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|No longer the stuff of science fiction, driverless forklifts are certainly making their presence felt.
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have come a long way since the first model produced by Barrett Electronics in 1953 and are becoming increasingly common in workplaces. And it’s not hard to see why: they work around the clock, don’t suffer lapses in concentration, don’t make mistakes, don’t get injured - and certainly don’t agitate for higher wages and more leave.
But they are not perfect, nor cheap - and they don’t fit in everywhere.
This week, AGVs make two appearances in the newsletter - in a case study from Belgium and in news of Linde’s strategic partnership with a robotics industry leader. I hope you find these accounts interesting.
On another topic, we would like to apologise to those readers who only got last week's newsletter yesterday. This was due to a technical issue which affected a very small number of subscribers. Hopefully, you had a chance to read that one before this edition arrived!
|Local News||Editorial articles by Forkliftaction News|
|Schenker orders new forklift fleet from Rentcorp Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Logistics giant Schenker has ordered around 150 forklifts from Hyundai dealer Rentcorp, as part of a long-term supply and service contract.
The company will supply the forklifts to several ... [more]
|Asciano wins supply chain award Australasia News|
Sydney, New South Wales Asciano scooped the Supply Chain Excellence Award at the prestigious 19th Annual Lloyds List Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards held in Sydney late last year.
The winning submission ... [more]
|Council acts to improve supply chain safety Australasia News|
Canberra, ACT The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has launched a new online and hardcopy newsletter aimed at providing up-to-date and practical information on supply chain safety and compliance.
Strengthening the ... [more]
|Date set for 2015 logistics forum Australasia News|
Melbourne, Victoria The ALC Forum 2015, hosted by the Australian Logistics Council, will take place on 10-12 March in Melbourne this year.
The focus for this year’s freight logistics and supply ... [more]
|MAKE YOUR MARK ON THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY IN THE LEAD UP TO CEMAT Australasia News|
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|Global News||Editorial articles by Forkliftaction News|
|Linde expands into robotics with partner|
GERMANY Linde Material Handling and robotics specialist Balyo have entered into a strategic partnership.
The two companies plan to collaborate in development, manufacturing and sales under the umbrella of ... [more]
|BlueLine aims to acquire Trico Lift|
UNITED STATES Equipment provider BlueLine Rental LLC envisions its pending acquisition of aerial lift specialist Trico Lift as complementing BlueLine’s mix of equipment and customers. No terms of the definitive agreement were ... [more]
|Trial date set for Clark v TMHU|
UNITED STATES A disputed-dealership jury trial pitting plaintiff Clark Material Handling Co against defendant Toyota Material Handling USA Inc (TMHU) is scheduled to open on 17 February.
Clark sued TMHU in ... [more]
|FEM welcomes emissions legislation revision|
BELGIUM The European Materials Handling Federation (FEM) welcomes the revision of Directive 97/68/EC on non-road mobile machinery engine emissions, but questions two important aspects of the proposal.
The legislation impacts ... [more]
|Tri-Lift NC gains territory|
UNITED STATES KION North America Corp has awarded additional Linde-brand territory to Tri-Lift NC Inc, an existing full-line Linde authorised dealer.
Effective immediately, Tri-Lift adds 23 counties in upstate South Carolina ... [more]
Konecranes hosts hackathon
- Hyvinkää, Finland
Trelleborg technology wins award
- Trelleborg, Sweden
H2 Logic and gas companies partner
- Herning, Denmark [more]
|Egemin supplies AGVs to Kim's|
BELGIUM Egemin Automation has installed a fully automated warehouse system at Belgian chocolate maker Kim's Chocolates.
The system includes three automated warehouses to store semi-finished products, packaging materials and finished ... [more]
|Movers & Shakers|
Terex Aerial Work Platforms [more]
Kalmar launches new reach stacker
- Stockholm, Sweden
Linde system to boost handling capacity
- Wiesbaden, Germany [more]
|Nijmegen manufactures milestone truck|
UNITED STATES Hyster has celebrated the build of the 1,000th reach stacker at its big truck factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
The first Hyster reach stacker was built in Nijmegen in ... [more]
|Williams, Leavitt receive kudos|
CANADA Williams Machinery LP was named best forklift supplier and Leavitt Machinery as the best forklift operator trainer at the Cargo Logistics Canada awards of excellence during the two-day 2015 Cargo ... [more]
|Study pinpoints safety hazards|
CANADA A safety study identifies dock congestion, wet slippery areas and trucks prematurely pulling away from a dock as primary causes of about 88% of dock injuries, including those involving forklift ... [more]
|RFID's growth spurt|
From 2014 the National Football League in USA uses RFID tags fitted to players’ shoulder pads. The tags actively broadcast information to 20 receivers installed in 17 of the stadiums across the USA.
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|Test your forklift knowledge - Pantograph vs KOOI-REACHFORKS® quiz|
Can you sum up 10 differences and/or similarities between a Pantograph, (scissors type), reach mechanism and KOOI-REACHFORKS®? Make a quick list in your head. Next, watch the 3D video. How many of your answers were also shown in the video? [more]
|Cascade to exhibit at ProMat 2015 Booth 4149|
Cascade, the global leader in providing material handling solutions, including sophisticated lift truck attachments and custom forks, invites you to visit them at ProMat 2015, March 23-26 in Chicago, Illinois (Booth #4149). [more]
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|Find What’s Next at ProMat® 2015|
Attend ProMat 2015 and connect face-to-face with the innovative equipment and system solutions of over 800 of the industry’s leading providers. The event is powered by MHI, the nation's largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association. [more]
|Bolzoni Auramo at PROMAT 2015, Chicago|
Forklift truck attachment manufacturer Bolzoni Auramo will be glad to welcome visitors and customers to their ProMat exhibit at booth 5444. The company is excited to present some of their most recent and innovative products. [more]
|GNB - The Smart Choice for All Your Motive Power Applications|
GNB Industrial Power (ProMAT Booth #2341) is a worldwide leading developer and manufacturer of battery and charging systems for motive power applications in industrial and commercial markets. Our primary focus is to make our clients’ fleets run efficiently, cost-effectively and seamlessly.
|Hoist Liftruck ships first UK-bound FR Series 25/35|
Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations will be the recipients of the first FR Series
extendable counterweight liftruck in the United Kingdom. The the FR 25/35 was purchased to add versatility to the company’s equipment fleet, which includes three Titan Series liftrucks.
|HELI named No.1 Enterprise for 24th year|
Anhui HELI Forklifts Group Co., Ltd was named the top enterprise in the Chinese industrial vehicle industry late last year. The selection was based on production and sales data released by various forklift manufacturers. [more]
|Ruyi’s Classic Product debuts in LogiMAT 2015|
LogiMAT 2015 is being held on February 10 -12 and Ningbo Ruyi is displaying a variety of its product lines as one of the leading manufacturers specialising in materials handling equipment in China for 30 years. [more]
|PROMAT 2015 exhibitor preview: Meet leading providers face-to-face|
On March 23 - 26, 2015, MHI will host its premier manufacturing, supply chain and logistics event - ProMat®. Here's your preview covering the solutions and products that the leading exhibitors will be presenting at the show. [more]
|Uncover better business practices at MHEDA's 60th Annual Convention|
Join hundreds of your material handling industry peers, and uncover better business practices at the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) 2015 Annual Convention, April 18-22, themed “Culture that Rocks.” Early Bird Registration for MHEDA Members ends February 1. [more]
|ROUGH AND RUGGED - STRAP IN FOR THE FEBRUARY SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE|
February 26 our intrepid journalist Melissa Barnett will take you on a journey into the rough and rugged world of rough-terrain and construction equipment. Forklifts, telehandlers, rough-terrain wheels, suspensions, safety equipment and more, Forkliftaction News will examine the big and the small of rough-terrain through the lens of current issues such as safety, new technologies and regulations, design, market growth and sales.
Featuring industry insights from a variety of experts including H&K Equipment, Comatra, Manitex Lift King, AUSA, IST Tyre and Bomaq.
February 26 - strap yourself in for our rough-terrain feature. Want to know more, CONTACT US.