Visiting the launch of its new “Forkcourt” and Business Hub, Joss Dixon reports on how Jungheinrich is embracing a new ethos.

Andy Owen, managing director of electric tug specialist MasterMover, explains how businesses can improve efficiency and productivity.

Allan Parsons, national rental manager at Briggs Equipment, discusses what businesses need to consider when hiring in equipment, explaining how to avoid the pitfalls and make sure you get the right machine for the job.

O’Reilly Concrete, originally established in 1939 as a small sand and gravel business, has seven production facilities across Ireland. Ballyhoe Plant, which is just outside Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan, specialises in the manufacture of precast walls for rapid build modular construction. As with the majority of the company’s products, these are extremely heavy, oversized and potentially hazardous to lift and transport. Since a Combilift Straddle carrier has been in operation these processes have become much safer and speedier.

For decades electric vehicle fleet operators and OEMs had very little choice when it came to power sources, with batteries built using flooded lead-acid cells the only practical option. While these batteries evolved to give more power, efficiency and reliability there have always been limits to their potential. Recent innovations such as lithium-ion offer an alternative but are still relatively expensive while novel technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells have yet to find practical or affordable applications in the mass market. PWE reports.

PWE reports on a few highlights from last month’s IMHX exhibition.

IMHX 2016 (13th - 16th September, NEC, Birmingham) will showcase the latest in materials handling, logistics and supply chain solutions. PWE looks reports.

The risk of industrial injuries can be reduced in any manufacturing, warehousing or retailing application by simplifying the processes involved. This can be achieved by optimising workstations and handling equipment for ergonomic work using modular component systems. At the same time, it is often possible to remove complexity and improve productivity to generate a return on the investment. PWE reports.

To manage seasonal surges, many supply chain businesses look to hire in additional materials handling equipment along with extra drivers. PWE reports.

A new narrow-aisle Kombi Stacker – the EKX 514-516 electric order picker and trilateral forklift has been launched by Jungheinrich. With a payload capacity of 1.6t and a lift height of 18m, the new model offers maximum versatility for order picking and stacking operations. PWE spoke to Steve Richmond, director of Jungheinrich’s systems & projects division, about the new launch.

Adjustable Pallet Racking (APR) and sprinkler systems can now be extended, remodelled and relocated within a warehouse or distribution centre environment in significantly less time and at a fraction of the cost than was previously thought possible thanks to new rack reconfiguration technology. PWE spoke to John Maguire, commercial director of Flexi Warehouse Systems*.

Jungheinrich’s Systems & Projects Division has provided a turnkey solution for global healthcare company, Grifols - completing two highly automated rack-clad warehouses at the heart of the company’s new worldwide operations in Dublin.

Any logistics company providing ‘value added’ services must have the necessary depth of experience in managing sophisticated logistics tasks and organising human resources says William Walker, head of sales and marketing at Berkshire-based, Walker Logistics. PWE reports.

PWE recently visited Jungheinrich’s refurbishment plant in Dresden to see first hand how refurbished forklift trucks can offer real value for money under the right conditions - many businesses are starting to catch-on. PWE spoke to Neil Warren, Jungheinrich UK’s Used Equipment and Short Term Rental director, who sets out five top tips on what to look out for when buying a second-life truck so as not to get caught out.

In factories and warehouses around the UK, millions of decisions are being made every day affecting the health and safety of employees. These decisions are often based on complex and conflicting choices, for example between increasing productivity and reducing risk, and some of the most important choices are those that are made by the operators of forklift trucks. Gavin Whickham, operations director at Briggs Equipment offers some thoughts.

Choosing the right racking and shelving for your warehouse or storage facility may look easy, but it can be more difficult than you think. Matt Danhieux, designer at Rapid Racking has ten tips for racking success.

How can SMEs gear-up for e-commerce and take on the giants in their market? Consumers now expect everybody to offer next-day delivery, guaranteed time-slots, the right product every time, and no-quibble returns policies – areas that the larger companies are well tuned into. But with a little forethought it is possible for smaller firms to compete too. Ian Roper* explains.

Workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB reports on the requirement for a three stage approach to operator training which many employers are unaware of.

Following the recommendations of the Richard Review, the government is in the midst of delivering a restructured, ‘employer-focused’ plan for apprenticeships in the UK. Paul Brooks* reports on the government’s need to align apprentice funding to logistics sector’s greatest need.

Moving Alvan Blanch’s grain driers onto low loaders for transportation used to take over three hours, involve five personnel and four forklifts. Since the company took delivery of a Combilift Straddle Carrier (Combi-SC) the procedure now requires just the one piece of lifting equipment, one driver and is finished in 10 minutes.

John Halliday, managing director of Link 51, explains how the implementation of flexible racking and storage solutions can improve the efficiency of warehouses for minimal cost and disruption.

Concerns over the safety of the lift truck battery changing process led Sharpak to switch forklift suppliers and introduce a fleet of Jungheinrich electric-powered counterbalanced, powered pallet and reach trucks. PWE reports.

This year’s CeMAT demonstrated that high-tech logistics is essential for virtually any business which wants to remain viable and competitive. PWE reports.

Matt Farrall, head of marketing and IT at Farrall’s Transport, explains to PWE, how the company and its customers are benefiting from investment in the efficiency of its 100,000ft2 of warehousing.

Hamburg-based Jungheinrich will be unveiling a completely re-designed generation of IC-engine powered forklift trucks before a world audience at CeMAT 2014. PWE got a sneak preview.

This year, the CeMAT intralogistics trade fair, which runs from 19 to 23rd May in Hannover – is expected to attract more than 1000 exhibitors from 40 nations and occupy over 120,000m2 of exhibition space,

It may come as something of a surprise to learn that the most common type of question fielded by Lifting Equipment Engineers Association’s (LEEA) technical officers, concerns not the lifting equipment itself but the paperwork that should accompany it. Denis Hogan, LEEA regional manager - West, reports.

With the global economic outlook still far from certain, companies across all industry sectors are focused on delivering efficiency gains across their supply chains. PWE reports.

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