Plug Power announces expanded contract with FM Logistic, further extending presence in the European market

FM Logistic becomes first traditional GenKey customer in Europe, deploying Plug Power hydrogen refueling station in Neuville aux Bois, France

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leading provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions enabling e-mobility, has announced an expanded contract with FM Logistic, making it the first traditional GenKey customer in Europe. FM Logistic initially adopted Plug Power’s GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell technology in 2015. Continuing use today, this expanded relationship will include an increased fleet of GenDrive fuel cells along with a GenFuel hydrogen refueling station – Plug Power’s first in Europe – which will supply FM Logistic’s hydrogen capacity over the next five years. The deal with FM Logistic follows Plug Power’s announcement of a new partnership with StreetScooter and DHL, representing continued European growth as part of Plug Power’s strategic 2019 goals.

“For years we’ve been able to offer our material handling and logistic customers with the end-to-end solution they needed, whether it’s fuel cell engines or hydrogen storage and dispensers,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “We are very excited to bring our customers in Europe the same services. Europe has been an area of focus for us this year, and this is a truly monumental step in proliferating hydrogen power. Ensuring a steady supply of hydrogen is a foundational element of reliable hydrogen infrastructure, and we continue to be a driving force for the global solution.”

As one of the most forward-thinking companies in Europe, FM Logistic has worked with Plug Power for five years to decrease their carbon footprint and increase productivity and efficiency of the fleet vehicles running in their distribution centers and warehouses. With their accelerated growth and facilities across France, FM Logistic turned to Plug Power’s GenKey solution. FM Logistic continues to show their commitment to clean, dependable, efficient power solution.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Plug Power over the last five years, and we look forward to continuing to grow this partnership,” said Yannick Buisson, FM Logistic’s Directeur Général France. “Plug Power’s GenKey offering will allow us to benefit from a unique, turnkey solution that aligns with our business and sustainability goals. We have a corporate responsibility to ensure our options are green, and this partnership is a crucial one.”

The new contract was signed in May 2019 and will include all necessary refueling infrastructure, related services, and hydrogen fuel. The new hydrogen refueling station will be located at FM Logistic’s operation in Neuville aux Bois, France.

Konecranes wins another Flow Drive reach stacker order from Dutch terminal Alpherium

Konecrane reach stacker

In March 2019, CCT Alpherium, an inland waterway container terminal located in Alphen aan den Rijn, a mid-size town in the western Netherlands, received their second Konecranes Flow Drive reach stacker in as many years, and placed an order for a third one. All the three units are being used for container handling around the site.

Located almost halfway between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the inland terminal has a capacity of more than 200,000 TEU per year. Keen to manage environmental issues more effectively, Alpherium in 2018 invested in their first two Konecranes Flow Drive reach stackers, aiming to reduce fuel consumption and costs, as well as carbon emissions and noise within the terminal.

Almost immediately, truck drivers gave direct feedback to terminal manager Ivo Hilhorst. They told him that the Flow Drive lift truck gave then a smooth ride, with no issues affecting the transmission. Braking and reversing were simpler and maneuverability was excellent. In addition, the truck ran at a lower noise level that made operating the vehicle at any time more pleasant, and a better choice during night shifts. They also noticed that fuel consumption was down by around 25%.

”We were very happy with our first Flow Drive machine,” says Mr Hilhorst. “It performed so well, we decided to get another one less than a year later. We plan to replace all of our old reach stackers with Konecranes Flow Drive vehicles, and that’s why we have one additional order in the pipeline”

Peinemann Mobilift Group was responsible for brokering the deal. As one of Rotterdam’s premier heavy lift solution providers, the company offered Alpherium their “total terminal maintenance concept”, by which they mean a complete service and maintenance package. “Together with Alpherium. we are continuously improving on environmental issues, including the reduction of fuel consumption,” said Marcel Toepoel of Peinemann. “All the machines have also been equipped with TRUCONNECT for close monitoring.”

Konecranes has developed three ECOLIFTING concepts – Power, Flow, and Hybrid – that employ innovative engineering solutions to help customers save money, maintain performance and benefit the environment. Flow Drive uses a combination of hydrodynamic and hydrostatic technology to improve efficiency at high speed and precision at low speed. The result is its impressive performance for customers including Alpherium.

“We’re excited to hear how much our customers like Flow Drive,” says Tobias Åkesson, Area Sales Manager, Konecranes Lift Trucks. “ECOLIFTING helps them make better choices for their businesses and the future.”

Kalmar, Ukkoverkot and Nokia build a wireless digitalization infrastructure for port and terminal R&D

Kalmar digital test yard

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, a pioneer in terminal automation and energy-efficient cargo handling, and Ukkoverkot, leading private LTE network provider, have signed a two-year cooperation agreement with Nokia to design, build and operate a private LTE network. Nokia brings the digital automation platform that is well suited for mobile machinery and industrial Internet of Things.

A test network reflecting an actual terminal environment will be built for research and development purposes. Machine-to-machine communication will be tested in the new private 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) environment and compared against previous wireless technologies with the focus on developing innovative business applications. This connectivity technique is more reliable and enables more secure communication than Wi-Fi. Private LTE provides the low latency, high-capacity connectivity combined with edge computing required for time-sensitive critical industrial applications enabling real-time analytics and video-based applications such as machine remote control – key elements of robust digital industrial environments.

“We believe the new 5G-ready LTE solution will be an asset to our business, and we look forward to initiating testing in this digital automation environment. The private LTE network will provide the security and real-time video footage needed for reliable remote control of our operations,” says Pekka Yli-Paunu, Director, Research, Kalmar.

“The digital automation platform with its connectivity and application layers makes it possible for us to test new service products and concepts. That gives us the opportunity to demonstrate to our customers how our new services work, which is particularly valuable,” Yli-Paunu adds.

Nokia has already deployed over 1,000 mission-critical networks, and will now draw on decades of experience building some of the biggest and most advanced IP, optical, and wireless networks to benefit industrial cargo handling.

The Nokia-built network will allow for machinery to be connected over reliable private local LTE or 5G networks, enabling automation, robotics, machine learning, analytics, and real-time remote monitoring, which in turn increases cost-efficiency and adds value along the chain. Connections between industrial and safety-critical operators, such as Kalmar’s customers, are increasingly customized to meet the customers’ needs for capacity, usability, and coverage.

“Kalmar will implement a 5G-ready Nokia Digital Automation platform utilizing the 2.6 GHz band. This brings many interesting new business opportunities for digitalization thanks to the reliability, high capacity, low latency, and security – all characteristics of a private LTE network,” says Jouko Tuppurainen, Director, Ukkoverkot.

“Our digital automation platform brings pervasive mobile broadband coverage for terminals, sensors, cameras and other devices for mission and business critical industrial connectivity and digital transformation. Communication is essential for business efficiency and safety in cargo handling, be it between machines or machines and people. We are pleased to collaborate allowing companies to seize the Industry 4.0 opportunity,” says Stephan Litjens, General Manager, Nokia Digital Automation.

Interroll’s production capacities in Atlanta to double

Sant’Antonino, Switzerland/Atlanta, USA, May 10, 2019. Interroll has announced the creation of extra capacities in the United States of America. An additional plant next to the existing one will be built in Hiram near Atlanta, Georgia. The company is investing a total of around US $11 million in this extension, and completion of the second factory is expected by the end of 2019.

At Interroll, the Americas region continues to see a high level of project activities, with 2018 sales resulting in double-digit growth. At the same time, the company is introducing innovative solutions at a fast pace to meet the market’s ever-evolving demands. Important business trends such as increased automation for warehouses and airports as well as the rise of e-commerce continue to support this positive outlook.

“We continue to see high demand for Interroll solutions in the Americas,” says Richard Keely, Executive Vice President of the Americas region. “Because of this, we are preparing ourselves by raising capacities in order to ensure fast delivery times for our customers and end users in the years to come.”

The planned investment volume will amount to approximately US $11 million (approximately CHF 10.9 million). The project adds 121,500 square feet (approximately 11,300 square meters) of available floor space of which 15,000 square feet (approximately 1,400 square meters) will be used as office space.

“Our extended capacities will allow us to further develop our lean and agile production and increase the level of automation in our factories,” says Keely.

Polygon Announces Range of Custom-Engineered and Standard PolyLube Composite Bearings for Construction, Mining and Agricultural Equipment

Advanced composite reduces maintenance costs and lowers equipment repair warrantee claims

Walkerton, IN Polygon Company, a leading producer of composite tubing, bearings, and pneumatic cylinders, announces its line of PolyLube® high-performance custom-engineered and standard composite plain bearings (bushings), ideal for challenging applications in construction and mining equipment such as wheel loaders, excavators, backhoes, and compact track loaders, as well as other applications requiring pivot joints with a very long life expectancy. Featuring high load-bearing capacity, low frictional values, and corrosion resistance, the Polygon composite bearings are self-lubricated, requiring no greasing. This reduces maintenance labor costs and increases the maintenance interval before maintenance is required on rental equipment. It can also lower the number of greasing locations, ultimately resulting in fewer equipment warranty claims.

Polygon composite bearings are also an excellent choice for high-cycle agricultural equipment, including implements, foraging and harvesting equipment, applicators, carts, and spreaders. The greaseless bearings also help maintain cleanliness inside warehouses, avoiding any potential contamination of the work area by pallet lifting equipment.

Polygon composite bearings are made of continuous filament-wound glass fibers, polymer resins, and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fabric liners. The fiberglass filament and epoxy resin combine together to form a high strength backing. This precise filament-wound fiberglass structure allows for thin-walled, lightweight bearings. The bearings are typically retained through outside diameter (OD) interference fit.  Experts tailor material to fit customer requirements and provide engineering consultation and expertise.

The field retrofittable Polygon bearings can replace existing metallic bushings without changing mating parts, so they can be used to improve wear material without requiring complete equipment redesign. Availability of small-batch/short-run drop-in replacements means customers can increase bushing OD and length without a large tooling investment.

Working closely to help determine the right product for the application, Polygon engineers specify the proper bearing dimensions for the given available space, interference fit, clearance fit, and any limiting factors associated with retention, bearing OD/ID, axial stress, and hoop stress.

For more information visit www.polygoncomposites.com.

CMAA Crane Safety Conference Provides Education and Professional Development

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CMAA Crane Safety Conference Provides Education and Professional Development
Thursday, May 02, 2019

The CMAA Crane Safety Conference, held Wednesday April 11, 2019 at ProMat, was attended by over 50 industry professionals who were trained on crane safety and design topics.

A speaker from OSHA’s Safety and Health Specialists identified the top areas of deficiencies cited by OSHA as crane safety infractions. The top five areas are:

  • Not performing the required periodic inspections
  • Issues with Crane Pendant Controllers
  • Not performing required frequent / daily inspections ( I.E. Chains, wire rope and hooks )
  • Lack of proper load capacity rating labels on the crane
  • Improper securing of the loads

The speaker also outlined what proper crane inspections should address.

In addition to proper operator training for safe use of cranes, the crane safety conference topics included fall protection, braking, diagnostics, mobile technology, and automation.

Attendees received seven professional development credits and a copy of the CMAA Specification 78 (Guidelines for Professional Service) and CMAA Specification 79 (Crane Operators Manual).

For more information about the CMAA Crane Safety Conference, ordering CMAA specifications, or other crane questions, visit mhi.org/cmaa.

About CMAA
CMAA is the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc., an independent trade association affiliated with the Material Handling Industry. CMAA traces its roots to the Electric Overhead Crane Institute, known as EOCI, which was founded in 1927 by leading crane manufacturers of that time to promote the standardization of cranes as well as uniform quality and performance. The voluntary association was incorporated as the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc. in 1955. Member Companies, representing the industry leaders in the overhead crane industry, serve the United States market from operations based in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

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.

Systems Introduces New IoT Software for Loading Docks

Germantown, WI (March 1, 2019) – Systems LLC, a leading manufacturer of loading dock equipment, has announced the release of its new iDockTM Connect solution, online software for loading dock analytics.

Many warehouse and distribution centers utilize software and IoT technology to manage their daily operations, but data and resources often fall short of including a facility’s loading docks. IoT technology is being incorporated throughout the industry, and now iDock Connect brings it to the loading docks.

Once a facility installs iDock Controls and powered dock equipment from brands of Systems (Poweramp, McGuire, and DLM), they have the option to add various sensors to track activity and send that data to the cloud through iDock Connect.

Facilities can log in to their online account at iDockConnect.com from any device with internet connectivity. From there they can view visual reports with current dock activity, review efficiencies of loading/unloading, and compare operation analytics of their docks between two different time periods.

iDock Connect can also be set up to send email and text notifications of events at the loading docks, such as truck arrival/departure, maintenance past due, after-hours activity, doors left open, and more. These alerts, along with dashboard reports, will help a facility’s loading docks boost productivity, simplify maintenance, prioritize safety, and tighten security.

IoT technology continues to grow in every aspect of the material handling industry. It allows facilities to improve their operations, and in the case of iDock Connect, continuously analyze their efficiency to ensure they’re maintaining a safe and productive work environment.

iDock Connect will be showcased for the first time live in Booth #1171 at Promat in Chicago, April 8-11.

About Systems
Under the brands of Poweramp, McGuire, and DLM, Systems has been a leading manufacturer of loading dock equipment since 1961. With its headquarters and manufacturing in Germantown, WI, Systems also has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Malvern, AR. All products manufactured by Systems are made in the USA.

Contact
Brett Lindstrom
brettlindstrom@loadingdocksystems.com
1.800.643.5424
www.LoadingDockSystems.com

LogiMAT 2019: Interroll to demonstrate new DC drive platform

Interroll DC Drive Platform

Sant’Antonino, Switzerland, February 8, 2019. With its new DC drive platform, the Interroll Group—the leading global material flow solutions provider—will present modular plug-and-play solutions for the smart conveyance technology era at this year’s LogiMAT trade fair, February 19–21, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Interroll’s new DC platform consists of a range of coordinated motor rollers—the RollerDrive—as well as control systems and power supply elements. System integrators and plant constructors can use this platform to provide tailor-made solutions to meet their customers’ needs for powerful conveying solutions. The heart of the DC platform consists of the new EC5000 RollerDrives, which individually drive the conveying zones of zero-pressure-accumulation conveyors in combination with the corresponding control systems, such as the Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP) from Interroll. When compared to the well-known RollerDrive EC310, which remains available, the new RollerDrive product family is impressive thanks to a number of new technical features. For instance, the RollerDrive EC5000 is available in a 24-voltversion as well as a future-oriented 48-volt version. What’s more, customers can now choose between three power levels—20-watt (W), 35W and 50W— for the motor rollers. The new motor rollers are also suitable for transporting heavy goods, thanks to their 60 mm diameter, and are equipped with both an analog interface and bus interface.

Door opener for the world of Industry 4.0

Conveying solutions now offer data transparency thanks to the bus interface and corresponding control system. This means that users can consistently visualize a range of information and functions using the programmable logic controller (PLC) or a web interface. Examples include the display of information about the current operating state and the operating load of the individual drives and additional detailed information regarding the torque or temperature. This information can be read out and processed. Users can precisely control more than the acceleration, speed and deceleration of the conveyed goods in the system: This solution also allows them to position the relevant goods on the conveyor to the nearest millimetre, a key requirement in order to guarantee seamless conveying interplay with robots or automated gripper arms in an Industry 4.0 environment.

SSA Marine Teams With XL Lifts and Wiggins Lift Company to Launch Its Large Capacity Zero-Emissions Forklift Initiative

zero emission forklift

SSA Marine Puts Wiggins High Capacity Forklift Into Operation

VENTURA, Calif.Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XL Lifts, specializing in zero and low emissions forklifts and a Wiggins Lift dealer, today announced it is working with SSA Marine to launch a 36,000 lb. capacity zero-emissions electric forklift suitable for marine terminal and rail yard operations. SSA Pacific, a subsidiary of SSA Marine, has committed to deploying the newly announced Wiggins Yard eBull for its operations at The Port of Stockton facility.

Featuring a quick charge lithium battery, the innovative Wiggins Yard eBull offers high-performance and energy efficiency, features never possible in a large capacity forklift. The effort is part of the company’s mission to explore, evaluate and recommend energy transformation alternatives to reduce greenhouse gas emission and differentiate the ports and communities that SSA Marine serves.

“We are constantly evaluating our operations for opportunities to reduce emissions and we knew this technology was something that our team needed to be a part of,” said Joe Carrillo, SSA Pacific regional vice president of Northern California. “We started by deploying two 33,000 lb. Tier 4 final forklifts (highest emission standard in California currently for heavy duty equipment), which was a step in the right direction, but we wanted to do more.”

SSA Marine’s large capacity zero-emissions forklift initiative was solidified at last year’s Breakbulk Americas conference, where President of XL Lifts Mike Marzahl and SSA Pacific Regional Vice President of Northern California Joe Carrillo met over dinner. The idea was then brought to Wiggin’s Lift Company, who was able to bring the concept to fruition in less than a year. The company just announced its first commercialized, lithium battery large capacity forklift. Powered by Thor Trucks, the same innovators being used for UPS’ fleet of electric trucks, the new Wiggins electric forklifts are able to run continuously, without significant downtime.

“Wiggins has a history of innovative firsts and the new Wiggins Yard eBull is another example of why Wiggins is the leading provider of forklifts for marinas and will soon be in the industrial sector as well,” said Mike Marzahl, president of XL Lifts (a Wiggins dealer). “I am thrilled to be a part of the SSA Pacific green forklift initiative and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them.”