Innovative warehouse and logistics solutions

29th January 2019
Source: Hyster
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Innovative warehouse and logistics solutions

At LogiMAT 2019, which takes place from 19th to 21st February in Stuttgart, Germany, Hyster Europe will present 360° solutions for warehouse and logistics applications, including a focus on innovative robotics solutions. In addition, a Reach Truck with tilting mast, particularly suited for use in confined spaces, will be on show.

Visitors to the Hyster Europe stand will be able to find out about robust and reliable Hyster lift trucks, as well as solutions for warehousing and logistics. For example, the R1.0E-1.4E Reach Truck series, which offers better manoeuvrability and is particularly suited to use in tight spaces. The compact chassis and mast, which can be tilted backwards, save valuable centimetres so that the lift truck can reach the top shelves even in narrow aisles.    

Overall, the full Hyster product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of more than 140 models of counterbalance trucks, warehouse trucks and container handlers.  

Intelligent robotics  
At stand B15 in hall 10, Hyster Europe will also be informing visitors to the show about its innovative, truck-based robotics solutions.   

“Our robotics technology uses Balyo navigation technology, which does not require complex infrastructure changes in order to automate logistics processes,” said Timo Antony, Area Business Director Central Europe, Hyster. “Instead, the truck-based solution maps the environment using natural features in the building.”

Hyster Europe showcases innovative technologies 
At LogiMAT, Hyster Europe will also show electric forklifts featuring lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are often used in the food industry where operations are mostly indoors and there is a priority to reduce contamination. Lithium-ion has no acid which could spill and no fumes - hydrogen and other gases can be produced by lead acid, which are unwelcome in clean food production and storage areas.  With no equalising, watering or cleaning required, lithium-ion batteries do not need the high levels of maintenance that their lead acid counterparts require. Lower maintenance helps to reduce cost.   

"Another advantage is the ability to opportunity charge lithium-ion batteries during breaks," said Antony. "This ‘top up’ approach can simplify operations, as you only need one battery, not two.  In addition, over a period of years, lithium-ion may work out cheaper in the right application, with lower total battery costs.”  

Fuel cells for emission-free operation   
In certain applications with the right infrastructure, fuel cells may be the best power option. For example, Hyster is currently developing a zero-emission container handler for a customer in the Port of Los Angeles. The Hyster electric laden container handler entering development is intended to be powered by a Nuvera fuel cell combined with a lithium-ion battery. The model in development is expected to utilise fully integrated wireless fast charging.  

“Where the requirements to power a fleet of electric Big Trucks is likely to exceed power capabilities of the grid, hydrogen may provide ports with readily available energy without a requirement for a high capacity electric charging infrastructure,” said Antony.  

Additional equipment packages for Hyster Fortens trucks  
To enhance the tough range of 2-3.5 tonne capacity Hyster Fortens ICE trucks, a wide variety of solutions and customisations tailored to specific application needs are now available for 2019 models.  

“For instance, to alert pedestrians of an approaching vehicle in busy warehouses with blind intersections or high noise environments, for example, Pedestrian Awareness Lights can be fitted to the front, rear, or both, of Hyster Fortens trucks,” said Antony.  

Automatically activated when the truck moves, one option projects a blue beam of light on the floor indicating presence and travel direction of the truck. Other additional options include red zoning lights on either side of the truck to help indicate to pedestrians the distance they should keep from the truck. 


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