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/.

Forklift/Lift Truck News Briefs

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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

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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.

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/

Delta Unveils 30kW Wireless Charging System and New Onboard Charging Solutions for Material Handling at MODEX 2018

wireless charger transmitter and receiver

Delta 1kW Wireless Charger Transmitter and Receiver

Delta Electronics, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions has launched its 30kW wireless battery charging system for the material handling industry. It can charge a 600Ahr-48V battery in 60 minutes. Adding to the company’s growing portfolio of wireless solutions, this powerful charging system is ideal for large and complex vehicles associated with the burgeoning warehouse automation industry. Such material handling equipment includes scissor lifts, forklifts, trucks, golf carts, and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). In addition, the company will also be debuting its 720W and 1.5kW onboard chargers. Onboard charging solutions boast compact, rugged, and feature-packed designs ideal for meeting the growing demands and pace of material handling applications.

“Today’s material handling industry is under intense pressure, as enterprises around the world look to the supply chain to reduce costs and gain an advantage over their competition,” said M.S. Huang, President of Delta Electronics (Americas). “Our products can help achieve this through top-of-the-line efficiency, charging speed and durability. What’s more, our range of solutions are all compact and installation-friendly, meaning there is a system well-suited for every environment.”

Delta’s solution portfolio will be displayed at booth #B4487 at MODEX 2018 in Atlanta from April 9–12. Key highlights of our showcase will include:

Wireless Charging Solutions

Delta’s new 30kW solution is the latest addition to its growing number of wireless charging offerings, which can deliver an industry-leading efficiency of up to 93 percent. This significantly outperforms many industrial chargers that commonly waste more than 30 percent of the power consumed from the AC line. In addition, Delta’s solutions enable safe, highly reliable, programmable, and efficient charging for any battery type. They do not need costly cables, connectors and contact plates that can wear down and require frequent replacement.

The company’s range of wireless charging solutions cover applications from 1kW all the way to 30kW. Charging systems can be customized to meet the unique needs of a diverse number of installation sites, such as warehouses, factories, ports, and any location where traditional, wired battery chargers are found. These innovative systems, comprised of a base-pad connected to a wall-box and a low-weight on-vehicle unit, eliminate the use expensive cables, connectors, and contactors, decreasing maintenance cost, and ensuring ease of operation. The transmitting and receiving sections communicate via WIFI and communications with the vehicle are via CAN bus. With an IP65 waterproof rating, the system is durable and allows vehicles to operate in outdoor environments.

Onboard Charging Systems

At the show, Delta will also be introducing two new onboard charging systems. They are designed to efficiently charge the battery in industrial electric vehicles, even in the harshest environments.

Developed to easily integrate with a variety of vehicles, such as pallet trucks, scissor lifts, aerial platforms, floor-cleaning machines and more, the 720W Onboard Charger brings material handlers a compact solution able to fit in the smallest of spaces. The charger’s rugged design is also IP65 dust and waterproof. Equipped with a battery temperature sensor, the solution is able to optimize charging, which is fully automated. It also offers extended data storage capabilities, including a full history of the previous 1,000 charges. This provides vital visibility into battery mishandling or early termination of charging. CAN bus is available for connection to smart battery or vehicle systems. Additionally, the interlock feature prevents the vehicle from moving during the charging process.

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Delta 720 W On-board Charger

Similarly, the 1.5kW Onboard Charger, also equipped with the interlock feature, brings a durable solution to material handlers to accommodate larger or more energy-intensive vehicles. It is compact, efficient, and feature-packed with a robust die-cast chassis designed to bear the shock and vibration standards of industrial machinery. Most notably, the 1.5kW charger is 100 percent convection cooled, making it particularly suited to applications in environments where water or pollutants are present. The 1.5kW unit offers several connection options to smart battery or vehicles systems, with additional connections available for an optional external LED module and battery temperature sensor. As with the 720W model, the unit will store information on the past 1,000 charges, which can be easily accessed through a data port.

Other Charging Solutions

Delta will also have its DC-DC converters on display along with its modular charging stations, which offer reliable, easy, and accurate monitoring to ensure optimal charge, as well as scalability to handle a wide-range of battery types, voltages and amp-hour ratings in one cabinet. These modular solutions are capable of standard, opportunity, and fast charging from 1.35kW to 30kW; come equipped with CAN bus communication; and boast wall or floor mounting options to accommodate any setting. To maximize uptime, these units come complete with easily serviceable fans, pollution protection for sensitive components, and, due to their modular design, the system will continue to operate should one fail.

For more information regarding Delta’s charging solutions and show displays, visit http://modex2018.delta-energy-systems.com/.

Delta-Q Technologies Includes J1939 Capabilities to Better Support Electric Vehicle Manufacturers

New support of J1939 automotive standards provides superior charging solutions for CAN bus equipped vehicles

VANCOUVER, B.C.– [March 22, 2018]—Delta-Q Technologies (Delta-Q), a leader in battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and machines, has announced the expansion of its capabilities to support the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1939 standards in its battery charging solutions. Delta-Q now offers the two leading Controller Area Network (CAN) bus communication protocols: CANopen and J1939.

J1939 is the preferred CAN standard for in-vehicle networks for trucks and buses in industries such as construction, material handling, electric automobiles, speciality utility vehicles and outdoor power equipment. With J1939 CAN protocol capabilities on Delta-Q’s chargers, the company can support machines approved for these uses.

The expansion to J1939 provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the ability to integrate the battery charger’s data into a vehicle system, which includes telematic applications, in a simple and functional manner. This adds to Delta-Q’s full CAN bus capabilities for charge control, and/or charge monitoring, for a more integrated lead acid or lithium system. It also provides OEMs with the flexibility to update battery algorithm and charger software through CAN programs to ensure quality in a vehicle’s battery charge or provide full autonomous control of their applications.

“As one of the few charging solutions to offer this capability, we’re excited to better support our customers that use this protocol standard across their products,” says Trent Punnett, Delta-Q’s vice president of sales, marketing and product management. “With the goal to constantly evolve and serve our customers’ needs, the new ability to meet J1939 requirements opens opportunities—for our OEM customers— in system level design and support to integrate chargers into equipment needing telematics.”

The J1939 communication model creates an open interconnected system that allows Electronic Control Units (ECUs) belonging to different component manufacturers to communicate with each other. Integration of J1939 into Delta-Q’s charging solutions further enforces the company as a charging supplier to with capability to support products in industry fields such as e-mobility, golf and military.

The SAE created the J1939 standards as a higher protocol built on CAN. J1939 covers the design and use of equipment that communicates signals among vehicle components. Deployed as an application, J1939 runs communication between the engine, battery, battery charger, transmission and vehicle body controls, as well as other relevant subsystems.

Delta-Q Technologies is a leading provider of battery charging solutions that improve the performance and reliability of electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment. The company has become the supplier of choice to the world’s leading manufacturers of electric golf cars, lift trucks, aerial work platforms, motorcycles and scooters, floor care machines, and utility and recreational vehicles. The Delta-Q Technologies Software Development team has a combined 60 years plus of CAN programing and customization experience. This team works directly with Delta-Q’s OEM customers to deliver CAN based charging solutions specific to their needs. Delta-Q is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with a local presence in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.delta-q.com.

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.

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/.

Delta-Q Technologies Expands Family of Lithium Battery Chargers for Electric Vehicles and Industrial Machines

New charging solutions provide superior reliability and charge quality for electric vehicles; meets touch-safe charging standards

lithium ion battery chargers

VANCOUVER, B.C.– [October 20, 2017]—Delta-Q Technologies (Delta-Q), a leader in battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and machines, has introduced their new ICL900 lithium battery charger – expanding their family of lithium battery chargers to create the ICL Series.

The new ICL900 is a 900-watt charger, designed to optimally charge lithium battery systems of any lithium-ion chemistry from 9 to 15 cells in series. Delta-Q’s new lithium charger is suitable for use on any electric machine including scooters, floor care machines, lift trucks, and sports and utility vehicles.

“We are pleased to announce the expansion of our lithium charging line. Our products are designed to meet the evolving needs of our customers while providing reliability and long-term performance. The new ICL900 is a perfect complement to our OEM customers as they incorporate lithium technologies into their products” says Trent Punnett, Delta-Q’s vice president of sales, marketing, and product management.

The ICL900 has a maximum output voltage of 57V and uses custom lithium algorithms to optimize battery performance and life to meet tough application requirements. The ICL900 also uses Controller Area Network (CAN-bus) communications and carries a comprehensive set of global regulatory approvals, including touch-safe requirements for the European electric vehicle market.

Featuring a wide AC input range, the charger can operate on any single-phase electrical grid around the world. With a fully customizable, field replaceable cable design, the new ICL900 provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with flexibility in design and deployment.

The ICL900 is highly reliable and provides an IP66 rating to protect against dirt and fluids, while its mechanical design and component selection resists vibration, shock and temperature extremes.

Delta-Q Technologies is now accepting sample requests for the ICL900.

Delta-Q Technologies is a leading provider of battery charging solutions that improve the performance and reliability of electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment. The company has become the supplier of choice to many of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric golf cars, lift trucks, aerial work platforms, outdoor power equipment, motorcycles and scooters, floor care machines, and utility and recreational vehicles. Delta-Q is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with a local presence in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.delta-q.com.