacturers, battery recyclers, OEMs from the electronics and e-mobility industry, collection schemes operators, service and transport companies, policymakers and much more.

The ICBR Steering Committee wants to build on the resounding success of the recent congress in Lisbon in September 2017. More than 250 experts from almost 30 countries worldwide attended the ICBR 2017 – a new record. Most of the delegates came from the battery recycling industry and from national collection organizations. OEMs, professional associations, and consultants were also strongly represented.

As the assessment of this year’s Congress shows, the participants confirmed their interest in new recycling technologies and future challenges for the battery industry. Safety aspects of the storage, transport, and recycling of batteries continue to attract great interest.

The main topics for the ICBR 2018 will be the following:

Recycling

  • How to recycle batteries from e-cars, e-bikes and other e-vehicles
  • Recycling of batteries from energy storage systems of power plants
  • Collection and recycling of batteries from cordless tools and electronic devices
  • Best available recycling technologies for batteries

Materials Supply in a Circular Economy

  • Battery materials supply and demand or “when recyclers meet raw materials suppliers”
  • The role of battery recycling in a circular economy
  • Eco-design: A critical approach to battery removability?
  • The e-mobility and energy storage markets: An opportunity for new battery technologies?

Transport and Safety

  • Update of the transport regulations on batteries
  • Safety of lithium batteries: Risks and opportunities
  • Evolution of packaging requirements for lithium batteries

The Batteries Directive Revision

  • Update on the review process of the Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC
  • The efficiency of battery recycling: The need for a new “optimum” approach
  • The efficiency of battery collection: Considering urban mining and waste generation
  • Challenges faced by the second life of lithium batteries: Performances, transport and safety, and producer responsibility
  • Impact of changes in hazardous waste regulations

Worldwide Activity Review

  • Worldwide updates on battery take-back, collection schemes and recycling

Those interested in speaking are invited to send a short abstract (minimum of half an A4 page in English) with their key messages to the congress organizer ICM to: info@icm.ch.

The title of the presentation should be mentioned with the author’s name. For further information please visit: http://www.icm.ch/.

Larson Electronics LLC Releases Explosion Proof White Forklift LED Spotlight

Larson Electronics LLC, the industrial lighting expert, has released a new explosion proof white LED spotlight for forklifts, that produces 2,250 lumens of bright white illumination. This spotlight can be used as a headlight for forklift drivers to clearly see in lowly lit environments. This fixture is NEMA 3, 4, 4X, 7 and 9 rated, designed to withstand demanding environmental and operational conditions in hazardous such as warehouses and delivery bays.

The EXHL-TRN-LE4-FKWL-WHT-1224 from Larson Electronics is a Class 1 Division 1 & 2, Class 2 Division 1 & 2, and Class 3 Division 1 &2, explosion proof LED spotlight for illuminating forklift pathways during operation in low lighting. This LED spotlight contains five 5-watt LED bulbs that produce a total of 2,250 lumens of white light, while only drawing 25 watts. The spotlight beam has a 5º spread, providing operators with a high intensity center beam visible during both day and nighttime operations. This light acts as both forward area illumination and a visual path indicator of the forklift for pedestrian safety.

The EXHL-TRN-LE4-FKWL-WHT-1224 is listed for worldwide use and is NEMA Type 3, 4, 4X, 7 (B,C,D) and 9 (E,F,G) rated for use in harsh conditions. This unit operates within temperatures of -40° C to 60° C, is waterproof to 3 meters and resistant to dust, dirt and humidity buildup. The housing is constructed of copper free aluminum, and the LED is sealed behind a borosilicate glass lens. This forklift spotlight operates on universal 9-60V DC, including common 12, 24 and 48 V DC voltages. The unit is mounted with an adjustable surface mount bracket with adjustable tilt and rotation. Wiring is completed with terminal strips located inside the fixture.

“This LED spotlight provides forklift operators with a high-powered spot beam great for many lighting options,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics LLC. “It can be used for headlights, reverse illumination for backing up, and for pedestrian safety.”

Larson Electronics LLC: Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.