Durable electric pallet truck now available at Crown’s online store

NEW BREMEN, Ohio – The Crown WP Series pallet truck is now available for purchase through the Crown online storeOnline orders of the truck come with free, five-day shipping and a five-year power unit and fork weldment guarantee.

“More than 10 years ago, Crown was the first major lift truck manufacturer to bring the convenience, speed, and ease of online shopping to forklift purchases,” said Michelle Chapman, director of marketing, Crown Equipment. “As we expand our online offering, we continue to look for new ways to provide advanced material handling equipment and technology, when and where our customers need it most.” That availability, he said, supports their growth, cost control measures, and safety and efficiency initiatives.”

Built to be the most durable electric pallet jack in the industry, the Crown WP Series provides the exceptional maneuverability and control vital for demanding applications. These pallet trucks maneuver in tight spaces, deliver power on demand and give operators controlled performance.

The pallet truck available for online purchase handles loads up to 4,500 pounds. It features wet swing-out batteries, built-in charger, battery straps, drive/tow switch, AC traction, and e-GEN® braking that uses the motor to provide frictionless braking. Additionally, Crown’s exclusive X10® Control Handle offers advanced ergonomics so operators can experience less fatigue and work more efficiently. The online store includes LiveChat functionality that allows customers to communicate directly with a Crown representative and ask questions during the purchasing process.

While the transaction takes place online, delivery of the pallet truck is coordinated through Crown’s extensive network of retail locations to enhance customer support on a local level.

The Future Is Looking Electric

KION lithium ion battery

If you want to shape the future of intralogistics, you need to have the right drive solutions – in the truest sense of the word. The KION Group and its strong brands recognized the potential of the lithium-ion battery early on, incorporated it into their drive technology portfolio and established themselves as a leading supplier of electrically-powered forklift trucks and warehouse equipment. In the meantime, electrically powered vehicles now account for 80 percent of sales. Industry specialist BMZ and the KION Group have just signed an agreement to set up a joint venture (JV) to produce the batteries.

Over one million electric vehicles delivered within ten years; the sales figures are a clear indication that the KION Group has backed the right horse when it comes to e-Mobility. With the KION 2027 Strategy, the company has energy efficiency as one of its top priorities and thus has set the course for focusing on the right research and development activities. Among the numerous key drive technologies KION currently offers – from combustion engines to lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries to fuel cells – electromobility has played a particularly important role from the very start. The latest trend in drive technology offers numerous benefits for customers: lithium-ion batteries do not have to be swapped out, and, thanks to rapid charging times and practical opportunity ones, they represent an economical alternative to the classic lead-acid battery, especially for intensive shift operations in a warehouse.

These advantages are convincing a growing number of customers to request them and the proof, it seems, is in the pudding: e-vehicles accounted for 80 percent of KION Group sales in 2018.

With the demand steadily increasing and the desire to further expand its leading market position, the KION Group is now heading for the next milestone: a strategic partnership with BMZ Holding, Europe’s leading supplier of lithium-ion battery solutions. However, the respective antitrust authorities must first approve the deal. The goal at KION Battery Systems GmbH, the name of the new JV, is to establish an efficient production of lithium-ion batteries and quickly deliver them to customers.

Productive partnership benefitting both companies

“This alliance significantly strengthens our position in lithium-ion battery solutions and gives the KION Group – and thus all brands in the Group worldwide – an even stronger competitive position,” notes Gordon Riske, CEO of KION GROUP AG. The company has had a long-standing relationship with BMZ Holding, creating the perfect launching pad for the latest projects together. “The technology and the BMZ Group’s 25 years of experience provide the JV with an excellent foundation for a successful future, where both companies will benefit sustainably,” emphasizes Sven Bauer, BMZ Holding’s founder and managing director.

Both companies each hold 50 percent of the new JV with equal rights. The place where the two partners pool their experience and expertise is located directly at the BMZ headquarters in the Bavarian town of Karlstein am Main. In the new production plant, 48-volt and 80-volt batteries for counterbalanced trucks will be the initial products with 24-volt batteries for smaller warehouse equipment to round out the portfolio, covering the full range of battery requirements in intralogistics.

An address for the lithium-ion tomorrow’s standards

The team at the new location is expected to reach around 80 employees by 2023, providing powerful answers to the steadily growing demand for lithium-ion batteries. But Karlstein is not only seen as a production site; the technological possibilities of the battery are far from exhausted and offer numerous optimization options and further development where both partners can better respond to customer requests and individual operating characteristics in the future. Plans call for intensive research to be carried out at the new location to design and manufacture new standards for tomorrow’s driver technology.

However, the JV benefits for KION customers are already obvious, regardless of the research involved. With its own production facility, KION can offer maximum delivery reliability and cover the long-term demand for the latest lithium-ion batteries available – all from its very own resources. The JV creates the best conditions for customers to achieve their own sustainability goals, thanks to future-proof drive solutions made in Germany.

Kalmar to deliver first Eco Reachstacker in Indonesia

Kalmar Eco-reach stacker

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, had signed a contract with Cikarang Dry Port, for the delivery of the first Kalmar Eco Reachstacker in Indonesia. This order was booked into Cargotec’s 2019 second quarter order intake and scheduled for delivery in July of 2019.

Cikarang Dry Port is a public inland port located in the eastern corridor of greater Jakarta. It serves direct export-import for the surrounding industries under multimodal transport bills of lading provided by shipping lines partners. Kalmar first established its footprint in Indonesia in the 1980s and during the past decades, it has worked in partnership with local dealer PT. Indo Traktor Utama to provide outstanding local services and strategic support for the customers.

“We are pleased with our purchase of the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker. We are excited by the reduced fuel consumption promised in daily operation. Other than cost, it is also better for our working environment. We believe the combined effect would be beneficial for our business and environment. And it is also in line with our mission for green operations,“ said Benny Woenardi, Managing Director of PT. Cikarang Inland Port, terminal operator of the Cikarang Dry Port.

“This order is a continuation of our long term relationship with Cikarang Dry Port in helping them achieve their business goals. We want to thank Cikarang Dry Port for choosing Kalmar as it is our honour to continue supporting them in their efforts to cut emissions and contribute to a sustainable future. We will continue providing the best to our customers and the environment in the region,” said Elvina Chua, Interim Vice President of Kalmar South & Southeast Asia.

Launched in 2018, Kalmar Eco Reachstacker, part of Kalmar’s Eco Range, is designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while guaranteeing great performance for the customers. The Kalmar Eco Reachstacker provides a smoother driving experience for the operators in control which leads to improved productivity and safety.

VAHLE opens state-of-the-art automated miniload warehouse

  • Comprehensive modernization of production and logistics
  • Doubling of logistics area in miniload warehouse
  • Reduction of plant energy requirements by up to 25%

Vahle miniload

Kamen, Germany: PAUL VAHLE GmbH & Co. KG has opened one of the most modern material flow systems of its kind in Kamen. This marks the official end of the modernization of the warehouse, which cost €2.5 million. Effective immediately, order picking takes place automatically with the latest warehousing equipment made by Jungheinrich. Politicians, business people and administrators attended the official opening of the plant.

“With this investment, Vahle has catapulted into the future and created the foundation for the sustainable optimization of all upstream and downstream production processes,” says Achim Dries, CEO & Managing Director of Paul Vahle GmbH & Co. KG. The heart of the new system is an automated miniload warehouse with 7,314 storage locations. Boxes measuring 600 x 400 and 300 x 400 millimeters are stored double-deep or quadruple-deep and crosswise. These are serviced by what Jungheinrich views as the most powerful stacker crane of its class, which moves at a speed of six metres per second. A wide-aisle warehouse, cantilever racks for the storage of long goods and drive-through racking were also built. The logistics area nearly doubled through the modernization, to around 3,500 square metres.

“With the  Go Live of the miniload warehouse, VAHLE is the first company in the world to utilize the Miniload STC  which was introduced by Jungheinrich in 2018,” explains Jürgen Wagenknecht, the responsible project manager at Jungheinrich. It has energy storage devices called SuperCaps which are specially adapted to the stacker crane’s driving characteristics. These devices store the energy released during braking processes and feed it back into the drive system during acceleration. “This reduces our energy needs – in particular, the power required for the stacker crane compared to conventional systems – by up to 25%,” says Dries.

The VAHLE conductor bar system vConductor VKS 6 provides power transmission. “We have installed the best components that are currently available on the market,” says Dries. “In this way, we not only  ensure the performance of our miniload warehouse but also make it possible for our customers to see the conductor bar system live in action.” The system is also designed for maximum efficiency with regard to space utilization. By means of an innovative rail design and the drive system, which saves space through its integration in the mast base, the stacker crane realizes the smallest approach dimensions in its class. The result is less space required, with a simultaneous increase in warehouse capacity and higher throughput. In order to further increase the order picking performance in shipment logistics, a modern pick-to-light system was installed parallel to the automated miniload warehouse. It is connected to a drive-through rack for up to 600 fast-moving components. 

Hyster Europe Takes 360-Degree Industry Solutions to IMHX

At IMHX 2019 in Birmingham, UK, from 24 – 27 September, Hyster Europe will be showcasing its 360-degree solutions for logistics operations, including those to support the construction materials and paper supply chains.

Hyster EuropeAt the event, experts from Hyster Europe, and its UK dealer Briggs Equipment, will be on hand to discuss how to manage costs and optimise operational efficiency by matching the right Hyster® trucks and solutions to application specific materials handling needs.
360-degree solutions for construction materials handling

Whether operations are handling bricks, blocks, aggregates, concrete precast or other building materials, dusty, dirty working conditions are the norm, so the driver experience matters.  Hyster® lift trucks use intelligent design to assist operators, with ergonomically designed cabs that provide good driver awareness as standard, alongside, flashing beacons, back-up alarms and reflective markings. Flashing front/reverse lights and pedestrian awareness spot lights may be used to further support awareness.

At IMHX, a Hyster® Fortens™ lift truck with a 3.5 tonne capacity will be on display, fitted with additional features to further support driver awareness. This includes Hyster® object detection solutions to help support drivers in identifying nearby hazards, in turn potentially avoiding costly damage, and Hyster® camera systems, which may help support visibility in certain applications, making it possible to view the immediate area surrounding a truck and the load.
Hyster Europe also offers a range of mobile weighing solutions so operators can accurately weigh loads during transport, rather than transporting each load to a static scale, saving valuable time and increasing efficiency. To further support efficient operations in the construction materials supply chain, the Hyster® solutions team can combine the weighing system with speed limitation technology.

With either roof sensing speed limitation, or RFID speed limitation located in the warehouse floor, applications can automatically restrict the speed of the trucks when loads reach a certain weight.  This can in turn help minimise damage to the truck, load or warehouse infrastructure.

360-degree solutions for the paper industry

In busy paper handling operations, intelligent lift truck design is essential for preventing load damage and maximising reliability. Hyster® lift trucks include innovative features to keep paper moving through the supply chain, preventing product contamination and wrapper damage while minimising the damage caused by shock loads.

An ideal truck model in paper handling applications is the intelligently designed Hyster® J5.5XN-6 electric lift truck, which will be on display at IMHX.  This powerful, high capacity electric forklift provides excellent manoeuvrability in the tight confines of paper production and storage applications, alongside a low cost of operation.

The model that visitors to IMHX can see has also been specially adapted to meet the needs of customers in the paper industry. It features a custom mast that includes a variable spacer to enable paper rolls to be handled using a reel clamp attachment without the shift in load centre or reduction in residual capacity that can be encountered.

360-degree service and support

The global network of local Hyster® distribution partners, such as Briggs Equipment, provide full service and support, adapting to the needs of specific industries and application.  From providing guidance on reducing maintenance or fuel costs and optimal fleet management, to after-sales service to maximise uptime and productivity, Hyster® dealers have 360-degree expertise to enhance demanding materials handling operations.

Learn more from Hyster Europe at stand 19K120 at IMHX or visit Hyster® distribution partner Briggs Equipment at stand 19K125.

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.