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The SPE120XR, SPE120XRD and SWE120XR have joined the BT Staxio P- and W-series from Toyota Material Handling Europe. Equipped with retractable masts, a compact chassis and the ability to handle different types of pallets, the Japanese giant says these models are designed to save space and increase efficiency.

This unique range combines the compactness of a stacker with the flexibility of a reach truck. This results in a versatile solution that can handle any pallet type up to a height of 4.8 metres. The range consists of a pedestrian stacker (SWE120XR), a platform stacker (SPE120XR) and a double pallet handler (SPE120XRD). The short turning radius and the retractable mast make this solution ideal for working in narrow aisles, tight spaces and adaptable to a wide variety of environments, including cold store. The models can also be optionally fitted with a side-shift or fork positioner to increase productivity.

With all driver functions integrated in the handle (driving, lifting, lowering, reaching, tilting, side-shifting and fork positioning) the new models are very easy to operate. Optimised Truck Performance adjusts speed when cornering and the Totalview concept allows for excellent visibility through the mast to the fork tips at any height, offering safe driving conditions. The platform SPE-version with ‘one-touch’ foldable gates and in-height adjustable steering arm further improves driver ergonomics and productivity.

The new stacker range is also highly energy-efficient and available with Lithium-ion battery as an option. This battery technology is ideal for intensive operations thanks to a reduced energy consumption of up to 30%. Furthermore, Lithium-ion provides an exceptional battery life and the option for quick charging at any time – eliminating the need for battery change in multi-shift applications.

“Especially in narrow areas you will benefit from the flexibility, energy efficiency, user-friendliness and high vertical and horizontal performance of the new BT Staxio W- and P- models. These stacker trucks with retractable mast will help you save storage space and increase efficiency”, says Martin Mimer, Product Management Warehouse Trucks at Toyota Material Handling Europe.

The new BT Staxio SPE120XR(D) and SWE120XR will be one of the many products, solutions and technologies that Toyota Material Handling will be presenting during CeMAT 2016 (May 30th to June 3rd). Come and see us in Hanover at Pavilion 32.

Working in the sub-zero world of the cold store demands the highest standards of visibility, reliability and comfort. Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has now developed a brand-new range of cold cabins for its SENSiA reach trucks, which the company says are tailored to work productively and reliably – even in temperatures as low as -35 degrees.

Like every product in the Mitsubishi cold store line-up, SENSiA cold store models have been specified with cold-resistant cabling and waterproofed electrics: protecting against damage from cold and moisture. While SENSiA’s thermostatically controlled heaters protect critical components, its hydraulics have been optimised to perform in the coldest of conditions.

Recognising a reach truck is only as productive as its operator, designers at Mitsubishi looked for ways to do more than keep operators warm in their cabins.

Developed for energy efficiency, each cabin is generously insulated and features a 1700 W heater to ensure the optimum working environment for each operator throughout the longest shifts.

Available on standard chassis reach trucks, cabins are spacious by design. Every element of the operator compartment has been specified to keep it uncluttered: from its intelligent fingertip controls to its folding steering wheel console.

Controls are kept within easy, avoiding unnecessary movement to reduce the risk of operator fatigue. For added control, every cold store model benefits from SENSiA’s intelligent SDS (Sensitive Drive System). Fitted as standard, SDS automatically tailors the truck’s performance to the specific needs of driver and load. As a result, it delivers smooth start and stop movements and agile, stable performance.

Visibility is paramount in any lifting operation. Like every SENSiA reach truck, cold store cabin models offer 360-degree visibility. The cabin’s heated side windows protect against frost, misting and condensation, ensuring exceptional visibility and safe, productive performance.

A clear-view, crash-proof polycarbonate roof – fitted as standard – means operators benefit from maximum upwards views, while being shielded from falling debris of any shape or size.

The cabin’s robust steel frame, which features a reinforced collision guard, offers added protection to operator, bodywork and door when working in tight spaces.

SENSiA is the latest addition to the Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks range of lift trucks dedicated to cold store applications. Other products in the range include VELiA, its low level order picker; electric counterbalance trucks, including the popular EDiA EM and its family of pallet trucks, PREMiA.

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).

Baoli Material Handling Europe has launched its new KBG series of LPG forklifts for the European market. The series provides trucks with load capacities between 1.5 and 3.5 tons. They share many components with the diesel models of the KB family, which Baoli has introduced over the past two years. Efficient maintenance of this product range is facilitated by easy access to the components.

The KBG series contains six models of LPG forklifts using just two different footprints. The truck with 2 tons load capacity stands out due to its compact dimensions, which are the same as of the models for 1.5 and 1.8 tons. Consequently the KBG20 model is very compact and competitively priced. The wheel base of these trucks measures just 1500 mm, the axle centre to fork face 435 mm and the overall width 1177 mm.

The KBG forklifts are equipped with the Japanese GCT K21 and K25 engines, which ensure high performance. The design of the overhead guard and the angular counterweight provide good visibility for the operator. The engine hood can be opened to an angle of 90 degrees enabling comfortable access for maintenance.

“The KB product range started two years ago and we see very positive feedback from our distributors, dealers and clients across Europe“, says Rory Harvey-Kelly, General Manager of Baoli Material Handling Europe. “After the diesel and electric forklifts we now introduce the LPG series of this family into the market. Due to consistency and easy access to the components, all trucks of this product range are easy to maintain and spare parts can be managed efficiently.”

Since the launch of model series T20/T25 SP in 2004, Linde Material Handling has sold over 33,000 such pallet trucks worldwide. Linde says that this makes them the clear market leader in the platform pallet truck segment in Europe and also sets a benchmark in the field of intralogistics. Linde will be presenting a number of new, customer-oriented optional features for these successful models at its World of Material Handling (WoMH) 2016 customer event.

Around the world, these platform pallet trucks with two or two-and-a-half tonne load capacity facilitate the loading and unloading of HGVs as well as pallet transfer and order picking. Linde’s unique driving concept is key to the resounding market success: The main load of the transported goods rests on the drive wheel so that braking and acceleration forces are accurately transmitted. In addition, a hydraulic damping system with tilt sensors for the lateral support wheels ensures maximum stability and driver comfort in all situations. Whether cornering, on uneven surfaces or on slopes – the operator has full control of the vehicle and the load at all times.

The new equipment options enhance driver comfort, efficiency and reliability for Linde T20/T25 SP platform trucks even more. The main innovation is the completely decoupled and damped stand-on platform. Platform and steering system form a compact unit, which is decoupled from the chassis. This has led to about 30 percent reduction in jolts and vibrations – both mechanical and human.

With this innovation, Linde takes another step towards the ergonomic unity of man and machine. This is because platform pallet trucks Linde T20/T25 SP feature proven e-Driver technology. This allows the driver to comfortably rest his back by leaning, while standing at a 45 degree angle to the direction of travel and steer the vehicle with one hand, with which he can also control all drive and lift functions. The 45-degree position provides optimum visibility of the route and load in an ergonomic body posture. In this way the driver can concentrate for a long time without getting tired and he is positioned in such a way that his health is not compromised.

LED work lights increase safety

To facilitate working in poorly lit environments, Linde has added LED work lights to its range of optional features. These lights help to make processes safer and more efficient, for example when loading and unloading truck trailers with dark interiors. The light is positioned within the vehicle contour, protected against damage, and can be switched on and off with a single move of the hand.

In addition to process safety and driver comfort, customers particularly appreciate the high uptime and power of the platform pallet trucks. Both are assured by the truck’s 3 kW AC traction motor. Its high torque ensures powerful start up. After less than five metres, the vehicle reaches its maximum speed of 12 km/h. The trucks and their new optional features will make their debut at Linde’s WoMH in Offenbach, Germany which will take place from 9-25 May. Visitors to this customer event will be offered the opportunity to test-drive the vehicles themselves.

For many businesses, operating an open stores policy is deemed to be the best way of ensuring staff have the required equipment to do their job. However, when using manual counting and logging processes, it is incredibly difficult to manage how many pairs of gloves, boots or hi-vis jackets have been issued, whether they are fit for purpose and equally whether they suitably fit the individual wearing them.

While free access may seem like the best solution in providing employees with their PPE equipment and materials, in reality it presents a number of issues:
1. When freely available, people have a tendency to take more than they need as part of a ‘just in case’ scenario
2. Loss of productivity as individuals leave their role to go in search of equipment
3. No reliable documenting process – resulting in no trackable usage patterns or, traceability
4. Businesses are dependent on manual counting processes leaving room for human error

Dispensing PPE – a potential solution
Designed for dispensing PPE and other consumable items, automated vending technologies bring a wealth of opportunity to businesses by providing 24/7 access and availability to PPE and other critical items and helping to improve control and accountability throughout an organisation.

Through the simple introduction of automated dispensing processes for example, a business is able to document if and when each and every individual within an organisation collects a new piece of equipment. Time can be reduced in the search for relevant and suitable equipment, materials and supplies as access to the vending machine is controlled by the individual’s key card or a fob. Every Apex device is an internet device controlled by the Trajectory Cloud which stores the individual’s job and health and safety requirements. With the ability to log items being dispensed, intelligent automated dispensing solutions can automatically generate time and date stamped documentation – providing the employer with a clear and auditable trail of their fulfilment of legal safety requirements.

With the ability to log transactions, automated dispensing technology also provides a solution to stock replenishment issues, sending automated stock alerts and re-order notifications to suppliers, which eliminate out of stock conditions and emergency orders. As inventory quantities are maintained by the Trajectory Cloud in real time once the system has been configured there is no risk of running out of stock or ordering the wrong equipment, which in turn helps to maintain productivity and safety while reducing the costs associated with latency, ordering incorrect or last-minute supplies.

Apex Supply Chain Technologies is the only automated dispensing technology provider to date that is powered by Trajectory Cloud. These simple and elegant Connect n’ Go systems plug into a standard electrical socket, connect to the Internet via Ethernet cable, Wi-Fi or cellular connection and are ready to go. The Apex proprietary Trajectory Cloud platform provides 24/7 visibility, alerts and reporting through a browser, anytime, anywhere, allowing businesses to improve productivity, visibility, reliability and accessibility of stock and mission critical supplies and materials as well as track usage patterns and trends.

Boosting employee accountability and reducing costs are two more benefits that automated dispensing technologies and solutions can bring to the industrial working environment. Indeed, with many businesses seeking to reduce the unnecessary usage of materials – the implementation of automated dispensing solutions will help to avoid hoarding and unnecessary waste, as well as largely eliminate the need for back-up inventory. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a usage reduction of up to 30% and inventory reduction as much as 50% as a result.

Needless to say, without the effective control and management of assets, initiatives to help improve productivity and reduce costs cannot be fully realised. Automated dispensing technology is one proven solution that can help businesses to not only minimise downtime and eliminate stock-outs, but also perhaps more importantly, maintain the safety of operations and improve the accountability of a company’s health and safety policy in the process.

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.

Muller LCS, manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions has launched an economical solution for wrapping pallets with its new RaptorTM HPL high profile turntable stretch wrapper. The Raptor HPL is “an intuitive and reliable wrapper that has the additional benefits of having Muller’s popular branding tool, Logo WrapTM, and a roping device built in”. Logo Wrap, previously only available as an option for the Octopus line of ring stretch wrappers, will promote one’s brand on pallet loads, reduce tampering of product with its one-of-a-kind film, shield product visibility and can be applied anywhere on the load. In addition, Logo Wrap minimalizes waste and labor typically involved with hand-applied stickers and labels and maintains its durability by withstanding the outdoor elements. The roping device feature further ensures greater load containment by tying the load to the pallet.

The heavy-duty, semi-automatic machine, which can wrap up to 35 loads per hour, has an elevated turntable platform (ideal for high debris and harsh environments), intuitive controls and an easy-to-use interface. Furthermore, the patented strain gauge technology allows for electronic film feed and optimised handling on pallet load corners. The turntable also contains a lubrication free power pre-stretch carriage with variable pre-stretch levels from 100% to 300%, guaranteeing users optimal film usage while preventing film breaks and product damage.

Doosan has launched a completely new, electric 80-volt 2.2-ton to 3.5-ton capacity range of 4 wheel forklift truck models.

The latest additions to the 7-series range “continue to follow the Doosan tradition of delivering simple, powerful performance, while most importantly ensuring the best possible value for our customers,” said the company. “While maintaining reliability and durability, the new models significantly improve ergonomics for the operator’s comfort, all-round visibility and maneuverability. The expanded range, now including XL long wheelbase variants with increased battery capacity, means that Doosan has the most modern and widest ranges of electric counter-balance trucks to suit any electric truck application.”

Safety was at the forefront of the design brief, and increased serviceability and modern styling with the latest electronic control system were high priorities from the company’s global dealers and customers.

Benefits stated by Doosan include: “The ergonomically designed operator compartment keeps the operator in complete control at all times; improving productivity, reducing stress and fatigue. The new cell offers improved visibility and the latest design in ergonomic hydraulic controls. Thanks to the improved durable chassis design, along with additional stability system, Doosan’s new 7-series electric trucks exceed the highest demands in safe operation. In addition, a redesign of the masts has provided greater visibility through the mast, with the rear grab handle accompanied by a horn and panoramic mirrors increasing safety and all-round visibility.”

For most warehouses and production facilities, efficient storage is crucial, and these latest 7-series electric trucks have been specifically designed to meet this demand. The new 4 wheel models have a brand new steer axle “which has been innovatively designed to minimise the turning radius and can now achieve a superb 93.2° steer angle”. In addition to this, the newly designed round shape of the counter-weight enables the truck “to move comfortably in and out of narrow spaces, reducing damage costs while maximising storage potential”.

In addition, the new range are also rated as safe for outdoor use. The new sealed controllers are rated to IP65 and the motors rated IP43, with an increased IP54 rating available soon.

Under an exclusive agreement, XPO Logistics will continue to be responsible for the planning and execution of 100% of the transport requirements of SCC-Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas (HEINEKEN Group) until 2018. Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas produces and commercialises malt and beer products brewed and bottled at its Vialonga plant, including the line of SAGRES® alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers. The SCC portfolio includes some of the most prestigious international brands, such as the premium beer Heineken®. SCC owns an additional production facility in Vacariça where natural spring mineral waters are collected and bottled under the brands LUSO® and CRUZEIRO®, and also the distribution company NOVADIS. This is the second time that SCC has renewed its contract with XPO in Portugal since 2006.

Acting as a control tower, XPO Logistics teams are responsible for optimising SCC’s transport flows to guarantee 24-hour delivery to over 200 locations. The products move from SCC´s Portuguese production sites and logistics platforms to its retail customers and distributors, with additional direct deliveries to hypermarkets, cash-and-carry stores and other outlets. Transport reliability is critical, as volumes can exceed 28,000 loads annually (representing over 636,000 tons of products), with important seasonal peaks.

KeyPL is a pan-European collaborative transport solution exclusive to XPO Logistics that, the company says, “provides superior control and optimization of freight flows, with the goal of delivering added-value services to customers. KeyPL capabilities are fully integrated with the customer’s supply chain by skilled and dedicated teams acting as a control tower. The teams use proprietary technology to select, manage and monitor the best transport provider, mode and route for each shipment. Capabilities include the use of online real-time track and trace technology and POD management tools.”

According to XPO, KeyPL allows for better visibility and control of performance, as well as more effective planning, greater cost efficiencies in procurement and continuous improvement methodologies. Additionally, KeyPL delivers significant value through the enforcement of safety and environmental standards.

Sentinel Systems is offering its customers the chance to experience its range of vehicle and camera safety solutions with a no-obligation trial of its systems.

The company says it has received some extremely successful orders as a result of its customers trialling the systems, which allows drivers and fleet operators the time to assess and evaluate each system effectively to find the right solution for their safety requirements.

Sentinel offers a wide range of vehicle safety and camera systems suitable for all heavy goods vehicles, including its award-winning Bike Hotspot cyclist detection system, auto-braking radar systems and many forward, side and rear facing cameras to enhance the visibility and safety awareness for vehicle drivers.

David Paulson, Managing Director of Sentinel Systems commented, “We have found that the trials we offer to customers are invaluable as they allow them the time to find the right package for their fleet. We work closely with each customer to set up the trial, sometimes on two vehicles, adapting the system to help them find exactly the right solution. From these trials we have been able to provide bespoke camera system packages, confident in the knowledge that the chosen solution is the most effective for their specific requirements. By working in this way customers come to understand our commitment to quality and engineering standards, which they experience first-hand.”

In the past, Sentinel Systems has worked with a number for fleet operators to supply a trial which has resulted in its systems being installed across more of the fleet. London-based civil engineering contractor, J B Riney & Co., is just one example of companies that have continued to use Sentinel Systems’ equipment following a successful trial.

Barry Parker, Head of Fleet at J B Riney & Co. commented, “We have been using Sentinel’s safety systems on our vehicles for several years since we were given the opportunity to trial their cyclists safety equipment. This system was presented to us as a particularly important solution for our vehicles as we operate daily in Central London and the surrounding boroughs. In trialling this system we were able to see how much this can improve the safety of our vehicles for both our drivers and pedestrians and cyclists, and we were overall very pleased with what the system offered.”

The company’s overall service extends beyond the installation as it offers comprehensive technical support from their experienced nationwide engineers. The team will also be on hand to provide all aftersales support via telephone and email regardless of the date of installation.