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

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. (, 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.

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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 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.

Brett Lindstrom

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.”

Flux Power Sees FY 2018 Revenues Rising over 340% to $4M and More than Doubling in FY 2019, Principally Driven by Expanding Lithium-Ion Forklift Battery Demand

Vista, CA, July 17, 2018  — Flux Power Holdings, Inc., a developer of advanced lithium batteries for material handling applications such as electric forklifts and airport ground support equipment, provided an update on its FY 2018 Q4 (Q4’18) and full year performance for the periods ended June 30, 2018 and highlighted initial sales progress providing confidence in its FY growth outlook.

Flux CEO Ron Dutt, commented, “Flux is achieving accelerating sales momentum with our lithium-ion battery solutions for Class 3 walkie pallet jacks and airport ground service equipment from a growing base of customers. Building off this base, we are building a full line of LiFT Pack batteries that includes larger and more powerful solutions to meet the expressed needs of our customers and OEM partners.

“We are seeing very strong interest in these new, higher price-point solutions we have designed for Class 3 end rider, Class 1 counter balance and Class 2 narrow aisle forklifts. We currently expect to launch commercial production of our end rider and Class 1 LiFT pack solutions in the Fall and then follow on with the launch of battery packs for Class 2 forklifts later in the fiscal year.

“Based on our current order pace, the growth initiatives we have planned and some progress we have achieved in the area of funding, we feel confident in Flux’s ability to more than double revenue in FY 2019.”

FY 2018 Highlights:

  • Expects Q4’18 revenue to rise at least 700% to $1 million, versus $122,000 in Q4’17. Q4’18 revenue included the shipment of $261,000 in airport ground service equipment (GSE) batteries to a leading global aviation services provider.
  • Expects FY 2018 revenue to increase over 340% to at least $4 million from $900,000 in FY 2017. Fiscal 2018 has proven to be a watershed year in the accelerating adoption of Flux’s lithium-ion “LiFT Pack” batteries to replace lead-acid chemistry. Major customers have begun to buy Flux LiFT Packs with the purchase of new equipment, building on initial traction for LiFT Packs as a replacement to expired lead-acid batteries.

Developing Order Pipeline for FY 2019:

Flux has entered FY 2019 with a strong order backlog of $1.6 million and several significant opportunities are close to realization.

  • Flux recently received a $980,000 purchase order for lithium-ion batteries for airport ground service equipment from a leading global airline. The order was secured by Flux’s GSE distribution partner Averest, Inc. following testing over the past year. The batteries are expected to ship in Fall 2018 and be reflected in Flux’s FY 2019 first half results.
  • Finalizing Global Master Purchase Agreement with Fortune 100 customer that has completed a successful pilot of Flux’s LiFT Pack for Class 1 counterbalance forklifts and has just commenced the same process for their Class 2 forklifts. Flux has received an initial order for Class 2 LiFT Packs and anticipates an initial order for Class 1 Lift Packs from this customer in July. The orders are expected to total over $0.8 million and to be shipped during FY 2019.
  • End-Rider Forklift Batteries in Advanced Stages of Evaluation – During FY 2018 Flux delivered its new Class 3 End Rider Lift Pack demonstration units to a handful of customers, OEM’s and equipment dealers. The evaluations have gone well and have already progressed into procurement dialogues with a major national grocery chain and a large wholesale food distribution company. Flux expects these dialogues to result in initial orders during its fiscal 2019 first half ending in December 2018. Flux End Rider Lift Packs are priced at more than double the average price of its entry level Lift Pack solutions for walkie pallet jacks which retail range between $3,800 and $5,100.
  • Continuing commercial dialogues with leading forklift manufacturers – Flux continues to advance its dialogues with leading forklift manufacturers in an effort to develop expanded market support and potential new sales channels. While Flux cannot predict the exact timing or outcome of these efforts, it does believe they have the potential to provide material support to the scope and pace of Flux’s market penetration long-term growth.
  • A leading global beverage company is currently piloting Flux’s LiFT Packs for Class 3 walkie forklifts for potential use in certain regional bottling plants in the U.S. This prospective customer would represent Flux’s second global beverage client and underscore the compelling value and return-on-investment opportunity that Flux lithium-ion batteries bring to this material handling-intensive industry.

In support of its operations, growth and new product initiatives, Flux raised $4 million in new equity funding from private placements that closed in May and June. Giving effect to these private placements, Flux now has approximately 31 million shares issued and outstanding.


Hannibal Industries, Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of steel pallet racks for the material handling industry, today announced its patented TubeRack system has been successfully installed in Stanley Black & Decker’s new one-million-square-foot facility in Fontana, Calif.
Stanley Black & Decker, a world-leading provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening systems,  is experiencing heavy growth and needed a racking system that was flexible and both seismically and load-bearing strong for its new warehouse and distribution center which is double the size of its former facility in Rialto, Calif.
“Because of the weight differences among its many hand and power tool products, we designed a racking system that can efficiently and safely accommodate all pallet loads – heavy or light – and can withstand any possible seismic movement,” said Brent Baltin, owner of Baltin Rack, one of Hannibal’s regional distributors.
“Our experience with the Hannibal’s patented TubeRack system has shown that it is the only racking solution that will work in the high seismic areas, such as those found in Southern California,” Baltin added.
The massive Stanley Black & Decker installation involves 1,900 pallet bays.  Each bay has six 60-inch high-load levels for a total pallet position count of 14 positions per bay.   The design load per level is 5,000 pounds with a 30,000-pound capacity per bay.
About Hannibal Industries, Inc.
Hannibal Industries, Inc., headquartered in the Los Angeles metro area, is a pallet rack and steel tube manufacturer with a diverse product line that enables the company to offer material handling products to the most massive operations in the world.  This employee-owned company is the largest U.S. manufacturer of steel pallet rack west of the Mississippi River.
The company’s industry-leading product offering includes TubeRack, Shelving, Structural Pallet Rack, Roll-Formed Selective Pallet Rack, Hybrid Systems, Cantilever Systems, Pushback Systems, Pallet Flow Systems, Case Flow Systems and Drive-In Systems. Engineering and design services offered by the company include system design, seismic engineering, permit administration, in-house installation and custom fabrication.  A true innovator, Hannibal Industries was awarded a patent in 2006 for a pallet rack system adjustable safety restraint, and a patent for its TubeRack in 2015.  For additional information, visit

OTTO Motors Introduces API Integration Solution, Enabling Connected Industrial Automation for Manufacturers

(Kitchener, ON, Canada – March 9, 2018) OTTO Motors is proud to officially release the OTTO Industrial API, solving one of the major hurdles in manufacturing today:  achieving a fully connected and optimized smart factory. The Industrial API addresses the challenge of machine-to-machine communication and full industrial automation by simplifying the process of connecting equipment and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to OTTO.

“OTTO Motors is really setting the bar high for system accessibility and ease of integration in their market. This new API allows Ignition to seamlessly access the data as OPC tags and integrate them with our built-in components and scripting,” said Don Pearson, Chief Strategy Officer, Inductive Automation. “We are excited to see how this API can remove connectivity barriers that have prevented some people from utilizing self-driving vehicles in the past.”

As a collaborating company with Inductive Automation, OTTO Motors integrated Ignition software as part of the Industrial API architecture. Ignition is a software platform with a feature set that includes the translation of different protocols to the ones needed to speak to PLCs within manufacturing environments; therefore, contributing to a closed loop automation system.

“The industry has long struggled with the challenge of connecting industrial machines built by different companies,” explains Simon Drexler, Director of Product, OTTO Motors. “Pieces of equipment from the same company generally communicate easily with each other but creating a connection that enables data to be exchanged across products from different vendors can be complicated, costly, and time-consuming – and sometimes impossible. This problem is, at best, a barrier to attaining the benefits of a smart factory that many companies aspire to. At worst, it’s a severe limitation on productivity.”

Available now, the OTTO Industrial API connects self-driving vehicles to existing automation systems and processes, providing faster integration of OTTO with robust and standardized integrations with industry-standard software and protocols. The industry-leading Ignition server software creates total system integration for the plant floor. Together, Inductive Automation and OTTO Motors are driving manufacturers towards greater efficiencies and increased productivity through higher quality and long-term reliability.

“This is a game-changing solution for the manufacturing industry,” said Matthew Rendall, CEO, OTTO Motors. “It has been our mission since day one to improve productivity and efficiency for our customers, and with the OTTO Industrial API, manufacturers can quickly, painlessly and more cost-effectively scale their business.”

OTTO™ Motors designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology much like the Google Car, the easy-to-use OTTO vehicles move inventory in a safe and flexible manner throughout the indoor supply chain. Customers include Fortune 100 brands like General Electric, John Deere, and Toyota. For more information, visit

Kalmar introduces electric medium-range forklift

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched a new range of fully electric forklift trucks in the 9-18 ton range. Powered by emissions-free electric technology, the new machines will support customers in their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and make Kalmar the first leading manufacturer to offer electric forklifts in this capacity range.

Kalmar electric forklift trucks offer the best of both worlds: the performance of a powerful diesel truck but without the accompanying air emissions, noise and vibration. The operating cost of the new 9-18 ton range is much lower than that of comparable diesel machines, and the payback time can be as short as two years.

The forklifts have sufficient battery capacity to operate for a full eight-hour shift with lead-acid batteries and are future-proofed to operate with new lithium-ion battery technology.

Operators can work in peace and comfort inside the ergonomic EGO cabin, which provides maximum visibility and features a driving seat that can be turned 180 degrees to ensure safe operation when handling heavy or bulky loads. The cabin setup can be fine-tuned for optimal operator position, while the highly responsive hydraulic system improves precision and the overall driving experience.

“At Kalmar, we aim for zero emissions in our offering development across the board,” stated Peter Ivarsson, Director, Forklift Trucks at Kalmar. “We’re proud to be the first leading manufacturer to offer a full range of electric forklift trucks with this level of lifting capacity. Our electric machines offer savings in terms of faster and simpler maintenance, making them a winning concept in the long run. By using an electric forklift instead of a comparable diesel-powered machine, customers can achieve significant reductions in their operating costs. Customers who require trucks with higher lifting capacities can now start reducing their emissions and energy costs at the same time without compromising their operational performance.”