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Doosan’s wholly owned subsidiary Rushlift, is launching a new Fleet Management System (FMS). Originally developed in 2005, the latest revision of the website allows all customers access to real-time fleet information on a 24/7 basis. This ensures customers are optimising their materials handling equipment.

Through Doosan Rushlift’s IT team at the Northampton (UK) premises, the FMS website has been developed in-house allowing the company to maintain and update as and when required, ensuring that customers are always kept up-to-date with the latest FMS functionality and website enhancments.

Each customer is provided with their own login details, enabling them to have complete visibility of their equipment and its history; this new online system allows customers to log breakdowns on a 24/7 basis, monitor uptime and fleet utilisation, request and authorise quotes for repairs, as well as review accounts information. The major benefit here is that these improvements to the FMS website enables the customer to make informed decisions based on real time information.

With the ability to log breakdowns and repairs online, there is no longer the need to make a phone call to report a problem. Once a job is registered online, the job is issued by the operations team to a Doosan Rushlift engineer, who will then action and arrange to resolve the problem.

The ‘Fleet Summary’ section allows the customer to monitor progress of any breakdowns or repairs, providing a live indication of the estimated time of arrival of the engineer as well as an update on the status of the job. This is also updated to the customers via email, if required.

Live information is fed into the FMS website from the engineer’s tablet whenever they visit site with all maintenance records being updated in real time. The Doosan Rushlift system provides important data on customer’s equipment, including uptime, utilisation and other Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).

Jungheinrich has launched its new EKS 110 vertical order picker. With a one tonne load capacity this completely redesigned truck has a distinctive new look and low-energy LED headlights and reflectors. Having a maximum platform height of 3 metres, the truck supports picking heights of up to 4.6 metres, making it ideal for order picking at up to three levels of racking.

Maximum pick rates – lowest power consumption
The new 3.2 kW drive delivers higher speeds and around five percent greater acceleration. With the optional Drive+ package drivers can even move up a gear, and enjoy dynamic acceleration and speeds of up to 13 km per hour – getting them to the next picking location even faster, thanks to Jungheinrich’s Curve Control assist system that ensures safe cornering.

At the same time energy consumption has been cut. Energy efficient three-phase AC technology and high battery capacity offer long operating times, and for multi-shift operation the EKS 110 now also runs on lithium-ion batteries rated at 240 and 360 ampere hours. The fast charging time achieved with this battery technology means it takes only 30 minutes to reach a 50% charge, and 80 minutes for a 100% charge. For light and medium-duty operations over one or two shifts, Jungheinrich recommends 375, 465 and 620 ampere hour lead-acid batteries and even gives a warranty for two-shift operation without battery replacement – if a battery does not last for two full shifts, Jungheinrich will add a second battery for free.

Perfect communications with WMS
With the optional picking optimisation package using Jungheinrich’s Logistics Interface, the EKS 110 can easily communicate with custom warehouse management systems (WMS), making it easy to send orders to the truck control system. The package includes such features as: drive programme selection for setting travel speed, acceleration and braking behaviour for specific products; truck data query; an additional display in the load direction for displaying WMS information; and a pushbutton on the side to confirm orders quickly and easily.

Ergonomic layout makes for comfortable working
The cabin on the EKS 110 has an ergonomic layout, aiding productivity by making getting in and out, as well as driving and picking, fatigue-free. The optional picking platform does away with the forks while extending the driver platform to facilitate the picking of individual or bulky items. The optimised lowering of the walk-on load section (optional) ensures that the platform, including loading equipment, is lowered to the optimal lowest level – ensuring the lowest possible walk-on access without the pallet ever touching the ground.

Instead of the standard forklift steering, an option is to fit the Jungheinrich JetPilot which offers intuitive and comfortable driving, just like a car. The new LED headlights and general lights further improve visibility. Optional extras include the integrated DayLED daytime running lights for improved visibility in poorly lit halls as well as the Floor Spot system, which significantly reduces the risk of collisions at blind spots by projecting a red dot on the ground around three metres ahead of the truck.

In the technological race for the first fully mirrorless truck, the upcoming introduction of MirrorEye by Dutch company Orlaco is poised to add a new dimension. This intelligent camera system is to be introduced to the market in 2017 and, it is claimed, will not only replace the side mirror, it will also improve overall performance.

MirrorEye consists of two High Definition (HD) cameras placed on either side of the cabin. The driver can view the camera images on a split screen HD monitor in the window stile, providing him with an optimum view of road users alongside the truck or at an acute angle behind the truck.

Night vision, automatic panning and overtaking detection
Although other players in the automotive industry have joined the race to be the first to introduce a mirrorless truck, Orlaco says it has a few surprises up its sleeve for when the system is introduced to the market next year. The distinctive feature that MirrorEye has to offer is night vision to give drivers a better view of surrounding night traffic. It also includes a panning function: the cameras automatically adjust when turning or reversing, providing drivers with a better view whilst performing these manoeuvres. Finally, MirrorEye will alert the driver as to whether the adjacent lane is occupied by another road user when he needs to change lanes.

Improving road safety
“It was never our objective to replace the mirror,” explains Orlaco CEO Henrie van Beusekom. “What we wanted to do was improve road safety, which is something we have been working on for years and MirrorEye is a new, big step forward. What we do is utilise all the technological possibilities to provide drivers with extra vision when they need it the most, i.e. at night, in bad weather conditions and during specific manoeuvres. We are convinced that this will lead to a decrease in serious accidents involving trucks.”

About Orlaco
Each year, Orlaco produces more than 150,000 camera systems for earth moving machinery, trucks, cranes, forklift trucks, the shipping industry and emergency vehicles. Orlaco exports its products to 72 countries and boasts a clientele that includes all the major transportation brands and sector suppliers.

The development of MirrorEye was carried out in collaboration with Stoneridge. Orlaco and this leading international supplier of information systems for company vehicles, trucks, buses and cars, have collaborated with each other in the past. In the coming years, they will introduce various innovative camera and monitoring systems to the market. Stoneridge will be responsible for the system and display inside the truck while Orlaco will provide the cameras.

NXP Semiconductors N.V and DAF Trucks have successfully demonstrated self-driving technologies in automated trucks. The demonstration is part of the European Truck Platooning Challenge, an event organised by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, that has trucks driving in columns (platooning) on public roads from several European cities to the Netherlands. The challenge is designed to bring autonomous platooning one step closer to implementation by showcasing economic, traffic management and safety advantages. It also addresses the need for legislation and standardisation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) across Europe, as current rules and regulations regarding speed and distance vary between countries.

Under the EcoTwin consortium, NXP, DAF, TNO and Ricardo joined forces to make this demonstration possible. The core of the ‘EcoTwin’ technology setup is a sophisticated vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications solution, RoadLINK, developed by NXP. It uses the wireless communications standard IEEE 802.11p combined with NXP radar technology to empower the trucks within the platoon to securely exchange information in real time and automatically brake and accelerate in response to the lead truck. The high speed of communication and responsiveness of NXP RoadLINK technology allows extremely tight distances and truly synchronous driving between the platooning DAF Trucks: To demonstrate autonomous acceleration and braking, the planned distance between the vehicles is slated for 0.5 seconds – which, when traveling at 80 kph (50 mph), translates to a distance of only 10 metres (30 feet). The responsiveness of the trailing truck within the platoon is estimated at 25 times faster than the average human reaction time of o ne second – saving critical time in case of emergency braking.

The RoadLINK communication system designed by NXP is built into the mirrors of the DAF Trucks participating in the platoon. The redundant NXP V2V system design with four secure channels ensures extremely reliable communication. In addition to providing the platooning commands, it provides real time video and bi-directional audio communication between the two vehicles. The audio allows the drivers to talk to each other without relying on other communication channels, such as cellular networks. Furthermore, the V2V powered camera in the lead truck streams what it “sees” to the driver in the trailing truck, providing a clear look at the road ahead.

“We’re honoured to be part of the European Truck Platooning Challenge as a key partner and provider of the secure vehicle-to-vehicle and radar technologies for the DAF trucks – DAF and other truck platoons will use our technology to complete their journey safely and effectively,” said Torsten Lehmann, senior vice president of Car Infotainment and Driver Assistance for NXP. “As a clear industry leader in driving adoption of Vehicle-to-X technologies, NXP is helping to improve fuel efficiency, emissions, safety, and traffic flow in the European Union, while avoiding accidents and saving lives.”

“It goes without saying that there is still a lot of continued development required before we can introduce platooning as a new technology on the market,” says Ron Borsboom, member of DAF Trucks’ Board of Management and responsible for product development. “This is definitely not a process that will be complete before 2020. There is still a great deal that has to be sorted out in terms of legislation, liability and acceptance. In conjunction with NXP, TNO, and Ricardo, we will be demonstrating during the European Truck Platooning Challenge that truck platooning is technically possible. This demonstration should pave the way for truck manufacturers to be allowed to carry out further testing of the technology on public roads in order to acquire even more experience. It is now up to politicians to make this possible.”