The Future of Logistics in One Place
The logistics industry is moving ahead: new forklift truck technologies and fleet management solutions are making transport safer, more efficient and more economical. All the new possibilities were presented by Linde Material Handling at the World of Material Handling fair in Mainz.
Linde Material Handling (MH) organized the World of Material Handling, an interactive trade show experience covering an area of 20,000 square metres, jointly with partners and suppliers during May 2014. In all, some 6,000 customers and colleagues from all over the world visited the Mainzer Messe exhibition centre to find out more about the Linde range of products and the offerings of partner companies in a series of demonstrations, multimedia shows and expert presentations. Many attendees also took the opportunity to test drive new industrial trucks and gain first-hand experience of their handling characteristics on a variety of courses. A sporting diversion was also offered by a kart track where visitors were able to go for a spin in the E2 electrokart developed by RiMO TransportgerÃ¤te and Linde.
Visitors to the World of Material Handling fair were able to experience numerous Linde innovations â€“ from a new safety system to green and efficient technologies to intelligent fleet management software. The following new developments were presented for the first time in Mainz:
Safety first: Linde Safety Pilot
Industrial accidents involving forklift trucks are often caused by a lack of concentration or insufficient information. The new Linde Safety Pilot aims to make that a thing of the past. Visitors at the World of Material Handling were able to test this globally unique assistance system directly in a truck. The system informs the driver of the current load weight and corresponding maximum lifting height on a display and automatically limits the vehicle within certain thresholds. As a result, driver operating errors can be significantly reduced and the safety of forklift operations significantly increased.
Environmental Focus: Life Cycle Assessments with TÃœV Certification
In addition to safety, another major emphasis of the fair was on green and efficient technologies. In order to evaluate the environmental impact of its forklift and warehouse trucks, Linde has developed an appropriate scientific method in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) and compiled life cycle assessments for all major product groups. As a result, Dr. JÃ¶rg SchlÃ¶sser, Chief Executive of TÃœV Rheinland, presented the appropriate certificates to Theodor Maurer, Chairman of the Management Board of Linde Material Handling, at the World of Material Handling in Mainz.
Zero-Emission Service: Fiat Ducato Service Vehicle
In Mainz, Linde presented the prototype of a purely electrically driven service van based on a Fiat Ducato L1H1 as an example of an environmentally friendly drive technology. The drive system â€“ a Linde eco-Kit L that delivers 50 kilowatts of power and consists of a three-phase motor, power electronics, control unit and additional components â€“ stems from the regular forklift production line. Equipped with a 33-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery, the vehicle can achieve a top speed of 100 km/h and has a range of 100 kilometres with a complete set of service equipment.
Heavy Loads: E-Truck for up to Eight Tonnes
Over the last three years Linde has replaced its entire range of electric counterbalance trucks with more powerful, more efficient and more ergonomic models. The World of Material Handling saw the launch of the new E60 to E80 Series, which consists of four models capable of lifting loads of up to six, seven and eight tonnes and a version with a load capacity of eight tonnes and a 900-millimetre centre of gravity.
Directional Stability and Manoeuvrability: Modular Trailer Train Systems
Linde also presented two new trailer train logistics solutions. Both the Linde Logistic Train and the Linde Factory Train were developed for todayâ€™s timed material flows in production plants. The two modular trailer train systems offer outstanding directional stability and high manoeuvrability. Unlike most other systems on the market, both make do without a central-block axle, which makes the vehicles very flexible, especially with regard to containers.
Intelligent Power Supply: Lithium-Ion Technology for Warehouse Technology Trucks
Linde also took the opportunity of the World of Material Handling to premiere an innovation in its range of warehousing equipment: the first systems with lithium-ion batteries. From September onwards, it will initially be possible to order Linde T16 to T20 pedestrian pallet trucks with maximum load capacities from 1.6 to 2.0 tonnes. The special feature of these units is that the vehicle, control unit and electronics combined with the battery and charging device constitute a complete system whose components can communicate with one another over a CAN bus. This provides access to maximum system output and the advantages of the new battery technology.
Intelligent Truck Networking: Fleet Management with connect:
Numerous visitors in Mainz were also attracted by innovations in logistics IT and connectivity. At the World of Material Handling, Linde also presented its very latest fleet management solution in the Connected Solutions business area: the connect: product range consists of a local database, a cloud-based data portal, new administration and analysis software and a series of software modules. As a result, Linde offers a complete product suite for the intelligent networking of forklift trucks and maximum efficiency in fleet management.
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