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.

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.

Forklift/Lift Truck News Briefs

Lift truck/forklift news and other MHE information.

Business owner fined and jailed for six months in unprecedented case after fatal forklift accident

A Victorian Magistrates’ Court found the owner of a scrap metal business guilty of breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was fatally crushed by a metal bin.

The company owner was operating a forklift to lift a metal bin which the worker was standing in. When the metal bin was raised in the air, the worker fell through the corroded base of the bin before the bin itself fell from the forklift tines on top of the worker.  Read more.


New forklifts and telematics streamline operations

Thyssen-Krupp, located in Park City, Kan., outside of Wichita, is a partner for the world’s leading aerospace companies and their supply chains. A big part of the company’s overall efficiency is dependent on its fleet of forklifts. After changing forklift brands, the company reduced maintenance costs while improving safety and operational visibility. Read more.


Forklift drivers convicted for cellphone use in warehouse

In the first case of its kind in Canada, two workers have been prosecuted for using their cellphones while on forklifts at work. This case demonstrates when the Ministry of Labour (MOL) will prosecute workers under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and it shows the ministry’s expectations on employers to enforce zero tolerance policies with respect to cellphone use in potentially dangerous workplaces. Read more.


Frigates To Forklifts: A Designer’s Journey From The Navy To Industry

What do warships have to do with forklift trucks? For Kero Uusitalo, these two vastly different vehicles have shaped his working life – combining his childhood dreams and an enduring passion for design. Read more.


Rhode Island Man Arrested After Taking Forklift, Trying to Ram Police Cruisers

Just one more reason not to leave the key in the ignition!


RELiON Battery Announces New Online Store

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RELiON Battery, a leading global manufacturer of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, announced today the launch of its new online store. In a continued effort to strengthen the brand’s accessibility, enhance customer interactions and increase consumer product knowledge, the RELiON website offers e-commerce functionality for the first time.

Online shoppers in the U.S. looking for high performance LiFePO4 batteries for recreational vehicles, boats, electric vehicles, solar energy systems and more can now not only access in-depth technical information on RELiON’s products, but also shop from the comfort of their home. The online store stocks many of the company’s standard LiFePO4 batteries, including a range of 12V, 24V and 48V products. RELiON also offers free shipping on all orders, making sure that customers can take advantage of quick delivery.

“Launching our online store is a direct response to requests from consumers for an online shopping experience. Our goal is to offer a seamless customer experience by blending the convenience of ordering standard items in smaller quantities online with technical support to ensure customers get the right solution for their application,” said Paul Hecimovich, CEO, RELiON Battery.

RELiON will continue to increase product offering within the online store as the company’s product lines expand and new innovative technology is released into the market. With an assortment of products larger than most online lithium battery retailers, shopping at relionbattery.commakes it easy and convenient for consumers to order a LiFePO4 battery for their high powered applications.

“For anyone looking to quickly find an alternative to lead-acid or other traditional batteries, the RELiON online store will streamline the customer buying experience and save valuable time,” added Hecimovich.

RELiONBattery.com conveniently accepts all major credit cards and products purchased can be shipped anywhere within the continental United States. For more information on their new online store, visit https://relionbattery.com/products/lithium.


Forklift Accident Kills Man at Campbell’s Soup Plant

July 16, 2018. An accident involving a forklift and a dumpster at the Campbell’s Soup plant in Maxton, NC on Sunday left one man dead and another person with injuries., according to Powder & Bulk Solids.

Plant employees told local ABC News affiliate WPDE that a dumpster being moved by a forklift fell, fatally injuring one man. Another worker was injured in the incident and transported by helicopter to a local hospital. The Robesonian reported that the person received injuries while attempting to assist the man who died.


Doosan Industrial Vehicle unveils eco-friendly, smart forklifts

Doosan lithium ionJuly 16, 2018. Doosan Corporation Industrial Vehicle (DIV), celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation, introduced a high-tech forklift model BS7 running on lithium-ion batteries. Read more.


Poorly Maintained Propane Lift Trucks Send Workers to Hospital with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

https://www.ien.com/safety/video/21012680/bad-forklifts-sent-workers-to-the-hospital


Forklift slips off truck after it hits I-5, I-84 overpass

PORTLAND, Ore. — A truck carrying a forklift hit the the underside of an overpass while traveling north on interstate-5 on Monday afternoon, causing delays as crews work to get the forklift back on the trailer.  Read more.


RPA 2018 EXCELLENCE IN REUSABLE PACKAGING AWARD SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 30

The Wide World of Forklifts

May 15, 2018 – There are said to be roughly 400 forklift manufacturers in the world, of all types and varieties of equipment. No single trade show, no matter how big, could possibly include all of them, but CeMAT 2018, held in late April on the sprawling exhibit hall campus outside of Hannover, Germany, included a couple dozen forklift suppliers from the continents of Europe, Asia and North America. Read more at MH&L.


LEEA and IPAF working together to the benefit of members 

May 15, 2018 – The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) CEO, Dr Ross Moloney, recently met with Tim Whiteman, CEO of The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), and Richard Whiting, UK Market General Manager for IPAF, to discuss shared approaches for supporting members as well as exploring opportunities to work closely together in the future across the sector.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Tim and Richard to LEEA’s office. This meeting is part of our determination at LEEA to work across the sector to deliver more benefit for our members,” says Dr Moloney. “We see this as the start of an exciting period of cooperation between our two organisations.”

IPAF promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide through technical advice and information, influencing and interpreting legislation and standards, and safety initiatives and training programmes.

The not-for-profit organisation is owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the Mobile Elevating Work Platfrorms (MEWP) rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.


Toyota Forklifts Expand Product Line with Marina Truck

 April 5, 2018 – Toyota Forklifts, a leading forklift manufacturer in North America, announced a new marina truck option for select models of its THD pneumatic forklifts. The fully-customizable marina truck option helps lift boats out of the water or transfer them from one location to another more efficiently than traditional methods. It’s a great solution for marinas, boatyards, dry stack facilities and any customer who launches watercraft.

The marina truck option boasts a lift capacity up to 55,000 pounds with load centers designed for the unique balance of watercraft and mast options with a negative lift of down to 20 feet. Equipped with features designed for marine environments including galvanized epoxy coated carriages and padded rotating forks to protect boat hulls, the marina truck option makes lowering and lifting boats out of the water and moving them in and out of storage a smoother process.

Toyota’s latest marina truck option also features a 7-inch touch-screen multi-function display with a capacity estimator and an optional wireless remote control for operating the forklift outside of the normal seating position. The new marina truck option is available now to order. For more information, visit ToyotaForklift.com.


CLARK MATERIAL HANDLING COMPANY APPOINTS PACIFIC MATERIAL HANDLING SOLUTIONS INC. AS AN AUTHORIZED DEALER IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MARKETS

Lexington, KY – April 2, 2018 – CLARK Material Handling Company today announced it has appointed Pacific Material Handling Solutions, Inc. (PMHSI) as an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the San Francisco Bay and Northern California markets.

“Pacific Material Handling Solutions, Inc. is part of the Pacific Solutions group of Companies that provides Material Handling, Commercial Truck, Rental & Leasing solutions to their customers while focusing on long-term customer relations by providing cost-effective solutions. We are excited to have them join our dealer network,” commented Dale Guckian, CLARK’s Director of Dealer Development.

“We are extremely excited about our new affiliation with CLARK Material Handling and its rich tradition to the material handling industry. The CLARK organization provides Pacific the opportunity to bring increased value to our customers and aligns with our 24-7-365 commitment to our customers, associates, and partners,” commented Ralph Logan, Pacific’s President/CEO.

PMHSI will support its CLARK new equipment, aftermarket parts, and service efforts out of its facilities located in Union City, Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto, California locations. Additional information can be found on the web at www.pmhsi.com or by calling (510) 429-0303.

Holt of California remains an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the Sacramento, CA markets with facilities in West Sacramento, Stockton, Yuba City, and Redding, CA. Holt is a full-service material handling dealer featuring full sales and service departments.


April 5, 2018.  Storage Equipment Safety Service returns to MODEX and the North American Market

Storage Equipment Safety Service returns bringing its 31 years of expertise in Rack and Shelving Safety Inspections and Training to the North American Market.  SESS states it is the market leader in independent rack safety inspections covering the UK, Ireland, Europe, North America and the Caribbean.

Many warehouse users are unaware of the requirements of the RMI codes and guidelines or even the manufacturer’s requirements for installation and use of racking systems.  They are therefore unaware that they are in fact operating in conditions that are unsafe.

SESS USA LLC is passionate about ensuring that all warehouse users operate in a safe environment, which allows them to return home safely to their loved ones. Years of working with warehouse and health and safety personnel have identified a need to educate and raise the awareness of end users on the correct and safe use of racking and shelving.

SESS USA LLC works closely with its customers to ensure that:

  • Annual Inspections are done and damaged racking is identified and classified according to risk level as well as to identify operational issues such as pallet condition, clearances, housekeeping, general conformance to RMI Codes, etc
  • Employees are properly trained to perform in-house monthly inspection
  • Post-Installation inspections are done to ensure that racking has been installed according to manufacturer specifications.

SESS USA LLC  will be participating in Modex 2018 where it will showcase its rack inspection and training services. We look forward to meeting with attendees to discuss their rack safety needs.

Post-Modex will see the re-introduction of the company’s online store and our safety blog which will assist in raising the awareness for rack safety and assist in educating their customers on information pertinent to rack and warehouse safety.


InterrollApril 5, 2018.  Sant’Antonino, Switzerland. Interroll, leading global provider of material handling solutions, announces today that Dr. Ralf Garlichs, Executive Vice President Products & Technology and member of Interroll Group Management, has decided to leave the company by the end of June.

Garlichs, 55, joined the Interroll Group in 2006 as Executive Vice President Drives & Rollers. Since 2011, he has been Executive Vice President Products & Technology and a member Interroll Group Management.

“Ralf Garlichs has been highly successful in advancing Interroll’s technological development and innovation over the past few years, especially with regard to our platform strategy and the digitalization of our company,” says Paul Zumbühl, CEO of the worldwide Interroll Group. “He also directed the successful expansion of our production capacities and pushed forward the implementation of lean manufacturing as part of our globally oriented Interroll production system. We are convinced that on these very good foundations we will successfully speed up our further expansion. On behalf of the entire Interroll Group Management, I would like to thank Ralf Garlichs and wish him the very best for the future.”

The successor of Garlichs will be announced at a later date.


December 5, 2017.  HANNIBAL INDUSTRIES PROVIDES RACKING SOLUTION FOR WESTERN WINDOW SYSTEMS

Pallet Rack News
Hannibal Industries, Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of steel pallet racks for the material handling industry, today announced its cantilever racking system has been successfully installed in Western Window Systems’ new warehouse through Handling Systems.
Based in Phoenix, Western Window Systems designs and manufactures door and window systems that bring indoor and outdoor spaces together. As a preferred choice of architects, builders, and homeowners throughout North America, it’s inspired by modern living with unlimited design possibilities in residential, prefab, retail, commercial and educational projects.
Western Window Systems and Handling Systems worked closely with Hannibal to obtain permits, design concepts and development to complete the installation ahead of schedule. Hannibal Industries Cantilever Racks are ideal for storage of long, bulky products and are available in heavy-duty structural or medium duty roll-formed design.
Additional information on Hannibal Industries is available at http://www.hannibalindustries.com.

December 4, 2017. Chamberlain Group acquires Systems, Inc.

Automated dock-levelers now a part of CGI’s product suite

Warehouse equipment news
Oak Brook, IL-Chamberlain Group (CGI), a global leader in access solutions and products, has acquired Systems, Inc. (SI), one of North America’s leading dock-leveler manufacturers.

“Online retailers are driving growth in the warehouse space and that growth has increased the demand for integrated and efficient access solutions,” said JoAnna Sohovich, CEO of CGI. “We’re very excited about this acquisition because it expands the scope of solutions CGI provides by adding dock-levelers to our product offering and expanding our brand portfolio to meet the diverse needs of warehouse managers. It will also allow us to offer enhanced efficiency to end-users through the integration of automated solutions on our connected platforms.”

Sohovich noted that Sl will continue to operate as they do now, with their President, Mike Pilgrim continuing to lead the dock-leveler business.

“We’re very excited to be a part of the CGI team now,” said Pilgrim. “A family-owned company of their caliber has the kind of resources and values-driven culture that any organization would want to be a part of.”

“SI has excellent strength in manufacturing, they have great customer service and a very robust network of independent dealers, installers and national accounts,” Sohovich added. “We’re looking forward to the great things Mike and his team will do as a part of CGI.”


December 4, 2017. Eberspaecher Vecture: Intelligent battery solutions for Industry 4.0 and logistics.

Forklift news
In logistics and warehousing forklifts are the driving force. Eberspaecher Vecture’s Battery Management Systems (BMS), digital acquisition systems (DAQ) and battery chemistries ensure their optimal functioning. One year after Eberspaecher acquired the majority stake in Vecture Inc., the company further develops its expertise for industrial purposes.


December 1, 2017.

Forklift news
Woman injured after forklift tips and falls from dock.  A woman was taken to hospital after her forklift tipped over, falling five feet from a dock. She was restrained by the use of her seatbelt.


November 29, 2017.

Forklift news
Buffalo Forklift to Consolidate in Amherst.


November 27, 2017

Dr. Thomas Toepfer, CFO of KION GROUP AG, will be leaving the company on March 31, 2018. He will be joining Covestro AG in Leverkusen, one of the world’s leading polymer material manufacturers, in the same role. On Monday, the Supervisory Board of KION GROUP AG agreed to Dr. Toepfer’s request to have his contract – which would have run until August 31, 2020 – terminated early. The Supervisory Board will decide on his successor very soon.

Dr. John Feldmann, chairman of the Supervisory Board, stated: “It is with regret that the Supervisory Board has accepted Thomas Toepfer’s resignation, but we respect his decision to pursue his next career step outside our Group. Thomas is a very experienced CFO and Labor Relations Director and we are sorry to be losing him. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Gordon Riske, he has worked closely with his colleagues on the Executive Board and has played a crucial role in our success and in shaping the positive development of our Group over more than five years. He has placed the financial structure of the Group on a sound long-term footing and will be handing over the finance function in very good shape. Dr. Toepfer has played a crucial role in ensuring that the KION Group has enjoyed the confidence of the capital markets and of its shareholders in recent years.”

Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of the KION Group, said: “I would like to thank Dr. Toepfer for the successful and collaborative working relationship and for the substantial contribution he has made to the trajectory of profitable growth and our transformation into an integrated supply chain solutions provider. We wish him the best of luck and every success in his new role.”


November 7, 2017. Wajax celebrates 50 years as Hyster distributor.

2017 marks the 50th year of the business relationship between Wajax and Hyster Company, who celebrated the occasion with a series of events across Canada as well as with the introduction of new warehouse products and the latest Class V internal combustion pneumatic forklifts.


November 6, 2017. Researchers work on autonomous forklift trucks.

The European consortium behind the Iliad Project is working on the development of autonomous forklift trucks.  The team, which consists of robotics specialists from the UK, Sweden, Italy, and Germany, has been working on the project for four years and believes the machines can support tasks such as packing, palletizing and transporting goods.


October 29, 2017.  Forklift battery technology is a top priority for the future.

Battery technology has emerged as the top technical challenge for the future by forklift truck operators, dealers and the wider industry according to early results from a new national survey being undertaken by FLT manufacturer TCM.


October 23, 2017.  Smart Glasses Make the Difference in Food Logistics Order Picking

Warehouse logistics needs to run quickly when goods rotation is high, especially when it comes to perishable food products. Belgian third-party logistics provider Weerts Supply Chain S.A. therefore relies on the pick by vision solution from logistics IT developer Picavi. In its central warehouse near Liege, Weerts currently uses fifteen pairs of Glass Enterprise Edition to pick orders for American food giant Mondelēz.


October 19, 2017. KION North America Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Forklift news briefs

This month, KION North America Corporation made a donation to Susan G. Komen South Carolina in support of their mission to “save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.”

In addition their financial contribution, the company is displaying a pink forklift in front of their facility and employees have been encouraged to wear pink on each Tuesday throughout the month of October.

“We have employees and their families members who have personally been affected by breast cancer, or other types of cancer,” said Vincent Halma, President and CEO of KION North America. “We felt a responsibility to show our support of this critical mission.”

KION North America is a member of the KION Group, one of the world’s two leading manufacturers of industrial trucks and the world’s largest manufacturer of electric forklifts. The company, which employees an estimated 200 employees, has been in operation in Summerville, S.C. since 1985.


October 19, 2017. Hoist and Rigging Training Made Easier with Columbus McKinnon’s New Website

Whether you need to meet OSHA or ASME requirements, receive overhead crane and rigging certification or simply gain the peace of mind that comes from having a safer work environment, Columbus McKinnon can help. Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, launched its new training website, putting all of the information professionals need to get trained and do their jobs safely right at their fingertips.

“Promoting the safe and proper use of hoist and rigging products is a top priority for Columbus McKinnon,” said Paul Smielecki, marketing and training manager. “Our new website will allow Channel Partners and end users to easily find detailed course information and immediately register for training classes.”

In addition to comprehensive course information, Columbus McKinnon’s new training website provides information on the company’s professional trainers as well as its training locations, including the state‐of‐the‐ art Niagara Training Center and Rock Lititz entertainment center of excellence. There is even hotel and flight information available for easy and convenient trip planning.

The site also features downloadable safety resources, like a Hoist Pre‐Operational Inspection Checklist, that riggers, plant managers and safety supervisors can share and post at their facilities.


October 17, 2017. Worker dies in serious incident at Swift CaravansA UK worker was fatally injured in a collision involving a forklift.


October 13, 2017.  Newmarket Company Fined $135,000 After Worker Fatally Injured by Forklift. A temporary worker was critically injured and later died after being struck by a forklift in an area that was shared by both forklifts and pedestrians.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour’s investigation found that the walkway was a shared pedestrian and forklift aisle frequently used as a traffic corridor in both directions. There were no pedestrian crossways, stop signs, mirrors, walkways or barriers separating pedestrians from forklift traffic, and there were no identified crossing points along the aisle to make pedestrian movement more predictable and easier to anticipate.

A Ministry of  Labour ergonomist conducted a line-of-sight assessment and concluded that there had been an insufficient distance for the forklift operator to safely bring the forklift to a stop before the impact with the worker. Also, there was a ‘blind spot’ area, and the forklift operator had not been speeding.

Empty bins were stored two high adjacent to the yellow lines on the floor in the surface line area. The line-of-sight assessment indicated that the storage of empty bins adjacent to the yellow lines on the floor in the surface line area was a contributing factor to the incident. The location and height of the bins limited the sight lines available to the forklift operator by effectively blocking part of the view.


September 18, 2017. Silver Jubilee — Mitsubishi releases special edition warehouse and forklift trucks.


September 11, 2017. Pallet-Track to roll out cameras on its forklift trucks after successful trial. Leading logistics company Pallet-Track is rolling out more than 100 bespoke high resolution cameras for its fleet of fork lift trucks (FLTs) to help drive increased efficiencies and protect its unparalleled industry record of never losing a consignment during its 13-year history. The company moves more than 20 million pallets annually.


September 6, 2017. Tougher new test for UK fork lift operators comes into force.  From the 1st September, anyone training as a fork lift truck operator will find the test considerably tougher than ever before.


September 1, 2017. Forklift Foils Gravity’s Effects. Toyota’s System of Active Stability (SAS) was designed to directly improve vehicle stability by automatically stabilizing loads during high lifting and reducing the possibility of the forklift and its load tipping over as it turns.


August 29, 2017. Hyster lowers handling costs for paper recyclers.  The collection and recycling in Europe increased by almost one million tonnes of paper in just 5 years. As the industry continues to grow, Hyster Europe claims that it can help even the most intensive paper recycling operations reduce cost and maximise efficiency.


August 26, 2017. When Automation Doesn’t Bring Layoffs. UniCarriers Americas, a subsidiary of Kyoto, Japan-based Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift, employs 600 workers at its plant 75 minutes northwest of downtown Chicago. Though the plant has automated more and more production in the past five years, no workers have been laid off. In fact, headcount has doubled since 2012, and the company has spent $1.1 million to retrain employees for other jobs within the factory.


August 23, 2017. Massive Forklift Used to Steal ATM. Closed circuit television captures the heist.


August 18, 2017. Schoolboy who stole forklift truck and went on a two-hour rampage escapes a PRISON sentence.

The 15-year-old, who was also carrying a rifle, stole the industrial machine from a farm shop before setting off along country roads in the late evening last September, a court heard. He recklessly crisscrossed lanes around Sonning Common and Cane End near Henley-on-Thames in Berkshire at speed before maneuvering the prongs under the chassis of a blue Fiat Punto before tipping it onto its side, writing it off.


August 15, 2017. Hyundai Construction Equipment’s has launched the newest of its all-around heavy-duty diesel forklifts – the compact but powerful 160D-9L. The new truck fills the gap between the 160D-9 and 180D-9 and offers an increased load capacity, extra safety, cost-effectiveness and operator comfort.


August 7, 2017. Forklift Operators: Drivers of Change.


August 7, 2017. Delivery driver who had leg ‘crushed’ by forklift truck at work sues for £300k.


August 3, 2017. Man Heralded After Spotting Runaway Forklift.


Augusts 3, 2017. Food firm fined for forklift accident. A manufacturer of prepared meals has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 for safety failings, fter a worker fell 6m off the back of a forklift truck.


August 3, 2017. Ontario’s Concord Premium Meats Ltd. has been fined $55,000 for a forklift accident at its Brampton, Ont. plant.  The incident took place in May 2013 and involved a shipper/receiver operating a walkie forklift. According to the Ministry of Labour, the young worker was moving meat with the small forklift and collided with materials being moved by a co-worker. The worker suffered a broken ankle during the accident.


August 2, 2017. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are finally taking off—inside Amazon and Walmart warehouses. In the last few months, Plug Power has struck two $600-million deals. One with Amazon for forklift fleets in 11 warehouses, and another with Walmart for the same in 10 warehouses. (Walmart is already using Plug Power forklifts in 22 warehouses).


August 2, 2017. E Instruments has introduced the F900 Carbon Monoxide Exhaust Analyzer. This device is designed to accurately measure CO from forklifts and small engines for CO safety testing, pre-compliance testing, and engine tuning and maintenance.

The F900 is now available with a wireless Bluetooth printer, which allows users to print on-site exhaust analysis reports.


July 28, 2017. Top 6 Forklift Mobility Trends. In case you are wondering, these include alternative power, low resistance and non-marking tires, safety, lift scales, Internet of Forklifts, and compact platform.


July 26, 2017. Winnebago plant in Middlebury fined $10,000 following worker’s death. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the Winnebago plant in Middlebury $10,000 for workplace violations after a 54-year-old employee was run over and killed by a forklift in April. Two serious violations were noted: A windshield was installed on a forklift, which affected it’s operation, and the forklift wasn’t operated at a safe speed.


July 23, 2017. Teen Worker Run Over by Forklift.


July 22, 2017. Plug Power shares jumped as much as 19% in response to an announcement that the company had expanded its relationship with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


July 21, 2017. Port of Tilbury is London’s major port and operates on such a large scale it needs its own on-site, resident engineers to ensure the continual running of vital equipment. FSDF member Briggs Equipment is able to offer a 3 hour response time to breakdowns thanks to its nationwide fleet of service engineers, however the expectations of a busy port are even more immediate and the Port remains one of the company’s longest standing examples of providing a resident team to help a customer achieve their productivity goals.


July 19, 2017. A worker at a UK building site was potentially seriously injured when he was crushed between a forklift and a post. He was airlifted to a London Hospital.


July 18, 2017. The AC-powered forklift market is expected to grow at 6.5% CAGR through 2021. The new BCC Research report also notes the major applications of forklift trucks are distribution centers and warehouses, accounting for 27.5% and 25.2%, respectively, of the 2016 global market. In response to consumer desire for ever-shorter delivery times, e-commerce companies are seeking warehouse spaces near urban areas. As the demand for distribution centers increases, the demand for forklifts is expected to jump during the forecast period.

BCC Research projects that the global forklift truck market will grow from $41.9 billion in 2016 to $56.3 billion in 2021 at a 6.1% CAGR.


July 17, 2017.  EnerSys® NexSys® TPPL (Thin Plate Pure Lead) technology batteries have been chosen by Kuehne+Nagel to power vehicles at a new warehouse in Turkey, eliminating gas emissions and thus increasing safety and reducing time loss on battery change.


July 13, 2017.  Brazen cash machine thieves use a forklift to smash through building society wall and escape with the loot.  CCTV footage captured a Bobcat telehandler ramming a building three times before lifting free an ATM and placing it onto a pick-up truck. Click image to watch.

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July 12, 2017.  A Mississippi man was fatally injured while pressure washing a building. He was standing on a forklift platform when the forklift tipped.


June 27, 2017.  Drunken Rampage. A 20-year-old man Ontario man is facing numerous charges after allegedly stealing a forklift while drunk and taking it on a destructive drive, according to the Toronto Sun. When police arrived they found damage to property and trees, as well as overhead wires which were pulled down.


June 25, 2017.  Forklift safety training is critical. An article from the National Safety Council stresses the importance of forklift training.

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.

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.”

Can the Right Forklifts Give Your Business a Lift? An update on technology advances and ideas about whether to buy new or used—or to lease

From autonomous forklifts to new ergonomic and energy features, suppliers continue to innovate ways to save time and boost production. Consider if your forklift equipment has kept up with the times.

forklift technologies, new or used, lease or buy

Photo credit: Pallet Enterprise Magazine

 

Full disclosure, I first stepped into the path of an oncoming autonomous forklift about three years ago, and I did it on purpose.

I was visiting a production plant in Sweden, and my host urged me onto the facility floor to start my tour. But then I froze. I was looking for the painted path—the designated pedestrian pathway, but there was none to be seen. Several forklifts were crossing back and forth, moving skids of crates and stacking them. There were no operators. “Come on,” she said. “They’ll work around us.” I took a breath and followed.

Read more at Pallet Enterprise.

Hyster Receives Grant for Fuel Cell Powered Container Handler for Port of Los Angeles

Hyster fuel cell zero emissionH

yster Company has announced the receipt of a grant from California Climate Investments (CCI) to support the development of a zero-emissions container handling truck powered by a Nuvera® fuel cell. The funding, awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), part of CCI, the state of California’s climate change-fighting, cap-and-trade program, aims to help Hyster and its partners develop a zero-emissions container handler for an end-user in the Port of Los Angeles. To receive the award, recipients must meet defined business practices and overall rigorous performance measurement standards. These standards are reviewed and updated annually to represent the most critical business activities and performance excellence principles necessary to keep pace with evolving customer expectations and industry dynamics.

The Hyster® electric laden container handler entering development is intended to be powered by a Nuvera® fuel cell combined with a lithium-ion battery. This follows the news released in 2017 that a Hyster® H1150HD-CH container handling truck with fully electric motors and a large lithium-ion battery has entered the test phase.

“The right power option for a truck will always depend on the specific operation,” says Lyndle McCurley, Vice President, Big Truck Sales Americas for Hyster Company. “Whereas the large lithium-ion battery is expected to suit those applications with a medium duty cycle where opportunity charging is possible, we anticipate the truck powered by a battery re-charged by an onboard fuel cell will better suit the challenges of this particular end-user in the Port of L.A.”

The Hyster zero emissions top-loader with a fuel cell and lithium-ion battery has the potential to effectively support applications with higher power consumption and a heavy duty cycle as the truck is expected to operate for a full day before requiring hydrogen re-fueling. As the truck can also operate for longer before battery re-charging is needed, this also supports operations with irregular break periods, where it may not be practical to plan in battery charging throughout the day.

Hyster aims to offer the fuel cell and battery powered Container Handler with a choice of charging options. The model in development is expected to utilize fully integrated wireless fast charging. “Hydrogen and grid power provide complementary power solutions for ports,” says McCurley. “Where the requirements to power a fleet of electric Big Trucks are likely to exceed power capabilities of the grid, hydrogen may provide ports with readily available energy without a requirement for a high capacity electric charging infrastructure.”

“Electric charging for a large number of trucks during the day also adds complexity to overall work planning in the terminal, which can be avoided using hydrogen,” he continues, explaining that with hydrogen fuel cell technology, Hyster expects the Big Truck in development to offer ‘clean’ energy with zero emissions, as well as a low cost of ownership and comparable performance to its diesel equivalent.

The new fuel cell-powered truck is also expected to benefit from the patented Hyster energy recovery systems revealed earlier in 2018 at the TOC Europe event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. By recovering and storing energy from lowering loads and braking, Hyster electric container handling trucks are expected to support an extended drive cycle, providing longer operating time before recharge is necessary. The innovative systems aim to increase uptime and profitability for port applications while also helping to reduce energy costs for charging.

Port and terminal operations that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint and total cost of ownership can visit Hyster at Breakbulk Americas 2018 in Houston Texas on October 2-4, 2018. Product and industry experts will be available to answer questions and discuss solutions that can be designed to meet any operations most challenging needs.

To follow the latest developments in zero emissions handling and for more information visit www.hyster.com and http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/.

Crown Equipment Helps SaltWorks® Maximize Lift Truck and Battery Utilization

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Source: Crown

Saltworks takes advantage of Crown V-Force® chargers and InfoLink® fleet and operator management to optimize forklift battery utilization

SaltWorks®, the largest gourmet sea salt manufacturer in the world, needed a solution that would enable them to maximize the return on investment of their new electric forklift fleet. Crown Equipment, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, helped the company better understand and manage the utilization of its fleet and batteries.

SaltWorks imports sea salt from 25 different countries, processes it into more than 110 varieties and redistributes the product globally. The company, which handles about 200,000 to 250,000 pounds of salt per day, originally relied on a fleet of used LPG internal combustion forklifts. After experiencing frequent unexpected downtime due to poor reliability, the company purchased a new electric fleet of Crown application-specific forklifts, including sit-down counterbalance trucks, stackers and pallet trucks. They also invested in a bank of Crown’s V-Force® chargers to provide the versatility they needed to charge every forklift in their fleet.

The company also outfitted each forklift with Crown’s InfoLink® fleet and operator management to help ensure operational efficiency with the new electric fleet. They used the system to control operator access, improve compliance documentation and monitor truck utilization, capturing fleet utilization data in real time. This enabled SaltWorks to know exactly when and how the trucks were being used to identify opportunities for efficiency gains. Crown’s Battery Health Monitor was also added to remotely monitor battery utilization and health, and help the company perform load balancing to maximize the fleet’s battery efficiency.

“The performance of our forklifts is key to the performance of our business,” said Colin McLane, SaltWorks engineering manager. “Being able to monitor the charge of each forklift independently allows us to balance the load. That way, if we notice one truck is performing in a very high duty role, we can switch that truck out for one that’s been used in a lighter duty role to maximize battery efficiency.”

To find out more, visit the Crown website.

EnerSys® to Unveil Expanded NexSys® Battery Line at MODEX® 2018

A range of opportunity charging and virtually maintenance-free motive power solutions will also be featured in the EnerSys® booth no. B3547

READING, Pennsylvania, April 5, 2018 – EnerSys® (NYSE:ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, will showcase the expanded NexSys® battery line at MODEX® 2018. Able to handle the power demands of high capacity lift truck vehicles, the expanded NexSys® battery line will be among several EnerSys motive power products and solutions featured in booth no. B3547. The MODEX® 2018 show will take place April 9-12 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Featuring proprietary Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology, the expanded NexSys battery line includes configurations that can fast charge in just under an hour, and be opportunity charged to work for up to 16 hours. This flexibility opens up several new charging options for a wide range of material handling applications.

“We’re excited to bring higher capacity TPPL battery options to the Americas,” said Chad Uplinger, Vice President Sales and Service, Motive Power Americas at EnerSys. “With the expanded NexSys battery line, operators of Class I, II and III vehicle fleets now have a virtually maintenance-free power solution and the means to lower their total cost of operation.”

Classified as non-spillable electric storage batteries, NexSys® batteries do not require watering, reducing associated labor demands and overwatering risks. Ideal for use in multi-shift operations, NexSys® batteries can eliminate the need for battery change-outs and battery changing room requirements. The system is available with energy throughputs of up to 160% of a battery’s six-hour rating in a twenty-four-hour period. An advanced TPPL charge profile helps ensure a 40% charge rate with no equalization required.

Typical applications include:

  • Counterbalance trucks
  • Reach trucks
  • Pallet trucks
  • Order pickers
  • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
  • Laser Guided Vehicles (LGVs)
Additional EnerSys motive power solutions will also be featured in booth no. B3547, including:
  • The NexSys® iON battery – an advanced lithium-ion solution – Scheduled for launch in late 2018, NexSys® iON batteries feature an advanced Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) chemistry. The new lithium-ion battery solution offers 100% charge rates, two to three times the lifecycle of lead acid batteries and is designed using ISO 26262 ASIL C to be CE and UL compliant.
  • Express® EnCore™ modular fast chargers – Engineered with the latest digital power control technology and charging intelligence, Express® EnCore™ modular fast chargers allow batteries designed for fast charging to be effectively charged anytime during the shift-day. The chargers also offer intelligent charging with high efficiency and flexibility and are packaged in one of the industry’s most compact sizes. Their modular construction adapts to a wide range of battery capacities, allowing potential reduction of the number of chargers in a fleet.
  • NexSys® battery chargers – Designed for use with NexSys® batteries, NexSys® battery chargers slash recharge times and allow for flexible opportunity charging while optimizing battery life cycle. NexSys+ battery charger models offer multiple communication platforms, intelligent charging with advanced efficiency and the flexibility to maintain peak efficiency at all times.

For more information on EnerSys and its full line of products, systems and support, visit www.enersys.com.

Lithium Werks Acquires Industrial Business of A123 Systems

Monday, April 02, 2018  Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Austin, Texas, USA  – Lithium Werks has acquired the original A123 Systems manufacturing plants located in Changzhou, China. These plants were the first to introduce the revolutionary NanoPhosphate® technology in the form of cylindrical cells that have been used globally in a wide array of applications, especially in the industrial market. As part of the transaction, Lithium Werks has taken over the customer relationships in China, Europe, and the United States as well as the operations, staff and product designs associated with the Changzhou business. Lithium Werks is also the new owner of the POWER. SAFETY. LIFE. trademark that characterized A123’s product portfolio in its early years. The transaction was financed through the working capital of Lithium Werks.

“We are confident that this acquisition helps propel Lithium Werks into a leadership position in the Lithium Iron Phosphate market globally,” said Knut H. Nylænde, Lithium Werks’ Chairman.

“A123 Systems is pleased to have concluded this agreement and is confident that our former customers in the industrial market are in great hands with Lithium Werks. A123 is sharpening its focus on world-class automotive applications ranging from mild-hybrids to fully electric vehicles,” said Jeff Kessen, A123 Systems’ VP of Corporate Strategy.

About Lithium Werks
Lithium Werks is a fast-growing global lithium-ion battery company with production facilities in China and offices in the USA, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and Norway. Lithium Werks provides cells, modules, and battery management systems into markets such as material handling, stationary energy storage, medical and commercial marine.

About A123 Systems
A123 Systems is a global leader in providing complete energy storage solutions through advanced battery cells and systems primarily for transportation applications. Offering a full range of world-class products, A123 delivers superior performance, reliability and cost savings from concept through commercialization.

For more information, please contact Lithium Werks Inc. https://merger.lithiumwerks.com/