CeMAT 2008, the international materials handling and logistics exhibition held recently in Hanover, Germany, saw forklift truck manufacturer Jungheinrich unveil several new additions to its extensive range of equipment.
New models on display included:
Two completely new ranges of three- and four-wheel electric counterbalance trucks. The trucks feature sideways battery exit and full electric steering while the latest fourth generation AC technology ensures that the new models offer very high productivity and low running costs.
The EFG 213-220 (three-wheel) and EFG 316-320 (four-wheel) ranges are capable of lifting loads weighing up to 2,000 kg to a lift height of up to 6,500 mm. The top speed of the trucks is 17 km/h.
By using the latest fourth generation of environmentally-friendly AC technology Jungheinrich has ensured that the trucks are not only efficient but also achieve constantly low battery consumption. Energy costs are further reduced thanks to energy reclamation during braking so that, in most applications, a truck will operate for two shifts without the need for a battery change.
The latest version of the Jungheinrich very narrow aisle EKX 513-515 Kombi order picker/stacker. The original model was launched last year and its clever use of RFID to enhance the trucks performance and safety was enthusiastically received by truck users. At CeMAT Jungheinrich demonstrated how they have taken the concept one step further with the introduction of technology that allows the truck to communicate independently with the warehouse management system (WMS) and maximize productivity through intelligent lifting and travel functions.
Simply, the EKX 513-515 receives order picking instructions from a WMS and RFID transponders set in the floor automatically guide the Kombi to the appropriate pallet position within the racking by the shortest route at the optimum speed that consumes the lowest amount of energy. Jungheinrich calculate that this system will increase productivity by circa 15 per cent. At CeMAT visitors were able to experience the new models EKX 513-515 for themselves on a special test route on the Jungheinrich stand.
An upgrade of the popular ETV C16/20 indoor/outdoor reach truck. Thanks to its high ground clearance and superelastic tyres Jungheinrichs second generation ETV C16/20 reach truck is suitable for work both inside and outside the warehouse or distribution centre during lorry loading and offloading. It features a host of functions designed to improve throughput and, therefore, reduce handling costs. For example the new model has electric 180 steering with a small and quietly operating steering wheel, while Curve Control Jungheinrichs successful truck stability system is fitted as standard.
A new electric pallet truck the ERE 225. The truck features a newly developed cushioned platform and an electric tiller to ensure maximum efficiency and operator safety during operation.
A highly robust vehicle, the truck is equipped as standard with AC technology and was developed with fast and efficient lorry loading and offloading and for transporting large loads over longer distances in mind. The ERE 225 achieves high acceleration and top speeds up to 12.5 km/h (with load to 9.5 km/h) and can transport loads weighing as much as 2,500 kg.
The EJE C20 - a new energy efficient electric pedestrian pallet truck. Designed to be suitable for order picking and light stacking work and equipped with a powerful, maintenance-free drive motor with AC technology, the truck offers high levels of energy efficiency as well as high travel speeds and powerful acceleration.
The new pallet truck features support arms that allow loads to be lifted up to 752 mm with a single mast integrated in the battery compartment. This facility raises loads to a comfortable height and means less back strain for order picking staff. Light stacking work can also be carried out effortlessly and economically with the support arms and mast lift functions. In powered pallet truck mode the capacity is 2,000 kg while mast lift capacity is 700 kg.
Hans-Herbert Schultz, managing director of Jungheinrich UK Ltd, commented: CeMAT is a truly international exhibition and I was delighted to see that so many of our UK customers were able to visit the event.
The reaction of visitors to the new products was very encouraging indeed and we believe that the new models will play a vital role in the further growth of our business.